I7 Quiet build for general computing and video editing

I was thinking about just buying a pc off the shelf like a Dell XPS 9000, Micro Express MicroFlex 92B, or iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 937SLC but figured maybe it is time to learn how to build one. I saw this build posted by donc_61 in Sept. 2009 and thought I would start with here. Your critical review would be greatly appreciated.


BUDGET: <$1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Very fast general purpose computing, occasional video editing, Photoshop, No gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (for one-stop shopping), microcenter


MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm running 1920x1080 on a 24" monitor right now.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want a very fast, VERY QUIET, quality, trouble-free, build that will last 3-4 years.

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $169.99

Comment: I don't actually need this big of a case (a mid-size tower would be fine), but the cooler master cosmos seems to get good reviews as quiet build when using stock fans.

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $199 at Micro Center

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $169.99

2 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $139.99 x 2

HIS H467PS1GH Radeon HD 4670 iSilence4 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card –

Comment: This card is not available on newegg. Any suggestions for a suitable replacement that is quiet!

2 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $89 x 2

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $89.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM $25

Total = $1094 without GPU
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  1. you need an aftermarket heatsink if you want silence. A scythe mugen 2 would be a good choice. also an i7 9xx system would be faster but will cost you another 100dollars orso.
  2. With no gaming, you could easily go with something like this Sapphire 5450 for $50 (including shipping) and still get the additional features of the 5xxx series. There's a similar Powercolor model for $42 with free shipping, but they're not as well known, so many people seem to stay away from that brand.

    Build looks really good otherwise. You might check out silentpcreview.com for more ideas on cases & CPU heatsinks.
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