Budget Range: $500-750 (includes the purchase of Win7)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Working with photos in Picasa, maybe Lightroom (DSLR - 12MP camera: Canon t2i), Viewing and small editing of HD videos from digital camera (1080p - h.264 format), light gaming (specifically Civilization 5), iTunes, general productivity and surfing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: no preference
Overclocking: Maybe, but light
SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely
Monitor Resolution: I will be upgraded monitors from a 1280x1024 at some point(but not included in my budget range). I'm looking at something 1920x1080 like this -
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Additional Comments: I currently have a 1 yr old laptop that cannot play my HD files from my new camera. It's choppy and unwatchable, even for 10 second clips. My main goal of this system is to watch these files, light editing of these HD videos and also my photos. Additionally, I'm out of HDD space with 250GB on my laptop and my files are growing quickly with this new DSLR camera. I'm really just looking for best bang for my buck given these requirements and if I could spend less than my budget, that would be perfect because I don't need the latest/greatest. Upgradeability is a 'nice to have' but not a requirement.
Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my proposed build. I took a look at your suggestions and made a couple of changes. What do you think? Based on what I'm using the computer for, do I need to spend this much or could I go with a cheaper processor, mobo, psu, etc.?
Yes, that ramkit is 1.65 volts. It used to be a non-issue, but the newer 45nm chips with lower and lower Vcore have issues with higher ram voltage. Jedec spec actually calls for 1.5 volts anyways, but lower voltage means your CPU's IMC doesn't have to work as hard, so you can get a higher OC out of it
It clearly doesn't make sense to go for a low-voltage memory product as the first (or only) step in reducing power consumption. We found differences of up to 1 W during idle and up to 4 W at peak. Although we used an AMD machine for testing, we also tried an Intel P55 platform with XMP support that allows for automatic memory configuration. The results were very similar. Exchanging the graphics card or the motherboard will likely have a larger impact on power consumption, so it makes sense to look at more power-hungry hardware first and optimize your memory last.
So dun fret about lower voltage RAM and waste $$ ^^
do I need to spend this much or could I go with a cheaper processor, mobo, psu, etc.?
Thing is you have increased cost a wee bit on the same performance with just a step up from 500-->640GB hdd hehe