Opinions on a new Intel i7 based system please?

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Hello,
Approximate Purchase Date: In about 1 week

Budget Range: Approx $1000 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia applications such as watching tv via a TV tuner card, watching videos, using Microsoft office applications, maybe photo editing software, maybe video editing software, using internet. I won't being doing any hardcore gaming but I would like a system that is fast, probably mid to high end.


Parts Not Required: HDD, TV tuner card, monitor, keyboard, mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com


Country of Origin: Australia


Parts Preferences:
Intel Core i7 2600
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52213&processor=i7-2600&spec-codes=SR00B

Asus P8P67 motherboard
http://www.asus.com.au/product.aspx?P_ID=Qx3PdnZI9Pq9BcIU&templete=2

Asus AMD Radeon 6850 video card

RAM:Kingston, 8GB total (2x4GB) but I do not understand the different types of RAM, frequencies, latencies etc and what I should purchase.

Antec EarthWatts 750W power supply
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=15355
- I don't understand much about power supply units either. I used the calculator at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=en-us to determine approximate wattage (around 600W).

Antec NSK4000B II Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_733&products_id=14568

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) N/A


Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
A quiet PC would be good. Also, I would like it to be mid to high end. I won't be doing much gaming so I don't like the best of everything but something a bit better than the average computer would be good.

Please would you let me know what you think of this system?

Thanks,

William
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
  2. Dude, you can get everything you want out of the computer for much less than $1000. The only reason to spend $1000 is if you want to play games on it.

    Also, if you get a P67 motherboard, you should get a K series processor since the P is for overclocking and you can't overclock without a K series. Otherwise get an H67 board.

    I highly recommend you get a P67 with the i5-2500K because it will do everything you want to do probably for three years--at which point you can do a 50% overclock and it will do everything for another two years. If you insist on not overclocking, then get an H67 mobo with a i5-2500 (i7-2600 if you're made of money).

    A 5850 is much better than a 6850 and costs the same price. You can look up reviews if you like.

    8GB of RAM is unnecessary, but still worth it if you find a decent price (roughly double the price of 4GB is worth it).

    600W is more than enough if you're not using more than one graphics card (unless it's a juggernaut of a card, but that would cost $500 by itself). Just make sure you buy a good brand like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX.

    That's a really tiny case. I'm not sure it can fit a full ATX board, so you might have to go micro ATX. I'd recommend one that's at least 45cm x 21cm x 45cm.

    Here are some nice cases:
    RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156241
    RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP (PSU included is crap): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156098
    The Antec 600 and Antec 900 are also nice. I have the Azza Solano 1000R--amazing cooling in that thing!
  3. Hello William :)

    Since you don't plan on using dual vid cards and you don't plan on over clocking I would think an H67 board would better fit your needs.

    Here's one worth looking at imo.

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=16464 $125.00
    ASRock H67M-GE Motherboard

    No dual vid cards, really no need for a 750w psu. This is a nice modular psu that will fit that build of yours just fine.

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=13458 $89.00
    Antec Basiq 550W Power Supply

    These 1155 mobo's tend to like low voltage RAM. Here's a set of 8gb (2x4) 1.5v RAM...

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=13931 $119.00
    G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

    Here's a nice quit fan for the front of that case you chose.

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_508&products_id=15442 $9.00
    Zalman ZM-F1 Plus 80mm Case Fan
  4. Quote:
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia applications such as watching tv via a TV tuner card, watching videos, using Microsoft office applications, maybe photo editing software, maybe video editing software, using internet. I won't being doing any hardcore gaming but I would like a system that is fast, probably mid to high end.


    This is me usual AUD $700 solution which i feel would serve your needs really ^^

    Off: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php
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