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Need Advice on Building a New $ 1400 -1600 Desktop/HTPC

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July 5, 2011 6:48:26 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this or next week

Budget Range: $ 1400-1600 After Rebates not including monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: photo and video editing (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Premier Pro CS5 for Full HD Video Editing), watching HD movies on PC, connect PC to Home Theather through HDMI cable to stream HD content and watch it on 55 LED HDTV, possible upgrade to 3D video in the future, use as server for home network, MS Office 2007-2010, Internet browsing, some games

Parts Not Required: MS Windows 7 64-bit, keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU, ASRock or ASUS mobo, nVidia video card with a 27" LCD and ATX mid tower case

Overclocking: Maybe, but not in the nearest future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not in the nearest future

Monitor Resolution: need advise on this topic

Additional Comments: Planning to built PS to use without upgrades for at least a couple of years. I would like it to be quiet and with good cooling and ventilation. Do I have to change anything, lets say 120 gb SSD or less powerful or different PSU or something else? Is it overkill for my needs? Need any suggestions about this build. Thank you in advance.

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CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
EVGA 012-P3-1577-KR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD DoubleShot 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
2 X SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray:
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature IHBS112-29 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02B Black Aluminum / Steel Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT01-BW Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Uni-body Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan and Heat Sink:
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory Cooling:
G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:
SAMSUNG S27A550H Rose Black 27" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
ASUS VE278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 5, 2011 7:11:36 AM

^ Nice parts,... Some suggestions...
Did you check for combos ??
Here is a build with some different parts -

i7 + Crucial M4 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Check out this case - Corsair 650D and this combo with the Corsair 750HX 80+ Silver
- Can easily handle 570 SLI, is Modular too,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - IMO spending ~$45 more on CAS 7 vs CAS 8 is not worth it - I doubt you would notice any significant difference,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - Both are very good choices, but even the cheaper ones will get the job done,...
ASUS P8Z68-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If SLI is not likely in the near future, then this board will be a very good option - Though it supports SLI, but doing so will block rest of the slots as its a mATX board
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI
- Comes with high quality onboard sound
SupremeFX X-Fi 2 Built-in
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And no need for the memory fan, will only increase the noise level,... DDR3 RAMs dont get hot that easy,...
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July 5, 2011 3:57:44 PM

your build is great. i would recommend using the i7/ssd combo, and te case/power supply combo as well.

either ram kit is great, i would save the $45 and go for the CAS 8 ram as well

i would pick this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

going with a mATX board is not always a good idea, it limits upgradability, and will lower airflow/cooling

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July 6, 2011 4:03:00 PM

r3xx3r said:
your build is great. i would recommend using the i7/ssd combo, and te case/power supply combo as well.

either ram kit is great, i would save the $45 and go for the CAS 8 ram as well

i would pick this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

going with a mATX board is not always a good idea, it limits upgradability, and will lower airflow/cooling


Thank you for your advice. I would keep regular ATX. What do you think about SSD if I need to use it only as boot drive and program keeper.
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July 6, 2011 4:07:21 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Nice parts,... Some suggestions...
Did you check for combos ??
Here is a build with some different parts -

i7 + Crucial M4 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Check out this case - Corsair 650D and this combo with the Corsair 750HX 80+ Silver
- Can easily handle 570 SLI, is Modular too,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - IMO spending ~$45 more on CAS 7 vs CAS 8 is not worth it - I doubt you would notice any significant difference,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - Both are very good choices, but even the cheaper ones will get the job done,...
ASUS P8Z68-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If SLI is not likely in the near future, then this board will be a very good option - Though it supports SLI, but doing so will block rest of the slots as its a mATX board
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI
- Comes with high quality onboard sound
SupremeFX X-Fi 2 Built-in
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And no need for the memory fan, will only increase the noise level,... DDR3 RAMs dont get hot that easy,...


Thanks for your reply. Any other suggestions about SSD? If I need to use it as boot drive and program keeper do I need 120 gb? Which one? And do you have any suggestions about monitors and cases? Thanks again
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July 7, 2011 4:38:17 AM

^ You dont necessarily need 120GB SSD, but you know that drives do get filled very fast, if you are the type who install many apps and games, then a bigger SSD is better,... Else a 60/64GB would do fine,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The newer OCZ and other drives based on SandForce controllers seem to have some issues(I guess most probably firmware issues), so be careful when going for those,...
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