Help Build Powerful Non-Gaming PC Up To $2000

I'm not a gamer (anymore) but want a powerful PC. No need for extreme graphics and such as long as it can perform like a beast.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1000 - $2000 (best for the money)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, Microsoft Office, editing and uploading home videos and photos, watching movies, little to no gaming, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel second generation processor, SSD for at least OS but wouldn't mind for some storage.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I'd like an I-7 processor with plenty of memory (16GB? or more), SSD for faster boot and work with files.
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  1. i7 2600k processor
    z 68 motherboard
    2 x4 gig of 1600Mhz 1.5 volt RAM
    blu ray drive
    120 gig SSD
    a pair of 1 terabyte hard drives
    nice quiet case and psu Suggestion : antec sonata lV
    a basic graphics card
  2. Thank you for your suggestions. You're making me work hard by checking the prices on newegg lol

    I'll wait for more advises and opinions before I decide to buy.
  3. KueB said:
    Thank you for your suggestions. You're making me work hard by checking the prices on newegg lol

    I'll wait for more advises and opinions before I decide to buy.


    ah my bad man sorry about that what did total sum cost? on rig i sumed up for you?
  4. bowzef said:



    The CPU's built in graphics will be fine for non-gaming. No separate GPU needed.
  5. everyone seemed to forget about monitor
    I would suggest get a IPS panel from Dell
    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-u2312hm-ultrasharp-ips-lcd-monitor/33732.aspx
  6. bowzef said:
    ah my bad man sorry about that what did total sum cost? on rig i sumed up for you?



    I don't remember exactly but I think it was around $1100 (I'm on mobile now)
  7. madchemist83 said:
    everyone seemed to forget about monitor
    I would suggest get a IPS panel from Dell
    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-u2312hm-ultrasharp-ips-lcd-monitor/33732.aspx


    Thanks for pointing that out. I really want to upgrade my 10-year-old monitor which is only 19 inches.
  8. That's another $200 .. I would recommend ViewSonic
  9. Any more suggestions for the system build?
  10. let me see what have u decide on
  11. Processor : Intel Core i7 2600K - $315
    HSF : CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $120
    Motherboard : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125
    RAM : 2 x (CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866) - $170
    Graphics : HIS IceQ X H695QN1G2M Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $250
    Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
    SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180
    Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100

    PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $190

    Case : Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $280

    Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200

    Total : $1990 before rebates

    The perfect all rounder. Everyone will just keep staring at your PC. ;)

    You can even handle games like Crysis 2 at max settings at 1920x1080

    Liquid Cooling System to help you overclock the i7 over 5Ghz.

    Good Luck with the build. ;)
  12. 008Rohit said:
    Processor : Intel Core i7 2600K - $315
    HSF : CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $120
    Motherboard : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125
    RAM : 2 x (CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866) - $170
    Graphics : HIS IceQ X H695QN1G2M Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $250
    Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
    SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $180
    Optical Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA - $100

    PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $190

    Case : Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $280

    Monitor : ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $200

    Total : $1990 before rebates

    The perfect all rounder. Everyone will just keep staring at your PC. ;)

    You can even handle games like Crysis 2 at max settings at 1920x1080

    Liquid Cooling System to help you overclock the i7 over 5Ghz.

    Good Luck with the build. ;)


    I like your build suggestion. I'm not playing games anymore (infant, work, etc.) So I guess I could save on CPU and get air cooling instead. Should I get something better with savings or just keep the money?
  13. You just keep that GPU. Who knows, one day you'll be attracted by a game after seeing its trailer or gameplay videon on YouTube then will regret for not buying a GPU. ;)
  14. He is not clocking to 5 Gis on that mobo :D
  15. madchemist83 said:
    He is not clocking to 5 Gis on that mobo :D


    Now, here comes the old argument of low priced boards can't overclock well.

    Just prove your point, prove that the board can't overclock that much.
  16. read recent toms article system builder marathon and see for urself that last quarter P67 board performs better then this quarter Z68 in oc
  17. I'm torn now. My wife doesn't really want another desktop but would rather get a laptop. What would you suggest?
  18. What is the budget for laptop? Also, what screen size is she looking at?
  19. penslam said:
    What is the budget for laptop? Also, what screen size is she looking at?


    It's up to me as she simply hates the idea of desktop taking too much space. I'd say up to $1,500 for 15" if its a desktop replacement.
  20. KueB said:
    It's up to me as she simply hates the idea of desktop taking too much space. I'd say up to $1,500 for 15" if its a desktop replacement.


    How about IdeaPad Y570 Laptop - 086228U
    or Dell xps-l502x. The latter has HD display.

    No matter what you buy, get extended warranty and accidental protection plan. They come for less than $200 for 3 years. It's worth it. Let me know if you still need options. They have good deals going on now. You can also wait till Black Friday for better deals.
  21. KueB said:
    It's up to me as she simply hates the idea of desktop taking too much space. I'd say up to $1,500 for 15" if its a desktop replacement.


    Boom:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152266

    Full HD 1080p, compact 14" form factor, 1TB hard drive, GTX 560, 12GB RAM - everything but the kitchen sink.
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