$1000+/-, development build, limited gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000+/-

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Windows Development with services and databases running local, limited gaming (medium settings are fine) most likely the new Star Wars and occasionally WoW

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have amazon prime and experience with newegg, but I'm open here.

Country of Origin: US of A!

Parts Preferences: Whatever as long as its reliable

Overclocking: Maybe (I've never OCd before but would consider it if needed)

SLI or Crossfire: I know this has something to do with using multiple video cards but thats it. Noobage.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200, I love high resolution. I have a 24" monitor.

Additional Comments: I'd like to have the primary drive a solid state. Theres a good chance I'll dual boot at some point (Windows / Linux). While it's not vitally important, it'd be nice if the machine was at least a little bit eco-conscious. Would be nice if it wasn't really loud. Would be nice if it didn't generate a noticeable amount of heat in the room it's running in.

Quad Core required. Starting with 8GB ram is fine, but mobo should support 16gb as that's what I'd like to have within the first few months.

And, I forgot to say THANK YOU.
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  1. I found the following post from earlier this month and made a few changes.


    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard
    Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt PSU CMPSU-850TXV2
    Intel Core i5-2500K
    Crucial 128 GB SSD
    Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-G1
    Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile DDR3
    Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB

    I think I could bring the price back down by getting a lesser video card which could also mean maybe a 650W PSU instead of 850. Or keep the price about the same by getting the lesser video card / PSU and then picking up the case and a mechanical drive (1 or 2 TB, 7200k RPM).

    I don't know what kind of cables and other crap I will need (thermal paste?), like case fans or something. I built my own PC once but that was 10 years ago.

    I read that the mobo listed requires a certain type of fan, and it doesn't support an older type called PWM. Not sure how that impacts my case choice.

    Any thoughts or advice?
  2. Went with a laptop. ASUS N53 series. Upgraded to 16gb DDR3 and a 128gb SSD, moving the internal HDD to a caddy in the optical bay. Came out around $1100 with the discounts and upgrades.

    Special thanks to shadamus for his post in a thread about this machine and some followup support he gave via private messages.
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