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October 31, 2011 5:42:41 AM

Hey ther! :] I was looking to build a computer to record in my home audio studio. The main things I want is a computer that is very quiet, but still has the power to edit HD video.

Approx. purchase date: Within the next few weeks

Budget Range: maybe 700-900. 900 is probably absolute max unless it's totally necessary.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Audio Recording (quiet), Video editing, school stuffs

Parts not req: mouse, keyboard, monitor, speaker, os, aka everything external I've already got.

Preferred website: Amazon, Newegg in that order.

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preference: hehe... I kinda really like that case. Other than that, not really attached. My friend told me that the Intel would be better for video/audio editing. Is that accurate?

Overclocking: maybe? haha wuhzzat? See it around, no idea. I'm a software guy. Never dealt with hardware.

SLI or Crossfire: ^ that.

Monitor Resolution: I think it's 1280x1024. dunno. But I don't think that matters too much.

Additional Comments: Needs to be REALLY quiet. That and speed are my biggest priorities.
Would be nice if it could run Linux(Arch) and/or as a hackintosh (p.s. that's legal, isn't it? I think it is...)
this is my first computer, so tips in that regard would help, too.

This is what I'm thinking:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2500K-Processor-3-3GHz-L...

Motherboard: Biostar TZ68A Intel LGA1155 Z68 Chipset Motherboard with USB3.0
http://www.amazon.com/Biostar-TZ68A-LGA1155-Chipset-Mot...

PS: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GT 520
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-0...

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2x4gb)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

Case: Fractal Design Define
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: I was suggested to try the spinpoint f3, but in that situation, would it be worth it to add $50 for an SSD? I've already got an external drive for files.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...

generic CD drive and that's it.

I don't really want to spend more money than that, but I would love some feedback (aka do these even work together?) Also, if there is better pieces I could use for this, that would be awesome. :] Thanks a ton!

,Ben
October 31, 2011 6:04:49 AM

hmm... that actually looks very good. As a question, under what circumstances do you think I would get the Seasonic over the one you mentioned? I'm just trying to figure out why the one I wanted is more expensive. I want to know which corners I'm cutting for a cheaper price.

edit: Reviews for parts always seem so scary for building these things... There are always like the 1-star reviews that are like... "I bought this, and it like... blew up, and took out half the block." I mean, I exaggerate, but how can I tell if something is actually good? O.o Just go with something that's pretty consistent and hope I don't get the bad one? (this edit was inspired by bad reviews of the Corsair PSU on newegg, but I mean... all of them have those posts. Is it like that with most PSU's?)
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October 31, 2011 6:30:34 AM

Since you won't need overclocking you can get the equally good but locked multiplier i5 2400. You won't need the aftermarket cooler either.
Futureproofing means Gen3 so i suggest Asrock z68 Pro3 Gen3. It has all the basics and notice that there is an onboard gfx card negating the need for you to have a discrete one.
Your PSU is an overkill. If you just want to run this system as is even a 430 antec will do. If in the future you plan to add a discrete card in order to play games i would suggest a 550-600watt psu. The motherboard i gave you doesn't have 2 pci-e x16 slots so you can't have sli or crossfire.
Get an ssd with all this saved money. Crucial m4 128gb for your OS and basic apps. Also get a nice hdd at some point. Wait for prices to drop. :) 
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October 31, 2011 7:00:33 AM

Are you sure that motherboard has a built in gfx card? It says that it doesn't have onboard video. Or is that something different?
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October 31, 2011 7:57:57 AM

These days, its the CPU which comes with an ON-CHIP gpu. The i5 is equipped with the HD-3000 graphics. The motherboard should be able to o\p that on-chip gpu, which the z-68 does do. So, dont worry on that part. :)  Even I think you do not need an external GPU. GL with that. :) 
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October 31, 2011 8:01:34 AM

:o  WAH! That's awesome! haha. Little thing's powerful. So I should be good, then? Does that stuff look like it'll all work together? Is there something little that I'm missing? Some kind of cooling thing or sound dampening thing I should think about?
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November 13, 2011 5:38:15 AM

Everything looks good. I might just change your motherboard to a different brand(Asus preferably). Now, that you dont need a gpu, put some more $ on a motherboard. GL!!
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November 13, 2011 8:45:53 PM

Best answer selected by ivebenrecording.
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