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November 22, 2011 5:50:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: now

Budget Range: 500-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Video Editing, home media server, basic office stuff- NO GAMING

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, microcenter

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel i52500k or i2700k. Z68 board, 8GB memory, 1TB HDD. mid-tower

Overclocking: Nothing extreme - just moderate most likely. I don't need to squeeze every ounce of performance out of it

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: In the den so I don't care about noise or looks very much. Just want the best bacg for my buck

CPU: Intel 2500k
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
GPU none
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Case Roswill Challenger
HDD Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s
PSU CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W

Newegg has a bundle for about $50 less - with probably a better PSU but a GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 board (not a huge fan of Gigabyte and it seems to have lost of issues)

Also thinking about spending a few more $$ and getting a 2700k - overkill?

More about : 600 700 video editing streaming

November 22, 2011 6:27:37 PM

I would keep the i5, that's more than enough for your usage. You should know though that 300W would be plenty of power without a GPU. I would however consider a cheap GPU such as the GT 520, HD 3000 is OK but it just can't compare to a graphics card. Even after adding that GPU, 430W would be more than enough.

Also if you can find it in the budget I would aim for a nicer case, that one is OK but I think you would appreciate something a bit nicer. The Coolermaster Silencio 550 perhaps.
November 22, 2011 9:59:39 PM

Thanks. The Coolermaster might push how much I want to spend on a case. I actually just found a Seagate Constellationn ES for a steal at

Do you have any opinions on the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3?
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November 22, 2011 10:22:17 PM

It's a good board, probably slightly overkill for this build but it's good.

As for the case fair enough, I suppose a case is quite personal.
November 23, 2011 2:25:45 PM

Would you have suggestion for a board more in line with my needs? Right now at newegg its only 114 with rebate. That's the same as the Pro3 Gen3 and the Pro3 is only $15 less. USB 3.0 is important to me and I heard that the Pro3 has issues with most USB3 implementations because of its's controller chipset. Alot of people suggest moving up to the Exteme4 which has onboard USB3.0 and better LAN chipset- but that's $60 jump- not really worth it for me

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November 23, 2011 6:22:12 PM

If it's a good price just stick with it, it's a good board.
November 23, 2011 8:59:49 PM

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