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New build advice, $1000-$1500 HTPC/Photo Editing

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November 25, 2011 5:49:46 PM

Hi guys, been quite some time since I built a PC as I was primarily a Mac user for many years. So much has changed I'm not sure where to start. A few pushes in the right direction should be all I need.


Approximate Purchase Date: Now through end of December

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Internet surfing, Office apps, Visual Studio
Photo editing
Watching movies
Transcoding movies
Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, router/switch

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't care

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: The bigger the better. The monitor will be a separate budget item by itself. I'm thinking of at least a 24-incher and probably 27. Recommendations here are welcomed as well.

Additional Comments:
1) PC is going in the living room so it must be quiet.
2) I prefer that flashing/lighted parts be kept to a minimum.
3) I don't do much PC gaming, but I plan to hog out in front of Diablo 3 when it comes out.
4) Willing to pay a little more up front if necessary for upgradeability in a year or two.
5) Would like at least 8 GB RAM

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November 25, 2011 11:22:28 PM

You can get something pretty awesome for that kind of money:

Intel Core i7-2600k - $319.99
16GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz - $64.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $124.99
ASUS GTX 560Ti - $244.99
Crucial M4 128GB - $214.99
Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB - $69.99
Seasonic X-560 - $124.99
Fractal Design Define R3 - $109.99
Noctua NH-C12P - $74.99
Samsung CD/DVD Burner - $15.99

Total: $1365.90 before shipping and rebates

That should rip through any video transcoding/photo editing and would easily cope with games like Diablo 3. Best part is that it should be extremely quiet so long as you lower all the fan speeds to the lowest settings. You should be fine leaving it that way too since CPU and GPU fans will speed up if they need to.
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November 28, 2011 7:19:11 PM

Thanks for your help. I'll definitely check into it! :) 
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