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November 27, 2011 8:54:18 PM

Seeking advice on my 1st build

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: Under 2K

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, Office suite, Personal Photo/Video, Music, Not into gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, would like to get 5+ years from this system, went for a cheap HDD to get me by until the prices go back down – would eventually like to have a dual HDD setup that backs up all my documents/data. I have several hundred hours of digital home movies that I would like to start burning to DVD/BlueRay in the near future

After lots of reading and research and getting very confused several times this is what I have come up with. Any input is appreciated!

Case - $126.00 - Antec Cases P280 Aluminum Front Black Body

Antec Cases P280 Aluminum Front Black Body

Motherboard - $155 after rebate - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU - $210 - Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU

Memory - $55 after rebate - CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model

CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model

Video Card - $115 after rebate - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready

SSD - $190 - OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-120G

OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-120G

HDD - $110 - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive

What do I need in addition to this “bare drive”? Cables?

CD/DVD - $34 - Plextor PX-L890SA-26 24X DVDRW Optical Drive - Internal, SATA, Lightscribe

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive

BlueRay Burner - - PLEXTOR Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Disc Burner PX-B940SA-11

PLEXTOR Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Disc Burner PX-B940SA-11

Power Supply - $55 - Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply

Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply

Speakers - $73 - Logitech Speaker System Z523 with Subwoofer

Logitech Speaker System Z523 with Subwoofer

HDTV Monitor - $180 - Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers – Black

Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers – Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD- $140

Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 Suite - Traditional Disc - $240

Total after shipping & rebates - $1843
November 27, 2011 9:36:46 PM

odha inc said:
What do I need in addition to this “bare drive”? Cables?


You shouldn't need cables as your motherboard and PSU should have all the cables and connectors you need. What it means by "Bare drive" is you will likely just receive the drive in an anti static bag rather than a full retail box.

Any reason why you need two optical drives? Your Blu-Ray burner should be able to do everything your DVD/CD drive can do, although I can't tell for the one you picked specifically since the link you gave is for a videocard.

Other than that it looks good, socket matches up, PSU should handle it, etc.

If you are willing to spend $20 more this SSD is slightly faster than the one you picked. Only $20 more, just thinking it might be worth it if you are planning to have this system for 5+ years.
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November 27, 2011 10:52:50 PM

Matt5784 said:
You shouldn't need cables as your motherboard and PSU should have all the cables and connectors you need. What it means by "Bare drive" is you will likely just receive the drive in an anti static bag rather than a full retail box.

Any reason why you need two optical drives? Your Blu-Ray burner should be able to do everything your DVD/CD drive can do, although I can't tell for the one you picked specifically since the link you gave is for a videocard.

Other than that it looks good, socket matches up, PSU should handle it, etc.

If you are willing to spend $20 more this SSD is slightly faster than the one you picked. Only $20 more, just thinking it might be worth it if you are planning to have this system for 5+ years.



Matt5784 - Thanks for the reply and input!

The SSD you recommended looks good except for the reviews but it is worth considering a switch.

On the dual optical drives - no real reason except I was thinking I would be able to copy and burn discs a little quicker using two. But maybe I would be better off deleting that CD/DVD & spending the $30 for upgrading the SSD or something else. I fixed the BlueRay link - thanks for pointing that out.

Is there a need for a sound card with this system or is the on-board audio of the motherboard sufficient?

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November 28, 2011 3:09:05 AM

odha inc said:
The SSD you recommended looks good except for the reviews but it is worth considering a switch.

Is there a need for a sound card with this system or is the on-board audio of the motherboard sufficient?


The link I gave is for an SSD in the same line as the one you linked but slightly faster. I assume you have done some research in deciding which SSD to buy and that you prefer the one you listed. The link I gave is simply an upgraded version of the one you linked, so I was merely suggesting that it might be a better value if you are looking to have the machine a long time.

Regarding the soundcard, it's purely a matter of personal preference. I would suggest trying the onboard sound before deciding whether to add a soundcard, as you may decide the onboard sound is sufficient for your purposes and adding a soundcard is fairly trivial if you think you need it.
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