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Non gamer but multi-threading desired


Here are the items I've selected for a new build. These are based on reviews and an attempt to keep overclocking and other upgrade options as open as possible. I'm not a gamer, but do much multi-tasking, and one application is multi-threaded. Don't need a moniter now but expect to get one in the near future. Keyboard and mouse are fine. I already have 3 2TB drives and several smaller ones that will go into a Corsair 650d case so they will be accessible and I can better organized files.

Expect to purchase in December 2011.
Budget Range: about $1000.00
System Usage: statistical applications, excel, browser, email, play music, some video
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Country: US
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: not determined yet
Additional Comments: quiet is good

Current choices:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $169

Is this overkill?
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

DVD burner:
It's cheap.
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Don't know if this would have any benefit so I'm expecting to rely on the integrated graphics unless someone would convince me otherwise.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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    if you really benefit from multithreading then i7 2600k is the way to go. It's $100 more but it does shine with threaded stuff.

    CPU cooler: Yeah pretty much the Noctual is massive overkill. Unless you plan on going for the gold with overclocking :)
    Other less expensive options: Cooler Master Hyper 212+/EVO, Scythe Mugen3 for example

    Unless you plan on doing massive overclocks and getting several PCIe cards you will be paying for nothing with those high end boards.
    That being said a nice stable board would be a plus. So just in case get one which has Gen3 PCIe such as:
    Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen3 ~$185
    MSI Z68-GD65 Gen3 ~$190
    ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 ~$180

    2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600MHz will do great, unless your applications need it or you need to run multiple at a time, then you might consider 2 sets. In any case
    a small expense these days

    The onboard will work great and even do some gaming if you so choose to.

    Also check into OCZ Vertex 3 it's about $20 more but faster than the agility.

    Good choice it will do fine.

    Well the PSU is massive overkill, but i can't really fault your choice here as I own 2 of the HX850's. It's a great PSU and the 7 year warranty rocks :)
    You will do fine however with about 650W if you put in a high end video card. Without it 500W will do fine.
    If you want to keep the high quality also check into Seasonic X750 at $149 a little cheaper but even more efficient than the hx850

    if you need the added features you get from PRO go ahead, otherwise Win7 Home Premiun 64bit OEM will do
  2. Best answer selected by twcinnh.
  3. And one comment scratch the Asrock off the mobo list, seems like they have quite a few issues with quality, so MSI or Asus is the way to go.
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