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December 7, 2011 4:01:54 PM

Hello,

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:

Chip:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard:
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SSD
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $169


Cooler:
Is this overkill?
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
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.

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 7, 2011 4:40:43 PM

CPU:
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

Mobo:
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

RAM:
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

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

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

DVD:
Good choice it will do fine.

PSU:
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

OS:
if you need the added features you get from PRO go ahead, otherwise Win7 Home Premiun 64bit OEM will do
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December 8, 2011 2:05:23 PM

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December 8, 2011 2:37:08 PM

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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December 8, 2011 3:26:20 PM

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