This is for a multi-tasking, productivity PC, but oddly enough I am constrained by a customer that has to have a 2600k. I understand this is overkill for surfing the web and making powerpoint presentations...See add'l comments below.
Open to any comments on anything. Thanks for the help.
Approximate Purchase Date: Today or Tomorrow before 2pm (delivered by 23 Dec 2011)
Budget Range: <$1500 and less $$$ is better
System Usage from Most to Least Important: ...productivity apps, basic video editing (trimming, keying, converting), some CS5, no games at all
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Set on 2600k with SSD for "snappiness". Mobo = ASUS or gigabyte, Vid Card Mfr = evga, sapphire, or xfx, HDD mfr = Seagate. It should have a smallish conservative-looking case (no fancy lights, mid-tower or smaller).
Overclocking: Maybe, only if easy, no prior personal exp w/OC
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (x 2 monitors)
Additional Comments: This is a build for father to replace xx-year old PC (has an athlon 64 single core). He is extremely frustrated by slowness of current PC so he wants to replace with fastest out there, and is dead set on a 2600k CPU because of marketing. This PC has to have dual monitor functionality.
Can't convince myself that Intel 3000 graphics is a "better" option over a discrete GPU in the near future in terms of compatibility with programs (i won't be around to troubleshoot after build). Also, I can't bring it upon myself *not* to have a decent GPU in a PC with specs like these. Maybe you could help convince me. It should have a smallish conservative-looking case (no fancy lights, mid-tower or smaller).
The Crucial M4 at 128GB is a tier 5 unit for $196 ..... The Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB ($210), OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 ($204) GB, Patriot WildFire 120 GB ($215), Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB ($230) are tier 3 units which according to THG are about 21% faster.
Video Editing applications benefit from CUDA which is an nVidia only thing
The 560 Ti would be the budget equivalent of the 6950. I'd suggest a factory OC'd model as they are the same price as reference models and have more robust VRM and cooling. I'm partial tot he Asus model