Solid 2600k build? yea or nay?

Solid build? yea or nay?

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:

Country: USA

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).


Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

CPU) Intel i7 2600k

Fan) CM Hyper 212+


SSD) Crucial M4 128 GB SATAIII
Bracket) ICY DOCK 2.5-3.5 HDD adapater

GPU) Sapphire HD6850 1GB

OS) Win7 Pro 64-bit

HDD) Seagate Baracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6.0gb/s

PS) CORSAIR HX650 Pro Series 80 plus bronze

Case) Antec 300 ATX Mid Tower

RAM) CORSAIR Vengeance 2 x 4 = 8 GB DDR3 1600 in blue color

DVD)ASUS 24x DVD Burner
Total ~ $1450

Am i forgetting anything?
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