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January 23, 2012 6:52:55 PM

After reading the new build forum for a couple weeks, I think I finally got it narrowed down to the parts I want to put together. My goal is a PC that will last many years (5+) with some upgrade paths for future proofing. I will be using Adobe Lightroom 3 for photo editing and I'm interested in picking up a modern game or two like Skyrim. I WILL NOT be a hard-core, 8 hours a day, gamer...just casual. On with it:

Approximate Purchase Date: ordering parts this week

Budget Range: $800-1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet/ Hacking my Android devices, image processing with Adobe Lightroom3, gaming, office work

Parts Not Required: I need it all! Will probably pick up a keyboard and mouse at the local big box stores but recommendations are welcome.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter web only

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU with future-proof mobo, 23" LCD LED-backlit monitor, mid tower case, prefer to pay a little more for better quality parts
Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, somewhat energy efficient PC. Gotta keep the utility bills down ya know!

Here's what I have picked out so far from reading the threads and reviews on Newegg:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz (3.3GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 65W

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III PPCMK3S500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Other thoughts:
- I know the 64gb is not enough but should I just wait for prices to stabilize before I buy a HDD? I want either a 500GB or 1TB
- Have no idea what monitor to get but I don't want to spend over about $150
- Does the mobo I have picked out have USB 3.0 on the faceplate since the case I've chosen has a front panel USB 3.0 port?
- I already purchased 8GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) for $40
- I'm on a wifi only connection since the router is in the other room and I'm in a rental so can't run wires through the wall. Will I need a wireless adapter of some kind? Suggestions...

Thanks in advance for any input .... This forum and site is AWESOME and super helpful for us noobs.

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January 23, 2012 7:14:05 PM

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
$169.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $149.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822145299

Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139028

EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$289.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130738

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
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$149.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total for this build would be $1151.91 and while it's over your budget you can easily swap out parts that you want to make it match your budget more.



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January 23, 2012 7:15:48 PM

That particular motherboard does not support front panel USB3.

You can get a 22" or 21.5" FullHD monitor for the $150 or under.
Something with a 5ms response time or lower would be good.

Well you can run like at least 100' of cable too if you so desire instead of a Wifi card. Don't need to go through a wall, just take put in a cable that goes around the edges of the walls to your computer. The cost in either solution is probably about the same.

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January 24, 2012 12:27:32 AM

rvilkman said:
That particular motherboard does not support front panel USB3.


Can you recommend a mobo of the same caliber that supports front panel USB3?
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January 24, 2012 1:16:03 AM

ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These will have what you want but it will cost you a few more bucks to get it.
You can run an extension through the case to the rear i/o panel and connect the front usb that way and it would be a little cheaper and I have done that myself.
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January 24, 2012 4:38:43 PM

inzone said:
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These will have what you want but it will cost you a few more bucks to get it.
You can run an extension through the case to the rear i/o panel and connect the front usb that way and it would be a little cheaper and I have done that myself.


Thanks for the suggestions but I bought this board this morning from Newegg. Seems they are having a pretty big sale and I got it $10 off. ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS -$119.99

They also have Win7 64bit OEM for $10 off so $89.99 with a promo code.
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January 24, 2012 4:50:10 PM

Nice deals going on at Newegg, good to see you have the opportunity to pick up what you wanted with a discount yet!
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January 30, 2012 11:26:40 PM

Best answer selected by Cla55clown.
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