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Media Build (editing, processing, recording) ~1000

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January 24, 2012 9:56:44 PM

Hello, and thanks in advance for any help you can offer! I am looking to set up a rig that will last me a long while for photo editing (heavy use of lightroom3 and CS5), recording music (guitar setup) with multi track editing and VST use. Gaming would be the least of priorities, but would love to play DIII if it ever comes out :pt1cable: 

I have NEVER actually put together a comp (physically) so I dont know if you would suggest doing an online builder, taking it to a local shop, or just trying my best lol.

Here we go:

Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better, but I have a system to get me by in the mean time

Budget Range: I would like to stay under $1000 before/after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo processing and editing (lightroom 3 and CS5), recording and editing musical tracks and use of VST, surfing, games.

Parts Not Required: I have a "decent" setup but dont know if it would be worth it canibalize or just try to get a few hundred for it. I think the only thing of somewhat value would be the primary hard drive, raptor 150gb 10k rpm.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, who ever is cheaper is fine!

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: either i5 2500k or i7 2600k. I hear ASUS is rock solid, but open to any MOBO suggestions

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I have NEVER actually put together a comp (physically) so I dont know if you would suggest doing an online builder, taking it to a local shop, or just trying my best lol.
January 25, 2012 3:20:15 PM

welp since no one wants to reply, this is what I have come up with. more than I wanted to spend, and considering I will have to put it together myself, I am pretty nervous.

mobo :Open Box: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Processor :Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor

RAM :Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX

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

Storage Drive: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

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

Case: RAIDMAX Simplex ATX-618B Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Fan: Rosewill RCX-SC1U-1366 70mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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


Before rebates this will be $1063.31
None of these things said "bare" so I am assuming it will have all cables and wires I will need, or no?
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