I wont be using it for hardcore gaming but my slogan is "what today's games require tomorrow's office suites will require" so I'm going with some good parts. A few explanations as to the parts I'm getting:
- I have failed to fill up a 150 GB HDD in the past six years so I really don't need a 1 TB HDD.
- Since CPUs are not upgradeable 3 years down the line (mostly because u can't find a retailer for your CPU at that point) I'm getting the best i can afford which is the Intel Core i7 2700K which will be even cheaper once Ivy Bridge comes out.
- I usually just run MS Office, Virus Scans, Firefox, and Adobe CS4, though I do like to watch videos I don't really care for Blu-Ray. - I have no intentions of overclocking as I plan on keeping this computer for the next 6 to 8 years and need it to be able to run MS office.
- Since I hardly care for games I'm only getting a mid range GPU.
- Silence is extremely important in a computer case to me and the best silent case, as far as my research shows, is the Corsair Obsidian 550D.
- I'm getting tons of RAM because I never want to see memory usage go over 20% again.
So heres the parts (prices are after tax/shipping)
Also, what I'm currently running is a Pentium 4 640 (3.2GHz)/3GB DDR2 RAM/Radeon 4650 system that can't handle a virus scan running simultaneously with photoshop CS4 and Mozilla Firefox, I was also wondering will this system handle virus scans well or will they slow it down too?
EDIT 1: I just noticed the 2700K isn't on the ASRock CPU support list but clearly 1 person on newegg says they got it to work and I see no reason if it supports the 2600K that it wouldn't support the 2700K but could that be the case? http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4%2...
I hate to bash on ppl so plz don't take this the wrong way but I did my homework and those cases are just not very good, heres why:
Coolermaster Silencio 550 vs 550D:
550D has side panel fan space Silencio doesn't.
Silencio has weak 800 RPM fans standard 550D doesn't.
550D has more cable routing space in the back.
Fractal Design R3 vs 550D
R3 has difficult to remove dust filters 550D has easy to remove dust filters
R3 only has 2 optical drive bays 550D has 5
R3 has a 1 year warranty 550D has a 5 year warranty
R3 has 1 side fan 550D has 2
After the rebate I only save about $10 by buying this case, less if you count shipping.