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$1000 workstation - does it compute?

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March 8, 2012 6:00:46 PM

I'm a long time IT guy, but this is my first build so be gentle. I'm pretty sure I can put it all together, just want to make sure all parts will fit connector and space-wise. Also, are there are better deals I'm missing?

(I'd get the i7 cpu from microcenter ($250 with coupon) and save $75)

Approximate Purchase Date: < 1 month
Budget Range: ~$1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, HTPC via HDMI out, Minor video editing, Subsonic music server
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Bulk HD, OS, Keyboard/Mouse, Soundcard/speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel i7, SSD boot drive, quiet fans
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments:
  • relatively quiet PC
  • fast multitasker
  • able to capture 480p video from diamond vc500 capture card
  • low power draw (given the i7 of course) as it'll be always on.
  • little to no gaming (that happens on the xbox)
  • already have and will install Windows 7 x64, Creative X-fi music card, 3TB USB 3.0 external HD
  • 8GB RAM for now until prices come down
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    March 8, 2012 6:16:28 PM

    If you want a silent PC then change the case with :
    COOLER MASTER Silencio 450 60$
    Fanless video card GIGABYTE GV-R677SL-1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB
    Motherboard :
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 130$
    If you don't intend to Crossfire buy a cheaper mobo
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 105$
    BIOSTAR TZ68A+ 110$
    Power supply :
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular
    March 8, 2012 7:36:35 PM

    Thanks! Great suggestions sosofm - I've updated the list.
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    March 8, 2012 8:06:09 PM

    HEC is not one of the better PSU brands.. I would recommend one of the PSUs that sosofm mentioned..
    March 9, 2012 2:00:10 PM

    Good call - updated the PSU.
    March 17, 2012 1:19:15 PM

    Best answer selected by phokus.
    March 26, 2012 3:54:40 PM

    Thanks for the assistance. Got it all built and it's fast and relatively quiet. Final specs:

  • COOLER MASTER Silencio 450 RC-450-KKN1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: $65

  • SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply: $100

  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM: $70

  • ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: $122

  • Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K: $250

  • Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD): $140

  • Gigabyte GV-R677SL-1GD Radeon HD 6770 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, DirectX 11, PCI-Express 2.1, Dual-link DVI-I, HDMI, Displayport : $130

  • LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM: $78

    Total = $955 shipped