System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office apps, QuarkXpress (graphic layout and design), photo editing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon
Parts Preferences: intel
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like the PC to be quiet and very fast/responsive for daily use apps: office, email & web. I intend to use Z68's Smart Response Technology to improve performance. This PC won't be used for gaming beyond the occasional flash games.
Couple of questions:
* The mobo documentation claims "multi-vga output support" - I assume this means it can support multiple monitors without a graphics card? I plan to add a second 1920x1080 soon.
* The RAM is on the QVL even though it is 1.65V... Should I look for 1.5V sticks instead?
* Will that PSU be able to support a mid-level graphics card, if I want to add one down the road?
This will be my first build. Any advice appreciated! Thanks!
****OK misread something. Multiple monitors do seem to be supported with your mobo****
On the PSU, 430w would seem to be quite adequate sans GPU. A rule of thumb is to give yourself a bit of headroom, so you have future upgrade potential with your PSU. I suggest a good PSU in the low-mid 500s, depending on the power settings demanded by your future GPU.
@quicksand10 - thanks; I agree that a large SSD for OS+programs would perform better, but I'm worried that it would make management of the PC a little more difficult for a user who has no interest in that sort of thing. That Intel SSD sure is expensive though.
For PSUs, is Seasonic a good choice? Or is that overkill?
The Define Mini case is exactly what I wanted - I just hadn't discovered it yet!
For PSU, I ended up going with a Season X-650 that went on sale at newegg. In one respect it's way overkill for this build, but it's fan doesn't turn on with low power draw so it is completely silent.
The only mistake I've made (and discovered) so far: the case has a front panel USB 3.0 port with a 20-pin connector, but the motherboard lacks a connector for this. I'll either leave the port inoperable (yuck, sloppy) or add a PCIe card with a 20-pin USB3 header.