I am still using an old Core2 machine. Need max processing power in a quiet machine. Probably not worth waiting for Ivy Bridge from what I read. I need TI chipset firewire capability for use with existing interfaces. How high tech do I need to go? I have friends helping to build this, just trying to gather info ahead of time. Intel processors please.
Processor: i7-2600(k, not really necessary... but for a couple of bucks more it would be a waste not to get an i7-2600k)
Aftermarket cooling (quieter): Single fan CoolerMaster 212 EVO + Arctic Silver 5
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V DELUXE/GEN3 (other than onboard firewire, the best Z68 board ASUS makes)
QUIET Case: Antec P280 (same used in Tom's 2600$ build for this quarter)
QUIET Power supply: (Passively cooled) Seasonic X Series SS-400FL
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (2x8GB)
SSD: 128GB (choose between Crucial M4, OCZ Vertex 3, Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe
HDD: (?)TB WD Caviar (Black or Blue) or Seagate Barracuda
Tower only, I have Win 7 32/64, one monitor, 2+ TB storage... More is better. Will be running Samplitude audio software for multitrack audio and maybe a few other audio options as well as any backup/transfer software. Budget <2K. Lots of VST plugins.