Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as figure out what to order unless waiting a month will lower the cost a fair amount.
Budget Range: ~$1150 after rebates, although cheaper would be nice.
I do not just want to set a price and build to that price. I do not mind spending a little more for stuff if the value is there (e.x. more reliable component/ case makes assembly or wire routing easier/has better cooling/ noise reduction etc.), but I would rather spend a little less where little is lost doing so.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home office type stuff, photoshop, surfing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any inexpensive, reputable shops.
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Doubt it, but feel free to convince me otherwise.
Monitor Resolution: ??
Additional Comments: I would prefer it to be somewhat quiet.
I would like it to be useful for quite a while.
I might look to use it as a home entertainment setup in the future.
Newbie builder, so I do not know what I do not know (i.e. assume I know nothing and point out the “obvious“).
This site has been a huge help in wiping away some of my ignance[sic], so thanks to all.
CPU Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.98 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $124.99 @ Newegg
The board only has one chassis fan connector. Is this a problem with a three fan case like the Corsair 650D?
HDD Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.99 @ NCIX US
SDD Mushkin Chronos Deluxe MX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $119.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case $149.99 @ NCIX US
I was thinking I should go a little cheaper, but the 650D fits what I would like – black, a side window (then again, I am still considering Corsair 550D ), Front I/O with USB 3.0, and something that is not flashy. I like the Lian-Li cases, but the I/O on the top of the case seems like it would be a pain (can anyone comment on the top I/O?)
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $87.99 @ SuperBiiz
You can connect the fan headers directly to the PSU. The problem is it will keep on blowing at full throttle. Here is an alternative board with 3 fan headers: GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Without a discrete GPU, you only really need 430W PSU. You can get a 550W one just in case you decide to add it in in the future.
If you're not a gamer, I wouldn't spend so much; here's my recommendations; buy everything from newegg.com to save on shipping costs. superbiz is ok, I used to live in san jose where they're located, but newegg is tops. Unless you live in san jose, stick with newegg.
The i3 is a dual core processor while the i5 is a quad core processor. It also helps that i5 has turbo boost which means that during periods of loads, the CPU will overclock itself so that it runs faster. As such, technically, the i5 is more capable with multi-tasking. I don't know by how much though.
Another thing to note is that the i5 you chose is Ivy-Bridge based while the i3-2120 is Sandy Bridge based. With your MoBo choice, you will not be able to take advantage of PCI Express 3.0 with the i3. Also, IB i3's are not available yet (as far as I know). So, if you want to stick with i3's but want PCI Express 3.0, then you will have to wait until they come out.
The p8z77v-LK is also a good MoBo. You can also look at this MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. You can SLI/xFire with this MoBo and it had 4 fan connectors (3 system fans and 1 cpu fan).
I don't have one but I assume you plug in power to the fan speed controller unit and attach the fans to the unit. That way your fan does not go full throttle all the time.