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June 15, 2012 6:55:59 AM

I am building a computer for the first time and I'd like some advice on whether the parts I've picked out are sufficient. I haven't purchased any of them yet. I do a lot of video editing and stuff like that as well as some programming, so I wanted a relatively powerful computer. I also want to keep the build no higher than $1000.

Here is a list of my components:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz with integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 (PC3 10666)

Hard Drives:
SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III Solid State Drive (for system files and applications)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (for everything else)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case: I like this one ---> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VS Series 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1

As for the powersupply and optical drive, I'm not sure what I need, so I'd appreciate any suggestions for those two parts. I did the powersupply calculator at http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp and it recommended around 300w.

As I said before, this is my first build so I did a lot of research but I don't know exactly what I'm doing; any advice would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. I'll be installing a Linux distro--I'm not sure which one yet--as my operating system

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June 15, 2012 7:51:00 AM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006TVQTHW/ref=ox_sc_a... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 - $34.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $204.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70540&vpn=BX80637I7377... $339.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7 3770K Unlocked Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge 8MB Retail

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $35.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $92.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

Total: $945.90 *not including rebates
June 15, 2012 12:27:25 PM

another good power supply is the seasonic M12II 520w for 59.99. its semi-modular too for good cabling
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June 15, 2012 12:43:58 PM

As Why_Me suggested, go Ivy Bridge (3770K) instead of Sandy Bridge (2600K). The Ivy Bridge CPUs have a lot better integrated graphics compared to the Sandy Bridge CPUs, which would be of use to you since you are not getting a separate GPU.
June 15, 2012 12:53:27 PM

the ivy bridge igpu is about 25-50 percent faster in games and about 20 percent faster in quicksync
June 15, 2012 6:38:39 PM

Thanks so much everybody! And okay I'll go with the Ivy Bridge CPU
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