Home entertainment / business build

Hi all,

I am finally replacing by Lennovo T61 laptop, which I use as a desktop at home these days. with a proper desktop.

Intended use - Home and some business
- Internet surfing
- Movie watching
- Quite heavy MSOffice use (many large open files concurrently)
- Some video editing @ 1080p (nothing professional, just kid videos)
- Casual gaming + older games + CIV5 which I'd like to be able to run with playable frame rates at medium settings
- In the future, I'd like to expand the system with a graphics card to be able to play modern games (but not shooters..) Not required now

Other considerations
- Will be connected to three monitors: 24", 19" and 42" LCD TV, with the 19" and 42" sharing the same picture.
- I'd like to have a quiet build. Doesn't have to be silent but reasonably quiet.
- I don't plan to bother with overclocking
- $700 budget but can go higher if necessary.
- No monitor needed.
- I live abroad and can shop only amazon.

The setup I was thinking about -

core i5-3450 - $190

Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3P mobo - $95
Don't plan to overclock, don't need SRT. Therefore decided to go with the lower cost B75 rather than the H77 or Z77.
Chose this rather than the GA-B75M-D3H because I need the SPDIFF port and like the optional displayport.

Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory - KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX by Kingston - $43

SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB sata 6.0 - $100
As a system + software drive

Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s - $120
For media

Windows 7 - $90

Open questions

1. Looking for a good looking, quiet, not-to-big mATX case - What would you recommend, considering that the only expected expansion is a graphics card?
2. Which PSU should I use?
3. Shall I go Crucial SSD instead of Sandisk - 128Gb for almost the same price?
4. Should I go for higher end memory?
5. Any other comment on any component?

Your advice is much appreciated!

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  1. I'd go with something like this...

    I included a blu ray player for movies and what not.

    I didn't bother with an overclockable board and CPU as it would be a waste unless you plan on doing heavy gaming. I wouldn't bother with an SSD for now. You can just add that as a later upgrade if needed/desired.

    I recommend the PC power and cooling psu. It's a great power supply that has modular capabilities. This will help with cable management and air flow.

    You don't need "higher end" memory. You won't notice a difference in the applications you'll be running. The kingston RAM will be adequate. If you want something that looks "cooler", I'd recommend this...
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB

    Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Good luck!
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