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September 18, 2012 5:05:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: By End of Month

Budget Range: $1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: .NET Development, Web, Movie watching, general pc us.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, dual

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Des Moines, IA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU,

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, I will be using two ViewSonic 2450WM

Additional Comments: Ideally the case would be quiet, matte finish, and have access to power button without opening the case

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my wife took over my other pc!

Hi!

I'm looking to build out a system for .net development, web, word, and perhaps occasional blueray movie viewing. I needs to have dual monitors and a fast 128 GB SSD. I would hope that the system would keep up for 5+ years and it would be nice to make this build as quiet as possible.

There will be definitely no gaming, so I'm even sure I would need a graphics card as I could just rely on integrated graphics.

I'm definitely not opposed to changing any component. This is just my first stab at it. I haven't added a case, psu, or cpu cooling. If i have to go $1100 that's ok, but if i could get roughly the same performance, etc for less, that's great too.

So far i have: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hQ4r


CPU Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor - -$176
Motherboard Asus P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $104.99 FREE $104.99
Memory Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1066 Memory $17.99 FREE $17.99 Buy
Storage Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $119.99 FREE $119.99 ($20.00 more than NCIX US) Buy
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $49.99 $4.99 $54.98 ($14.99 more than NCIX US) Buy
Monitor ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 23.6" Monitor $179.99 FREE $179.99 Buy
ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 23.6" Monitor $179.99 FREE $179.99 Buy
Keyboard Microsoft Natural Desktop 7000 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse $89.99 $9.48 $99.47 ($11.31 more than Amazon) Buy
Total (7 / 8 Items): $887


September 18, 2012 5:41:20 PM

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There will be definitely no gaming, so I'm even sure I would need a graphics card as I could just rely on integrated graphics.


Even a basic GPU like a Radeon 7750 or 7770 will still be better than integrated graphics and if you want dual monitors, you'll need one.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($131.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G245HQ Abmid 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $945.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 13:41 EDT-0400)

Add whatever keyboard and mouse you want and you're good to go.
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September 18, 2012 6:14:47 PM

Thanks for the reply gunit. But I see some issues with part of the build.

I already have an OS
I want the SSD ( vs.net runs so much faster on one),
Your optical drive is not bluray

I'm not sure I need such a powerful video card( it seems that i can save money here or is that required for bluray playback?) And I was planning on using the integrated graphics to save money because I read they support dual monitors. Am I missing something here?

I'm not playing games at all so with my last build I used (obviously this was a few years ago) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and it worked out great for 2d, dual monitor support. I don't know what it would do for bluray movie playback...

I will look at the reviews on the Acer vs the view sonic.

Is the case you choose very quiet? I found some sub $100 ones that were quiet. What about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks and let me know what you guys think.
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September 18, 2012 8:28:34 PM

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I already have an OS
I want the SSD ( vs.net runs so much faster on one),
Your optical drive is not bluray


OK I shall adjust accordingly.

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I'm not sure I need such a powerful video card( it seems that i can save money here or is that required for bluray playback?) And I was planning on using the integrated graphics to save money because I read they support dual monitors. Am I missing something here?


Integrated graphics can only handle very basic functions. You can use them for dual monitors but I wouldn't try it because by not having a video card your RAM also doubles as VRAM so that will put a strain on your RAM. The 7770 is by no means the most powerful card on the market but it will handle dual monitors flawlessly and has a dedicated HDMI output. You will also need HDCP compliant video in order to play BD-R movies so you will need a dedicated HDMI output.

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Is the case you choose very quiet? I found some sub $100 ones that were quiet. What about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811352011


Yes - I have the HAF 912 on my work PC. Very quiet compared to some of the older, noisier systems it sits next to. That Fractal Design case is a good choice as well.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($74.99 @ CompUSA)
Monitor: Acer G245HQ Abmid 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $954.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 16:28 EDT-0400)
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September 18, 2012 10:49:46 PM

Awesome. Since this is a dual monitor build :)  when I add in a second monitor it's right at $1103. Not bad.

Looks like there is a r/w drive that is cheaper at $69: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Might go with a different case as HAF 912 isn't growing on me, but other than that, I would say: Success!

thanks for all the help!
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September 18, 2012 11:01:11 PM

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September 19, 2012 12:08:52 AM

mswanson25 said:
Awesome. Since this is a dual monitor build :)  when I add in a second monitor it's right at $1103. Not bad.

Looks like there is a r/w drive that is cheaper at $69: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Might go with a different case as HAF 912 isn't growing on me, but other than that, I would say: Success!

thanks for all the help!


No problem. For cases check out Corsair, Antec, maybe some Cooler Master, Silverstone, and Fractal Design. Avoid Raidmax, Apevia, Xion, Xclio, etc.
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