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October 2, 2012 7:17:07 PM

Hello all
First time computer builder here looking for opinions.
I am most interested in longevity and the ability to upgrade piece by piece in the future.
I will use this computer for light photo editing and large quantity storage of photos, duplicating and storing large quantities of both audio and video, YouTube, I-Tunes, Google Earth, News and Weather , General Web Surfing, and so on.
I have already gone over my intended budget, but am fine with that if the quality is worth the money.
Right now I am at almost $900.00
So here is what I have chosen, and would like to know what you think, good, bad, and the ugly.
Also is this everything I will need or have I missed something?
I will not need a Monitor, Keyboard or Mouse.
One other question is will the Intel HD Graphics 2500 in the CPU do what I have described, or will I need a GPU?
Thanks in advance, and Have a Great Day. :sol: 

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive 188.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450 194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk – OEM 19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Syba SY-ACC65030 Anti-Static Velcro Wrist Strap 7.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 2, 2012 7:36:33 PM

Everything looks good there. First, for what you are doing, the intel hd on board graphics will work fine, I have it on my office machine running adobe PS and illustrator. I just wouldn't expect to game with it. If you are looking to run HTPC with this, or file serving, consider a WD Red. But the blacks are awesome, I've not had a single failure yet with those.

However, your CPU is grossly overpowered for what you're doing. Save yourself a bunch of money and get an i3 with the same socket, you won't know the difference except the extra money in your pocket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I would buy Windows 7 pro if you intend to keep it. If you plan to change to Windows 8, don't bother.

Good luck.
October 2, 2012 7:44:14 PM

Hrodebert said:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


At first, I'd say that your power supply is grossly out-matching your build - but you did mention you may want to upgrade later (perhaps throw in a graphics card or two), so I suppose its fine. At that price though, you're overpaying for what you're getting, in my opinion.

Why not go for a SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ($89.99)?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or perhaps a CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W($69.99 - $20 MIR = $49.99!)?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: With those savings, you could even consider a 120GB SSD from OCZ for a little bit more money than you were paying originally.
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October 2, 2012 8:01:31 PM

Would you be playing games ? Now or in future ?
October 2, 2012 9:34:10 PM

hitesh12 said:
Would you be playing games ? Now or in future ?

Not very likely but at best it would be a hunting or fishing game that would be nothing like most here would consider gaming.
October 2, 2012 9:58:16 PM

Hrodebert said:
Not very likely but at best it would be a hunting or fishing game that would be nothing like most here would consider gaming.


If this is the case, then 2 graphics cards are out of the question - and you may not even end up purchasing a single graphics card later on.

Consider getting a 450/500W power supply and definitely put the savings into an SSD. Probably the most effective way to see a big performance increase given what you currently have/want to build.
October 4, 2012 12:17:20 AM

njxc500 said:
Also, I would buy Windows 7 pro if you intend to keep it. If you plan to change to Windows 8, don't bother.Good luck.

What is the reason for this?
Thanks to everyone so far for the input.
My main reason for picking the parts that I did was to get the most up to date technology that I could afford at this time.
I am doing some comparisons and some learning from the input I am getting, and am hoping to get more opinions to help me finalize my decision. Thanks to all and Have a great day. :sol: 
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