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Quiet $1,000 Build (w/out monitor)

New Windows 8 Quiet Build

Approximate Purchase Date: November 2012

Budget Range: ~$1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 99% of the usage of the PC will be for Microsoft Office, surfing the net, and watching streaming video. I don’t do any gaming. Two or three times a year I also edit/create a Sony Vegas Christmas or sports video.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes – Windows 8

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Location: Illinois

Parts Preferences: (This is what I’m thinking about – I’m not tied to any of these)
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU Intel Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge
CPU Cooler Gelid Tranquillo Rev2 or Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe
Ram Kingston 16GB DDR3-1600 (2x8GB)
Video Card Onboard Video?
Sound Card Onboard Sound
Hard Drive Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
2nd Hard Drive Using existing 750 TB Drive
CD/DVD Using existing drive
Keyboard/Mouse Logitech Wireless Combo Mk520
Case ? (Quietest)
Power Rosewill Capstone-450 w/Silent 140mm Fan
OS Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Top priority is a quiet PC!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Last build is 5 years old and the graphics card just stopped working. Getting by with $50 card, but I think my Network Card also just stopped working. Rather then put more money in my old build, I figure it’s time for a new one.

My questions:

1. With my Ivy Bridge CPU, can I get away without installing a Graphics Card? Without a graphics card, will it simply take longer to render my Sony Vegas projects, or will I sacrifice the resulting video quality too?

2. Is the i5 OK for my intended usage? From what I read, Sony Vegas would benefit from the i7's hyper threading, but if I'm only using this 2-3 times a year, is it worth it? I guess to quantify this... If it will take me 10 hours to create a video with an i5 and only an hour with the i7 (even if it is just 3 times a year) I'd probably spring for the i7, because I know I'd be cursing my cheapness when I was waiting the extra 9 hours for the video to render.

3. I probably will not attempt to overclock. And, given my top priority is a quite PC, should I go with the Intel S series chip rather than the K (less heat = less fan noise)?

4. And finally, can anyone point me towards some links for recommended builds?
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m6BC

    This is what I came up with real quick. This is probably all you need for what you are doing. But if you want to spend all of your $1000 dollars I would recommend:
    Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz ($100 more, overkill)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB ($30 more, overkill)

    Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition ($200 more WAY overkill)
  2. get this i5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116781
    motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157313
    I would only get 8gb ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178382
    Also you might want to look at the hard drive and disc drive you are using, if that hard drive and disc drive is 5 years old they might not be compatible with your board.
    Get this ssd instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227792
    psu, I think it's the same
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066
    I don't think cases are that loud anyway
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144273
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102933
    This is all you probably need for that. Also I left in room for an aftermarket cooler, new disc drive, and hard drive.
    total is 763.56 including windows.
  3. Best answer
    Eh... honestly you don't need to spend that much for your system usage.
    An APU system will be more than enough.

    You won't need a GPU anymore for this since the IGP is already good.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $625.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Regarding the video rendering, I'm sure 4 cores and 3.8GHz would be enough for that.
    If you're a bit OCD on the render time, here's a cheaper AMD revision of an i7 rendering system. It would perform relatively close to it.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Total: $733.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. ^What Excella said. That first build will do EVERYTHING you want it too, and could even be upgraded slightly further within budget. (8-core CPU, faster RAM.)

    That's going to be your best bet, and likely your quietest. (Though I highly recommend an aftermarket cooler like the Hyper 212+ if quiet is a priority.)
  5. Excellent. Thanks to all for your suggestions. I'll use the money I save to buy a Acer Touch Screen Monitor to make my Windows 8 "experience" more (just more).

    Thanks Again,
    Mike
  6. Best answer selected by NoviceMike.
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