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November 1, 2012 2:20:52 AM

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?
November 1, 2012 3:19:56 AM

get this i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would only get 8gb ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
psu, I think it's the same
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't think cases are that loud anyway
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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.
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November 1, 2012 4:29:25 AM

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.)

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November 1, 2012 4:44:26 AM

^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.)
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November 2, 2012 4:26:04 PM

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
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November 2, 2012 4:27:25 PM

Best answer selected by NoviceMike.
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