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
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
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.
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?
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)
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.