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November 6, 2012 11:11:20 PM

Hey guys i'm really new to building computers and would like some advice on a new build for my parents. They'll mainly be using it for work wich includes tons of webpages and word files being open at the same time, there is also that they might use it for video editing and rendering. Their last computer lasted them over 7 years and they'd like this one to do the same. One last thing, the computer needs to be extremely quiet, fans drive them mad.

Here's what i'm thinking:

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D

Motherboard: ASRock z77 EXTREME 4M

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k

CPU cooler: NH-D14

Graphics card: XFX AMD Radeon HD7770 1GB

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB)

Storage: SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive + old 250GB HDD

Power supply: Kingwin LZP-550 Lazer Platinum Series ATX 550W (do i need more Watts?)

Fans(remember extra quiet): 3x Scythe gentle typhoon 2 for the back and 1 for the top and 1x BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm Fan for the front intake.

Extras: LG Electronics 10X Blu-Ray SATA Writer and
NZXT SENTRY 2 Accessories 5.25-Inch Touch Screen Fan Controller

Total cost:$1,407.32


So there you have it, I just want to know if im overkilling it. Any advice or tips would be very much appreciated.

P.S. the fans are to replace the ones that come with the case; i've heard that the case fans are loud.

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November 6, 2012 11:44:29 PM

I don't think I would label that as overkill - okay, maybe the ram but the term I would use is "very solid", not overkill
November 6, 2012 11:48:00 PM

I would suggest something along these lines.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($232.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.00 @ B&H)
Total: $1281.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This gives them i7 for maximum performance, especially with video editing, plus a decent nVidia graphics card, which will assist, especially if they are using high level Adobe software.
The Fractal case is totally adequate, and is one of the best soundproofed cases around. Although the i7 does not overclock (I think the only thing overclocking will achieve, unless your parents are particularly keen, is more noise), I have included one of the quietest aftermarket coolers.
The Asus mobo, has one of the best fan control software packages. I'm reasonably confident your parents will be able to run this sufficiently quietly, as to not need any additional measures. Of course, even quieter fans could be fitted, but I doubt they would be necessary.
November 7, 2012 12:12:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($112.03 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1409.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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