Evaulate new system - used for data processing and dictation software

Hi, this is the first time I've tried to build a computer from scratch. I've decided on an Intel-based platform after reading a number of articles on performance. I want to use this computer for 4 main purposes, in order of importance:
1) Dragon dictation software
2) Processing large datasets using both custom and commercial software packages (matlab, R, etc.)
3) Office (word processing, mail, etc.)
4) Multimedia such as playing mp3s, watching videos, etc.
I will not be using this for games, so high-end graphics is not necessary. I think these are the parts I'd like to use, but suggestions would be great:

$215 Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz

$130 ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX


$67 CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

$110 Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$150 Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

$90 Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

• I don't know what kind of power supply to use, how many watts, how efficient, etc. I did some calculations and it looks like my computer (listed above) will consume 300- 400W when overclocked. Should I go with something closer to 500W just to give myself some room? What about these two?
o $90 SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
o $50 CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Seasonic seems to get really good reviews and is gold certified, while the corsair is bronze – however, the corsair is cheaper and bundles with a case.

• Same goes with the case; I only picked the corsair because it seems to get good reviews. I really don't care what it looks like, I just want it to have plenty of room for all parts and well-ventilated.
• I saw that the ASRock motherboard received good reviews, but don't really know if this is optimal or not.
• Should I buy a cheap graphics card such as the Galaxy 61TGS4HX2LTX GeForce GT 610 GC 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card for $30?
• The 2TB Seagate has mixed reviews – any suggestions on a better hard drive?
• Should I get RAM with a higher data transfer rate?
• What connectors do I need?

Approximate Purchase Date: within next 30 days
Budget Range: around $1000 After Rebates (budget does not including monitor)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: dictation software, processing large sets of data, office software
Parts Not Required: need all parts
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter, Amazon
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel processor, no other preferences
Overclocking: Yes, but I have no experience with this so will not be trying to push any limits
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: have not bought monitor yet
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    I would just get the Corsair PSU, and don't bother with a separate GPU you already have one in the CPU it may not be much but it doesn't sound like your doing anything intensive graphics wise so you should be good.

    Here is the system I would build, comes out to 890 after $30 mail in

    I would recomend picking up at least pack of this as well since the case doesn't have many fans in it but has room for a LOT more. Just keep in mind these are 3pin connector type fans. A cheap fan controler for all these fans despite them suppose to be silent may not be out of order if you don't have enough connections and also to fine tune it to make all the case fans silent. The heatsink will probaly be for all intents and purposes also be silent until you start pushing it.

    Newegg has more detail on how many fans it the case can hold, in short it's all the cooling you will ever need in a case cheap, which is why I recommend these low decibal fans so it doesn't sound like a jet engine and you will still get good airflow.

    If you want to free up the other 2 ram slots and not use all 4 you can easily swap for a different set of cas 9 1600mhz ram for about the same price but uses 2 sticks of ram rather than 4. I just went with that set due to high reviews and that the heat spreader wasn't huge to make sure the heatsink wouldn't cause any issues as I didn't feel like looking into it.
  2. Thanks for the reply. Everything looks great, just a couple of questions. As far as the case, it looks like it doesn't have any USB 3.0 - is that correct? Also, is there any reason you went with the MSI motherboard (aside from price)?
  3. Price, I wanted the z77 chipset, and mainly due to having large heatsinks compared to the competition which should make it easier to disipate heat compared to the competition in the same price range. Not to mention this was from a good company, thats why I went with the MSI.

    As for the case it doesn't have the usb 3.0, not too big of a deal in my opinion as you still have usb 3.0 in the back of the case which are located on the motherboard itself. And if I tried to find usb 3.0 cases it would limit me severely to the amount of cases I can pick from.
  4. Best answer selected by domoarigato1976.
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