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Current specs for build (namely used for casual Facebook web surfing, heaviest use would prob. just be watching movies or editing a lot of photos at once):

Want a quiet system. Doesn't have to be silent, but quiet as possible on a budget.

No overclocking will be done. No gaming. I know it's kinda overkill now, so please feel free to suggest any other part changes.

CPU: i2500

Mobo: Asus P8P67 WS Revolution

Memory: 8GB (I was thinking just 8GB in case a ton of multitasking occurs, but then again is the Windows 7 OS capable of using more than 4GB?)

GPU: Here's where I'm stuck...I could use the on-board i5-2500 GPU or a cheap GPU card...ideally the GPU card would be at most equal to the price of just getting a Z68 board with onboard video since any price higher than that would just lead me to pick using the on-board GPU

PSU: based on GPU suggestion...perhaps ~400W or less?

HDD: WD Blue 1 TB

SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB

DVD Drive: LITE-ON IHAS524

Cooling: CM Hyper 212+ (Is this recommended even tho I am not overclocking? Would it make my build significantly quieter?)

Case: Bitfenix Survivor or Phantom NZXT

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If you're not gaming, the onboard GPU inside the i5-2500 will suffice.

Is there a reason you want a dedicated card?

If you are going with the onboard GPU, you will need a different motherboard (Z68 or H67). Click the link in my sig to find out which one suits your needs (check for video outputs, as without those, you won't be able to use the onboard GPU).

Also, I'd like to say that overclocking the CPU would be a good idea, seeing as how overclocking has become so simple on the Sandy Bridge CPUs. Of course, to do that, you'd need an i5-2500k CPU and a Z68 or P67 motherboard.
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i7-2600k Gigabyte P67A-UD7-B3 GTX 480 SLi G.Skill 16GB (4x4GB) 1600/CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB LG 6x BD-RW/HD-DVD Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate 64-bit Dell 'PLP' - 2007FP | 3007WFP-HC | 2007FP 
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Logitech G510 Silverstone 1000w [80A]-Rail Antec p190 (Modded) Logitech G700 
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i7-2600k Gigabyte P67A-UD7-B3 GTX 480 SLi G.Skill 16GB (4x4GB) 1600/CL7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 256GB LG 6x BD-RW/HD-DVD Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate 64-bit Dell 'PLP' - 2007FP | 3007WFP-HC | 2007FP 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G510 Silverstone 1000w [80A]-Rail Antec p190 (Modded) Logitech G700 
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Steelpad SteelSeries Experience I-2 
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I would get a 6850/450 for you.

4gb is enough for you. And I would highly recommend you get a 2500k, it is worth the extra few dollars even if you aint gonna be overclocking right now. And the 212 plus you are considering will be a good cooler to even OC that CPU. Really, when you can spend 15 dollars for an extra 40% performance, why wouldn't you? Plus OCing the 2500k is as easy as taking a dump. Plus, you said you are editing photos, no reason why you shouldnt get it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139028

600W, as I think you might be getting a new GPU in the future. If you aint planning on getting one, go for a 450 W or 500 W.

Get the Phantom, looks way cooler than the Survivor, and cools better.

EDIT: btw, you are gettin a pretty sick board for the components.
Edited by sloppyjoe123 - 10/2/11 at 7:07am
    
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i5 6500 @ stock MSI H110i Pro AC Asus GTX 1070 Gaming Strix OC 16Gb DDR4 Corsair Vengeance 
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1Tb Hitachi 5400RPM 2.5" HDD Intel 540s 240Gb SSD Noctua L9i Windows 10 Home Premium 
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PX2370 Filco Ninja Brown Switches Silverstone 500W SFX-L Gold Silverstone RVZ02 (Non-Windowed) 
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1Tb Hitachi 5400RPM 2.5" HDD Intel 540s 240Gb SSD Noctua L9i Windows 10 Home Premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
PX2370 Filco Ninja Brown Switches Silverstone 500W SFX-L Gold Silverstone RVZ02 (Non-Windowed) 
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