Building PC Desktop - Need advise


Nov 30, 2008
I recently signed up for NewEgg's Preferred Account and would like to take advantage of the 12 months no interest. My budget is $1000 - $1400 (w/ two monitors). I also plan on keeping desktop for about 3-5 years before upgrading. After building this desktop I'm going to sell my old Dell laptop and monitors to recoup some of the cash.

This build will mainly be used for:

Internet (lots of opened browsers simultaneously)
Media (streaming movies, mp3, downloading, etc)
Coding (HTML/CSS)
Photoshop (nothing too heavy)
Some gaming

Ideally I don't want to spend more than $1000, but I don't mind spending a bit more for better hardware as long as it's worth it. The goal is to build a super snappy computer that will enable me to multitask for years to come. Below are a few hardware I have in mind:

Case - Corsair 600T (black)
Video/Sound - Will use integrated for now but buy a $100-$150 video card down the road
Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SSD - Intel 330 120GB 2.5
HDD - WD Blue 1TB 7200 SATA 6.0Gb (We have a home server with Raid set up)
Optical Drive - Don't matter

Power Supply - Recommendation. Is 500W enough?
CPU - Recommendation. Intel i5-3550 or i5-3750k? I don't plan to overclock but I wouldn't mind doing it either.
Motherboard - Recommendation
Monitor - Recommendation. Looking for two IPS 23-24 inches w/ 1920 x 1080 resolution
OS - Stick with Windows 7 or upgrade to Windows 8?

Let me know what you guys think.
unless you are using CS 5 or later you wont need 16 gig of RAM . 8 will be more than you will need , and more than you could use

buy the 3570K to give yourself the option
A motherboard with a Z77 chipset
a samsung 830 or 840 128 gig SSD as a boot drive

Use windows 8 64 bit OEM.
It has an underlying better feature set
You just need to close all the metro apps, and add a third party start button to make it recognizable as a desk top OS


Nov 30, 2008
Thanks for the response @outlander.

I actually have CS5 installed right now, but I don't use it all the time. The only reason why I want a more ram is because I might start learning Adobe Illustrator. I also decided to go with the 3570k and the 128GB Samsung 830 SSD. My biggest question right now is which motherboard to choose. There are so many to options and I can't make a decision.

Any idea which motherboard with integrated video is capable of running a dual monitor setup? I want to use the integrated videocard for now, but if it can't run dual monitor I'll have to buy a separate one. Was thinking about the ASUS ENGTX560 for $140 (after MIR).

Thanks for the heads up with Windows 8. I definitely want the Start Up button!