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Finalized:

Case: Cooler Master Haf-912

Motherboard - Asus P8P67 (Rev 3.0)

Processor - Intel i7 2600 no k

Ram - G. Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Model:F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Hard Drive - WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Optical Drive - Lite-on Blu-ray burner iHBS212

Power supply - Cooler Master GX RS-650

Card Reader - Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader

Video Card - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) *Note: Already bought

 

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Like i said before, I will be doing minor multitasking. At the extreme most, IE, Chrome, Word, PPT, Excel, Windows Live MovieMaker and Mail, Visual Basic, and rendering 3D images using Blender

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so you wont oc??
if you wont a h67 board is fine- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128473
if you want a board for sli than you will have to get a p67/ z68- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128502
this hdd is faster and cheaper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] point%20f3
better psu for less- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371048
what will this be used for?

I like your psu, but it has a lower warranty period. 3yrs vs. 5yrs Does the Antec have less faith in it's product?
I have heard Samsungs to be quite unreliable compared to WDs and Seagates

Also, is it worth it to get a i7 2600 or should i settle for a i5 2500 for $100 less?
 
The Corsair CX600 is not "bad" at all; he just said (and I agree) that the Antec is better.
Check some Blender benchmarks. Is the i7-2600K that much faster? If you're not planning to overclock, a non-"K" CPU will save you some money. If Quicksync can help you, look at a Z68 board that has Virtu. If you won't play games, feel free to sell the GTX460 (but DON'T if you will play ANY 3D games) to help make budget.
You may not start with one, but when you can afford it, a SSD makes a big difference when loading up and swapping between a lot of programs.
 

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an i5 2500 can do the tasks I need it to, but after 4 years, the i5 will be slower than the i7. My question is, if I buy a higher level processor, will my PC have more performance after 4 years? Is the i7 a worthy investment? I will be playing some games but not like an intense gamer. Also, aren't SSD's known to slow down a lot after awhile? The way files are stored, deleted, and moved is completely different between an SSD and a HDD.
 
While I believe in going for future-resistance, planning for four years out in a field that changes as rapidly as computer technology sounds extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible. When I considered all the programs I run today, I realized that even a low-end current generation CPU would likely handle them for years. The Phenom II X4 970 I chose is readily beaten by Sandy Bridge, but I made my decision based on mobo and chipset features, and have had no cause to regret it.
Windows 7 supports a command called TRIM which minimizes the degradation that SSDs can experience as they fill. I have noticed no slowdown in either of the two SSDs I have. The controllers (e.g. Sandforce) now in use also do a better job of background garbage collection and otherwise minimizing that slowdown. I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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id say stay with the 2600 since you will have it for a long time. if you really want to make it relevant for the next 4 years you should get the k version and oc it to like 4.4 ghz. you dont even have to touch the voltage just up the cpu multiplier to 44x. really simple. the f3's are a very good hdd. they are just as reliable as wd's and seagates.
then change your motherboard to this since i think you should oc- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512 . antec is a trusted brand just like corsair. the antec psu will be fine with one strong 12v rail. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048 . you can easily afford the 2600k with all of those changes i made
 

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the z68 board you suggested does not have video ports. How is Intel HD graphics supposed to work alongside a graphics card.? Where does the image come from then?
 

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it isnt supposed to work w/ the gpu. you just use the gpu's video ports
 

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no it isnt. that isnt all z68's do. they have faster video encoding, and are able to have ssd caching. that is all i know of but i am no where near an expert.
 

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why wont you go w/ the spinpoint. look at its reviews about 1/10 hdd's were doa. and the sv35 exactly 1/10 hdd's were doa. do you not trust us when we say the spinpoint is just as reliable as the seagate? oh it is also cheaper and faster. you know the p8p67 pro (rev3.0) has problems that is why they came out w/a (rev 3.1). many people had problems with that board including myself. i am a gigabyte/asrock fan now. if you want something similar to the p8p67 pro i suggest you look at the asrock p67 extreme4 it is pretty much the same board for 25$ less.
 

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Change of motherboard.

Also, should I go with Rev 3.0 or Rev 3.1? Differences are:
3.0 – NEC USB 3.0 controllers
REV 3.1 – ASMedia USB 3.0 controllers

Otherwise, everything else is the same. However, Rev 3.0 has more reviews and is known to be stable compared to before. Rev 3.1 has faster and better USB 3.0 controllers though
 

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