I'm a newbie whose current system is a 7-yr old Dell. I need a new system, and based on several days trying to educate myself reading lots of stuff on the internet, I've decided to order a custom system from AVAdirect. I would greatly appreciate it if people with more knowledge could critique the system below and let me know if I need to switch anything out, if there are compatibility issues, or if I'm just completely misguided about the whole thing.
My requirements: I don't play games, and the most demanding thing I would eventually like to do with the system is record, process, and mix music. I'll be selecting my software and audio interface after I get the computer so I can't give you specifics, other than to say that I'll probably only be recording a max of 2 tracks simultaneously and have pretty modest needs. In addition to that, I also use my computer as my primary means of listening to music, streaming it throughout the house using Squeezebox, and I also watch movies on Netflix, and do the typical web browsing, word processing, etc. The price needs to be under $1500, and if it's closer to $1000, even better.
My case has to sit on top of my desk about 2 feet away from my head, so quiet is one of my top priorities, along with running cool, energy efficiency, long-term reliability, and quick startup of the whole system and the most frequently used applications.
I tried to select parts that were recommended on SPCR, as well as other sites. AVAdirect has a pretty wide selection of parts, but it's not unlimited, so hopefully whatever parts anyone recommends is available through them.
ANTEC, Performance One P183 V3 Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU
ENERMAX, Lepa Gold G500-MA Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 500W, 80 PLUS® Gold, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, 2x 8/6-pin PCIe, Retail
ASUS, P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, LGA1155, Intel® Z68, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /3, VGA+DVI+HDMI+DP, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, ATX, Retail
INTEL, Core™ i5-2500K Quad-Core 3.3 - 3.7GHz TB, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST VT-x XD, Retail
KINGSTON, 8GB (2 x 4GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 (9-9-9) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
CRUCIAL, 128GB M4 SSD, MLC Marvell 88SS9174, 500/175 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
WESTERN DIGITAL, 2TB WD Caviar® Green™ (WD20EARX), SATA 6 Gb/s, IntelliPower™, 64MB Cache
ASUS, DRW-24B1ST Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA, OEM
MICROSOFT, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
Also adding UPS from Amazon: APC BE550G Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V