Which of these custom PCs for quiet photo editing?

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Which of these custom PCs for quiet photo editing?
Sep 14, 2011

I'm looking for a new PC to run Capture NX and Photoshop, and maybe some occasional video editing. My goal is to find a quiet system that performs well for these applications. I have quotes for a couple of systems and I'm having trouble choosing between them; any thoughts on these would be appreciated.

Vendor A
Asus P8P67 Pro REV 3.0
Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz
Kingston 8GB DDR3-1333 (2x4GB)
Asus GeForce GT 430 1GB Silent
Intel 320 120GB SATA II 2.5inch SSD (3Gb/s)
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s
Asus 24x DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA
Case: Antec P183 V3
Power Supply: Antec CP-850 850W
CPU Cooling: Gelid Tranquillo Rev2
Case Fans Upgrade Kit (quiet)
AcoustiPack Acoustic Composite Sheet Package
Warranty: Lifetime Labor and Tech Support, 1 Year Parts
$2064

Vendor B
Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 Mobo
Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4Ghz
Corsair XMS 8GB DDR-1333
ASUS GeForce GT430 Silent
Crucial M4 128GB SSD SATA 6Gb/s
WD Caviar Green 2TB
LG BD Burner w/ Lightscribe
Case: Silverstone Fortress
Power Supply: Corsair AX850
CPU Cooling: Xigmatech GAIA
Warranty: 3yr Parts and labor (local service)
$2349

Vendor B option
Case: Antec P183 V3
Power Supply: Antec CP-850 850W
Case Fans Upgrade
(no acoustic panels)
$2249

I'm confused by the on-board video options of the Z68X motherboards, and on top of that I've read that the Gigabyte board does not support certain features. What's the best option for my applications? These are the motherboards each vendor recommended for me; I could request an alternative but I know they don't both offer the same brands.

I'm comfortable dealing with both vendors. Vendor A might have more experience with quiet systems, and I like what I've read about the Antec power supply's non-standard configuration to optimize airflow. On the other hand, Vendor B is local and offers a better warranty on parts.

One reason for vendor B's higher price is the Blu-Ray writable drive. Vendor A does not offer a Blu-Ray writer with Lightscribe, so I selected an inexpensive DVD drive. If I went with that system I'd probably upgrade the optical drive sometime in the future.

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