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May 25, 2013 2:49:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:

This week, as soon as my parts list gets validated by forum experts

Budget Range:

$1000 - $1200, After Rebates (there are none for my parts); After Shipping (shouldn't be too expensive, most are free)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Programming (multiple IDEs open, constant builds and compiles), Gaming (Starcraft II mostly), web-surfing 60 tabs open and general computer use with tons of crap open

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, a second monitor

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) Everything, new build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, links below

Location: San Jose, California, U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (they're the fastest), second-best of everything else (goal is not too expensive, while keeping quality/performance)

Overclocking: Maybe, Convince me why I should, would just like to use my computer smoothly and quickly, less things to deal with

SLI or Crossfire: No, no intense Crysis gaming

Your Monitor Resolution: Exactly 1920 x 1080 please

Additional Comments:

Quiet (will keep on at night), Fast but cheap (everybody asks for this probably)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:

1. It's about time
2. Old computer broke (crashes, when turning on after, monitor gets no signal, don't wanna deal with it, not worth paying to fix, relatively old (3-4 years old?) )

Components List

I'm going to be going with TheBigTroll's parts list instead:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jp2011/saved/WLv

I've already bought an Antec 520W continuous power supply. Can I keep that instead of spending another $50 on the power supply listed in the parts list above?
May 25, 2013 2:57:25 PM

this is a confusing build. first if you are not overclocking you dont need an unlocked cpu, you dont need a cpu cooler and like you already have you dont need a z77/z68 motherboard. second, if you are going to have 60 tabs open(you need to get more organized lol) then 8 gb might be stretching it on ram. third, do not absolutely do not get a usb wireless adapter. that is not something to cheap out on. get a pci card.
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May 25, 2013 3:47:42 PM

the psu could have been way better if you got a xfx 550w like im about to recommend

wireless is unnecessary. avoid wireless if possible

get this build instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZZg1

-you are overspending on the board at 100 dollars
-case can be way cheaper and be way better in this case
-i have no idea why you would buy a 650ti when its pretty much the worst value after the gtx 680 but ok
-a i7 is much faster for what you are using it for. if it was gaming, a i7 isnt going to be useful
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May 25, 2013 3:50:34 PM

cbrunnem said:
this is a confusing build. first if you are not overclocking you dont need an unlocked cpu, you dont need a cpu cooler and like you already have you dont need a z77/z68 motherboard. second, if you are going to have 60 tabs open(you need to get more organized lol) then 8 gb might be stretching it on ram. third, do not absolutely do not get a usb wireless adapter. that is not something to cheap out on. get a pci card.

And what's the wired network adapter for? The mobo should have one already?
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May 25, 2013 4:19:19 PM

noidea_77 said:
cbrunnem said:
this is a confusing build. first if you are not overclocking you dont need an unlocked cpu, you dont need a cpu cooler and like you already have you dont need a z77/z68 motherboard. second, if you are going to have 60 tabs open(you need to get more organized lol) then 8 gb might be stretching it on ram. third, do not absolutely do not get a usb wireless adapter. that is not something to cheap out on. get a pci card.

And what's the wired network adapter for? The mobo should have one already?


Yes it does, there's no need to purchase extra, you're buying the same part twice.
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May 25, 2013 4:32:38 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the psu could have been way better if you got a xfx 550w like im about to recommend

wireless is unnecessary. avoid wireless if possible

get this build instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZZg1

-you are overspending on the board at 100 dollars
-case can be way cheaper and be way better in this case
-i have no idea why you would buy a 650ti when its pretty much the worst value after the gtx 680 but ok
-a i7 is much faster for what you are using it for. if it was gaming, a i7 isnt going to be useful


Am looking over the build now, thanks for the edits. Great case btw.

One more question:

For the power supply that I already have (Antec 520W continuous), can I keep that for this build instead of spending another $50 on the XFX 550W power supply?
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May 25, 2013 5:13:20 PM

No extra fans needed. Maybe a cheaper / smaller ssd and a hdd for data / backup instead.
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May 25, 2013 6:01:48 PM

jasonpang said:
TheBigTroll said:
the psu could have been way better if you got a xfx 550w like im about to recommend

wireless is unnecessary. avoid wireless if possible

get this build instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZZg1

-you are overspending on the board at 100 dollars
-case can be way cheaper and be way better in this case
-i have no idea why you would buy a 650ti when its pretty much the worst value after the gtx 680 but ok
-a i7 is much faster for what you are using it for. if it was gaming, a i7 isnt going to be useful


Am looking over the build now, thanks for the edits. Great case btw.

One more question:

For the power supply that I already have (Antec 520W continuous), can I keep that for this build instead of spending another $50 on the XFX 550W power supply?


yeah you can keep it. i just put it there so that i can show you a better option
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May 25, 2013 6:05:41 PM

TheBigTroll said:
jasonpang said:
TheBigTroll said:
the psu could have been way better if you got a xfx 550w like im about to recommend

wireless is unnecessary. avoid wireless if possible

get this build instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZZg1

-you are overspending on the board at 100 dollars
-case can be way cheaper and be way better in this case
-i have no idea why you would buy a 650ti when its pretty much the worst value after the gtx 680 but ok
-a i7 is much faster for what you are using it for. if it was gaming, a i7 isnt going to be useful


Am looking over the build now, thanks for the edits. Great case btw.

One more question:

For the power supply that I already have (Antec 520W continuous), can I keep that for this build instead of spending another $50 on the XFX 550W power supply?


yeah you can keep it. i just put it there so that i can show you a better option


Cool, thanks TheBigTroll. I also found a cheaper monitor.

I'm going to enjoy this build a lot.
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May 25, 2013 6:09:23 PM

its cheaper because it doesnt nearly produce the same colour results. oh well, at least its very cheap
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