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June 24, 2013 9:40:54 PM

I have a budget of around 1500-1600 dollars and I am looking for a PC that can handle some intermediate programming (I am starting my bachelor's degree in programming). I have a rough build, but I am not sure if all of my components fit together or if I am just buying the wrong components. I need the helpz.
my current build is:

PSU: crosair pro seris gold AX750
Mobo: ASUS P8z77-VLK LGA 1155 intel z77
CPU: intel core i7-3770k 3.5GHz
CPU cooler: Corsair CWCH60 hydro seris H60
RAM: G. skill ripjaws X seris 8GB (2x4GB)240 pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600(PC3 12800)
Videocrad: MSI N660TI PE 2GD5 geforce 660Ti 2GB
SSD: samsung 840 pro seris(Do I even need a SSD?)
HD:seagate barracuda 1TB
OPtical drive: ASUS black 24x
Case: Antec 900
Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P
OS: windows 7 64-bit

Also keep your answers pretty simple so that I can understand them(lol). I have no idea what I am getting myself into, so if you have a good answer if you could please navigate me or teach me wtf to buy and what does what, etc...
Thanks.

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June 24, 2013 9:51:22 PM

This looks solid, but a little bit expensive if that is 1500 dollars. You should check out microcenter for some deals right now.

You do not need an SSD unless you really want one. They are used for fast read/write times so that you can run games better, boot your system faster, etc. If you are going to be just programming, then this set up is more than enough.

Talk with the guy above me. He will know more.
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June 24, 2013 9:55:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($103.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: AOC e2752Vh 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1584.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-25 01:13 EDT-0400)
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June 24, 2013 11:15:00 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($103.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: AOC e2752Vh 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1584.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-25 01:13 EDT-0400)


I have herd a lot of bad things about windows 8, but you think I should still get it? Also, you think that is enough RAM, and I have read about i5 vs. i7 and seen that i7 runs programs faster but costs more. Plus, the most money is on the monitor, is it really that good a monitor? Finally, will this be hard to put together, or is it pretty straight forward?
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June 25, 2013 6:05:15 AM

Just switch the OS to 7 if you want it. It's a nice monitor , my son has one , it's huge. It's $199.99 on sale. Pretty straight forward on the assembly , stop back if you need help.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($103.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: AOC e2752Vh 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1564.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-25 09:01 EDT-0400)

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June 30, 2013 6:48:19 PM

Well I just got around to ordering all of the components, but I did change the RAM. I switched from the Ares to the Ripjaws X, and i got 4 of them.

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June 30, 2013 6:52:18 PM

That's fine because your water cooling.

Don't forget to choose a Best Solution when opening a question thread , the forum members will appreciate that

Thanks for posting!
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June 30, 2013 7:51:33 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
That's fine because your water cooling.

Don't forget to choose a Best Solution when opening a question thread , the forum members will appreciate that

Thanks for posting!


Haha, no problem. Thanks for the hand holding! I'll come back if I need some troubleshooting.

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July 12, 2013 2:10:53 PM

Ok, I put everything into my motherboard, and I tried to turn it on but it didnt start. I check the motherboard manuel and find out that I hadn't plugged in the control panel connectors. No big deal; plug those in. Then all of a sudden while I have my graphics card out to plug in the connectors, my computer turns on for ~2 seconds then turns off. It did this twice and it hasn't done it again since I plugged my graphics card back in. Also, do i plug my monitor into the motherboard or the graphics card?
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July 12, 2013 3:48:39 PM

Check all of the connections from your power supply (Or unplug all the connections that are from your PSU and reconnect them). Make sure they're all snugly fit and tight into there connections. Yes you do plug your monitor into your GPU. The power button at the front of your case could of been pushed on accident when you were installing some parts.
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July 12, 2013 3:52:30 PM

Then all of a sudden while I have my graphics card out to plug in the connectors, my computer turns on for - 2 seconds then turns off. You should have no power running to your system when adding or changing components.
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July 12, 2013 4:43:18 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Then all of a sudden while I have my graphics card out to plug in the connectors, my computer turns on for - 2 seconds then turns off. You should have no power running to your system when adding or changing components.


Now what happens is that when I plug it in every thing turns on like I said before, but now the bios light is on and is showing the number 40.

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July 12, 2013 4:47:47 PM

First question, did you install any/all components with the power going to it? Second make sure your GPU is installed correctly and the wires to it are correct.

Do not have any power to your system while you're messing with components.
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July 12, 2013 4:50:19 PM

I would reinstall the CPU and
ram then clear CMOS , with cmos button on the board.
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July 12, 2013 4:55:56 PM

By the way did you get thermal paste?
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July 12, 2013 4:59:40 PM

My h100 came with thermal paste already on it.
E: There seems to be some exposed wiring on the back of my motherboard, could that be the problem.

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July 12, 2013 9:16:22 PM

So, in this never ending horror story, i put my computer back together re-installing the CPU and the RAM into my computer. Now, it won't even start; now all that happens is that my PSU will make one click, and then nothing will happen, nothing else will turn on unlike before.

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July 13, 2013 2:33:47 AM

Recheck all of the PSU connections. Make sure all of the parts are properly plugged in. Make sure everything is plugged into the motherboard correctly.
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July 13, 2013 3:34:29 AM

Double check the front power connector, once the motherboard is installed it can be hard to see those tiny little connectors and you may have half the connector on a correct pin and the other half on the wrong pin, unplug all the other front connectors for now, also try to get the polarity right, although it dosn't normally make much difference, i once put the + and - the wrong way and got the issue you've described.
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July 21, 2013 12:15:10 PM

Everything works fine now. Thanks for all the help everyone.

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