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$1,500 general use system

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July 23, 2013 1:10:09 PM

Light gaming, general use, editing, programming, VMWare, do not replace computer often - last good builld is still surprisingly decent after six years. Really looking at something that will last.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jPx9) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jPx9/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jPx9/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74770k) | $279.99 @ Microcenter
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $29.98 @ Outlet PC
**Motherboard** | [MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87gd65gam...) | $189.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...) | $71.40 @ NCIX US
**Memory** | [G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...) | $71.40 @ NCIX US
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $214.99 @ NCIX US
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $99.99 @ Newegg
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n760tf2gd5o...) | $255.91 @ Newegg
**Case** | [Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcade...) | $98.98 @ Amazon
**Power Supply** | [Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-caps...) | $89.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-uh12ns29) | $49.98 @ Outlet PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1416.60
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 16:09 EDT-0400 |

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July 23, 2013 1:16:13 PM

Great choices overall.

The only thing I'd change is the power supply. For the price, you can get a better unit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2013 1:24:42 PM

One more: Get 2x8GB. It'll save cash, give you more upgrade options (Not all of the RAM slots will be occupied), and it'll give the best performance because 1150 doesn't support quad-channel.
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July 23, 2013 1:35:35 PM

quicksand10 said:
Great choices overall.

The only thing I'd change is the power supply. For the price, you can get a better unit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the feedback. That is much appreciated. I have been out of hardware for so long - the people here are very good about providing sound advice. I will switch out the power supply! Thanks!
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July 23, 2013 1:38:38 PM

KindaPuzzled said:
quicksand10 said:
Great choices overall.

The only thing I'd change is the power supply. For the price, you can get a better unit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the feedback. That is much appreciated. I have been out of hardware for so long - the people here are very good about providing sound advice. I will switch out the power supply! Thanks!

And the RAM?
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July 23, 2013 1:38:51 PM

I'd get an AMD 8 core, CPU, and spend more money on a GPU.
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July 23, 2013 3:14:48 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
One more: Get 2x8GB. It'll save cash, give you more upgrade options (Not all of the RAM slots will be occupied), and it'll give the best performance because 1150 doesn't support quad-channel.


Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated. This is very helpful;I hadn't even considered that!

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July 23, 2013 6:31:01 PM

KindaPuzzled said:
Thanatos Telos said:
One more: Get 2x8GB. It'll save cash, give you more upgrade options (Not all of the RAM slots will be occupied), and it'll give the best performance because 1150 doesn't support quad-channel.


Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated. This is very helpful;I hadn't even considered that!


I'd rec the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB. I got the same set and it performs well, is low profile (So CPU coolers fit), and it still runs cool.
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July 23, 2013 7:52:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($123.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($93.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1411.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 22:51 EDT-0400)

Upgradeable RAM, Case windows, better PSU, better CPU cooler.
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