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July 29, 2013 12:50:51 PM

Hey gang, it's been several years since I put my last build together and have been browsing the forum to try to get current. I can certainly use further insight, so thanks very much in advance for any advice you may provide!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ASAP - by 7/30

Budget Range: $1,000 target - saving would be great but also not using this threshold as a hard ceiling

System Usage from Most to Least Important: IT workstation (multiple console windows, database transactions, photo editing software, etc...), internet surfing, gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New system

Do you need to buy OS: No, already have Win7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've used newegg quite a bit in the past, but am open to other vendors

Location: Florida

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is mainly a workstation pc, and I run many programs concurrently. I used to be a gamer (MMORPG mainly), but work and family have taken away most of my time for that activity. I'd like a rig that could handle this role if I do come up with some extra free time though!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC was getting old anyway, then my GPU and heatsink started developing problems, so I now need to replace ASAP.

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July 29, 2013 1:20:16 PM

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1m1Cb) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1m1Cb/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1m1Cb/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i73770k) | $249.99 @ Microcenter
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h55) | $48.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8h77vle) | $103.97 @ Outlet PC
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz16gx3m2a...) | $122.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $94.99 @ NCIX US
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $64.98 @ Outlet PC
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42765k...) | $259.99 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300rwindowed) | $79.99 @ NCIX US
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu...) | $82.98 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns95) | $14.94 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1158.81
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 16:17 EDT-0400 |

The Cooler and SSD are optional, the cooler can be replaced by a Hyper 212 Evo and the case by a non-windowed version. It is the best price/performance available.
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July 29, 2013 1:33:10 PM

BranFlake5 said:
The Cooler and SSD are optional, the cooler can be replaced by a Hyper 212 Evo and the case by a non-windowed version. It is the best price/performance available.


Awesome, thank you Bran. I've never used a liquid cooler before; are you a big proponent?

In regards to cases, I didn't mention preferences so I'll do so now in hopes that someone has a couple in mind that they like. Aesthetics aren't overly important, though I don't want a cardboard box either (the Corsair you recommended is actually quite fine in this regards). Something relatively quite and cool (my office tends to get warm with all the electronics running in there) would be wonderful.

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July 29, 2013 2:23:26 PM

gatorchoice said:
BranFlake5 said:
The Cooler and SSD are optional, the cooler can be replaced by a Hyper 212 Evo and the case by a non-windowed version. It is the best price/performance available.


Awesome, thank you Bran. I've never used a liquid cooler before; are you a big proponent?

In regards to cases, I didn't mention preferences so I'll do so now in hopes that someone has a couple in mind that they like. Aesthetics aren't overly important, though I don't want a cardboard box either (the Corsair you recommended is actually quite fine in this regards). Something relatively quite and cool (my office tends to get warm with all the electronics running in there) would be wonderful.



I use that cooler because it's a huge upgrade from stock, anything is really, and it keeps very quiet. It also gives some headroom to overclock that CPU. Corsair makes great cases the 300R is my favorite but the 200R is cheaper and more basic. Corsair, Fractal Design, BitFenix all good case manufactures. Cooler Master and Thermaltake cut corners often.
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July 29, 2013 4:06:28 PM

Thank you again Bran. I don't have a MicroCenter anywhere close, so I'm looking at an extra $60 for that CPU. If anyone else has an alternate build or other suggestions, I'd be very appreciative. I'm going to try and begin my ordering later this evening...
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July 29, 2013 7:52:06 PM

I've settled on a few things. I'd love it if anyone else has a couple suggestions on cpu/mobo combos based on my planned usage.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Total: $384.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 22:46 EDT-0400)
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July 29, 2013 8:00:30 PM

gatorchoice said:
Thank you again Bran. I don't have a MicroCenter anywhere close, so I'm looking at an extra $60 for that CPU. If anyone else has an alternate build or other suggestions, I'd be very appreciative. I'm going to try and begin my ordering later this evening...


gatorchoice said:
I've settled on a few things. I'd love it if anyone else has a couple suggestions on cpu/mobo combos based on my planned usage.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Total: $384.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 22:46 EDT-0400)


Perfect choices, consider the 8350 as a slighty slower but way cheaper processor. It's all preference. Corsair make some of the best RAM and PSU's as well. Consider those. Cheers for now.
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July 29, 2013 8:26:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($123.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Total: $1158.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 23:19 EDT-0400)

If budget is an issue:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($123.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Total: $874.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 23:26 EDT-0400)
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July 29, 2013 10:15:34 PM

Thank you mastrom, that gave me a few other things to look at. I'm leaning towards the following build, and will start ordering in the morning. I would love any last minute critiques or suggestions if anyone cares to chime in. Thanks again everyone. Cheers!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($142.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Total: $1032.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 01:11 EDT-0400)
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