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New Build around $700-$900 (Asus/Intel Haswell Build)

Approximate Purchase Date: December 2013

Budget Range: $700-$900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Microsoft Excel, Streaming Movies to HDTV, listening to music, browsing internet, playing Minecraft with little brother

Are you buying a monitor: Not at this time. Currently have a dual monitor set up with older lcd monitors for time being

Parts to Upgrade: Operating System, Motherboard, CPU, Graphics Card, RAM, Harddrive, Power Supply

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Michigan, metro detroit area

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 - dual monitor

Additional Comments: Trying to build a more efficient and quieter PC

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current build is roughly 8years old and was built for heavy gaming. The HDD is failing and with XP support to end next April, felt it was best to do a full upgrade. Figure with all of the upgrades in tech, this new build will be a little more energy efficient. Also the computer will not get much use except throughout the week (roughly on for 30hours a week)

I am currently using the following:
OS: Windows XP Pro
CPU: Q6600 Quad with GO Stepping
Mobo: Asus P5K Deluxe
GPU: BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB GDDR3
RAM: 4gbs of Corsair DDR2 XMS2 6400C4

I am upgrading to the following:
OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K ($199)
i5-4670K

Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ($Currently $144.99 with Rebate and $40 Savings if purchased with CPU)
Z87-Pro

GPU: **NEED SUGGESTIONS** Gaming will only be Minecraft so nothing too heavy needed

Ram: **NEED SUGGESTIONS**

Harddrive: Was thinking about 2 harddrives, one for every day use, and then the other just to store my digital movie collection on. I was leaning more towards the WD Sata Green 3TB for the movies and a WD Sata Blue 2TB for system use.

Power Supply: Not quite sure how much power I will need. 750W power supply with 80+ rating?

Thank you for your suggestions and help!
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($168.57 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.02 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $899.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-02 13:18 EDT-0400)

    plenty of storage for all your videos, went with amd since it is somewhat budget and the 6300 is a great 6 core processor. The gpu will handle minecraft and other games max everything, the case is a little expensive but you noted you want quiet and this case is extremely quiet. The psu is more than enough since you system will use about 400 max. Overall a great build for your needs/wants
  2. DRudolph86 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: December 2013

    Budget Range: $700-$900

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Microsoft Excel, Streaming Movies to HDTV, listening to music, browsing internet, playing Minecraft with little brother

    Are you buying a monitor: Not at this time. Currently have a dual monitor set up with older lcd monitors for time being

    Parts to Upgrade: Operating System, Motherboard, CPU, Graphics Card, RAM, Harddrive, Power Supply

    Do you need to buy OS: Yes

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - Michigan, metro detroit area

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: ?

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 - dual monitor

    Additional Comments: Trying to build a more efficient and quieter PC

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current build is roughly 8years old and was built for heavy gaming. The HDD is failing and with XP support to end next April, felt it was best to do a full upgrade. Figure with all of the upgrades in tech, this new build will be a little more energy efficient. Also the computer will not get much use except throughout the week (roughly on for 30hours a week)

    I am currently using the following:
    OS: Windows XP Pro
    CPU: Q6600 Quad with GO Stepping
    Mobo: Asus P5K Deluxe
    GPU: BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB GDDR3
    RAM: 4gbs of Corsair DDR2 XMS2 6400C4

    I am upgrading to the following:
    OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

    CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K ($199)
    i5-4670K

    Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ($Currently $144.99 with Rebate and $40 Savings if purchased with CPU)
    Z87-Pro

    GPU: **NEED SUGGESTIONS** Gaming will only be Minecraft so nothing too heavy needed

    Ram: **NEED SUGGESTIONS**

    Harddrive: Was thinking about 2 harddrives, one for every day use, and then the other just to store my digital movie collection on. I was leaning more towards the WD Sata Green 3TB for the movies and a WD Sata Blue 2TB for system use.

    Power Supply: Not quite sure how much power I will need. 750W power supply with 80+ rating?

    Thank you for your suggestions and help!


    Do you want it compact and small or normal size ?

    do you want it silent ? or normal ? there are cases with noise dampening materials
  3. Sorry maybe I should have been a little more clear. I have a case, the Cooler Master CM690 and have 2 optical drives already so those are not needed. I like the Asus MB for the wifi feature (running an ethernet cable through the floor to the basement is not very feasible) and the Mobo also has the streaming feature.
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