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Help With New i5 or i7 Multitasking Build Below $1200

I could use some help in determining whether I should:
1) upgrade any parts in my current computer
2) replace vista with 8.1 and do nothing for another year
3) put together a new computer within the next 2-6 months.

I have the itch to build a new one because 1) I want specific parts that I can’t upgrade on this computer 2) I always like the idea of having a spare computer during the build process if it is a motherboard change, if possible.

Current computer I built in 2009
Case: cm 690
CPU: i7 920 2.66GHz
Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3
Hard drive: 2 Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
PSU: Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX
OS: Vista 64-bit Home OEM
DVD burner: have one.

Approximate Purchase Date:
within next 2-6 months if that is the best idea of the three

Budget Range:
below $1200 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Multitasking - lots of tabs open plus office plus watching videos plus looking/editing photos, no gaming, no video editing (at this time anyway). I am looking at need for memory/cpu more than a high gpu.

Are you buying a monitor:
Yes, I need a monitor, but cost of monitor is not included in budget.

Parts to Upgrade:
1) to move from 6GB total triple channel ram to 8 or 16GB double channel ram

2) haswell and integrated gpu (if that is a good idea) or else an adequate video card that will last 3-4 years. I like the idea of haswell’s integrated graphics for the cheaper cost if I don’t need a discrete gpu. Though, if a 50-100 dollar GPU would still be a lot better, I am fine with that too.

3) motherboard with usb 3.0, etc
4) maybe SSD for OS. Are they reliable / cost effective enough now? I’m a serious save (write to disk) freak.
5) if I go with haswell, do I need a new PSU?
6) case and fans, if I go with a new computer.
7) I'll use current DVD burner

Not included in budget: keyboard, speakers, mouse, monitor, windows.

Do you need to buy OS:
Yes, Windows 8.1, not OEM.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg or Amazon

Location: Utah, US

Parts Preferences:
Intel CPU, either haswell i5 4670 or i7 4770
ASUS motherboard
High end PSU
EVGA video card
Similar case as old one
Hard drives: reliable, quiet ones.
Large quiet fans (I use scythe s-flex fans currently)

No Overclocking and no SLI or Crossfire

Your Monitor Resolution: Minimum choice would be 24” 1080p. I’m still deciding whether a larger monitor (27”) with higher resolution is what I want. I love the idea of having 2 normal sized side-by-side documents or programs open. My desk space is small, so I am not sure that I could fit 2 monitors. Current monitor is 19” 1280 x 1024 native. Font size is a tad small, for the distance of the screen.

Additional Comments: I want a quiet PC for sure, but good air flow.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
I want more power efficiency (less watts usage), faster cpu, and some parts are getting kind of old, so I am not sure if I want to add new parts to an older system. Also, I can’t upgrade to 8GB memory with the old motherboard.

Thanks
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  1. Here's my suggestion

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT H2 Classic Silent (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1016.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-23 13:56 EDT-0400)
  2. Best answer
    If you're not gaming I would get this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($270.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1128.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-23 18:27 EDT-0400)

    This has the more current i7-4770 which will provide a 10% speed boost over the i7-3770. It also has the new Samsung 840 Evo which is the single fastest SSD on the market currently.
  3. Thank you both for the suggested builds! After the suggestion of the 3770, I gave that some thought and research. I determined that with the 3770 and the 4670 being close in performance, what I want more is a current motherboard, so that leaves the 4670 or 4770. If I get the 4670, that would allow me to use the $80 saving towards the 16GB memory or the SSD, if I want to decrease cost even more. If I don't have any programs that use hyperthreading (where would I find this out?), then do I need the i7?

    While the GTX 760 would be nice, I don't think I need something that costly. What do you recommend around $50-150 EVGA Nvidia? I'm definitely not gaming.

    I am partial to ASUS BIOS, so what ASUS motherboard would you recommend around 100-250? I like a lot of USB ports and want many 3.0, so that might mean I need a higher end board.
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