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Building mid-range gaming Desktop PC

I haven’t built a PC for years, so I’m horribly behind on them. I gave in a few years ago and bought an ‘Entertainment’ Laptop for the ease of transport, but I want to go back to a desktop because my laptop is a piece of $&%@. I really dislike that I can’t upgrade my laptop parts periodically like I would with my desktops, and HP sucks with providing software updates for my PC. I currently have a HP DV6 3143us.

Some of the parts I already own because they were purchased by family as presents since I mentioned I was building a PC eventually.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Here’s my proposed new build:

Motherboard:
This I need help with. I’ve spent days trying to decide on one and I cannot choose. I need a reliable brand known for long life and little issues that will work with the i5 I want to buy.

CPU:
Intel Core i5 3350p (seems like the best value for balancing price and quality)

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200.12 (already own)

GPU:
EVGA 02G-P4-3657-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card (I’ve had several trusty EVGA cards in the past, but let me know if something else would be cheaper/better)

I own a EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX from my last PC, but I think it’s way too old to put in my new PC

RAM:
Corsair 16GB XMS3 (2x 8GB) DDR3 (should I just go with 8GB (2x4GB) for cheaper price or is the 16GB worth it?)

Power Supply:
OCZ GameXStream 700w (already own, but I can purchase another one if I need to)

I just want a mid-range gaming PC. I don’t overclock, but I want some decent graphics for a nice price and that doesn’t require my computer to overheat like my crappy laptop. I currently play games like Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider, Minecraft, Skyrim, and a variety of older games. I really think any mid-range PC will be better than this laptop, and I won’t have to worry constantly about overheating issues.
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  1. first of all, get the i5 4670. get haswell not ivy bridge. get an ssd. 8gb is all you need. Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard.
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    Look for motherboards with an H77 chipset . Gigabyte or ASUS as first choices IMO

    You dont need 16 gig of RAM for gaming . Even 2 x4 GIG is more than enough for the time being .

    Use the money you save on RAM to get a better graphics card
  3. I would go with an i5 4430 and an h87 motherboard.

    Definitely get 8gb RAM, not 16gb.
  4. Definitely go with the newer Haswell cpus IF IT FITS YOUR BUDGET
  5. Thank you so much. I was definitely leaning toward the 8GB to save some money, and it's nice to know that's really all I'll need. I'll look into Haswell tonight to see if that's what I want to go with.

    Update: Found some good bundles on the Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell on tiger. Any suggestions on whether a Gigabyte or ASUS motherboard would be best?

    Any suggestions on a video card? This better CPU choice, even with less RAM, doesn't allow me much more money to upgrade from the GPU I listed earlier.
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