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September 25, 2013 11:56:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Everything by October 20, 2013
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, photo edit and surfing the internet.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes because I would like higher resolution currently at 1280 x 1024 at 60hz.
Parts to Upgrade: Looking for an entirely new unit. Keeping current gaming mouse Logitech G5 Laser.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Im currently still using Windows XP
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger Direct / Newegg
Parts Preferences: Newest
Overclocking: Yes in future
SLI or Crossfire: Yes in future

Additional Comments: Looking for a gaming pc for MMORPG’s ie; Everquest, Lord of the Rings, WoW, StarTrek that is able to stream movies without stutter playback. Currently frustrated with video not matching the audio. I like to use paint.net programs, create graphics. Ofcourse the quieter the better.

Why Are You Upgrading: I’m currently running a Dell XPS Gen 2 with HD3850 AGP - 2046MB Ram, WD SATA 1.5 Gb/s 10,000 RPM on Windows XP Home Edition. I can no longer upgrade my existing pc it’s at max ram and AGP only. I want to build my own pc so that I will be able to add more video graphic cards and future hardware, switch out parts and upgrade it throughout many years to come.

Notes: I am waiting for Windows 8.1 Full Version retail release for Operating System. Considering Pro-64 Bit. I would like advice on Internal Optical Drives - Blu-Ray and software as I am unable to find both packaged together and I’m stumped given lack of choices / reviews I have read from the purchasers. I also still need to pick out a monitor and speakers I would appreciate any and all advice/comments on the entire build. Would like to stay under $3,000.00 as I have saved for a long time to build this and was generously gifted certificates by my spouse for our Anniversary to be able to build my own system. Thanks Much!

New parts selected:
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste
Motherboard: Asus Z87-DELUXE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Wired Ergonomic Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse
Other: Coolermaster Megaflow 200 Blue LED extra top case fan
Other: Dell 1908FP UltraSharp Monitor 1280X1024 (Have but looking for new one)

September 25, 2013 12:57:02 PM

do you want to spend 3000 because i can save you a lot of money ify ou dont wanna have such a expense one but if not this is a absolute beast compar to that although its also somwhat more expensive http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HyqE
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September 25, 2013 6:51:27 PM

Thank you for taking the time to reply and work out new parts to save money. It's not that I really want to spend $3,000 but that is the budget I am able to work with. I have saved and waited years and squeezed everything I could out of my current pc just to be able to save and build my own pc for the first time. Sure I'd love to spend less, but it's also a personal goal to build a pc and have some of the latest technology so that it will hopefully last for years and enable me to just switch out parts if needed.

This website was extremely helpful in giving me the courage just to try and pick out parts. I've spent months reading information and gaining knowledge and let time pass on the Haswell's to see what it had in store. I'm hesitant on the Haswell's heat factor but tried to be proactive in choosing the Corsair cooler. I may have spent months reading information but that really doesn't mean squat when I am a first time builder, I still lack tons of knowledge and need advice if this build would work or not or if there are better ways of doing it or if I'm overlooking something like size/fit or if improvements can be made or if it's overkill. If the power source is good, if Evga is alright for the gtx 780, if the case is okay, if someone can suggest a blu-ray with software or a monitor to best fit the gtx, etc.

Knowledge is power and I'll take any information / advise I can get. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge here, with much appreciation.
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September 26, 2013 9:25:36 AM

This is not the best and most expensive build but what it is a bit cheaper and it allows alot of room upgrades in the future when thoose part go on sale or drop in price. You get a good set with keyboard, headset w/ microphone and since you're keeping your mouse.
I also recommend Windows 97 home premium since it's alot easier to hanlde, you're not using more than 16gb RAM and it has all you need. i5 is just as strong as the i7 when it comes to gaming and the GPU does most of the work anyways. SSD is a must when you're investing alot in a build, it's really worth the buck! gtx 780 is one of them best for gaming and it's really price worthy. Max out all games in high/ultra with high fps and take advantage of the cuda techonology for editing. The PSU is really good and leaves great opportunity for upgradin so that way you won't need to buy a new one and throw away the old current one. If you're going for the gtx 780 then running anything below or at 1080x920p resolution ain't going to cut it, there are great deals on www.ebay.com for 1440p ISP panel that are good for all kinds of usage so you should really check it out. The case has plenty of space and supports your whole build, you're provided with some unique features with a cool design matching the red color scheme .

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($648.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Headphones: SteelSeries Siberia V2 Headset ($74.22 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1911.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 14:58 EDT-0400)

If there are any parts you don't like you can ask someone for advice on better parts more suited for you.
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