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November 7, 2013 1:04:55 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime near, because I'm hoping for some sales on Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday.

Budget Range: $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing/Recording gameplay, Streaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything I have a faulty 650 Ti 2GB still under warranty if you think that can be my card of choice I am all for it.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference.

Location: Los Angeles, CA USA

Parts Preferences: As far as CPU goes, I am an Intel fan, only have used an AMD on my laptop.

Overclocking: Maybe, I'm not big on OCing but I think I can learn if it is worth it.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I don't think I will need it especially if it ups the price a lot.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quieter PC, but it's nothing big as long as it's not like a lawn mower. Also this is mainly for Photoshopping photos of school events, editing and recording FRAPs videos, streaming, and games - mostly games. (League of Legends, StarCraft II, and steam)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computer is currently 5 years old, the HDDs are dying, the CPU is getting worse and I would just like to upgrade, I've recently bought a 650 Ti but if I don't use it I can give it to a friend.

Thank you for your time!

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November 7, 2013 3:28:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($292.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($73.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $785.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 06:25 EST-0500)

The build does not include a GPU.You still have a considerable amount of budget left.Choose whatever GPU fancies you.I'd suggest you look at nvidia's 780 or amd's r9 280x and above

EDIT: I did not put the 4770k CPU because as you mentioned you might not have the intention to.This CPU has the grunt to run all your programs like a champ. But if you want the "peace of mind" and want the 4770k,let us know,we can alter the build.Do take note that your CPU and mobo costs will go up.
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November 7, 2013 2:09:15 PM

What is the performance difference at stock for $30 with the 4770k? I'd love to have a peace of mind build if you don't mind!
On top of Mobo and CPU prices, doesn't it add cooler prices as well?
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November 8, 2013 12:21:45 AM

You're right,a cooler would be be needed as well.Sorry,slipped my mind.
At stock,there's no difference between the 4770 and the 4770k. When overclocking-and this is dependant on the motherboard and cooling solution- you should be able to see a 10 to 20% percent increase in performance(assuming a CM EVO cooler).That should increase if you are using a liquid cooling solution.

Your video editing/streaming goes beyond the term "casual",does it not? Hmm,i'll put up another build momentarily
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November 8, 2013 12:52:55 AM

Here's an overclockable build. Changed the SSD for a higher capacity one as well

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.75 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $968.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-08 03:51 EST-0500)
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December 25, 2013 11:45:37 PM

Hi sorry to come back to this so much later, but I have a question. I know you didn't include a GPU in the build since I mentioned using my 650 Ti. How would gaming FPS performance be in say... StarCraft II or BF4 with the first suggested build with my 650 Ti 2GB GIGABYTE? I know SC2 is more CPU pushed but I'm trying to see if getting a new GPU with the build is worth the extra $150-$250. I'm hoping for an average of above 60 FPS on High. I'm getting like 45-50 on low in intense fights now, so..
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December 26, 2013 1:08:56 AM

I'm not familiar with the numbers.Perhaps a quick google search could help?
But given the numbers you have mentioned,perhaps you should be looking to upgrade your GPU.Sell the 650Ti and get a new 770/780,depending on your budget.
AMD cards are overpriced at the moment due to the coin mining community.But if you find a 7970 or r9 280x for less than 350,that's a good deal as well. The 290 and 290x are kinda new and i don't know what kind of performance you should be getting from these cards.
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December 26, 2013 1:29:16 AM

650Ti is a bad choice for a 1200$ computer, Get a R9 270X or GTX 760.
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