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January 22, 2014 4:46:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: <30 Days

Budget Range: ~$1000

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : No preference

Additional Comments:

I've been researching a custom PC for awhile now, but I get stuck when trying to select certain parts( motherboard, graphics card)

This is the baseline I'm starting with, but I'm open to adjusting if there's better value elsewhere:

CPU - AMD FX8350
Storage : 120GB SSD, 1TB Hard drive (any reliable brand would do)
RAM: 16 GB

I don't do a lot of gaming currently, but I use some resource intensive programs so that's why I've decided on those specs. I'm currently using a 4 year old Mac with 8GB of ram.

I don't really have any preference on the other parts (outside of a monitor - need something in the 24 inch range) When I try to pick all the parts out my self I always go over budget because I don't know where I can save some money.

One other question, I'm not against building this myself, but would it be simpler if I just used the $50 assembly option on ncix?

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a b C Monitor
January 22, 2014 5:37:12 PM

You can use the $50 assembly option that NCIX offers, if that suits you better. For around $1000, here's the build that I recommend you :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FUQJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FUQJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FUQJ/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1024.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 20:37 EST-0500)
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a c 95 C Monitor
January 22, 2014 5:38:13 PM

This build should do well, though I went a bit over budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($126.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($113.58 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1050.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 20:37 EST-0500)
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