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February 6, 2014 6:18:46 AM

Purchase time next 2 months

Budget Range: 700-800 before shipping, before rebates.

System ussage: Streaming movies
Youtube, surfing web, minecraft

Are you buying a monitor: no


Parts to Upgrade: all (new system)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com amazon.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country -Oshkosh, Wisconsin USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type intel cpu asus mobo

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Will eventually add gpu, but I am not worrying about that now. I have a tb hdd.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: need a PC and building one is cheaper, also I have never built one I thought it would be fun.

Parts I have choosen
Please make sure I am not wasting my money, and they all work well together.

Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz LGA 1150
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CO8TA4I/ref=redir_mdp_...

Asus Z87-PLUS DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CRJSX5Q/ref=redir_mdp_...

Dont know what to get for cheap 2x4gb ram.

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00E3W15P0/ref=redir_mdp_...

SeaSonic 650W Power Supply X650
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002VA7RPS/ref=redir_mdp_...

Case: Antec 760t will be released later this month $180

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February 6, 2014 6:41:09 AM

One hint of advice:

If you want to overclock, the 4570 will do you no good. While it is a great processor featuring quad core features, these cores are not unlocked. If you want to do ANY overclocking, you're going to need the Core i5 4670k 3.4GHz processor. It will cost roughly $240 USD on Newegg.

An alternate is going with a AMD FX-8350, a 8 core unlocked processor clocked at 4GHz STOCK. It does use 125W of power though, compared to the 4670K's 74W consumption. I've seen where the 8350 can be OC'ed to 5.0GHz, but one downside is that it will give off a LOT of heat. So, liquid cooling will almost be a must. Whereas, with the 4670K, it could be overclocked slightly, and still be able to use the stock cooler. Either way, liquid cooling is suggested for me.

Overall, great idea with the build. You will get tons and tons of performance. Best wishes with this build, and hope my advice helps!
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February 6, 2014 6:53:35 AM

You are in OK shape.

MB - I assume you are not overclocking (non K series CPU) so you can turn to an H87 motherboard.
MEM - The ones below are low latency / performance modules (DDR3-1600 CL8).
SSD - Good choice, but consider the M500 240GB for only $35 more. Double the storage and still good performance..
PSU - Nice PSU! However, Corsair has the better buy at 650w and keeps the Gold rating.
CASE - Again... nice, but you can get good quality for less cost

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H87M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($93.91 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $651.86







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