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new to PC looking to build 1st ever system

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February 23, 2014 9:50:01 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: end of the feb

Budget Range: 1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

day to day tasks will be internet browsing/Office suites
future will want a DAW type computer since I'd like to dabble in music production (within next few months)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes - any advice would be greatly appreciated here. who knew you could OC a monitor @_@

Parts to Upgrade: heres what i started with PCPP...maybe i can trim the fat?

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - win 8.1

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: doesn't that doesnt have my CC info stolen would be nice lol

Location: City, State/Region, Country - silicon valley

Parts Preferences: quality parts that work very well

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe???

Your Monitor Resolution: don't know....i'd like a 20" monitor at coming from a dell pc from college so like around like dual monitors....but for now ill buy 1 and get the second one later

Additional Comments: having a quiet PC since my current PC is so loud is important. So rubber mounts/bottoms etc is attractive for me. Enough bays to have an SSD+HD combo.

I do want to somewhat "future" proof this system. so im open to get quality mobo/cpu/ram that will hold up over time
I'm a n00b to OCing but it seems I can handle a "mild" OC without the need for liquid cooling
With the need/want to have a future DAW system it seems id need 16 gb of ram
with the sound card..i do plan on hooking it up to a DAC/OPAMP to power my hi end headphones for my ghetto "audiophile" set up
a cool looking case with a pop in color would be nice...i like sleek modern look
from USB 3.0 is a must. i plan on jail breaking phones for fun...and transferring data generally so it'd nice to have one port in the front, if not 2 USB 3.0

i do want dual monitors....thats just i dunno if need a beefy graphics card to support that

Gaming wise i do plan on gaming....probably not FPS too much because I suck at kb/mouse (used to play awhile thats why i know)...and don't really feel like hooking up a controller to play since the UI would be different....
Id prolly play PC exclusive games taht you cant get on consoles...and with steam basically giving away games for free....i know i wont be able to resist buying some games
so i'd like to play today's games on high
future games on medium settings im fine with.

so besides day to day tasks....ill be mainly listening to music...hopefully create some tunes

any additional cables/6pin to 8pin....additional fans to keep my system quiet and cool....and with the future of adding a 2nd monitor (probably within next 3-4 months)

any sleeves for clean cable management since i'd like to see my components versus a mess of cables.

id like to try a mechanical keyboard...sounds nice...and this dell one i use is horrible and since i do plan on doing some would need to be geared towards that.....wired or wireless doesnt matter

feel free to change my system and to trim the fat so to speak. thanks.

so i definitely want to do this "right" any help with the potential build i posted would be great.
thanks for listening....sorry for babbling.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: comp im using is from 2004. super slow, cant handle anything modern from internet to PS to office etc

More about : build 1st system

February 23, 2014 10:00:43 AM

Have fun eating games for breakfast! Plus doing a bunch of other tasks lol Check it out, let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1485.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 12:59 EST-0500)
February 23, 2014 10:31:36 AM

thanks for the reply. appreciate it. everything looks good....i would say i have no experience with liquid cooling so that would be a concern.....and the noise/maintenance that comes with it.

no soundcard?
i5 thats based off haswell? so does it have the realtek logic built in audio? i heard its good but for my needs i don't think that would be enough...

i read asus makes good witht he setup you provided....can i dual monitor it in future?

and yea, i mean...if im only using office suites i dont need a 1500 making sure my "needs" are met :-P

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February 23, 2014 10:38:14 AM

You wont need to be a liquid cooling master to install the H100i, that's the brilliance of it :D  Plug and play pretty much, I think that one requires thermal paste that isn't pre applied, even if it was pre applied I wouldn't suggest the pre applied stuff anyway.

No sound card since you'll just be "dabbling" in the audio world fr now, later you can get a better dedicated sound card and be more then happy with the experience assuming you start really getting into being an audiophile/sound hog.

i5 on Haswell, work great for gaming, and OC'ing if wanted, will work fine for audio files. Would suggest the i7 if you were going to do lots of video, not audio though.

Great monitor in my opinion, you should be able to dual monitor and have no issue for free Steam games and some of the newer games coming up, suggest you try to get close to the same monitor in the future.

February 23, 2014 10:49:26 AM video for worse itll be some PS nothing crazy.
so get some new thermal paste....ok.

yea i'd liek to get the same looking monitor in the future.
esthetics does matter to me. lol

sweet. great build. thanks a lot. really appreciate your help.
February 23, 2014 10:51:40 AM

No problem, and if you feel even the least bit uncertain in my build wait for someone else to pop in, there are tons of people waiting and willing to help on the site.

February 23, 2014 11:07:58 AM

You can generally save some coin when looking at websites for free shipping on the heavy stuff like case and power supply as well
February 23, 2014 11:14:06 AM

ahh...good point. ill be sure to look out for that. thanks