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March 13, 2014 10:28:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month

Budget Range: ~$800 After Rebates; After Shipping, I can handle going over if rebates bring me back under, I'm good at returning rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, want to be able to play new Diablo and the system to last a few years

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Everything, may re-use tower I have, but it probably doesn't have the mounts I would want for water cooling

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Lowest cost, can order from different sites no problem

Location:Springfield, MA

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Your Monitor Resolution: Will update when I get home, 22" or 24" widescreen I think

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And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Moved into permanent location, need new desktop, been on laptops for past few years

Thanks.

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March 13, 2014 10:36:19 AM

you can start from here

i5 haswell
2x 4GB ram
GTX 760

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $807.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 13:35 EDT-0400)
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March 13, 2014 10:52:46 AM

Oh, forgot I don't need Storage HD, got old one, but do want SSD, also have CD/DVDRW

Also, thinking of water cooling, or maybe don't really need with i5?

Also, question, is 1 GTX 760 better than 2 1G cards for same price or maybe a little more?

I've been out of the PC building for a while, trying to catch up, thank you for answering my questions

If I'm dropping the 1TB HD and Optical Drive, should I upgrade to 4 X 4GB sticks of RAM or bump up something else like processor?

Sharp Case, I like the look of that one
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March 13, 2014 11:05:21 AM

1 stronger card is way better than 2x weaker card
less problem, less power, less compatibily issue

watercooling isnt required for non-OC build
OC build is not viable with the given budget
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March 13, 2014 11:21:28 AM

And what about If I'm dropping the 1TB HD and Optical Drive, should I upgrade to 4 X 4GB sticks of RAM or bump up something else like processor?

Appreciate all your help and advice.
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March 14, 2014 6:36:45 AM

dropping hdd + optical will save you $70-80
i think is enough to get OC build, but stil use air cooling
dont get me wrong, air cooling is the most favorite way to OC

here it is
some parts has limited time sale, so by the time you are ready to buy, the price will change

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $834.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 09:35 EDT-0400)
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March 14, 2014 10:03:54 AM

AMD Radeon said:
dropping hdd + optical will save you $70-80
i think is enough to get OC build, but stil use air cooling
dont get me wrong, air cooling is the most favorite way to OC

here it is
some parts has limited time sale, so by the time you are ready to buy, the price will change

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $834.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 09:35 EDT-0400)


Great thank you, I can get those parts that are limited time offer post-haste, I did see one thing on PC Part Picker about "Compatibility Notes
Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case and Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler height clearance could not be verified."

Is that an issue or not?

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