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April 3, 2014 10:01:16 AM

Okay, I have alot of things on my mind. First, I'm trying to build a mid range to high end desktop, but the components all added up seem more expensive than a prebuilt computer with around the same specs. Second, should I even build a desktop, or just buy a prebuilt? If you think I should build a prebuilt, please link me to some good 8gb ram, 1tb of disk space, desktop. If you think I should build a desktop, please tell me some good components for a mid range - high end desktop. These are the current components I'm thinking of buying.
Corsair - ValueSelect 16GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module $154.99
Corsair - Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case $112.98
Corsair - CX Series Modular CX750M 750W ATX Power Supply - Black $99.99
Intel - Core™ i7-4770K 3.5GHz Processor $334.98 (Heat sink included)
Asus - Micro ATX Motherboard 1600/1333/1066MHz (Socket 1155) $70.98
Corsair - Vengeance 16GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module $169.99
WD - Mainstream 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops $69.99
PNY - XLR8 GeForce GTX 650 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card $129.99
LG - Super-Multi 24x External USB 2.0 Double-Layer DVD±/CD-RW Drive $59.99
April 3, 2014 10:12:27 AM

you do realize that the mb you picked is 1155 while the cpu is 1150?
psu is a bit overkill for the video card you have there as well... working on a part list suggestion.
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April 3, 2014 10:13:53 AM

Get the i5 instead of the i7 and also your motherboard is not compatible with 4xxx series of intel (the correct socket is 1150)

ill list the changes in point form

1, get the i5 instead
2. with saved money on a better gpu
3. why do you have 2 ram kits?
4 get compatible motherboard
5.just get a built in dvd drive for $20 and save money

with all the money you save you should at least be able to afford a gtx 760 gpu
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April 3, 2014 10:24:30 AM

a tweaked version of yours, dumped the second set of different (not a good idea to mix ) ram. not sure what teh build was for, but upped the video card, got a better priced psu within tolerances.

if you're just doing gaming... would drop to the i5. if you're doing editing or such, drop the video card and get a 32 gig SET of ram, don't mix, it might work most of the time, but every once in a while you can get pairs that do not get along.


waiting for someone who's better at this to beat my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3llPL
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April 3, 2014 10:24:40 AM

hope it's SOME help
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April 3, 2014 1:05:35 PM

vagrantsoul said:
a tweaked version of yours, dumped the second set of different (not a good idea to mix ) ram. not sure what teh build was for, but upped the video card, got a better priced psu within tolerances.

if you're just doing gaming... would drop to the i5. if you're doing editing or such, drop the video card and get a 32 gig SET of ram, don't mix, it might work most of the time, but every once in a while you can get pairs that do not get along.


waiting for someone who's better at this to beat my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3llPL


Thanks! This helped alot. I dropped to i5, since i will be using it for gaming mostly. Sorry for my incompetence, I'm new in this whole desktop-building deal.
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April 3, 2014 1:49:21 PM

nothing to be sorry about, a great reference point to start with some brief explanations would be http://www.logicalincrements.com/ , should give you a basic outline of what to look for, just don't forget the cost of an OS on top of the budget line you follow along with.
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