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What parts to buy for a $1,500 or less build for work and gaming.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Summer

Budget Range: Around the 1,300-1,500 price range

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Homework (Stuff like Microsoft Word and Powerpoint), Storing photos and music, Pepakura, Small amounts of video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: Probably not, but I might.


Parts to Upgrade: Well I need to buy all my parts since it is my first computer build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't really care

Location: Chicago, IL

Parts Preferences: I don't know what I'm doing, so I'll let you guys decide

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I don't exactly remember but I think it is 1024x768

Additional Comments: I plan on using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, League of Legends, Skyrim, and games I might purchase on steam in the future. (It doesn't have to be on high settings, I would like it to be able to run Skyrim on at least medium settings or higher)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a crappy 2011 macbook air and its time to get a desktop.
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  1. Google '$1500 pc build tom's'
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    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uU8z
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uU8z/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uU8z/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4771 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($18.41 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.48 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1345.77

    Threw in a good screen also.
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