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Need help choosing components for my first build, any advice will help :D

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April 29, 2014 12:30:02 PM

I have been studying about computers for a while now and I have been thinking about building my own system next year, this is the system I am thinking about building (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3AHGp)
I still have problems choosing some components like the motherboard, because of the reviews I have read on the ASRock Motherboard that I am thinking about buying, are mostly negative. If there are any recommendations, upgrades, or some advice on the components on the build I would appreciate any advice given to me.
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April 29, 2014 12:43:41 PM

$50 cheaper and a big step up in graphics performance. I normally wouldn't want to recommend the 3770 since it's a last generation model, but that's a pretty dang good sale it has right now!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3280A-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $955.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-29 15:42 EDT-0400)
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April 29, 2014 12:44:36 PM

I would definitely wait to see what the new intel processors will be able to do.
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May 6, 2014 11:11:16 AM

Since your going all out and getting i7 I would recommend increasing your power supply to around 700-800, and that video card you have just toss it get around a 700 and up you can find them for the same price under 200 and get an 2 hard drives instead of once just incase one goes yoj got the other one there to get all your stuff back and mothorboard I would get something that's crossfire conpatable and has a few 3.0 usb on it just look around prices drop and don't be afraid to go with and to save money honestly I like them both but I would only use intel if I was useing audocad and a engineering programs internet and gaming is amd all the way and I would get some corsair cooler for your cpu
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May 27, 2014 8:04:55 PM

Here's my take on the build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.03 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax ECA3280A-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1007.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-27 23:04 EDT-0400)
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