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June 3, 2014 6:15:03 PM

Budget Range: $1200-1400 Before Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School, Video Editing

Are you buying a monitor: Not at this time. However, I would like some suggestions!

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon

Location: Ohio

Parts Preferences: I would prefer a nvidia GPU. I like their driver software better than AMD's.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: So my laptop is going to die soon and I want a decent school/basic editing/gaming desktop. Here is what I have put together so far. This is the first time I will be building a computer, so please give me any advice on what parts I should choose!

Note: I have a couple 7200 and 5400 RPM HDDs laying around, that is why I only have SSD included in the build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.78 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($195.22 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.51 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($339.99)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1266.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 21:12 EDT-0400)
June 3, 2014 6:46:36 PM

not a bad set up, no disk drive? not essential can make installing some drivers easier, crossfire you don't need to worry about as it's AMD tech, sli is the nvidia version and is basically when you have 2 or more gpu's linked via a cable that comes with pretty much every gpu nowadays. correct me if I'm wrong but you don't seem to have any cooling at all? you will need a couple fans at least, your case has a fair few mounting points so you have room for expansion later as you go.
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June 3, 2014 6:51:07 PM

seeing as you aren't going to overclock the CPU, you might as well get the Xeon processor as it is exactly the same as the i7-4770k but can't be overclocked and doesn't have the integrated graphics either which you don't need I also got a smaller and better PSU as you don't need one that big unless you are planning to go SLI (add a second GPU to the system)

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as Yatsy said, you will want some more case fans and these will do a nice job, probably get 2, but you probably can also go all the way to 4 if you want really good air flow http://pcpartpicker.com/part/enermax-case-fan-uctb12p

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.78 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($87.51 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1146.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 21:47 EDT-0400)

And here is a nice monitor to consider in the future http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe
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June 3, 2014 7:08:58 PM

I suggest getting a Z97 motherboard because they are compatible with the next gen Intel CPUs.
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