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June 16, 2014 10:18:06 PM

Hello! I am looking into building a PC. These PC's will be my first builds so I would like some help. I have watched on how to build a computer, and it isn't as hard as it sounds. But the problem is, I don't know how to select the parts. Could you please make a parts list for me? I will be building two PC's, so I will tell you what I want for each of them.

First PC-Gaming PC
Approximate Purchase Date:By the end of the week

Budget Range: $1000 tops, can go over by a little bit.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No, if the Video Card has a VGA port or a HDMI to VGA or a DVI to VGA adapter. The monitors I have are two old Dell 1680*1050 resolution monitors, and they use VGA ports.

Parts to Upgrade:Building from nothing, so I will have to buy all the parts

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but don't put in the parts list. Put it in only if you can fit it in the budget, I will be running Windows 8.1 64-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't know, newegg?

Location: San Jose, California, US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No, probably not. I am not a super hardcore gamer, and I will be using this for school stuff too.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680*1050

Additional Comments: Here are basically all the requirements:
1TB HDD
SSD(I don't know how much)
At Least 8 gigabytes of RAM
Good Graphics Card, at least one that can run Minecraft and record with Fraps at the same time and High Settings
I will probably need everything but a mouse, because my keyboard is an Apple Bluetooth keyboard so I can't use it at first start up. My monitor is old, so it only has a VGA input. Make sure the graphics card either has a VGA output or comes with an adapter to change an output to VGA.
Make sure to include a WiFi adapter/card, cause I will use it a lot and I want good ping.

Since I don't know much about computer parts, I have a keyboard/mouse bundle that I might buy
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-keyboard-sgb...
There is also a wifi card that I have picked out, but I don't know if it is good or not.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/tp-link-wireless-network-c...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I just need a better computer.

This next PC I will be building later, after I confirmed that this first PC I am going to build works and is good. The budget for this computer is $1200. This is an office PC and this is for my parents. My mom, specifically, and my dad is helping me(just so you know, I am 15 years old.)She uses A LOT of Microsoft Office programs like Exel and Word, and Adobe programs like Acrobat(PDF editor) and Photoshop sometimes. She also uses the Internet a lot too. Could you build a computer that would last at least 5 years and suit her need well?

Approximate Purchase Date: Maybe in the next 3-4 weeks?

Budget Range: 1200 tops, a little over is ok.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Microsoft Office Programs, Internet, and Adobe stuff.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. This is a build that will require parts of everything, a keyboard, a mouse, a monitor, etc.

Parts to Upgrade: Nothing, either Building from scratch again.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, include this in the budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:I don't know, newegg?

Location: Same place- San Jose, California, US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: nope

Your Monitor Resolution: We don't have another monitor, so we need a monitor in the budget.

Additional Comments: Need fast boot up, need lots or hard drive space(2,3 TB?), fast core(preferably Intel Core i7), and a graphics card if you can fit it in the budget, though I don't think we will need it. Make sure to add in a Wifi card, she uses the internet a lot.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Her laptop sucks and she needs a better computer, laptop or desktop.

Thanks!

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June 16, 2014 10:20:40 PM

And, for my gaming computer, I need to be able to stream on twitch or something with good frames too.
Also, I am planing to use two monitors for my gaming pc. how do I connect two monitors to one computer?
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June 16, 2014 10:32:04 PM

Well, you need a graphics card that supports 2 monitors, which literally everyone does, then you usually have to go through a process to get them connected. It's very easy to do, don't worry
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June 16, 2014 10:43:31 PM

Well for the office PC you don't need to spend $1200 if you're not doing anything beyond basic Adobe and MS Office, you can spend about 1/2 that and still get performance that will last:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($65.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $537.24
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 01:38 EDT-0400

Now for the gaming PC most gaming cards will allow 2 x DVI ports so you can connect two monitors to the same card.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M550 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $983.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 01:43 EDT-0400
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a b 4 Gaming
June 16, 2014 10:44:20 PM

Here's a gaming build that you can consider:

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t4rtK8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t4rtK8/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1240 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($274.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($162.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.96 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1003.49


I'll edit in the other build later.

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Other one for office
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BB2BhM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BB2BhM/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.96 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $666.85
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a b 4 Gaming
June 16, 2014 10:50:25 PM

This is the first PC build as per your stated requirement:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.48 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($335.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H230 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 01:50 EDT-0400

This is the Second PC Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.12 @ Mwave)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.15 @ B&H)
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical Mouse ($4.75 @ NCIX US)
Total: $987.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 03:01 EDT-0400
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June 17, 2014 8:40:45 AM

Thanks! But the video card or some part of the computer come with 2 different adapters, dvi-d to vga and dvi-d to vga, right? or should i buy it?
Also, if I plug in one of the vga cables to the motherboard, will it use the external video card?
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June 17, 2014 9:49:28 AM

EVGA GTX 770 SC includes one DVI-I to VGA Adapter. One end of this cable will go into the graphics card the DVI-I end and the other end will go into the monitor then VGA end.
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June 17, 2014 1:16:57 PM

EasyLover said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.12 @ Mwave)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.15 @ B&H)
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical Mouse ($4.75 @ NCIX US)
Total: $987.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 03:01 EDT-0400


An i7 and GTX 750TI for basic MS Office and Adobe programs? Really? Seriously a Pentium G or Athlon X4 with on board graphics can handle those tasks. That's mega overkill on the processor there.
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June 17, 2014 8:33:27 PM

g-unit1111 said:
EasyLover said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.12 @ Mwave)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.15 @ B&H)
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical Mouse ($4.75 @ NCIX US)
Total: $987.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-17 03:01 EDT-0400


An i7 and GTX 750TI for basic MS Office and Adobe programs? Really? Seriously a Pentium G or Athlon X4 with on board graphics can handle those tasks. That's mega overkill on the processor there.


Sir, pl read the OP's stated requirement. Earlier I was refraining myself to give him any GPU for that but then again, said PC is to be used for coming so many years, it has to be maximum safeguard. My humble point of view.
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June 17, 2014 8:36:28 PM

EasyLover said:
Sir, pl read the OP's stated requirement. Earlier I was refraining myself to give him any GPU for that but then again, said PC is to be used for coming so many years, it has to be maximum safeguard. My humble point of view.


And I quote:

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She uses A LOT of Microsoft Office programs like Exel and Word, and Adobe programs like Acrobat(PDF editor) and Photoshop sometimes. She also uses the Internet a lot too. Could you build a computer that would last at least 5 years and suit her need well?


For Microsoft Office, Acrobat and basic Photoshop, a Pentium G, APU, or Athlon X4 will last for years. It does not take a lot of CPU for those tasks, you're seriously throwing away $200 when you don't have to. If you were doing lots of video editing or other CS5/6 programs then an i7 would be warranted. But for the OP's needs, an i7 isn't necessary. I can get Microsoft Office 2013 and Firefox 30 to run on 5 year old Pentium 4s. The requirements for these programs don't change.
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June 17, 2014 8:39:39 PM

g-unit1111 said:
EasyLover said:
Sir, pl read the OP's stated requirement. Earlier I was refraining myself to give him any GPU for that but then again, said PC is to be used for coming so many years, it has to be maximum safeguard. My humble point of view.


And I quote:

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She uses A LOT of Microsoft Office programs like Exel and Word, and Adobe programs like Acrobat(PDF editor) and Photoshop sometimes. She also uses the Internet a lot too. Could you build a computer that would last at least 5 years and suit her need well?


For Microsoft Office, Acrobat and basic Photoshop, a Pentium G, APU, or Athlon X4 will last for years. It does not take a lot of CPU for those tasks, you're seriously throwing away $200 when you don't have to. If you were doing lots of video editing or other CS5/6 programs then an i7 would be warranted. But for the OP's needs, an i7 isn't necessary.


Totally agreed. If OP is ok with it, revise build is available :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2014 9:04:14 PM

Check this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.50 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.15 @ B&H)
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical Mouse ($4.76 @ NCIX US)
Total: $677.13
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 00:03 EDT-0400
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June 18, 2014 9:15:37 AM

I will use easylovers office build for my mom, because she is planning to do a lot more with that computer then those programs. I am still deciding on the gaming rig build, with either easylovers or calnins build. Thanks for all the help!
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June 18, 2014 8:58:56 PM

In my build for gaming, I've given you good CPU with very good GPU i.e GTX 770. Check these links:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2013/11/13/am...
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-270X-vs-GeForce-GTX-7...

Clanin has given you very good CPU but with R9 270x. GTX 770 beats R9 270x and this is a gaming build :) 

However, Clanin build has an advantage of H97 series mobo though I would not be much bothered with 97 in question but some sort of future proofing is a good thing.
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June 21, 2014 8:36:31 AM

Thanks for the information! I guess I might go with your build :D 
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June 21, 2014 8:45:15 AM

Good luck dear. Glad I was able to assist.
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July 6, 2014 9:13:38 AM

reesemonster said:
Well, you need a graphics card that supports 2 monitors, which literally everyone does, then you usually have to go through a process to get them connected. It's very easy to do, don't worry

well i buy top of the line so i get the best stuff in the world i would check out intel.com or micro center.
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