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First Time Desktop Build. Need Help!

I am looking at building my first desktop and am looking for some help.
I know all of the basic parts, but the question i have is what to go big on.
I am not a heavy gamer, but just want a fast desktop that i will use with my 50 inch Plasma to browse the internet and stream 1080 movies that i have downloaded.

That being said, I need some major help as this will be my first attempt at doing a build.
Thank you for your help
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  1. You're missing a very important piece of information.... your budget.


    Also, do you need to buy windows? Do you want big, medium, or small?
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.96 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($34.69 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($42.99 @ Mwave)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $554.54
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    this will stream movies 1080p perfectly fine, will be nice and quiet, and can handle some moderate gaming if you want to in the future. i didnt know if you needed windows, so i threw win 8.1 in there just incase.
  3. Best answer
    If you could answer these questions it would help us to optimize the parts for your computer :)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice

    If you have a budget of at least $500+ (without OS included) you can actually get some pretty decent options.
  4. Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2-3 months

    Budget Range: 400-1000

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, 1080 movies, downloading

    Are you buying a monitor: No


    Parts to Upgrade: All new parts

    Do you need to buy OS: Yes

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: open to suggestions

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - Atlanta Ga

    Parts Preferences: I7? is it worth the hype?

    Overclocking: Open to suggestions

    SLI or Crossfire: Open to suggestions

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1080 480Hz 50 inch plasma

    Additional Comments: might look at multiple monitors if i go that route, worried about the possiblity of breaking expensive parts considering this is my first build.

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Looking for a new hobby, have some money laying around
  5. You can easily look in the toms forum and find many builds from $600-1000. A $1000 pc will last a long time.

    Overclocking/Dual GPUs are more of a hobbyist thing. At $1000, you'd want to build intel, like an i5-4670 if not overclocking and a i5-4670k if overclocking. The r9 280 GPU will probably play any game coming out in the next 2 years on ultra settings. The other components are mostly just looking for good deals and you don't have to look up benchmarks or anything for them.
  6. Here is a simple, reliable, and very FAST regular desktop.

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

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($72.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.97 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $499.58
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    I don't see any reason for you to even get a video card, but if you want one,

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

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($72.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $589.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    You gave such a broad budget (400-1000) so that means just about anything is an option, but I can't imagine spending more than $600 on core parts for your uses. You may spend a couple hundred on peripherals too.
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