How to Build a System

Hello, everyone. I am hoping that you guys will be nice to help me out.

I would rather get a prebuilt since I don't have time but if building it myself really is easy (takes me about 2-3 hours), I'll definitely do it. For example, I'm assuming that getting the operating system up and running will take a long time.

But, this is what I am looking for:

Budget: $1300 (flexible)
Purpose: Emails, web, spreadsheets. I use it for work and have 20 windows up at once. With my antivirus, my computer gets really slow. It would be nice to play the occasional starcraft game.

i7
windows 8
able to have 4 monitors at once
hard drive: 1 terrabyte + SSD

What do you guys suggest?
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  1. Buy an oem system; it's cheaper. Here's one: http://www.frys.com/product/7342204?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    You can add a video card to it such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161409

    Still got the itch to build your own: http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-1136384-_-11292012_1; newegg shellshocker specials include most everything you need except the operating system, which you can get on craigslist. Just be sure it's unopened. Windows 7 or 8 will work fine; 8 is for touchscreen devices, which you won't have unless you get a touchscreen monitor. Here's another option if you really have to have 4 monitors going at once:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130647 (sli capable for multiple video cards) $117 shipped after rebate
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/372933-31-build-system $230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220619 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $47 after promo code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121633 $217 for two after shipping and rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126097 $22
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256 $16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416550 $100

    total: about $909 after rebates and promo codes

    Here's a post for breadboarding: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/296400-31-breadboarding
    Here's a link for your msi board: http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z77MA-G45.html#/?div=Manual. Read the first sections about installing the cpu and ram. If you don't understand it at this point, I would buy an oem system and save yourself alot of headaches. Building your first system requires alot of patience. good luck.
  2. The second link is for the cpu: 3570K for $230 shipped at newegg (link broken). The last msi link has a downloads section for the motherboard manual. That's what you need to read to get started.
  3. If building one myself really is going to take a lot of patience, I'd rather get a prebuilt like you suggested.

    Is Fry a good place to go?

    I notice that you recommended a system that has an i3 which I think is insufficient. Is there something else that you recommend?

    Actually, are there people on this forum that will build one for me?
  4. i wouldnt recomend asking for help like that on the net... theyll just run off with ur nice new shiney pc! an i3 is underrated, but i think a new i5 would be fine...
  5. Here's a gaming one from acer: http://www.frys.com/product/7327164?site=sa:Homepage Pod:Pod3. Ask about frys return policy before you purchase. Some items are in store only.
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