New System Build Around $800

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of May 2013

Budget Range: Around $800 (not including Harddrive, monitor upgrades, optical drives, case, and power supply)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office, browsing internet, listening to music, watching movies, editing photos, gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: Not at this time. Currently have a dual monitor set up with older lcd monitors.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, RAM, MOBO, OS, GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Windows 8 Pro (32bit or 64bit?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Michigan, metro detroit area

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 - dual monitor

Additional Comments: Trying to build a more efficient and quieter PC

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Have a year left of XP security support and no longer interested in computer gaming.

I am looking to upgrade my Q6600 Dual Core Build from 5-6 yrs ago that I used to play WoW heavily before being banned (for the 3rd time) as well as StarCraft.

I am currently using the following:
OS: Windows XP Pro
CPU: Q6600 Quad with GO Stepping
Mobo: Asus P5K Deluxe
GPU: BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB GDDR3
RAM: 4gbs of Corsair DDR2 XMS2 6400C4

I am upgrading to the following:
OS: Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro. I do not care for the touchscreen so leaning towards 7

CPU: i5-3570K ($190)

Mobo: Asus P8z77-V LGA ($145 if purchsed with CPU)


Ram: **NEED SUGGESTIONS** Was looking at the CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W

Any suggestions or thoughts?

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    You don't need a gpu if don't want to play games, the motherboard and the igpu supports a dual monitor setup, the igpu of the i5 is more than sufficient for your needs.
    Cheaper ram here :
    As for the os, get the windows 7 home premium 64 bits, since you'll have 8GB of ram, you'll want the 64 bits os, since you can't use more than 4GB with 32 bits.
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