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Old 01-06-2014, 03:23 PM   #1
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I am planning to build my first computer. I've watched several tutorials online about parts and whatnot and have come to the conclusion that I have a very unusual need for specific parts. I plan on running some high end weather/math applications that need certain things. Note that I won't be gaming or anything like that.

Here are some of my requirements:

-Intel Core i7 processor, preferably the i7 4770k or something close to that.

-At least 16GB of RAM

-Small (100GB or less) SSD (no hard drive needed)

-Dedicated video card with at least 2GB of video memory

Now, I have no clue as to what motherboard to get, case, or power supply. All of the bundles I've seen online have large hard drives and other things that I just don't need. I do not care how the system looks. In other words, the case can be ugly. I don't need an optical drive other than for initial operating system installation, but I believe I can do that with a USB flash drive, right? Also, do I need to buy some type of network card or is that part of the motherboard?

I would be greatly appreciative if someone can point me in the right direction with links for a processor, motherboard, RAM, SSD, video card, power supply and case that are all compatible. I am bit clueless as to where to even begin and reading and researching has become overwhelming! There are so many options.

BUDGET: I would ideally like to spend $700 or less on all of this but I am not sure how feasible this is. I'm willing to spend up to $900.

Thank you again, I can assure you advice is greatly appreciated.
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What country are you from? Where would you buy your parts from? That will have a big impact on what parts are available to you and what we can suggest as an appropriate configuration.
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What country are you from? Where would you buy your parts from? That will have a big impact on what parts are available to you and what we can suggest as an appropriate configuration.
I am from the U.S.

I was looking to buy parts at Newegg but I am not set on that. I'll buy them from wherever suggested!
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CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116901 (i7 3770K) - $339
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128603 - Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H - $100
RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9SIA3KX16D2844 - Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB $211
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167180 - Intel SSD 530 Series 120GB - $120
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042 - Antec 300* - $60
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151094 - Seasonic S12II 520W - $60

* Obviously, the case is a bit of a question of personal preference. I suggested the 300 because, even though it is a bit plain, I've built systems in it before and found that it's solid, well ventilated, reasonably easy to work in, and affordable.

That comes to $890. You didn't specify what sort of graphics requirements you had. If you don't need really good 3D graphics performance, then you could use the on-board graphics.

As for an optical drive, they aren't expensive at all (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151266). IMO, you might as well grab one for $20 and save yourself the trouble of making a USB flash drive installer.

And no, you don't need a network card. The motherboard has that on-board.

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CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116901 (i7 3770K) - $339
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128603 - Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H - $100
RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9SIA3KX16D2844 - Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB $211
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167180 - Intel SSD 530 Series 120GB - $120
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042 - Antec 300* - $60
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151094 - Seasonic S12II 520W - $60

* Obviously, the case is a bit of a question of personal preference. I suggested the 300 because, even though it is a bit plain, I've built systems in it before and found that it's solid, well ventilated, reasonably easy to work in, and affordable.

That comes to $890. You didn't specify what sort of graphics requirements you had. If you don't need really good 3D graphics performance, then you could use the on-board graphics.

As for an optical drive, they aren't expensive at all (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151266). IMO, you might as well grab one for $20 and save yourself the trouble of making a USB flash drive installer.

And no, you don't need a network card. The motherboard has that on-board.
Thank you SO much for your suggestions! I really appreciate it. I have looked at the links you provided and will likely be making my purchases soon.

Thanks again!
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