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My current pc has had some issues and instead of buying a new processor, gpu, and possibly a motherboard - I've decided to salvage whatever parts I can and rebuild. I wanted a computer that is around 3 year future proof with the room to upgrade. I also wanted to have a build with a case that can sit on my desk (My Raven RV02-E is too long), that's why I decided on the Corsair 350D, but I did debate on building with an Air 540. So, without further ado - Here's my final build.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zYJn) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zYJn/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zYJn/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $229.99 @ Amazon
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h100i) | $109.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusvigene) | $203.99 @ Amazon
**Memory** | [Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996997) | $84.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996997) | $84.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct128m4ssd2) | Purchased For $0.00
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-03gp42784kr) | $649.99 @ NCIX US
**Case** | [Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011029ww) | $92.99 @ NCIX US
**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050008ww) | $27.41 @ Amazon
**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050009ww) | $16.99 @ NCIX US
**Power Supply** | [SeaSonic X Series 760W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-x760gold) | Purchased For $0.00
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1501.33

I already own the SSD and PSU. I will be buying a HDD once I decide on which one to purchase. I have about another $300 left in my budget to play around with, but I would rather save money then spend it.

Any last suggestions before I buy it?
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16GB RAM is probably overkill, so if you want to save some money you could just go with 8GB and not notice much, if any, difference at all. Also, I'm personally not a fan of water-cooling and would recommend picking up a similarly priced air cooler, but once again that's completely your call.

The rest of the build looks good!
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16GB RAM is probably overkill, so if you want to save some money you could just go with 8GB and not notice much, if any, difference at all. Also, I'm personally not a fan of water-cooling and would recommend picking up a similarly priced air cooler, but once again that's completely your call.

The rest of the build looks good!

looks good,,,,i recommend the h100i
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looks good,,,,i recommend the h100i

I'm definitely sticking with the h100i. It's the best non-custom loop cooler, imo. If I drop it - I'm going to build a custom loop.
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I'm definitely sticking with the h100i. It's the best non-custom loop cooler, imo. If I drop it - I'm going to build a custom loop.

How about switching the ram out for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416. You can OC it a bit, but it won't make a difference. 8GB of 1600mhz ram is all you need. Anything more then that and you are either wasting money, or you want to run benchmarks.

I would also switch out the case for a corsair air 540, or some other small full atx case. It's like what my art teacher says about abstract art; "if you want to make abstract art, make it either VERY abstract, or not abstract at all". Either make your PC mini ITX or make it full size atx. Mini atx is kind of a waste unless you are trying to make a lan PC with sli or crossfire graphics cards.
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How about switching the ram out for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416. You can OC it a bit, but it won't make a difference. 8GB of 1600mhz ram is all you need. Anything more then that and you are either wasting money, or you want to run benchmarks.

I would also switch out the case for a corsair air 540, or some other small full atx case. It's like what my art teacher says about abstract art; "if you want to make abstract art, make it either VERY abstract, or not abstract at all". Either make your PC mini ITX or make it full size atx. Mini atx is kind of a waste unless you are trying to make a lan PC with sli or crossfire graphics cards.

Micro ATX offers me all the upgrading I'm ever going to need with the same perforamce as a full size ATX. I did consider a Mini ITX build because I loved to BitFenix Prodigy, but it hinders me from upgrading down the rage (SLI) and I didn't want to mod the case to fit a 240mm rad. I'm also a huge fan of the Corsair 350D and it's simple yet beautiful design.
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Then I suggest you to wait for the Bitfenix Prodigy M it's the best of both worlds http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/prodigy-m
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Then I suggest you to wait for the Bitfenix Prodigy M it's the best of both worlds http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/prodigy-m
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Then I suggest you to wait for the Bitfenix Prodigy M it's the best of both worlds http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/prodigy-m

I don't like the Prodigy M nearly as much as it's mini ITX counterpart. The over design looks busy and components are too close to one another. I'll stick with the 350D for any micro ATX builds.
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