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Hey guys and gals,

in preparation of the new Intel Big Deal (Im assuming will be a i7-4770k), I am going to make a new build for work (heavy Excel, browsers, etc), doing computer repair work on the side, absolutely no gaming, and if I do, I am loading up Halo 2. I want to get into programming and ripping movies, tv shows, and eventually have everything on a server type box that I can use a different pc for media. But for now, I want to primarily for work, media, movies, music, etc and I am not sure what else.

Anyways, since I work at Staples part time, I will take part of the Intel Big Deal which I should get a great deal on an i7-4770k. I dont necessarily have a budget but I am trying to make it as small as possble. I do not need flashy or extravagant builds. I want a professional look.

Here is what I have so far:

Corsair 350D Case
Corsair H80i
1TB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive
Windows 7 Ultimate

now, the reason why I have that case and that cooler are because I got them for free from Intel. I got the hard drive for 40.00 brand new after rebate so I cant complain about that but since I want to rip my movies, which I do not have a lot right now, but plan to, I am thinking about getting a 2TB.

I am looking for suggestions on a motherboard, ram, etc. Everything to be honest. I plan on running two 23-27" monitors which I will also need. But I am curious, specs wise, what I would need for something like that.

Thanks for the help in advance!

EDIT : Also, not sure if I will need a GPU but I might go to a 27" 2560x1440 monitor instead of the two 1080p monitors. I had a 1440p monitor before and although it is amazing, I wasnt using it to its best capabilities.
Edited by iWorkAtStaples - 10/22/13 at 3:49pm
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Get the Maximus VI Gene. The Gene series is the best for micro-atx.
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Get the Maximus VI Gene. The Gene series is the best for micro-atx.

I would say if that's within your budget then it is a very good board!

For simply using the PC for movies and such even at 1440p you wont need more than something like this I would think
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161403

That's if you don't plan to game and even then that card may be able to play games in window mode decently.

I am not familiar with how a 4770k using onboard video handles high resolutions for movies and browsing, but that may be an option. Id wait for others to chime in smile.gif

This is also a good ram kit that is always one of the lower priced 2x4gb kits with heat spreader.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=44267&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL&manufacture=G.Skill

This is also one of my favorite PSU's for builds with 1 GPU and maybe an OC CPU
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

The h80i is also a great cooler and you should be able to achieve mild OC on it smile.gif

Hope that helps some.
Edited by selk22 - 10/22/13 at 7:36pm
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Thanks for all the advice so far! Do you guys really think I would need the ASUS Maximus IV Gene for what I am using it for? $200 on a motherboard is a little high to me but if its the best board out there than it is what it is. Like I said, its not that I have a budget but I am doing everything that I can, by buying and selling stuff I see online to make a little more money to help with this and renovate our master bathroom lol. Anyway, any other parts that people think I should get for what I use it for? What about software for ripping movies/blu rays?
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Thanks for all the advice so far! Do you guys really think I would need the ASUS Maximus IV Gene for what I am using it for? $200 on a motherboard is a little high to me but if its the best board out there than it is what it is. Like I said, its not that I have a budget but I am doing everything that I can, by buying and selling stuff I see online to make a little more money to help with this and renovate our master bathroom lol. Anyway, any other parts that people think I should get for what I use it for? What about software for ripping movies/blu rays?

Your concerns are pretty accurate, although like most high end ASUS motherboards they are really nice and well built (their top tier offerings). It's still not something I would consider viable for your needs. $200 isn't a little high, but pretty high for a motherboard. Mind you, it's definitely not the best "there is," in that price range. By no means at all. Like a lot of ASUS motherboards, a big percentage of the price you are paying is for the name, not for more features or better build quality. If you want to get a solid board, that will come with a lot of features but want to spend under $200 then this is what you should be looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157371 It's on sale now for $154.99 with rebate. If you want a little more flash and features, then this will be nice little board too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157393
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