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So I'm helping a friend of mine upgrade from his older, decent system to a more top of the line build. What he had before was a Dell 730X (i7-920 Bloomfield, LGA 1366, 6 Gig RAM) that he upgraded with a GTX 570. I'm thinking a 4770 with a GTX 770 would be a good fit, and any mobo with SATA 3.0 and PCIE 3.0 should work pretty well (he'll be getting a SATA 3.0 SSD). I have a few questions though.

What is the fastest RAM speed that the 4770 was designed for, and how much RAM is really needed these days?
He wants a case that is quiet, as the computer will be in his bedroom. He wants air cooling but will likely not dust his computer for 5 years or longer. Cases are not my specialty. Any ideas? After market cooling is also a possibility, but he has no intention of overclocking.
Now for the hard part. He wants a better monitor. He has bad eyesight, so he uses a 38-42 inch 1080p television monitor and sits about 6 feet (maybe less) away from it. He wants something the same size, but in 1200 or 1440p. That's not an easy thing to find, and I could use all the help I can get.

Any ideas, questions, or advice?
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LOLOLOL.. 6 Feet from his monitor holy crap... Anyway

Second question is what is he going to do with his computer? just gaming? Usually if this was the case I would suggestion i5, but you know what, i7 prices are so cheap right now, would suggest getting the i7-4770k with a mobo from either gigabyte, asrock, asus. Ram speed does not really matter unless you do video encoding, editing, rendering. A pair of 1600 2x4 Gbs is more than what he will utilize since he will not overclock. With online monday deals, the z may or may not be cheaper then the h so just look into that.

Corsair 540 is a good airflow case, and by putting in silent fans he will get what he wants which is a silent computer. I also suggest looking more into the GPUs and stay away from the r9 290x because they tend to be loud, overheat, and if he does 0 maintenance and does not want something loud, he should stay away from that until they send out the revision.

and the bad eye sight part i am just lost -_- i would suggest a 27inch monitor, with the 1200p \with a new prescription
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The only monitor I can find that fits the parameters costs 2500 US, so I guess it is a question of how much he wants to pay. He only upgrades every 5-7 years, so he tries to get the best RAM he can at the time. All he wants to do is game and watch movies (1080p max), so nothing too strenuous.

AMD isn't an option. He's requested Nvidia, so that's that.

I'll look into the Corsair, thanks.
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gaming, 1600 mhz is enough speed then, especially since he doesnt overclock or anything that would make ram be utilized
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