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    There are quite a a few MicroCenter stores around the US. See if you can find one near you. Or have a friend or family member pick it up for you and ship it to you. An i7 3770k for $229.99 is an amazing offer since Newegg is selling the i5 3570k for that price. If you had just listed gaming as the sole purpose of your PC, then I'd have recommended you an i5 without thinking twice. But since you'll be working with CPU intensive programs you'd benefit greatly from the i7 3770k. In the end, it's your decision.

    The only difference between an i5 3570 and a 3570k is that the "k" version has an unlocked multiplier which allows you to do some nice overclocking. If overclocking isn't in your plans, go with the non "k" version and save a few bucks.

    As for the RAM, 8GB at 1600Mhz is ideal for gaming. But if you want to really benefit from the RAM, grab the 16GB kit I recommended. Any image editing program loves RAM. And the faster the better. I think 1866MHz is a good frequency for your budget. The MVF supports 32GB and I would have picked a 32GB kit if you had a bigger budget. But I figured you could start with 2x8GB then when you earn more money, you could add another 2x8GB kit.

    LOL. Are you questioning my judgement? The MVF isn't a true E-ATX board. It's only like an inch wider than a normal ATX board and will fit into most if not all ATX cases. Actually, I only picked that case from TT because you wanted it. Personally I'd would have gone with the CoolerMaster Elite 431. Supports practically the same number of fans but have a larger side window to show off your rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chino View Post
    There are quite a a few MicroCenter stores around the US. See if you can find one near you.
    Okay, I think there's one around here somewhere because a friend of mine got all of his parts from a Microcenter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chino View Post
    The only difference between an i5 3570 and a 3570k is that the "k" version has an unlocked multiplier which allows you to do some nice overclocking. If overclocking isn't in your plans, go with the non "k" version and save a few bucks.
    I do not plan to do overclocking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chino View Post
    As for the RAM, 8GB at 1600Mhz is ideal for gaming. But if you want to really benefit from the RAM, grab the 16GB kit I recommended. Any image editing program loves RAM. And the faster the better. I think 1866MHz is a good frequency for your budget. The MVF supports 32GB and I would have picked a 32GB kit if you had a bigger budget. But I figured you could start with 2x8GB then when you earn more money, you could add another 2x8GB kit.
    I might actually do that I think.

    As for the case, I think that this one is fine.
    But what about the new motherboard I picked out in the previous posts. Will it work?

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    The MSI Z77A-G45 is a good motherboard with nice features. It'll do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chino View Post
    The MSI Z77A-G45 is a good motherboard with nice features. It'll do the job.
    Okay, thanks
    I assume it's compatible with what I picked out...right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chino View Post
    Yep. It'll fit in nicely.
    Alright, then this is what I will get unless anything else comes up:
    Windows 8 64-bit (Newegg)
    MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt LGA 1155 Intel Z77
    Intel Core i5-3570K
    ASUS GeForce GTX 660 TI-DC2O-2GD5
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 Mhz (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB
    SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 120 GB Solid State Drive
    Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 750W
    Thermaltake V3 Black-Edition Mid-Tower Case
    Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (x2)

    All from Newegg, to make shipping more streamlined and to cut down on having to pay multiple shipping bills.
    Total cost: $1,181

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    I would definitely try and find a MicroCenter near you. Right now they have the 3570k for $169.99. And you also get $40 off any compatible motherboard. I just picked up a 3570k and a Maximus V Gene the other day for $360 total. That was an awesome deal.

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    Hey guys! I just wanted to give an update. I finally made the order!
    I ended up making some changes, so here's what I got:

    Case- Thermaltake V3 Black Edition (Newegg, $45)
    Operating System- Windows 8 64-bit (Newegg, $100)
    Motherboard- Motherboard- MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt (Newegg, $160)
    CPU- Intel Core i7-3770K (Microcenter, $230)
    RAM- Eight gigabytes of 1866 megahertz G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL (Newegg, $45)
    GPU- ASUS NVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti DC2O-2GD5 (Newegg, $310)
    PSU- Cooler Master GX Series RS750-ACAAD3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI-Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (Newegg, $90)
    System Data Drive- Samsung 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (Newegg, $100)
    Storage Data Drive- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Bare Hard Drive (Newegg, $80
    Case Fans- Two Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fans
    Optical Drive- ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM (Newegg, $20)

    I already have my own Arctic Silver thermal compound.
    I also ordered a Logitech G110 keyboard from Newegg for $66.
    Does everything seem okay? It should all be at my house by Friday.

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