I've had an emachines desktop for some time now, and it's come to my attention that it really sucks. After much research and reading others' success stories, I've come to the conclusion of a modest hack, no I will not overclock or anything like that, no need for a bulk cooler.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3sXLV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker....LV/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.12 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($37.89 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($45.49 @ NCIX US)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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I plan on using this rig for work in AutoCAD, and Sketchup since that is what I work with. I want to dual boot with Windows on separate drives. Also, I excluded an optical drive, good because I don't need that. I already own a Rosewill wifi card, a coolmax v600 from an older build, and an AMD 6570 1 GB card. What are your thoughts on this build?