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Is this a terrible build?

Sorry if i am posting in the wrong forum.

I have a pc that is a few years old now. I feel it no longer lives up to my expectations, which rise at a steady pace. When i bought the PC it was all about gaming. But now i am branching off into all kinds of ... stuff. 3D modeling (very simple, to an extent), programming (alot), processor heavy tasks such as lightmapping and compiling can be required when making games.
I mainly play games such as WoW, DotA, LoL etc. but every now and again i want to play other games like assassins creed or CoD.
I don't expect it to run any game on ultra or instantly process anything. I just want to be able to do most things allright.

My first thought was to buy a pc from a retailer, but then i remembered that i could actually build a custom PC at a LOWER (!?) price. This was the first time i looked into hardware (i hardly knew what the CPU did before).

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f7Pwyc
So after some reading up on hardware i came up with this.

My current setup is this

Intel® Core™ i3-550 Processor (4M Cache, 3.2 GHz)
Intel® H57 Express Chipset
2GB (1X2GB) DDR3 Memory
500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 320

Running 2 monitors, one being 1920*1080 and the other 1024 * 768

Is it a big upgrade, are there any parts that shouldn't be swapped? Thank you!
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  1. It has some issues: Made a few slight improvements
    Motherboard that is compatible with the CPU you chose out of the box.
    2x4GB memory kit to enable dual channel, faster as well.
    Powersupply was an excellent choice, but a little overpriced for the build. Put the savings into a little better video card.

    If your primary goal is gaming, I suggest spending less on the CPU and more in the video card.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WHhhFT
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WHhhFT/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($93.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $740.56
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 17:43 EDT-0400
  2. Best answer
    A little more graphical oomph, hardly any loss on CPU performance. And that first power supply I listed had twenty dollar mail in rebate, so it was really 70 dollars. Might go back to your first choice, or this one.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nHBXJx
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nHBXJx/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $741.55
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 17:47 EDT-0400
  3. Nice build eximo. Drop the aftermarket cooler and change CPU to a 4590 :)
  4. Eximo's build is perfect for what you want, for $750 you could get a better PC if you were only gaming, but since you're doing CPU intensive stuff his build is a nice balance of CPU and GPU power, however take LucoTF's extra suggestion as well.
  5. I thought CPU coolers were needed?
    Also... will i need any extra fans or anything?
    Otherwise: this?
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kBc923
  6. Xyexs said:
    I thought CPU coolers were needed?
    Also... will i need any extra fans or anything?
    Otherwise: this?
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kBc923


    Yeah coolers are needed, but you get one in the box with your i5. No need to buy one unless you find the stock fan too noisy
  7. Eximos build with the 4690 i5 is good , but you can drop the psu tom a quality 450 - 500 watt unit , and spend more on a better graphics card
    750ti , maybe
  8. Well... thank you, i might tweak it a bit, but now i have the basic hint. Thanks again :D
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