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I rarely suggest an i3 over an i5, but in your case, since you have no apparent interest in overclocking, i will. This i3 with it's 3.8ghz stock clock speed will probably out perform your i5 in all but a few titles, due to the very low base clock speed that i5 is sporting. the rest of these changes are for quality purposes or $$ purposes.

-Sidenote: raidmax psus are horrible. if you don't mind the off chance of burning your house down, or starting a fire inside your psu, get the raidmax, otherwise stay as far away from them as possible. The xfx i replaced it with is a far superior unit to that raidmax.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($159.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.99 @ Mwave)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $547.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-05 18:16 EST-0500
 

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For a little bit more, you can get this (includes Windows):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.40 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($327.85 @ B&H)
Case: Azza CSAZ-206 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.26 @ OutletPC)
Total: $878.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-05 18:36 EST-0500
 


ok... but again only getting an i5 clocked at 3.1ghz sorta spoils the whole purpose of a gtx970... at that point he might as well save real money and get a 6 or 8 core fx...
 

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Thank you guys so much, I really do appreciate it. I think I will upgrade to the recommended Motherboard, power supply, and storage, resulting in an approximate total of $860.
 

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Also, I understand your reasoning in the recommendation of the i3 processor. I am definitely considering it. Obviously, I'd prefer to simply spend more on a higher clocked i5. Just of the top of your head, can you think of one?
 


no. there are no i5s clocks factory speeds over 3.6ghz. that said there are UNLOCKED i5s which you can overclock quite well. though those will require a z87/z97 motherboard.
 

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