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/ BenchmarksCPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
($239.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
($29.98 @ Outlet PC) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
($139.99 @ NCIX US) Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
($64.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
($99.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($148.51 @ Amazon) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
($249.99 @ Microcenter) Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
($74.99 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)
($129.98 @ Outlet PC) Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor
($119.99 @ Newegg) Monitor: LG IPS224V-PN 21.5" Monitor
($119.99 @ Newegg) Total:
$1400.39(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-05 22:33 EDT-0400)
The monitors I picked, mostly because for the price, you get an 1080p IPS monitor. It might be on the smaller side (it's 21"), but for $120 apiece, this is a steal. Plus it's an LG, they make good panels.
I was considering the FX-8350, but I feel the i5 is better rounded for all tasks. Plus with the cooler you should be able to overclock to squeeze out more performance.
As for the motherboard, it should do you well for all your needs. Though just as another thing to through out, check out the Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H if it gives you more features that you could use.
Memory... 8GB to start and you can always add more (now or later) if you think you need more. But I would just wait until you give your system a test run. If you're not running out of memory, then you won't need more than 8GB.
For storage, I think a 120GB SSD should be enough for your OS and programs, the rest of your stuff could go on the hard drive.
The PSU provides more than enough power.
The OS you can change to Windows 7 for the same price if you really want.
The video card I chose last, but it performs plenty well in games. You can score Radeon HD 7970's for slightly more, if you're OK with AMD, and these will perform better.