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1. Motherboard, ASUS, X99: ASUS X79-DELUXE ATX DDR4 LGA 2011-3 Motherboard This is my favorite motherboard of all time. IT is well designed and well constructed. There is one slot for a M.2 SSD, lots of room for PCIe cards, eight memory slots for DDR4 memory and a host of SATA 3.0 and USB ports. Follow this link to Amazon for additional information.

1. A. Motherboard, ASUS, X99: ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME, Extended ATX x99 Motherboard , LGA 2011-V3 Socket, DDR4 3300Mhz+(OC) Very popular with overclockers and power users.

1. B. Motherboard, ASUS, X99 A: ASUS X99-A ATX DDR4 3000 LGA Motherboard X99-A

2. Intel CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor BX80648I75820K The 5820K is a great CPU for the price. All Haswell-E CPUs use the 2011-3 socket motherboard.

3. Intel CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.5GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor BX80648I75930K The Core i7-5930 is a great CPU supporting 40 PCIe lanes. This CPU requires a socket 2011-3 motherboard with the X99 chipset.

4. Intel CPU: Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor BX80648I75960X The King of the hill CPU at a royal price, but if time is money, this is an excellent CPU for power users of X99 systems.

5. Intel CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) (BX80646I74790K)The 4790 is a Devil's Canyon/Haswell Refresh CPU that is very popular with gamers and power users. Use a Z97 chipset with a socket 1150 motherboard using economical DDR3 memory. Very good value for the price.

6. Intel CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K This Core i5 CPU is reasonably priced for a socket 1150 motherboard, DDR3 RAM, and Z97 chipset.

7. Intel CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 BX80646I54590 Processor (6M Cache, 3.3 GHz)

8. Intel CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K

8. A. Intel CPU (locked multiplier): Intel Core i5-4690 Processor (6M Cache, 3.90 GHz) BX80646I54690

9. Intel CPU: Intel Core I3-4160 Processor 3.60 GHz, 2-Core LGA1150 Socket, Hyper-Threading (BX80646I34160)One of the best i3 CPUs for LGA 1150.

10. RAM DDR4: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz C16 memory kit for DDR4 Systems (CMK32GX4M4A2666C16) This 2666MHz DDR4 memory for X99 DDR4 systems has XMP 2.0 for fast, accurate, and automatic adjustment in the BIOS. Always check the Qualified Vendors List on your motherboard manufacturer's website before purchasing RAM.

11. RAM DDR4: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4-21300) 2666MHz C16 memory kit for DDR4 Systems (CMK16GX4M4A2666C16) Corsair 16GB 2666MHz (4x4GB) with XMP 2.0 for X99 Haswell-E Systems. Always check the Qualified Vendors List on your motherboard manufacturer's website before purchasing RAM.

12. RAM DDR3: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) This is Corsair DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz, 8GB (2x4GB) with XMP. Always check the Qualified Vendors List on your motherboard manufacturer's website before purchasing RAM.

13. RAM DDR3: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10) Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 RAM with XMP. Always check the Qualified Vendors List on your motherboard manufacturer's website before purchasing RAM.

14.Motherboard, Z97: ASUS ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 The exceptional ASUS Sabertooth Z97 socket 1150. Use DDR3 memory.

15. Motherboard Z97: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO Z97 ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards MAXIMUS VII HERO ASUS Z97, LGA 1150, DDR3 Motherboard.

16. Motherboard Z87: ASUS Z87 PRO LGA 1150 Motherboard This ASUS LGA 1150 motherboard has a Z87 chipset. A great combination for a Haswell Refresh Core i7-4970K CPU.

16. A. Motherboard Gigabyte Associate Sales: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H LGA 1150 Z97 with Killer E2200 and Intel Gaming Networking SATA Express M.2 SSD ATX MotherboardThis is a well respected board.

16. B. Motherboard Gigabyte: Gigabyte Black Edition LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboards GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK This seems To be a fine LGA 1150 offering from Gigabyte.

16. C. Motherboard, Mini: ASUS Micro ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97M-PLUS A strong contender in a Mini-ATX for LGA 1150.

17. CPU Cooler, Liquid: Cooler Master Nepton 280L - PC CPU Liquid Water Cooling System, All-In-One Kit with 280mm Radiator and 2 JetFlo Fans

18. CPU Cooler, Heatsink, Large: Noctua NH-U14S for Intel LGA 2011,1156,1155, 1150 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/3+,FM1/2 Sockets, U Type, 6 Heatpipe,140mm CPU Cooler Cooling This is a larger but very well thought through cooler. I have one and love it.

19. Computer Case, Full Tower: Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Performance Full Tower Case CC-9011035-WW The Obsidian series is well thought through and priced right.

20. Computer Case, Full Tower, Large: Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Super Tower Computer Case CC-9011022-WW - Black This is one of the larger cases available for consumer level users. This is for the serious hobbyist or business power user who likes to have a lot of room within the case.

20. A. Full Tower: NZXT Technologies Source 530 Full Tower Chassis Cases, Black Mesh CA-SO530-M1 A significant contribution to PC perfection - NZXT.

20. B. Very Nice Full Tower: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full Tower Chassis PH-ES614L_WT White.

21. Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series 760 Watt Digital ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply AX760i

22. Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series AX 1200 Watt Digital ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Platinum (AX1200i) This is an excellent power supply that regulates voltage fluctuations and provides plenty of power. Of course you know, a 1200 watt power supply only draws power as needed. And, doesn't ever come close to using 1200 watts.

23. Power Supply: Cooler Master V1200 - Fully Modular 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU with Hybrid Fan Controller and Silent Fanless Mode Operation (4-Way SLI Ready)

24. Power Supply: Cooler Master V650 - Compact 650W 80 PLUS Gold Modular PSU (Haswell/Kaveri Ready)

25. Anti-Static Wrist Strap: Rosewell RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap Components Black, Yellow

26. Thermal Compound: Prolimatech PK-3 Nano Aluminium Thermal Compound 1.5g

27. Hard Drive, 1T: WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache WD1003FZEX Five year warranty.

28. Hard Drive, 2T: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX

29. Hard Drive, 3T: WD Black 3TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache WD3003FZEX

30. Hard Drive, 4T: WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache WD4003FZEX

31. Hard Drive, 1T: WD Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive Very reasonably priced.

32. Hard Drive, 2T: WD Green 2TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache WD20EZRX Western Digital Green are energy efficient and priced below Black models.

33. SSD 1T: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E1T0B/AM) Samsung consistently earns good reviews.

34. Video Card: EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 2.0 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

35. Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Super Clocked ACX 2.0 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

36. Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti SC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

These monitors are very nice and a good starting point when researching 4K monitors. I would be happy to own any one of these!

36. A. ASUS PB287Q 28-Inch Screen LED-Lit 4K Monitor ...ASUS Monitor 28" PB287Q 4K 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
Color accuracy may suffer but adequate for gamers.

36. B. New SAMSUNG U28D590 4K UHD Display 28" 3840x2160 HDMI DP Monitor *Perfect Pixel
Some users do not like the color space as it is less than sRGB - the universal standard for "consumer level" color.

36. C. Acer B276HK ymjdprz 27-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Display with ErgoStandHas acceptable color accuracy.

36. D. ViewSonic VP2772 27-Inch SuperClear IPS LED-Lit Professional Monitor, Adobe RGB, WQHD 2560x1440, Pre-Calibrated, 1.07b Colors, Daisy Chain This is not a 4K monitor but color accuracy is a well above many others. However, you will pay for this. If you do not require color accuracy, a less expensive monitor may meet your needs.

36. E. Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor P2715Q 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor Color calibrated sRGB 4K monitor.

37. CPU Cooler, Heatsink, Low profile: Silverstone Tek Low-Profile Heatsink CPU Cooler with 92mm PWM Fan, Four 6mm Heat Pipes, Intel LGA1155/1156/1150 and AMD AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 AR06 Silverstone low profile heatsink for systems that are not overclocked.

38. Computer Case, Mid-Tower: Corsair Obsidian Series Black 450D High Airflow Mid-Tower Computer Case CC-9011049-WW

38. A. Computer Case, Full Tower:NZXT Technologies Source 530 Full Tower Chassis Cases, Black Mesh CA-SO530-M1 NZXT provides some fine products. And, at very reasonable prices.

39. Sound Blaster, PCIe, Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Zx PCIe Gaming Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module Very effective Sound Blaster PCIe card.

40. Docking Station, Hard Disk, USB3: Thermaltake 5G 5.0Gbps USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Hard Drive Pouch ST0019U USB3 external SATA hard drive docking station.

41. USB Cable, 8": Micro SATA Cables - USB 3.0 A Male to A Male 8 Inch Extension Cable Short USB3 extension cable to aid connection to case USB3 ports in the dark of night.

42. D-Link Camera: D-Link DCS-930L mydlink-Enabled Wireless-N Network Camera

43. Ethernet Switch (extra ports): D-Link 8-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch (DGS-1100-08) This is a switch for Ethernet not a router.

44. Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter LG optical drive well reviewed and at a very reasonable price.

45. Cable, SATA III: Cable Matters 3-Pack, 18-Inch SATA III 6.0 Gbps Cable

46. Headphones, Superior: Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones - Black Just the best I have ever had.

47. Speakers, Bose: Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System These high-quality computer speakers are powerful and sound fantastic.

48. Printer, Wireless: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax Very convenient and versatile wireless printer.

49. Battery Backup/Surge Protection: APC BE750G Power Saving Battery Back-UPS With Master and Controlled by Master sockets.

50. Case Fan, Antec, 120mm: NZXT Technologies FN V2 120mm Performance Case Fan Cooling RF-FN122-RB

50. A. Case Fan, NZXT, 140mm: NZXT Technologies FN V2 140mm Performance Case Fan Cooling RF-FN142-RB

 

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