[Build Help] My first build, Help! Budget ~$700

I would do something like this: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $178.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $17.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus Z97-K/CSM ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $0.00
Memory Kingston Savage 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $54.00 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $0.00
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $0.00
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card $269.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply XFX XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $66.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $660.94
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $610.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-26 16:39 EDT-0400

You could get the 970 if you really wish and opted to use the rest of your budget, but i went on the conservative side. It'll game really nicely at 1080(A better GPU also helps with rendering 3D in photoshop if that's what you're doing)

For programming it be the same as the other one. Opted for a bit faster CPU out of the box for one dollar less, hehe but you got 300mhz so that's nice. 8gigs should be enough you can always upgrade later. And got a modular and better quality PSU for a bit more.

Hope it helps. :)

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