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Hey guys Im building a computer for a friend he wants to keep it around $1000, this is what I have come up with for components and prices for the parts.

If you think I can get a better part for cheaper please suggest

$129 - 3TB Hard Drive - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=212&item_id=039030
$99 – Samsung ssd 120gb - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=179_1088&item_id=053765
$269 – geforce 760 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125466&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Desktop+Graphics+Cards-_-N82E16814125466&gclid=CMm75ayJ7rgCFSJlMgod-BIAZQ
$219 – i5-4670k - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO8TBOW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
$146 - ASUS Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 - http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=84500&promoid=1300
69.99 – Corsair TX750V2 750W - http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=26415&vpn=CMPSU-750TXV2&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1300
$33 - Hyper 212 EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


I still need RAM Cheap but OC'd to like 2100 or greater.. any suggestions? as well would you swap any items out for better ones?
post #2 of 8
That PSU is overkill, unless he wants to use two GPUs later on. Is he going to overclock? If not, get a cheaper, locked i5. So you can putthe money you save on the CPU and PSU towards a faster GPU. At least, that's what I'd do.
 
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Some Asus with a really hot southbridge 8500 GT @ stock 1.5GB something, Samsung & 'Buffalo', whatever ... 250GB Hitachi Deskstar 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Lol Stock w/ aftermarket 80mm fan Ubuntu 13.04 19 inch Dell & 17 inch NEC 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell  Cheap Something cheap from MS TECH Rainbow 
Mouse PadAudioOther
Red Onboard crap A lot of dust 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E4600 Supermicro PDSBA Geforce GT 8500 OC Some Samsung and some Lenovo... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Hitachi Deskstar 250 GB None Intel Stock & modded GPU cooling Win7 Home Premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Some 1280 x 1024 Dell and a NEC (also 1280 x 1024) A really old mechanical Dell Cooler Master 390 Watt Cheap stuff 
MouseMouse PadAudio
It says 'Rainbow' Ikea Sweex SC015  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 XFX Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 4GB Corsair 1333 MHz CL9 
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1TB WD Blue 7200RPM lol Stock Arch / Xubuntu / eOS / Win7 
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XFX Pro 550W Core Edition Fractal Design Core 1000 
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post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by IDEK View Post

That PSU is overkill, unless he wants to use two GPUs later on. Is he going to overclock? If not, get a cheaper, locked i5. So you can putthe money you save on the CPU and PSU towards a faster GPU. At least, that's what I'd do.

So yes I am expecting him to overclock it, so I figured the CPU is not too expensive for the power, second the PSU is only $66 on sale which is an amazing deal for that PSU!

the only GPU I would upgrade him to is the 7970 but thats marginally better than the 760 and a lot more money.
post #4 of 8
RAM doesn't have to be greater than 1600 so you can just go with your standard Corsair Vengeance or Crucial Ballistix and 2x4GB would be fine. Overclocking RAM would yield little to no real world performance increase at the risk of a lower CPU overclock. Having said this, a better CPU cooler would be nice if you can squeeze in a Noctua DH-14 in there or a basic liquid cooling kit like Corsair H80 or something you can overclock the 4670K to high heaven. You can also go with a lower watt hence cheaper PSU, 750W for a single GPU build is pretty overkill IMHO. 660W would suffice but if the price difference is minimal I guess the higher wattage would be welcome.

The rest of the components are great, but I don't see a case? Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Originally Posted by BeastRider View Post

RAM doesn't have to be greater than 1600 so you can just go with your standard Corsair Vengeance or Crucial Ballistix and 2x4GB would be fine. Overclocking RAM would yield little to no real world performance increase at the risk of a lower CPU overclock. Having said this, a better CPU cooler would be nice if you can squeeze in a Noctua DH-14 in there or a basic liquid cooling kit like Corsair H80 or something you can overclock the 4670K to high heaven. You can also go with a lower watt hence cheaper PSU, 750W for a single GPU build is pretty overkill IMHO. 660W would suffice but if the price difference is minimal I guess the higher wattage would be welcome.

The rest of the components are great, but I don't see a case? Hope this helps. Cheers.

Yeah this is great advice! +1 Rep! thumb.gif

The case they are going to get a cheap one on their own from a local store so I'm not gonna include it.

The Ram, yes I agree 1600 is what I have and don't think it really matters that much so I'll probably just grab some generic crucial ram..

The GPU the only reason I'm getting this one is because its on sale for only $69 so we might be able to save 10-15$ if we go with a lower PSU, but not really enough for what we are getting.

I was thinking going with an AIO water cooling kit like the H80, but was told in another forum:
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post

Unless your friend is an enthusiast (in which case why are you building a computer for him?) I would save yourself some time, trouble and money and buy a decent air cooler.

Something like the CM Hyper 212+ will only set you back ~$30 and, for a non-enthusiast, will perform similarly to any of the AIOs.

so thats why I switched that out. do you conquer with their response?
post #6 of 8
Before I got my H100 I did some research but that was a long time ago so sorry I won't be able to post any links. Plus I'm on an iPod so looking for the reviews I read back then would be a pain. The Hyper-EVO is on the budget end of coolers, don't get me wrong,it's a good cooler for the price but it won't cool as good as liquid kits especially if you can get an H100/h100i/h110. The problem with air coolers is they take up a lot of space in the case hence worse airflow compared to liquid where the heat is transferred to the rad,away from the rest of the components. I guess it really depends on the budget, but IMHO, I'd spend a bit more for better cooling so that I can make the most of the rather expensive 4670K. If you want to go air,go for the Noctua D14,it's one of the best air coolers out there,but then again,takes up a lot of space in the case and prevents air flow. If really budget restrained though,go with the hyper-EVO but the overclocking potential of the CPU might suffer a little.

Glad to help. Cheers!smile.gif
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WD Scorpio Black 500GB Slot Loaded DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 14.1" 1600x900p WLED LCD Display 
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LOL today there is a daily deal with the motherboard and CPU I had speced out that is going to save me $75, so I think I will get this bundle today what do you think

ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1413583&nm_mc=AFC-dealnews%20&cm_mmc=AFC-dealnews-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA-

Look at the combo difference between newegg and NCIX

$389 NCIX bundle - http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=84943&vpn=Z87-A%20%26%20i5%204670K&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1300
$309 NEWEGG Day Deal - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1413583&nm_mc=AFC-dealnews%20&cm_mmc=AFC-dealnews-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA-
Edited by darwing - 8/9/13 at 9:17am
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Originally Posted by darwing View Post

LOL today there is a daily deal with the motherboard and CPU I had speced out that is going to save me $75, so I think I will get this bundle today what do you think

ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1413583&nm_mc=AFC-dealnews%20&cm_mmc=AFC-dealnews-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA-

Look at the combo difference between newegg and NCIX

$389 NCIX bundle - http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=84943&vpn=Z87-A%20%26%20i5%204670K&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1300
$309 NEWEGG Day Deal - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1413583&nm_mc=AFC-dealnews%20&cm_mmc=AFC-dealnews-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA-

Looking good! Can't really go wrong with Asus plus that board looks nice. I'd go for it with the discounted price. Have fun with your build. smile.gif
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Intel Core i7 2630QM @ 2.9 GHz Alienware HM67 Chipset NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1.5GB GDDR3 @ 760/1080 Kingston HyperX PnP 2x4GB @ 1866MHz SODIMM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Scorpio Black 500GB Slot Loaded DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 14.1" 1600x900p WLED LCD Display 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alienware M14x Standard Keyboard 8-cell Battery with 150W adapter Alienware M14x Chassis Roccat Pyra Wireless Gaming Mouse 
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Roccat Alumic Double Sided Hard Gaming Mat Alienware M14x on-board Speakers by Klipsch 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2630QM @ 2.9 GHz Alienware HM67 Chipset NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1.5GB GDDR3 @ 760/1080 Kingston HyperX PnP 2x4GB @ 1866MHz SODIMM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Scorpio Black 500GB Slot Loaded DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 14.1" 1600x900p WLED LCD Display 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Alienware M14x Standard Keyboard 8-cell Battery with 150W adapter Alienware M14x Chassis Roccat Pyra Wireless Gaming Mouse 
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Roccat Alumic Double Sided Hard Gaming Mat Alienware M14x on-board Speakers by Klipsch 
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