Originally Posted by ElScorcho
I actually really like this, thank you very much for the well thought out post with recommendations!
I found that I can get the i5-4570 locally at Microcenter for $160 and I think I may go there for the majority of the items. Some of the items on the partpicker list are different because Microcenter didn't have them on the site, so the motherboard is a bit more, the PSU I would probably order the XFX one from Amazon but partpicker didn't have it as an option. I'm undecided on GPU, while I understand the onboard graphics can handle it, I personally prefer a dedicated card. I have not added one to the list below yet...
It looks like this could be a system for under or right around a grand depending on if I decide to go with a dedicated GPU.
Well, that's actually a pretty silly analogy if you ask me. There is seriously no reason for ANYONE in the United States to own a hyper performance sports car, yet there are many that do. Unless you track it, those cars will never do anything near what they are capable of. Well, after writing that, I guess you could say that OC'ing would be like taking a supercar to the track, so maybe not as silly as I first thought. While not a super or hyper car, my dad does drive a 911 cabriolet to the grocery store, lol.
The analogy applies without overclocking. As you said, all he's doing is "typical web and e-mail, simple games of the bejeweled type and streaming some video." This kind of use does not benefit whatsoever from that CPU, from that motherboard, from that memory, from a video card, etc. About 60-70% of his money would be wasted. It wouldn't go to any use at all. This is not like a car at all. A car is a luxury for the senses. You ride in it. It's a physical experience. A computer is much less of a physical experience and far more cerebral and even metaphysical. The only physical experiences are the mouse, keyboard, sound and monitor. With a car, you benefit from having one that's more powerful than you really need. With a computer, a point is reached where it is of no benefit whatsoever, and you're looking at building way past that point. For what he's doing, he could get an extremely luxurious experience with a $500-700 build - if that. The member named 2slick4u is right: he would be just as happy with an i3 build (3rd or 4th generation) than an i7-4930K build or something similar. For what he's doing, it would provide the same performance and again, he would spend about 60-70% less. If he wants it to LOOK high-end, then that's easy. It doesn't need to cost a fortune!
Let me put it another way: would you build a system like this for a computer-illiterate grandparent? Don't get me wrong: I fully understand that your dad is an "all or nothing" type of guy, but being that way with building a computer results in a TON of money completely wasted, put to no use, etc. He would get the same results by building a $500-700 system and then taking $1000 and literally throwing it into an incinerator or literally flushing it down the toilet, or shredding it and then using it for kindling.
Take my rig for example: I built it specifically for playing a few specific games. It was just enough for my needs; no more, no less. I was playing these games at their highest possible settings and it was still liquid smooth. Today, I have given up gaming entirely. All I do now is e-mail, internet, and DVD movies. If I weren't so lazy, then I'd sell my rig and build a Mini ITX system that would still plow right through everything I do with no effort whatsoever and it would probably earn me a decent little profit due to what I could sell my rig for. My specs would probably include either an i3 or a very simple i5, onboard video or a very good entry-level video card (that is, if it would benefit my DVD playback and HD YouTube playback), 4 GB of memory, or 8 GB if that would be wiser these days, and probably the same storage solution that I have now. I'd get the exact same performance with such a massive "downgrade" due to what I use my computer for, and I'd get a decent little profit on top. However, I am not interested in doing all of that work right now. I'm focusing on other things.
Anyway, I've been wondering: what are the specs of his current computer?