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post #11 of 28
hmm with an $800 budget you can go for an i5 4670k build.

also, does your friend have any reason to go with that specific case? there are cheaper cases that are more than enough also.

EDIT: something like this maybe?
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/IMKR/saved/44n3

yes i nkow the price is over a bit, but most of the things i just chose goes on sale most of the time.

like that PSU and the case. ram is ram, i guess find the cheapest 2x4 DDR3 ram you can
and for the GPU, i just chose one thats in the price range of your original choice
as for the MOBO, im sure you can find a decent one for less price.
Edited by IMKR - 3/16/14 at 4:36am
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post #12 of 28
Is Micro Center even an option Tk, do you actually live near one? As i understand most/some deals are pick-up in store only.

You could get yourself a good deal with a CPU/MB bundle, like this one for example: FX-8350 + M5A97 R2.0 for $230 as of this post. So basically the same motherboard i suggested above but a bump-up in processor for pretty much the same money. Or better yet keep the FX-8320 + M5A97 R2.0 for $180, save a few bucks and invest more in the GPU since it's a gaming rig after all. Your friend won't see much of a difference between a 8320 and 8350 while playing games in my opinion.

Intel is an option, but for $800 for the whole tower i don't think he can do 4670k + decent Z87 board...unless he wants to sacrifice the SSD and get a cheap (doesn't mean bad) PSU and Case. But even then he would probably have to find some deal/bundle like the ones at MC to stay within the budget. Maybe something like a i3-4330 or i5-4440 + H87? Lose overclockability and cores (4 vs 8 of the 8320) along the way, but gain in power efficency and single threaded performance + newer platform and everything that comes with it.
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I'm not a fanboy, as long as it gets the job done within the price range I am ok with Nvidia or Intel, I use them in my rig. But yes Microcenter is an option and was probably going to go their for the CPU at least anyway. It would be fine to lose the SSD. Also, case is not a huge concern as long as it isn't too big.
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post #14 of 28
TK7331,


CPU + Motherboard Combo: AMD FX-6300 + GA-970A-UD3P ($160.00 @MicroCenter On-line combo w/in-store pickup.)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 ($0.00 donation)

Memory* + Video Card Combo: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 + Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB ($383 @ Newegg)

Storage**: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
There's nothing wrong with sticking to the original cache style drive if you would prefer to maintain the simplicity and save about $30 compared to the SSD+mechy setup proposed here.

Case + Power Supply Combo: Rosewill Challenger-U3 + Rosewill Capstone 550W 80+ Gold Semi-Modular ($120 @ Newegg)
$25 combo savings.

Total: $798.86 SHIPPED, no MIRs.

*The Crucial memory has tall heatinks, may interfere with some mounting options for the 212.
**The Crucial M500, Sandisk V300, and PNY XLR8 120GB models are all about the same price as this A-DATA. Pick whichever brand makes you feel fuzzy inside.


Alternative:

CPU + Motherboard Combo: AMD FX-6300 + GA-970A-UD3P ($160.00 @MicroCenter On-line combo w/in-store pickup.)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 ($0.00 donation)

Memory* + Video Card Combo: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 + Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB ($390 @ Newegg)

Storage**: Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)

Case + Power Supply: Rosewill Legacy QT01-B ATX + Rosewill Fortress 550W 80+ Platinum ($140 @ Newegg)

Total: $816 SHIPPED, $796 after 1 MIR.

*Less invasive heatinks on the memory.
**I've included the 2TB model simply to show that the price difference is very slim. Scale back to the 1TB model to cut ~$20. Both the ST1000DX001 and ST2000DX001 are modern, 1TB/platter drives. Either way is excellent.
Edited by mdocod - 3/16/14 at 11:20am
     
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If need be, I could fit in a 32-64GB SSD into this build, if I change the case, and lower the PSU to a gold but also modular variety. If you'd prefer that instead. The xeon is a i7 without the iGPU.

*edit* Better system then this one listed by me below.

CPU($250) - Intel Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

Motherboard($95) - ASRock Z87 PRO3 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370

GPU($220) - HIS IceQ X² Boost H270XQM2G2M Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161443

RAM($63) - Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313353

HDD($60) - Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

Case+PSU($115) - Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower + Rosewill FORTRESS-550 550W 80 PLUS PLATINUM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1588208

Total Price - $803 everything has free shipping, rebates not included(if any).
Edited by Alanim - 3/16/14 at 6:44pm
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All of these guys are giving GREAT advice, pretty much all of the options are solid!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alanim View Post

If need be, I could fit in a 32-64GB SSD into this build, if I change the case, and lower the PSU to a gold but also modular variety. If you'd prefer that instead. The xeon is a i7 without the iGPU.

CPU($250) - Intel Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

Motherboard($95) - ASRock Z87 PRO3 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370

GPU($220) - HIS IceQ X² Boost H270XQM2G2M Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161443

RAM($63) - Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313353

HDD($60) - Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

Case+PSU($115) - Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower + Rosewill FORTRESS-550 550W 80 PLUS PLATINUM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1588208

Total Price - $803 everything has free shipping, rebates not included(if any).

I wouldnt get the 270X since the R9 270 is the same thing but lower clocks


anyways the GTX 760 is a better Gpu forthe price
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the a10 7500k + the r9 250 (apu clocked @ 5.0ghz and the r9 oc'd by about 15-20%) can produce astonishing results
    
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I wouldnt get the 270X since the R9 270 is the same thing but lower clocks


anyways the GTX 760 is a better Gpu forthe price

You're right, I was wracking my head around how to get a 760 into that build while maintaining the budget without sacrificing quality. I just now managed it.

CPU($250) - Intel Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

HDD($60) - Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

RAM($63) - Team Zeus Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313434

GPU($250) - GIGABYTE GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125466

Case($40 with promo code EMCPGWW57) - Rosewill REDBONE U3 Black SECC Steel USB 3.0, eSATA, 3x 120mm Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147160

PSU+Motherboard($136) - Rosewill FORTRESS-550 550W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM + GIGABYTE GA-B85M-D3H LGA 1150 Intel B85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1585302

Total Price - $805 with shipping included, rebates not included.

*edit* with modular is a big selling point for you, then you could use this PSU+motherboard combo instead, it is a bit cheaper, and a lower power PSU but it should be fine.

PSU+Motherboard($126) - Rosewill CAPSTONE-450-M 450W, 80 PLUS GOLD + GIGABYTE GA-B85M-D3H LGA 1150 Intel B85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1585309

Brings the total price down to $795.
Edited by Alanim - 3/16/14 at 6:41pm
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I'm not a fanboy, as long as it gets the job done within the price range I am ok with Nvidia or Intel, I use them in my rig. But yes Microcenter is an option and was probably going to go their for the CPU at least anyway. It would be fine to lose the SSD. Also, case is not a huge concern as long as it isn't too big.
In that case here's an alternative.

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus H87M-PRO Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($105.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $820.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Here i kept your initial case of choice, which is nice btw. Be best if you added one 120mm rear exaust fan since the case only comes with one 180mm front fan. I also changed the ram because this one is 1.5v since intel likes it better on top of being low profile (for better heathsink compatibility). Changed the GTX 760 to the Asus as it's much shorter than Gigabyte's version and is gonna fit better in that case and likely help with the airflow. The i5-4570 is a locked processor but very powerfull, he's not gonna miss much over a 4670k as far as gaming goes. I'm also guessing since you're building for him he's not very experienced with computers, so one less thing to worry about with this setup as there will be no overclocks involved etc...except for the GPU maybe biggrin.gif

Most things here you can pick up at MicroCenter & order from Newegg, good luck thumb.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-5820K Asus X99-A EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC 16GB Vengeance LPX 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX100 512GB 2x WD Blue 4TB Custom Water Cooling Loop Windows 10 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
42.5" UHD IPS 60Hz 24" FHD TN 1ms 144Hz G-Sync Logitech K740 EVGA Supernova 750G2 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair 900D MX Master/Mionix Naos 7000 RISSLA Asus Xonar DGX 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Sony MDR-1R Logitech X-230 Blue Yeti Microphone Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam 
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Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-5820K Asus X99-A EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC 16GB Vengeance LPX 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX100 512GB 2x WD Blue 4TB Custom Water Cooling Loop Windows 10 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
42.5" UHD IPS 60Hz 24" FHD TN 1ms 144Hz G-Sync Logitech K740 EVGA Supernova 750G2 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair 900D MX Master/Mionix Naos 7000 RISSLA Asus Xonar DGX 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Sony MDR-1R Logitech X-230 Blue Yeti Microphone Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam 
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