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So, as a few of you know, I closed my business Predator Custom Computers, but somehow we've been getting more people calling (yellowpages guy is retarded, we've cancelled 4 times). In any case, I'm building another computer for a client. Here is the build (Its in Canadian moneys)

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.90 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($131.25 @ DirectCanada) (Before you say anything shilka, this is the best deal I could get)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $1312.67 CAN

Ok so, I know the H60 isnt the best cooler in the world, but it should get him to a decent clock, I was originally going to go with the Gigabyte G1 Sniper, but the lime green ports completely turned him off (along with the original g.skill ripjaws {red}). He wanted nice looking ram, so I showed him the Kingston Fury and he loved it (so do I lol). I talked him out of getting a crappy GPU in exchange for an SSD, thankfully. SSD's are more of an upgrade item anyways (his mother is going to get him one for christmas, I told him to skip the 120GB and go straight for a bigger one). Standard cheap 1TB 7200RPM 64MB cache HDD. That sapphire was the cheapest 280X I would actually purchase. The guy wanted the Corsair Air 540, and I cant tell him no for that price. Seriously I cant name a better case for the money. The guy plans on going Crossfire later, so the Corsair HX-850W was the best/cheapest 850W I could buy, the capstone was a few $ more and the EVGA G2 was quite a bit more then that.

So what do you guys think? Did I do good?
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Update*
The HX-850 was an older model, back when they were silver rated. So I told them to spend a little extra and the the EVGA Supernova G2
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i would love to have a steady home business where i could build custom computers for people, it's an awesome hobby too i reckon biggrin.gif

As for the hardware, i'd say it all checks out. Except for that H60 which i'm sure we can both agree, a computer with a nearly $150 mobo, a 280x and a 4670k definitely deserves something more than just any old $60 cooler. I would have spent a little less on the board or forked out more for a better closed loop cooler like a Corsair H110 (they've got a decent rep and temps i've heard, but cost more than double what you paid for that H60).
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme could also be a cheaper option but i don't know much about it.

After all, any K CPU would eventually give anybody the temptation to push in some extra Mhz, even just a few.
Plus side to the H60, I'm rocking an Enermax ELC120 closed loop cooler which has a 120mm rad with 2 fans on it. Yes, i've overclocked a whole 1Ghz, and yes the temps are safe, it's nothing special and gives the same temps as my old chunky HSF cpu cooler, But, i like it more because it certainly looks much nicer in the case, i only bought it because it was on sale too haha tongue.gif

I would be looking at some reviews of the H60 tested on a stock and overclocked i5 with the same methodology just to be sure.
Edited by PoisonousRakija - 4/24/14 at 7:20am
   
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i would love to have a steady home business where i could build custom computers for people, it's an awesome hobby too i reckon biggrin.gif

As for the hardware, i'd say it all checks out. Except for that H60 which i'm sure we can both agree, a computer with a nearly $150 mobo, a 280x and a 4670k definitely deserves something more than just any old $60 cooler. I would have spent a little less on the board or forked out more for a better closed loop cooler like a Corsair H110 (they've got a decent rep and temps i've heard, but cost more than double what you paid for that H60).
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme could also be a cheaper option but i don't know much about it.

After all, any K CPU would eventually give anybody the temptation to push in some extra Mhz, even just a few.
Plus side to the H60, I'm rocking an Enermax ELC120 closed loop cooler which has a 120mm rad with 2 fans on it. Yes, i've overclocked a whole 1Ghz, and yes the temps are safe, it's nothing special and gives the same temps as my old chunky HSF cpu cooler, But, i like it more because it certainly looks much nicer in the case, i only bought it because it was on sale too haha tongue.gif

I would be looking at some reviews of the H60 tested on a stock and overclocked i5 with the same methodology just to be sure.
Prices in Canada are super expensive. I was gunna put him in an NZXT Havik 140, but they ran out of stock (it was $50). The H60 was the best cooler I could buy for the money frown.gif But yeah I totally agree, was stretching his budget as is though, plus with the even more expensive G2 he got, I dont think he has any budget left.
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Why not scale the PSU down you dont need 850 watts even with two video cards

XFX XTR should be fully modular as well and its cheaper right? and it has both 550/650/750 watts to pick from
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Why not scale the PSU down you dont need 850 watts even with two video cards

XFX XTR should be fully modular as well and its cheaper right? and it has both 550/650/750 watts to pick from
I know I only need 750W for 2 280X's overclocked and an overclocked i5, but the client originally wanted an 850W and personally, I would go for an 850W for safety. You never know what you want to add in the future. He might go out and get a sound card and watercool his system, there goes the rest of his wattage. Remember, its 100% possible to use 250-300 watts a card when you overclock with water. Run 2 cards @ 250W each, one i5 using like 120W (after overclocking with water), you got 620W right there, before pump, HDD's, sound card, ram, peripherals. Its just nice to have the headroom if you want it yknow.
But yes I do agree, 750W is enough for 2 normal video cards.

*EDIT*
Also the XTR was only like $5 less at the time he purchased it, so yeah.
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NZXT Havik 140 looks really good, its around $60 in Australia last time i checked. if i was building a new system today with an inexpensive HSF Cooler i would probably go with it because it looks fantastic and reviews have said it performs decently too.
   
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find a better ram kit
1600 cl10 isnt much faster than 1333 cl9 kits

Patriot PV38G160C9KRD 2x4g 1600 cl9 1.5v kit $85cad
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160c9krd
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find a better ram kit
1600 cl10 isnt much faster than 1333 cl9 kits

Patriot PV38G160C9KRD 2x4g 1600 cl9 1.5v kit $85cad
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160c9krd
He didnt buy it for the speed, be got it because he liked the look of it (so do I). Plus to be fair, 1600cl9 isnt really much faster then 1333cl9 to begin with for gaming anyways. You might gain like 1-2 FPS so I say, buy what you like the look of, not what might be slightly faster. Plus, if he decides to, he can overclock the ram and change the cas himself.
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Looks really solid, and I see why you got the H60. I'd say go for it!
 
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