Originally Posted by doveman
Well I'm looking for advice on components, not to be told what to do. I know my sister's situation and I'm responsible for deciding what to buy for her, so just because our priorities might be different doesn't mean I don't appreciate the input, which I obviously do as I've changed several of the components from my original build as a result.
I'm still not sure whether to get the WD Blue or the Toshiba 7200RPM that PontiacGTX suggested http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/toshiba-internal-hard-drive-dt01aca100
Obviously the latter will be faster, which will matter initially until I get a SSD but then won't really be that important. Reliability is my main concern and so I wonder which is the best in that respect? The Amazon reviews definitely show a higher proportion of 1-star reviews for the Toshiba but the total number of reviews is much lower as well, so it might not mean much.
Well the problem is that you, me, and everyone else has their hands tied behind our backs.
If you want my opinions on your build/parts then here it is. It is 100% crap.
All you are doing with your build is you are giving your sister a very under powered computer by today's standards.
I truly understand that you want to give your sister a good foundation to build upon, but you do not even have the budget to accomplish that.
A legitimately good motherboard would be something like the asrock extreme 4, MSI GD65, or the Asus z97-AR. Those are genuinely good motherboards that have stood the test of time. But all of those motherboards blow your budget by a considerable amount.
Every other motherboard below that level has somehow cut corners in quality to bring a cheap crappy product to market.
The motherboard alone is half the budget, and the motherboard ONLY makes sense if your sister turns out to be a hard core gamer. And even then, I would say to hold off until the new intel chips come out.
If your sister does anything other than gaming, then what you are doing and what you are buying is an absolute waste because the z97 chipset and processors will probably be EOL (end of life) probably be the end of this year which means that you will not be able to upgrade your cpu with a new cpu. You can always buy a used CPU if you want, but if you are OK buying used stuff, then you should just go out and buy old socket 1366 gear and just build your sister a gaming power house right out of the gate.Edited by Tjj226 Angel - 3/28/15 at 7:42pm