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You'll have to excuse how quick this will be...my old draft was saving so when I tried to preview my (longer) previous post..it basically deleted what I was going to post.

I hate to make this too short now, but below is a onedrive link to a folder with a document of what I picked for my friend + 2 PDFs of his checkout cart from both Newegg and Amazon.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=f15f0c624b173205!21289&authkey=!ADWEouFmvJkhdYA&ithint=folder%2cdocx

He doens't have a Microcenter nearby and he doesn't OC.

Objective: Play RGPs (not enthusiast levels of quality) - Oblivion, Skyrim, Dragon Age, Withcer (1080p)

I've suggested...

i7 4790 $300
MSI Z97 PC MATE $100
8GB RAM $60
BX100 500GB SSD $165
GTX 960 $205 (+$1 for Witcher 3)
Corsair CX500 PSU $63
Asus CDROM $20ish


Thoughts? I figured he can invest more in his CPU up front, other things like RAM/GPU can be added to. He'll never SLI.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 12
This looks good, but if he's not overclocking you might be able to get away with an H97 motherboard to save a few bucks.
everything else seems solid.
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if hes not oc'ing,why not an h97 and a i5? maybe get a better gpu now? no point in having a z without the k biggrin.gif
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Okay so if I go with an H level mobo, which model would you recommend?
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

Okay so if I go with an H level mobo, which model would you recommend?
Whichever fits your bill (price/features), I've used Gigabyte in the past and I'm using ASRock now both manufacturers have been rock solid for me. I hear good things about MSI and Asus too.
Something like this should work.
post #6 of 12
And with the money you save, get a GTX970 and an XFX PSU. I'll make a reference build, but if you can, get 16GB of RAM.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($70.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.75 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Vapor-X Video Card ($321.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($78.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Microsoft Software Swap on Reddit ($20.00)
Total: $1001.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-29 16:57 EDT-0400
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($256.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Macho-120 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($70.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.75 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Core V31 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $949.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-29 17:24 EDT-0400

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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by PureBlackFire View Post

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($256.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Macho-120 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($70.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.75 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Core V31 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $949.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-29 17:24 EDT-0400

thoughts?

Best build to date IMO.
post #9 of 12
I agree with the Xeon recommendation too. He's not overclocking, its cheaper than the I7, and it still has 4 cores 8 threads.
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post #10 of 12
Why you should not buy a Corsair CX
Replace that Corsair CX with something better.
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