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So I've been asked my brother to build him a good gaming PC from scratch.

Here's what I'm thinking and looking for advice on a good mobo, CPU and storage HD up to scratch with the rest of rig:

GTX 970
8gb ram
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Corsair Carbide 540 case
EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Power Supply
250gb Samsung Evo 840

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What`s your budget?
What resolution?
What programs do you use to work?
What games do you play?
Do you plan doing SLI/Crossfire?
 

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What`s your budget?
What resolution?
What programs do you use to work?
What games do you play?
Do you plan doing SLI/Crossfire?
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Originally Posted by sgtgates View Post

4690k and a z97 board such as the hero, sabertooth, gaming 5/7, or msi of same quality, just depends on cpu/mobo budget
Right now he'll get a 1080p 144hz monitor but with plans in the future to SLI the 970 and perhaps get a 1440 144hz monitor when the prices of both come down a bit.

Whats a good budget for CPU and mobo, say £350 to £450?

He's not poor so restraining the budget is more about not being on the bleeding edge for no good reason. He'd rather upgrade every two years with a £1200 system than build a £4000 system and have it become old.
 

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Right now he'll get a 1080p 144hz monitor but with plans in the future to SLI the 970 and perhaps get a 1440 144hz monitor when the prices of both come down a bit.

Whats a good budget for CPU and mobo, say £350 to £450?

He's not poor so restraining the budget is more about not being on the bleeding edge for no good reason. He'd rather upgrade every two years with a £1200 system than build a £4000 system and have it become old.
You may want to try grabbing an x99 board and a 5820k, for not too much more than a nice z97 i5/i7 system. That way he is not dead on the DDR3 era or haswell cpu line. he can upgrade a cpu later on the x99 platform most likely, not so much at all on the z97. Then grab 8gb of ddr4 and you can add to that later as-well when needed. As far as the HDD goes, I'd grab the biggest WD Black drive you can buy or need for mass storage then the ssd for boot and selected programs like you intended
 

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The 970 HOFs are too sexy, and for 144hz, especially at 1440p, 2x would be beautiful.
I know I probably went a little off track, but basing the build scheme off the Galax 970s just seemed right to me.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler (£66.98 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£95.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: GALAX GeForce GTX 970 4GB HOF Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£345.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: GALAX GeForce GTX 970 4GB HOF Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£345.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case (£104.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£87.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1399.39
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-12 01:25 GMT+0000
 
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@ p4inkill3r: OP said as of now 1 gpu, and he needs a monitor 1080p 144hz. Also I'd remove that cpu cooler, if he's not oc'ing, otherwise nice recommendations. I would slip this in myself.

EVGA 04G-2981-KR GeForce GTX 980: £362.77
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/ZzV6Lk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/ZzV6Lk/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor (£293.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK TRITON 100.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing Liquid CPU Cooler (£79.55 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard (£170.42 @ More Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£88.81 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£214.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) (£214.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ATX Full Tower Case (£100.57 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£124.10 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1323.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-12 01:44 GMT+0000

And upgrade in 5-6years
 

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Damn, didnt know 290's were so 'cheap' in the U.K....thats an insanely good price from those!

OT: Congrats PotiacGTX for achieving 1000+ Rep. That is a phenomenal. You are one of the pillars of this community.
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Damn, didnt know 290's were so 'cheap' in the U.K....thats an insanely good price from those!

OT: Congrats PotiacGTX for achieving 1000+ Rep. That is a phenomenal. You are one of the pillars of this community.
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If he doesnt use AA at 1440 and his games are.nvidia biased get the 970

Otherwise get the 290.but does he play a game that use mantle and he is going for dual gpu? Get amd
 
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