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New build for a friend

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June 10, 2013 1:50:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage: Gaming and Streaming on Twitch.tv

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Win 8 Pro

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere

Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Don't care

Your Monitor Resolution: 2 monitors @ 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Building for a friend, needs to include everything. He doesn't know much about computers, but sees all these videos on youtube with super flashy LED fans and water cooling and decided that's what he wants. I've never done a custom water cooling loop though. He also wants two monitors so he can game on one and see his twitch chat and do other things on the other.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: He doesn't like his current build


More about : build friend

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June 10, 2013 7:26:06 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($227.75 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($141.01 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Antec 75026 79.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.68 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($130.55 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG23AH 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG23AH 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1971.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 22:24 EDT-0400)

This build is meant to please your friend. It is filled with red parts and red LED fans. It has a closed-loop water-cooling system since you aren't too familiar with it. Enjoy!
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June 11, 2013 2:27:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($108.47 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Antec 75026 79.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.68 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($130.55 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG23AH 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG23AH 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($73.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($52.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $1952.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-11 05:26 EDT-0400)

I think the case gives a little more Blue. But if he's big on LEDs, get one with a sidewindow.

Also changed the motherboard to a less expensive one, to keep things under the budget.

Added mouse and keyboard; though they're personal preference.
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