I've been asked by a friend to put together a new Haswell PC, budget around GBP 1000, and I'm wondering if anyone here would be willing to give constructive feedback on how good/bad the value is, and also whether there are better components for the price which could be used instead.
Currently I have two specs, a high and a low. These are based on prices at ebuyer as a starting point.
Neither of those PSUs are any good. Stick with antec XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
Get an i5 4430 and an h87 motherboard. You need no aftermarket CPU cooler because you cannot overclock the CPU.
None of the build have a GU. Will he be gaming?
Get 8gb RAM
Get 120gb SSD
No gaming so no GU needed at moment, although mobo chosen on basis of being able to add in future if needed. The rig has to last five years plus, so most components have been selected with some degree of overhead in mind.
Some rendering and coding will be done, so 8GB will look weak in two-three years. 16GB now covers till then, and further 16GB can be added either now for better matching, or later if budget is not flexible enough.
Taking the High spec, I've modified it to reduce some initial costs and also to use an Antec PSU instead:
The Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H seems to be one of few Haswell mobos that support dual monitors on the same connection type (2 x HDMI), so it pretty much has to stay as a dual monitor arrangement is needed.
The Z87 allows for overclocking at a later date, so as the CPU/Mobo advance in age it will be possible to squeeze out a bit of extra performance. If we go for H87 now, that later capability will be missing.
The choice of the Noctua also added overhead for later overclocking, though I've now left it out initially as I've downgraded the CPU for now and will use its stock cooler until a later upgrade to a 4770k can be justified.
The rest of the components are pretty much the same, keeping some level of robustness to do later upgrades on top of this initial build.
My friend still needs to choose a case to his liking, so I've put in an 'expensive' one to act as a placeholder until I know what he wants.
Also, no additional fans, etc, are currently budgeted for, so I'm thinking a contingency of about £100 should be considered for such bits and pieces.