Need advice on a NOT gaming PC build :)

Hi folks,
Helping out a friend with putting a computer together, and was hoping for a little advice. I think I'm overbuilding.
Here's what she sent me for the initial requirements:

Not as ballsy as a gaming machine, but fast and with good graphics. Plenty of USB ports. He seems to have warmed up to the idea of a hybrid HD but I'm sure he's going to want at least 2 hard drives onboard. Lots of RAM (16 gigs). Able to be upgraded with either another O/S down the road or space for cards if something on the motherboard craps out. This is most likely going to be both his personal and work computer and he'll need to VPN into simulation software for chemical plant processes, so the machine can't take 3 minutes to open a freakin' program like his current box.
Oh, it has to be idiot-resistant.

We're also putting in a Blu Ray writer.
Price is: Keep it under $1k.
Corsair cases are good. We like Corsair cases.
No wireless card needed, no monitor or OS either. Just the box itself.

Here's what I put together, but it's too much. I'm not really adept at these quite yet, and I tend to stick with parts I've used before out of fear lol.

I know one of you geniuses will come up with something much cheaper, and probably better. :)
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  1. Is there an example of a specific software that will be used with the system or some sort of minimum system requirements? It sounds like a gaming PC to be honest. Even if it will not be used to play games, it seems like a same/similar build requirements.

    Does it need to be able to be upgraded later on?

    Also, you said it had a budget that wanted to keep it under $1,000 but the build you put together was to much at $867?
  2. I'll get a software example. That's an excellent idea, thanks.
    Yeahhhh I do want to keep it as much under $1k as possible, I wasn't sure where I over-did it though. $867 seemed like there was room for improvement somewhere.
    A little room to upgrade is necessary, so an extra PCI slot or two is good. I was thinking the same about it being almost gaming PC specs, but the graphics card doesn't need to be terribly beefy. If they were cars, it would be a Honda. I don't need a Mercedes, and a Daihatsu is just not cool lol.
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    Well, from what you saying, and without knowing the actual system requirements for the programs the PC will need to run, the build you put together is decent. You might could save a bit on the motherboard but I would not bother switching it out because the one you already chose offers plenty of upgradeability.
  4. I'm going to take that and run with it then. Thanks :)
  5. Anytime and good luck.
  6. I have some recommendations on your original build, this adds about $30 to the price:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V3 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($203.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($111.62 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Other: D-Link Hi-Speed USB 2.0 7-Port Powered Hub (DUB-H7) ($25.99)
    Total: $895.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 19:01 EDT-0400)

    The major change is the CPU. It sounds like his software would benefit from hyperthreading which the i7 and xeon processors have. The xeon is considered a workstation/server card but is very powerful for only a bit more than the i5s. Also, no point in getting the z77 motherboards from last year, the z87 or 97 would serve you for longer. Also, depending on the software he intends to use, he could possibly benefit from a Nvidia Quadro GPU rather than a gaming series GPU. The GPU I put in is quite a bit more powerful and has 2gb VRAM.
  7. Excellent, thank you!
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