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Thinking on doing first PC build... for a friend

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June 22, 2014 7:35:57 PM

First off I'd like to say this is a great community from what I've seen so far. This is my first post on the forums and I'm looking forward into getting some feedback from you guys.

I've been debating whether or not building a PC would be worth the time and money. The PC actually won't be for me, but rather for a friend. He seems to think he should just buy one where I on the other hand think building one with the stuff he wants would be the better way to go. I've kind of regretted not trying my hand at building a pc for myself but we both are pretty knowledgeable about computers so I really don't see any issue. Of course it will be his money so I ultimately can't make the decision for him. I'm only here to help collect some ideas about what the best options are. After looking at some of the options you can get when you build your own computer he seems to be a lot more delighted by it.

He loves to game but I think he would really just like a better computer than what he has now. That's not to say he doesn't want a cool rig to game on, but he also wants a quick machine that runs quietly and is "futureproof". This seems weird typing this for him but he isn't quite up to building one so that's where I come in. Haha.

So here is a quick list of components after taking to mind what he said he wanted and what seemed to work best according to other posts and watching several build videos. This is probably a bit overkill but what can you do.

Computer Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-W1 Black/White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower - $99

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 - $235.99

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G55 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $129.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - $86.99

Storage: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $69.99
Storage: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $89.99

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2763-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card - $279.99

Power Supply: EVGA 600 B 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 600W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 - $59.99

Wireless Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 2T2R Wireless Adapter - $24.99

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - $19.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM - $109.99

The total cost comes to $1206.90 CAN all from www.newegg.ca.

I was getting hoping to get something that came out closer to $1000 but stuff adds up quick. I'm not really looking at how much it costs though, just feedback on the components themselves. I know most people have different feelings towards certain manufactures.

Will all these components work? I'd appreciate some feedback. Thanks





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June 22, 2014 7:53:38 PM

Everything should work perfectly toghether but the single item I would replace is the CPU... I would get the Intel Core i5-4670K @ 3.40GHz which is unlocked and can be much superior than the 4690 for about $4.00 dollars more... And maybe switch the motherboard for a Asus Z97-A with a better chipset for $15.00 more

Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell Quad-Core 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 $144.39
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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