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June 27, 2014 1:30:32 PM

Hey Everyone,

I'm in the process of putting together a computer for a friend, and I just wanted to know what everyone else's input is.
I want to keep it an Intel/Nvidia build. I chose a locked CPU because he's new to computers and just wants it for gaming and nothing more. That being said, should I bump it up to a Unlocked CPU? As for everything else, how is it?
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/caxino18/saved/RG8j4D

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June 27, 2014 1:35:19 PM

Seems like a good build, I would keep the locked CPU if i were you, unless he's not 100% Certain if he ONLY wants it for gaming
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June 27, 2014 1:51:55 PM

No need for the more expensive cooler since it's a locked cpu. You can get ram that is faster(lower CAS) and cheaper. The PSU has longevity issues due to low quality secondary capacitors. I don't see the need for a massive full tower. I edited the build to make it a better price/performance for gaming.
Faster video card, faster ram, better power supply, and since the budget allowed i swapped in a 144hz gaming monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($369.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.24 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($256.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1380.15
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 27, 2014 1:57:25 PM

Another option would be to swap the cpu for the Xeon E3-1225V3, it's a 3.2 Ghz quad core with hyper threading(so 8 threads vs the i5's 4). This could help in a year or so when games start using more than 4 threads.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($369.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.24 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($256.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1381.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 27, 2014 2:31:43 PM

bignastyid said:
Another option would be to swap the cpu for the Xeon E3-1225V3, it's a 3.2 Ghz quad core with hyper threading(so 8 threads vs the i5's 4). This could help in a year or so when games start using more than 4 threads.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($369.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.24 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($256.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1381.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Ok, so the full tower was just his personal preference. What would be the next best option for the video card, the R9 290 is pretty expensive in Canada.

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June 27, 2014 4:05:29 PM

Is the budget $1400 Canadian? If so I can make another build using pcpartpickers canadian version. I assumed it was the US since that was what your link showed.
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June 27, 2014 4:08:54 PM

bignastyid said:
Another option would be to swap the cpu for the Xeon E3-1225V3, it's a 3.2 Ghz quad core with hyper threading(so 8 threads vs the i5's 4). This could help in a year or so when games start using more than 4 threads.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($369.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.24 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($256.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1381.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


The 1225 V3 does not have hyper threading. The 1230 V3 does.
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June 27, 2014 4:19:08 PM

RazerZ said:
bignastyid said:
Another option would be to swap the cpu for the Xeon E3-1225V3, it's a 3.2 Ghz quad core with hyper threading(so 8 threads vs the i5's 4). This could help in a year or so when games start using more than 4 threads.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($369.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.24 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($256.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1381.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


The 1225 V3 does not have hyper threading. The 1230 V3 does.


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June 27, 2014 4:23:55 PM

bignastyid said:
Is the budget $1400 Canadian? If so I can make another build using pcpartpickers canadian version. I assumed it was the US since that was what your link showed.

The budget is about $1400, but if necessary, it can go up to $1600. I should also mention that my friend is rock solid about keeping a Black/Red color scheme, and the case can't be changed.
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June 27, 2014 4:36:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/h8zDkL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/h8zDkL/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.21 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.44 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($411.61 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Rosewill THRONE ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.00 @ Vuugo)
Monitor: BenQ XL2410T 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1570.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/r8zDkL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/r8zDkL/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.21 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.44 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($314.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Rosewill THRONE ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.00 @ Vuugo)
Monitor: BenQ XL2410T 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1474.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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