So I have a client who told me he was satisfied with the computer I built him last year (for his girlfriend), therefor he wants me to make him a new one...
This time an I7 and his max budget is 1500... excluding videocard that he already has. (Zotak GTX460)
Note Last one was a budget pc so AMD Athlon II for girlfriend, ran great for real cheep)
What do you guys think of this setup... I rarely ever do Intel pc's as most of my clients are budget gamers.
Asus P6T S.1366 INT X58/ICH10R ATX $212.00
INTEL CORE I7 2.80 1366 8M BOX $307.00
CORSAIR DDR3 3X2GB 1600 $182.00
WD BLACK 500GB 3.5 7200 32MB (OS and Games) $54.00
WD CAVIAR GREEN 1.5TB 5400RPM (Raid Mirror for Data) 2 $75.00 $150.00
ASUS 24X DVD-RW, BLACK SATA $18.00
THERMALTAKE ARMOR A90 Case $81.00
THERMALTAKE 750W MODULAR 14CM $90.00
Total is 1094 CND + Taxes (quebec is nasty) 1234.85
For prices, I use Supercom (10$ max shipping, next day delivery at all time)
but CPU and Memory, the prices maybe lower as I use a better local supplier. (ashbymicro) (usually 10 to 25$ less)
Note that I don't want to make it more expensive then 1300 Tax in... I eint working for free.
harddrive configuration is my choice, client doesn't know what he wants... I go for mad space and long lasting data safety.
Note that I buy my parts from a supplier.
So Asus, Gigabyte, Thermaltake, WD, Seagate parts only.
CPU: Core i7 950 ($300)
MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth X58 ($200)
RAM: G.SKILL Pi series 6 GB, CAS 7 ($155)
GPU: Same as he has for SLI ($230?)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB ($55)
PSU: Corsair 750TX ($110)
CASE: Preference. HAF 912, HAF 922, CM690 II Advanced, are all great around your price point ($90)
DVD Drive: Doesn't matter ($20)
Feel free to add in a 120 GB Vertex 2 SSD for ~$250 (last time I checked), but that tech is moving so fast I'm not sure if it's wise to buy in just right now. Especially with 25 nm intels coming out before the end of the year. Currently, the Vertex 2's are the best and the fastest, though. That is, along with any other drive that uses the same controller.
Just saw that you were from Canada. Prices will vary, but you should still be under budget with this component list.
If you are restricted to WD drives, look for a 1 TB FAEX model because those are about as fast as the F3s. I don't know how I feel about a $200 velociraptor. Check out some benchmarks. It's a compromise between a balance of speed and size (raptor) and raw speed with decent enough size.
The i7 processors are insensitive to ram speeds and timings. Get the cheapest 6gb kit that is supported.
If you want your client to really be impressed, Allocate about $100 for a SSD for the os and apps. Everything will seem so much quicker.
Use a large cheap drive for storage.
Cases are a personal thing.
Show the client a selection of cases and get the one that appeals the most.
Perhaps he might want a small case with a micro-atx motherboard. It would probably be cheaper, and save him some desk space.
Lian li has some very nice small cases. They are pricey, but impressive.
Agree with geofelt about everything. Great recommendations. If you get an SSD with Windows 7, they're gonna definitely be impressed.
Lian-Li's look ugly as hell and I can't stand them. A small but yet spacey case is the NZXT Lexa S. It has 4 fans (1 x 140mm, 3 x 120mm (one w/blue LED on side), magnetic drive bay door, rubber grommets for cooling and cable management, bottom PSU mount, tool less design, space for multiple SDs and HDDs and much more.