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Did I pick out acceptable parts for my friends gaming computer?

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February 3, 2012 10:43:16 PM

My friend wanted a gaming computer because the one she had couldn't handle what she needed. She asked me to build her a computer for under $1,700. She uses her computer to game, edit music, and watch movies on Netflix. I was wondering if what I got her is good, and if not, I can always send parts back to be replaced for a different one, I have before anyways. I might overclock the CPU, not sure to what yet.

Sound Card (For crystal Clear Sound): http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
CPU Cooler: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
(Two 8GB)RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
GPU: http:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (I know that all 16GB of RAM will not be used because of windows cap at 16GB on home premium and the of the GPU VRAM will take its place. We couldn't get windows 7 professional)
$350 spend on extra fans, programs, OS, etc. Only $1,350 left

I cannot change the case, she specifically asked for this case because of how it looks, and she was willing to pay extra to make all the colors in the PC match blue and black as much as possible. Sound wont be a problem for here, she wears headphones 24/7 when she is on the computer. This computer has 16 GB of RAM because she will be hosting some servers with around 10-15 people.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2012 1:51:40 AM

Something you might consider is adding the plain text name of the parts beside your links so that anyone looking over this doesn't have to go offsite.
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 4, 2012 2:31:55 AM

With $1700 you shouldn't accept less than a 2500k processor and a $125 gigabyte 1155 motherboard.

RAM should be 2x CT2KIT51264BA1339

PSU would be better as an XFX 650w or 750w.

You should be able to get a GTX 580 or a HD 7970 in there and a Crucial 128 GB SSD too.

$1700 is a lot of money.


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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 4, 2012 2:38:08 AM

$1700?
you are on the wrong track with those parts

intel i5 2500k
Z68 mb from asus , asrock, gigabyte
2x4 gig of 1600MHz ram running at 1.5 volt

graphics card depending on what games she is playing
and at what resolution
February 4, 2012 3:52:41 AM

Forgot to mention, she also needed Microsoft office 2007 for school($199+ i think), also she doesn't like any Intel CPU's after she having so many bad experiences with them, so she wanted a AMD CPU that could be overclocked. She must have 16GB of ram so that she can run a server while playing on her server at the same time.
February 4, 2012 3:58:37 AM

Raiddinn said:
With $1700 you shouldn't accept less than a 2500k processor and a $125 gigabyte 1155 motherboard.

RAM should be 2x CT2KIT51264BA1339

PSU would be better as an XFX 650w or 750w.

You should be able to get a GTX 580 or a HD 7970 in there and a Crucial 128 GB SSD too.

$1700 is a lot of money.

The 7970 is $500+ dollars and the I heared the GTX 580 runs hot, and I prefer corsair because they under-rate their PSU's so that it says 700 when it could actually run at about 750 before it starts to stress, and their quality control has been great for me. The ram you said doesn't seem to come with heat spreaders, non that I could fine anyways. I also dont see why people want SSDs, they are so pointless unless your computer is in the back of a truck while you use it, if you have a 6GB/s HDD, a 6GB/s SSD wont be any faster, its capped at 6GB/s just from the motherboard. SSDs are to expensive at the moment to be very practice IMO, for $150 i could get a 1 TB HHD instead of a much smaller SSD.

*I'll add that $350 go to mandatory items, extra fans, programs, OS, etc. So its more like $1350 to spend.
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