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Building Brother new PC. no budget

My brother wants me to build him a new computer. He isn't really worried about the cost, as long as its reasonable and he gets a quality future proof system.

I have been considering getting him

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2311914&CatId=31 (about $1650)

a GTX 690 (probably about $1200?)

+ other necessary things such as case fans, and maybe a few peripheral devices

I figure that the computer would cost a bit under 3k. Is this way too overkill for a home PC for someone who doesn't really use anything more demanding than video games? Even though he doesn't really care about the price too much I don't want to just dump his money into his computer for no reason.

again, he wants to make sure his computer is totally future proof. When I was talking to him I explained that he does not need 32 gb of ram, for a gaming pc its totally overkill. He still wants 32 gb.

also, would it be worth grabbing an SSD for the boot drive?

thanks for dealing with my post C:
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  1. Get this or build the one I listed

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386358

    Intel i7 3820

    nvidia 480 or radeon 7970(depending on budget)

    8 gb of kingston hyper x

    Asus sabertooth z77 mobo

    ( I would do custom water cooling)

    Cooler master cosmos 2 case

    1tb hdd

    find an ssd that you like

    PSU, PSU, PSU get a good psu like a corsair 600 or 500 watt psu as you can see I did not and I am now paying the price.

    With the setup I listed you will be set for like 6 years!!!
  2. Nothing lasts 6 years in PC components and is still viable. Future proofing a PC is silly, It isnt going to happen. Tell me how good the 8000 series still is 6 years later? Its crap.
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    My advice is to start by telling your brother theres NO SUCH THING AS FUTURE PROOF.

    Honestly, I'd ignore his wishes on spending more money than he needs to. Yes, I can put together a build that will cost quite a bit, but to an extent I would just let his more money than brains mentality to fall on deaf ears..

    Here goes:

    CPU- i7-2700K- $340 (I say pick Sandy over Ivy just because of how stupid hot Ivys get when you overclock them)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1380569&CatId=6991


    Mobo- Asus Sabertooth Z77 $240(absolutely GREAT boards btw)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2406886&CatId=6976

    Case- NZXT Phantom $130 (great cases, I have one-available in other colors and trims)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6634206&CatId=1510

    RAM- Corsair Vengeance 32GB kit- $240
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1705069&CatId=4534

    Blu-Ray burner- $80
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2060894&Sku=L49-8000%20OEM

    SSD- Crucial M4 256GB- $210
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2336435&CatId=4217

    HDD- $120 2TB Seagate
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=744345&CatId=4357
    Video card- GTX 690 (not sure price out of stock)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2580893&srkey=gtx%20690

    Power- Corsair TX850- $135
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7195039&CatId=2534

    Liquid Cooler Corsair H100- $115
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=581556&CatId=499

    Overclock that sonuvabitch to 5.0GHZ and let her rip. I don't care what your brother says, thats a damn powerhouse, you know it and I know it.
  4. Best answer selected by lightfaltz.
  5. nekulturny said:
    My advice is to start by telling your brother theres NO SUCH THING AS FUTURE PROOF.

    Honestly, I'd ignore his wishes on spending more money than he needs to. Yes, I can put together a build that will cost quite a bit, but to an extent I would just let his more money than brains mentality to fall on deaf ears..

    Here goes:

    CPU- i7-2700K- $340 (I say pick Sandy over Ivy just because of how stupid hot Ivys get when you overclock them)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1380569&CatId=6991


    Mobo- Asus Sabertooth Z77 $240(absolutely GREAT boards btw)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2406886&CatId=6976

    Case- NZXT Phantom $130 (great cases, I have one-available in other colors and trims)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6634206&CatId=1510

    RAM- Corsair Vengeance 32GB kit- $240
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1705069&CatId=4534

    Blu-Ray burner- $80
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2060894&Sku=L49-8000%20OEM

    SSD- Crucial M4 256GB- $210
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2336435&CatId=4217

    HDD- $120 2TB Seagate
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=744345&CatId=4357
    Video card- GTX 690 (not sure price out of stock)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2580893&srkey=gtx%20690

    Power- Corsair TX850- $135
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7195039&CatId=2534

    Liquid Cooler Corsair H100- $115
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=581556&CatId=499

    Overclock that sonuvabitch to 5.0GHZ and let her rip. I don't care what your brother says, thats a damn powerhouse, you know it and I know it.

    Why would you pick a Z77 board with an SB CPU that doesn't properly utilize the Z77's new functions? I'd say go with a Z68 based board.
  6. -Jackson said:
    Why would you pick a Z77 board with an SB CPU that doesn't properly utilize the Z77's new functions? I'd say go with a Z68 based board.

    I picked it because its a Sabertooth board, Asus doesnt have a Z68 Sabertooth, at least not one I could find. . The only "function" (singular not plural) that Z77 has that Z68 doesnt is PCI 3.0 which benchmarks has proven offers no real advantage over the previous PCI 2.0.

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1188376/hardwarecanucks-hd-7970-pci-e-3-0-vs-pci-e-2-0-comparison

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/24.html
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