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June 13, 2012 11:12:36 PM

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/ite... (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:
June 13, 2012 11:18:08 PM

Get this or build the one I listed

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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!!!
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June 13, 2012 11:31:14 PM

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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June 13, 2012 11:37:58 PM

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/ite...


Mobo- Asus Sabertooth Z77 $240(absolutely GREAT boards btw)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case- NZXT Phantom $130 (great cases, I have one-available in other colors and trims)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM- Corsair Vengeance 32GB kit- $240
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Blu-Ray burner- $80
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

SSD- Crucial M4 256GB- $210
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD- $120 2TB Seagate
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Video card- GTX 690 (not sure price out of stock)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Power- Corsair TX850- $135
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Liquid Cooler Corsair H100- $115
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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.
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June 14, 2012 11:57:10 AM

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June 14, 2012 12:05:27 PM

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/ite...


Mobo- Asus Sabertooth Z77 $240(absolutely GREAT boards btw)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case- NZXT Phantom $130 (great cases, I have one-available in other colors and trims)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM- Corsair Vengeance 32GB kit- $240
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Blu-Ray burner- $80
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

SSD- Crucial M4 256GB- $210
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD- $120 2TB Seagate
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Video card- GTX 690 (not sure price out of stock)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Power- Corsair TX850- $135
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Liquid Cooler Corsair H100- $115
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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.
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June 14, 2012 1:25:55 PM

-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-7...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI...
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