hey guys, my friend decided he wants a new computer because his has aged a good 10 years.
i picked parts myself that i thought would benefit him the best. ive tried to get him into playing video games on the comp but he is a die hard xbox player so the most stressful things he will probably use his computer for are strategy games and music.
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower $99.99
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V $49.99
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $15.99
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $90.99
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser $45.99
he probably doesnt need some of the more harcore stuff i put in there like the 3570K. the case itself is overboard but he really likes the look of it so i may just change it to the more compact 410 version.
hes not really to worried about it costing to much but id like to bring it down a bit since hes not going to be doing much on it, any input on the topic for whats better, cheaper, and anything else would be greatly appreciated (:
The only real issues I see are that
- you need an aftermarket CPU cooler (recommend Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), overclock that processor - even if you don't want to waste time screwing with it I all but guarantee you can set it to 4.2ghz, stock voltage 100% stable with an Evo
- don't waste $70+ on a 64gb SSD - you'll kick yourself later. Either wait for a sale on a decent 120GB for the same price +-$10, or buy the cheapest 32-64gb SSD you can find and use it for SSD caching - since your files are not actually *installed* on the drive you don't have to worry as much about it being quality and taking out your files. (http://www.overclock.net/t/1227655/how-to-set-up-intel-...)
Why would his friend need a 4GHz CPU? With what he's doing with it, he doesn't need any overclock. But yes, the SSD is expensive. Here's one for $45 at Staples. Just add something for a dollar to get free shipping.
Dude, if you take that view, with what hes doing with it he could buy an i3-3220, no SSD and an h77 board and save hundreds and still be satisfied. But in terms of bang for buck the $30 for the cooler + very mild overclock will improve performance the most over what he already has listed.
He wants the build cheaper, not more expensive. Overclocking won't make a huge difference on this rig. Coming from a 10 year old computer, I'm sure he'll appreciate the speed of this rig, regardless of overclock.
I agree with obsama. Such a powerful upgrade will be noticeable even without overclocking. I went from a Pentium 3 to an i5-2500k and even without OCing, the difference was... so big that the analogy of night and day is a big understatement.
so what overall do you guys think i could change for best bang for buck kinda deal, or even downgrade some of the parts that wont be necessary, because i know if it was me i wouldn't want to pay 800 for something ill mainly be using for iTunes, age of empires and Facebook haha
If you want back for the buck
For what you describe something like this would be way cheaper and do the same job:
Mobo: cheapest H77/B75/Z77 motherboard you can find
Case: Antec 300 (or go even cheaper, but Antec 300 is the cheapest good case I would recommend)
Graphics Card: Something like a 6670 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - will still play lots of games at reduced resolutions/settings
Power Supply: ~300-400 watt will be plenty for a build like this - generally I would look a the cheapest decent 80plus I could find, something like (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).
Ram: 2x2gb or 2x4gb
Generally the best bank for your buck build for just general use like what you describe is something like the Toms hardware $500 build, but with a slightly better case and *way* less graphics card. You still can do some gaming and plenty of office work because this type of system is still way faster than an Xbox or PS3.
That'd be fine for a build with future upgrading in mind (although no real need right now for a non-stock cooler in a not-overclockable processor). For pure price right now the motherboard & case would be overkill. Make sure you don't pay more than $60 after rebate or so for a 6670 (the one I linked was $50 after rebate if I remember correctly).