So this is 4th time building a PC, and 2nd time i'm building it for someone else. My friend who finished his army duty recently wanted a gaming PC, but had no idea what parts to pick and buy and asked for my help so i stepped in.
His requirements / Conditions : - A Decent gaming PC that can handle most of the games at normal settings. - No Flashy LEDs. ( He doesn't like them. ) - No Overlcocking. ( Too much for him ) - Doesn't like something too big.
1. CPU - Xeon E3 1231 V3 : First i was going for I5 SKU, But he isn't going to overclock anyway, and the Xeon was just about few more bucks expensive than the I5. So i went with this Xeon CPU which has hyperthreading and decent clock speed that will be more than enough for his needs.
2. Cooler - ID-Cooling IS-40 : The case i picked doesn't support big tower coolers so i went with this more "flat" cooler. the TDP this thing can deal with was displayed as 95 Watts so that's more than enough.
3. Mobo - Gigabyte GA-H81M-D2V : He isn't going to overclock anything, and he didn't needed anything too fancy so i decided to went with cheapest motherboards. But at the same time i went with this one because it has 8-pin CPU power connection while others have 4 pin connection.
4. RAM - G.Skill Value 8 GB x 2 ( 1600 Mhz ) : I maxed out the RAM because they were dirt cheap, and he said he plans to use it for long time. The satisfying feeling of all RAM slots filled is never wrong. Right ?
5. Storage 1 - Sandisk SSD Plus 120 GB : Sandisk SSDs are reliable, fast, and cheap. I learned that when i bought mine.
6. Storage 2 - Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 RPM : Originally i was planning to get him a WD Blue, but they were out of stock so i changed to Seagate Barracuda. I have one in my main PC too, not bad hard drives.
7. Video Card - Zotac GTX 960 2GB : Now this is the tasty part of this machine. and also the 2nd most expensive part. There were video cards with higher clocks but those ones were all flashy with LEDs or was too big for the case. So i went with this Zotac card which has decently high clock speed but is not too huge or has flashy LEDs that he dislike.
8. PSU and Case : PSU - Micronics is Korean brand that produces stuff that are OKAY. Case - Genius cube? nope. While the case looks OKAY, working on this was bad.
Did a GPU stress test with Kombustor, came out okay and i sent it to him via parcel.