Description

Customer wanted a medium sized build with a lot of potential. Will certainly last him for a while. Was really surprised by the quality of the Sniper Series by G-Skill. First experience with the Define Mini, great case. Highly recommend it.

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 5 points

could have done more for 800$

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

Should have got an FX-6300 then a 7850

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm certain you could fit a 7870 in there with an FX-6300 for around 800.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep! Perhaps even a GTX 760 if you get a 128GB SSD instead.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

yes the ram and the SSD seems a little bit expensive for this price range. but don't forget that ***** are alot more expensive in Canada. I am choosing my own parts right now and it really bugs me how much they are cheaper in US

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally agree, I live in the uk and thing are a lot cheaper in the us luckily my dad got a 4770 when he was in Detroit a few weeks ago for my new build micro center, it was 249dollars and it's about 250 pounds in the uk

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

Show me where you can buy those two parts for $149 total.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Like krenotenze said this was a client build so saying "I would've done this or that" doesn't really apply to him.

The customer gets what they want!

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

That would probs depend on how much control the client gives you over the build.

I doubt a client would say that they want an APU, a 5400 RPM HDD, if they were that specific they could have built it themselves. So in that sense it is the contractors responsibility to take care of their customer by spending money wisely and meet the needs of their customer.

That being said I can see reasoning behind most of the choices here even if it does seem a tad expensive.

Looks like a very nice case too, I like that a lot.

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

CPU + GPU would have been much more expensive than APU.

Customer wanted fast but quiet. The 5400RPM is nothing more than a storage drive for the customer. Literally holds his recorded TV programs and photos of his family. Needed space and reliability and quiet. It fit the bill quite nicely! The 250GB SSD gives his apps/games the quick loads he needs and was a better trade off than say a slightly better processor in the same price range.

Virtual memory will still be running off of the SSD but thanks to the 16GB of memory his SSD will actually be called less often enough to increase it's lifetime by quite a bit.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the Define R4, what made you like the mini? :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Customer wanted a smaller system. Size constraints. He really like the look of the R4 and I presented the idea of the Mini since it would fit into his desk properly.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I'm not really feeling this build. Even if this was used for basic use, editing, or gaming, the money isn't well balanced. If this was a workstation, it'd be a bit more appropriate, but still, some choices don't really make any sense to me. Nonetheless, I hope the customer is enjoying the build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah could have skimped on the Ram/Blu-Ray (unless that was needed)/PSU (Over kill)/ SSD (just get a 120 gb). Probably could have gotten this build down to around 550-600.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

He should have gotten cheaper ram with higher speeds, that would actually affect real world performance of an APU.

The PSU is overpowered, but if the customer wants to add a graphics card in later, it's possible. And I looked, you can't really get a cheaper PSU than that, that's of decent quality. There are a couple seasonics and PCP&C, but you have no expandability with the super cheap but quality PSU's.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have done this and Saved a little. This actually would have been a pretty sweet system. IMO

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dschutt84/saved/289D

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1pGHn

As a gaming system, this would be pretty sweet and less than 800. =D

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I agree!!! What you can do with $800 is amazing.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Or how about this for about $100 more

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dschutt84/saved/22jE

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk what this pc is used for, but you could have gone with something like this. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1pGpE $200 under budget so you can add an SSD, better cpu, more ram, or better Gpu if you wanted.

-Tyler

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

8 GB of 2133 MHz RAM would have been cheaper and better. 120 GB SSD would have saved $60-$70.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottomline: if you are going for an APU build, and it costs over 600$, you're doing it terribly wrong.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The original specs for the computer had an i5 4670 on it. That system cost a good bit more obviously but this is what the customer settled on. As RyneSmith said, not all my call. Definitely not the system I would have built.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done. I'm looking into doing a very similar build (same APU, case, RAM). Hopefully I can get my cabling just as nice.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

What will the computer be used for? This build is from almost a year ago, there are much better options out there depending on what you are doing nowadays.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The idea was a build for my wife. Fairly light use, with upgrade paths. I wanted to go with integrated graphics though. It could turn into an HTPC though. Here are my selections so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3JYLf

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

If that's the case in all honesty where things are now I'd look at something like this. It'll perform better, take up less space, have plenty of upgrade capability and run even more quiet. Not to mention cheaper. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3NGkp

  • 77 months ago
  • -1 points

No GPU with an $800 budget? Seriously?

-Tyler

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