first build to sell. budget $1000. Mid - High Gaming Rig. comments on value for money?
Woulda went with an i5 and grab a better gpu but otherwise build seems solid.
all your comments are welcomed and noted. please keep them coming.
actually i initially went with i5 to overclock with GTX 970.but decided against it for the 2 extra cores and most high end games are core driven and not GPU driven.
That is completely untrue. i5s can handle any modern title at max settings and will not bottleneck any single core gpu out there. A few titles benefit marginally from hyperthreading but the cost to performance ratio is not good, even for those titles. Almost all games benefit hugely from better gpu performance and I see it as a big missed opportunity that you didn't take the 970 (or even waited for the 960 which should be coming out later this month at just over $200).
Also not sure if that is an engineering sample or what but the blue pcb on the gpu clashes too much with the rest of the red in the build for my taste.
Why would it be an engineering sample?
I have a 7850 lying around with a blue pcb, and a 6570, I don't think it's all that uncommon.
Unless that is a different graphics card altogether than the one listed, the R9 280 from msi has a black pcb. Sometimes engineering samples have blue or red or whatever colored pcbs but the final product will have black.
Ok fair enough, do msi actually make any of their final products on a blue pcb?
It's easy to see the msi label but pretty much impossible to tell anything else, apart from fairly large heatpipes and two extra pcie power connectors, what else do you think it could be?
i5 CPU have 4 cores the same With the standard i7 except the Extreme ones
Waiiiit, you purchased a thermal compound for the stock cooler? O_o
i bought it for another build. its not being used on this one.
How come you got a z-series for an unlocked processor, rather than like an h87?
i think you mean locked processor :)
correct, this is a locked processor. remember my aim was to have a functional, good looking, practical, mid to high gaming pc to meet a certain budget of $1000.also best bang for buck with no overclocking or cooling. keeping it simple. even for beginner pc buyers.
yep.. for what its worth you have a great machine.. the only thing i dislike is the psu.
Oh..yeah..my bad, I typed it at 6am...
Other than that, this build is really pretty.
z87 motherboards don't have to be bought simply for overclocking. Many of them come with features he could have needed/wanted
only thing i would say is if your not overclocking you should have gotten a xeon1230 proccesor instead of an i7. 50 dollars cheaper and the same performance. other than that seems like a great build.
honestly, never bought xeon cpu's. i have no knowledge of them and capabilities etc etc.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637e31230v2 the specs are about the same as an i7s