Hi Pcpartpicker, Istealunderwear here.
I've been building this rig for a customer, he wanted to able to play battlefield 4 at decent FPS, playing MOBA games and WoW.
There was a a lot of decision making in this build, and a lot of demands on small budget. So the Budget was around 700$, that I ofcourse wanted to stay within. He told me he wanted to get the most preformance he could for the 700 bucks, and he couldn't find anywhere else to go than to get it build for him, since he didn't know how to build it himself.
So we chatted a bit back and forth about what part would work the best, and here was were the decisions really mattered. He had som demands about the preformance he wanted out of the computer and I started to look through benchmarks and such.
His demands were:
40fps in battlefield 4 on high, note it's at 720p
Logest possible lifespan of the PC
Being able to upgrade, if he wanted to down the road
Nice looking(stylish). smallest case possible
Easy install if he wanted to upgrade
Doing some amatuer editing
Matching or nearly matching color theme
atleast 1tb game storage
he also wanted to be able to overclock, and this is where the budget started to fall a bit a part, and where more decisions where needed
So let's do a part breakdown
So pretty much, me and him were dicussing wether it would be better to go AMD or Intel. But since he wanted upgradability and overclocking then it got harder. I told him that I would probably go Intel in this kinda build, since he wanted the most power he could get, but the FX8320 still kept being a hot topic, but since there really isn't much to upgrade to later, and he probably would get a i7 later down the road. And since the AM3 is a dead socket, he decided he rather wanted to go Intel for the preformance and upgradability when he wanted to get it, and we wouldn't even be able to get a decent cooler to overclock with so the overclockability would probably go to waste, and the 8320 also requires more power so the conclusion was that going with i5 was the best option under these circumstances.
Motherboard MSI h87m-g43
Since he wanted to upgrade later we were dicussing the option of getting a z87 chipset for the overclocking later, but since budget would fall a part if we did, the I suggestet him to get not get it, and if would to upgrade later to 4770k, maybe then get a new motherboard there aswell or just get a 4770 if overclocking wouldn't matter at that time
Memory Corsair Vengeance (Blue):
Cheapest blue memory stick I could find, and that's why I got them.
HDD Seagate Barracuda 1tb:
Since SSD wasn't a needed thing and since the budget just wouldn't come together with it anyway, we chose to get a HDD with 1tb for game storage and OS, he told be he would rip a 500gb storage disk from an old pc, he would use as backup and media.
GPU, R9 270X:
Since he wanted the best preformance i was looking into some different cards, like the 660ti, 760, R9 270X, 7870XT, 7870GHz and the 7950. And since there's the upgrade comming/is out(can't even remembered what it's called lol, please tell me) that should increase the preformance in battlefield 4 for the new AMD cards I suggested the 270x since it one of the best price preformance cards on the market at the moment.
Sidenote: Reason why it powercolor was simply when this all were bought, there weren't many of the non refrence cards out yet, So it simply was the cheapest of them at the time, if i was to order the part today I would maybe get a Sapphire card instead.
Anyway, aparently some of his friends told him AMD cards were unstable and he was being hesitant about the AMD cards and I told him that we could find a 760 instead(this was before the price drop aswell) After showing him that AMD cards not in crossfire weren't really more unstable than nVidia card we both agreed on the 270x was the right card for this build.
Case Corsair 350D:
So, as one of the demands were to get small, stylish case, I first started suggesting different mITX cases like the Progidy and others but since he didn't really like the design, I started suggestion different Micro ATX cases like the 350D and Arc Mini that were both in the same pricerange, then he agreed that the 350d was the best option since he liked the design more.
Some people might call out and say this was a bad choice, yes I agree it is, but this was a decision he made, I suggested some eVGA, PCPAC, and Seasonic PSU's he really rather wanted to cheap it out as much as possible, and since these were on sale at the time he decide he wanted to get that one. Even though I told him about the Chinese Capacitors that wasn't of the best quality But that ofcourse still not my choice in the end, I sure to god hope everything doesn't light up some day. But it really should there should be a good 150-100 Watt not being used, so the PSU shouldn't get that pushed and hot by overwattage or close to at least, that might have been another issues if we had went with a AMD cpu instead.
After Building thoughts:
The assembly of the whole build was pretty painfree and everything went complete smooth, only problem i really had that the 24pin seemed to not wanted to bend at the all, and also it seemed not be all the way in. But after I tried to turn it on, everything worked perfectly fine, So donno what the problem is, but it works perfectly fine.
It's the first time i worked with 350D, And it seems to be a very good value Micro ATX case, it seems sturdy and theres the cable management options there's needed, for a snug and tiddy installation. Everything is pretty well thought out about the case
I don't have much more to say, since I haven't installed windows yet, but i will, and when I do, I will be overclocking the 270x as much as it'll allow.
Thanks for reading/browsing Pictures.
So yeah, there was the overall breakdown and walkthrough of all the part decisions and other, hope you'll like the build, tell me what you think, and leave suggestions if you have something you would've done differently.
Enjoy the pictures!(sorry half of them are quite crappy ohwell)
Oc'd GPU, sitting at 1190mhz atm but since the locked voltage won't allow me to do more. was starting to have problems at 1200mhz, but really wanted to hit that mark.