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AuraNightheart

39 months ago

I have a friend who's building a new office PC and mostly does a lot of work in Excel and other Microsoft Office programs. He has quite a lot of files and only a 120GB SSD (the rest of his files had to be loaded into external storage so it's now difficult for him to access them if he needs them). He wants the build to last for at least five years as a good PC for this task and maybe some extremely light gaming or 3D work. I put this build together and he'll probably buy it in a couple months. Will this build work for him? Maximum budget is $1300.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $148.98 @ OutletPC
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $68.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $93.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.68 @ NCIX US
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $98.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $80.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $48.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $109.98 @ My Choice Software
Case Fan Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 82.1 CFM 140mm Fan $13.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 82.1 CFM 140mm Fan $13.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1242.31
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1222.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-22 11:56 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much everybody!

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

the gpu is terrible really. the caviar black is way overpriced, HGST and Toshiba drives have higher reliability without the brand tax. the MX300 275GB is a good alternative to the 850 EVO 250GB as well. the Pro M Acrylic comes with a better side panel and an extra 140 SP fan. the GTX 1060 is a super low power gpu that will run games fairly well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $148.98 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $71.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Toshiba P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $75.38 @ B&H
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dual Video Card $219.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $82.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $48.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $109.98 @ My Choice Software
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1281.15
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-22 12:20 EDT-0400
  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably the build I'll go with, but since he doesn't do too much gaming I might cut back a tiny bit on the GPU and just get a 460 or 470. Thank you very much!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem. the RX 470 is basically the same price as the 1060 3GB so if anything go for the 460.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, will do. I figure he won't need the graphics card to do much. It might help a tiny bit in Excel but otherwise i can't justify having one so I'll just go with the 460. Keeps prices to about $1250 which is pretty good.

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

I recommend a RX 460 over the 750ti since it is more up to date and a bit more powerful. Both will suit him for light gaming

I'm not sure if going for the 6700k would be worth it if he's only doing light 3d work occasionally. If it's only occasionally, the 6600k will do him fine for cheaper.

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