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Building a build for my friend

BionicMike

61 months ago

Hey guys, I've had some experience building (built mine and another friends' PC, parts were all picked by me)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NbVM23

So some rationale behind it :

i5-4460- Yeah, I know it can't overclock, you can go for AMD, but he's not overclocking, he wants a decent Intel guy, so no, don't suggest 4690K, don't suggest FX-8350, moving on.

No aftermarket, stock is fine if you're not overclocking/turbo boosting.

ASUS Z97-C. ASUS Z97 BIOS is awesome and really user friendly, and you can tweak a bunch of stuff to really make your system shine.

Crucial memory. Cheap, not the best, but just SOME memory.

MX100- Because fast and cheap SSD. Mainly used for boot drive. I know you can cheapen build by removing it, but he doesn't want to, so...

WD Black 1TB- It's getting more cheap and is slightly faster than blue.

ASUS GTX 970- The "creme de la creme". Is kinda futureproofing but it will be great for gaming. I know the R9 280 or something along those lines will be great but he wants futureproofing for the next lil'while so yeah...

NZXT S340- Black and white case. Bang for buck. 'Nuff said.

CX600M- I've never had such a powerhungry GPU like the 970 before so I'm not sure how much wattage. I was considering the 500M but the 600 might help him out if he needs more power.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

500m would be fine. In your parts list it shows the watts to be 333 for the system and your not OCing so go with 500.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally don't exact trust the wattage because you never know what would happen. Also it would perform better efficency because the CX500M is most efficient at 50%ish.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Since there is going to be no overclocking a Z97 motherboard isn't needed, a H97 will work just fine. On top of that a Xeon can be put in instead as it has HyperThreading.

Gave a Gold rated PSU and better RAM.

A bit more expensive but worth it for the HyperThreading.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $95.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $62.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.45 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card $348.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $76.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1044.38
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-07 04:06 EST-0500
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Price is $1220 CAD. Buying it in Canada.

Also, why the Xeon? I know hyperthreading and all but it's not worth it. Also, Xeons are for servers and workstations.

I know i5-4460 has 4 threads but yeah...

Gold PSU is not needed. It's not going to be game-changing or anything.

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