Description

This is technically my fourth PC build. Mainly he built it and I helped with small stuff and I created the parts list. My friend needed a new PC after his Lenovo y500 wasn't cutting it anymore with its gt 650m. He had a budget of $1200 and the use of this PC was to run games and edit videos. He got the CPU and motherboard for cheap prices because he had family members who worked at Intel.

Part Choices

CPU: Overkill for gaming but since he does video editing and considering the price, its an obvious choice

Motherboard: This is one of those overkill 4-way SLI motherboards with a whole bunch of features you will probably never use but he got it for only $100 as opposed to $300. It was nice to work with, had plenty of connections and features.

RAM: Cheap, red and 8 GB. He might upgrade to 16 later.

SSD: Fast, had good reviews, built a PC with one before

HDD: Standard 1 TB drive, enough for now

GPU: The best bang for buck out there now. We went for the Gigabyte one because at the time it was only 329.99 and for its 3-fan cooling.

Case: Very nice and spacious inside. Although there were not enough fan screws included so we at to screw the fans diagonally in. Cable management was extremely easy and overall the case is quiet.

PSU: Very annoying to work with. The modular cables were loose and we had to go back twice and fix them. The cables are also extremely stiff and difficult to work with. However, its quiet, semi-modular and gold certified for an okay price.

We didn't get an aftermarket cooler since that would extend our budget but he is planning to get one soon. Overall we had fun building it and nothing really went wrong.

Edit: 7/21/2015 added hyper 212 evo

Comments

  • 61 months ago
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+1 for the Windforce 970, that thing's a beast! One question though, why no CPU cooler? Something like the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO is a very cost effective cooler.

  • 61 months ago
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We didn't get an aftermarket cooler since that would extend our budget but he is planning to get one soon. Overall we had fun building it and nothing really went wrong.

I think that's why and intends to when he can buy it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh whoops, didn't see that in the description. That makes much more sense.

  • 61 months ago
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I need friends and family who work at Intel and Nvidia or at least a Micro Center close by. Nice build for that price

  • 61 months ago
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Great job and sounds like your friend will be happy with the components he has since he can upgrade them when he can. So good work on the build, the parts and keeping within budget. +1

  • 61 months ago
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How did you get the i7 4790k for $165?! Oh and nice build.

  • 61 months ago
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He got the CPU and motherboard for cheap prices because he had family members who worked at Intel.

I wish I could get that price too but yes that's a pretty sweet deal I say.

  • 61 months ago
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I have a really dumb question, I've never build a computer before. Where are the wires for the keyboard and if you had a wired mouse on the H440. There's nothing protruding out of the top of the case. Cool build though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

its a wireless wifi antenna that came with the motherboard

  • 61 months ago
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The main ports are in the back of the case (from the motherboard), the top ports are just for easy access.

  • 61 months ago
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Got it, thanks.

  • 57 months ago
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I'm about to build with those exact MB and CPU for the same prices, my uncle also works at Intel. :)

  • 57 months ago
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Your prices are better though :(