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~$2000 Gaming Build for a friend

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63 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $232.98 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $163.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $83.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $279.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $129.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $55.58 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $160.62 @ NCIX US
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $160.62 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1506.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 12:46 EDT-0400

His max budget is $2000 but he wants to spend less.

I put in a "middle" end graphics card, because he wants to upgrade in the near future.

Should I Crossfire for dual monitors?

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If he wants to be able to upgrade, get him a rig that he can add crossover to. R9 290, 800w psu, and make sure the mobo had at 2 pci slots at at least x8 speeds.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not i5-4690k. If you're willing to drive to a Micro Center it's $199.99 and better OC capabilities.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The nearest micro store is 60+ miles away, and he doesn't need a beefy processor (he's not compiling code or anything like that, the machine is pure gaming).

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

The 4690 and 4670 are the same chip pretty much the 4690 is supposedly a little better built. Also the 28nm 800 series is suppose to be out this fall why not just wait till than to build this.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4670 is still a really strong chip, and he spends the same price using gas to get the part.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $22.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $163.97 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $90.28 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $87.46 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $279.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $55.58 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $160.99 @ Best Buy
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $160.99 @ Best Buy
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1467.19
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-28 11:44 EDT-0400

I'll keep it in mind though.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $234.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $117.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $83.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $62.50 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card $369.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $109.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Best Buy
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Best Buy
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1464.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-27 15:41 EDT-0400
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You should not go with the PNY SSDs. Go for a 840 EVO or 840 PRO, and get a 850 or 800 watt psu so he won't have any problems in the future when upgrading.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

And what is wrong with PNY ssds?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The 840 EVO outperforms them. 840 EVO has better r/w speeds. Top 3 SSDs are 840 EVO, 840 PRO, and SanDisk Extreme II.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

you dont really see any real world performace differences

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What twistytreats said. Yes it performs better in synthetics, but in real world performance, you will not see the difference.

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