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PC build for a friend- Thoughts and criticism welcome

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Edit: All prices are in Aus - My bad for not doing this sooner

Hey,

I've been asked by a friend to make a PC for around $3000, although I will probably be only using around $2000.

I'm mainly just wanting feedback on the components I've chosen, and any upgrades that should be looked at etc.

CPU: Intel I7-4790K @ 4.00 GHZ <---- Thanks for recommendation

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980 4gb <----- Changed due to recommendation

MoBo: Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark1 <--- Looking at changing to "MSI Z97 GAMING 3 LGA1150"

Case: NZXT H440

PSU: SeaSonic 750W <---- Changed to 750W

Storage: Seagate 3TB + Samsung 850 256GB <---- added more storage

Ram: Corsair 16 GB - Vengeance Pro @ 2133MHz <---- Need confirm that this will work

This computer will be mainly used for gaming, but some video rendering, Photoshop and auto-cad will be used.

I welcome any comments/criticism and will answer any questions.

Also, I'm not too experience with ram, will that ram be ok with the MoBo?

Thanks in advance,

Skwoad


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If you are going to go with a z97 board, you may as well and spend the extra 50$ and get the k variant of that processor. Other than that, looks good. 


 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Ok, thanks, I'll have a look at that - its still definitely in the price range. Would It be worth going for a 980 simply for future proofing it? Imo, the 780TI is just better bang for the $ at the moment.


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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qfXMmG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qfXMmG/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor  ($364.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Silverstone TD02 92.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($98.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI X99S SLI Plus ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard  ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($185.56 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($628.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case  ($148.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($138.17 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2138.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-10 18:23 EST-0500


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Posted · Original PosterOP

@Laputacake

Thanks for the feedback,

Although it looks good, ill be getting my parts from a local store in Australia. I get a decent prices as well as on-site warranty.

Its just easier if something needs to be replaced. 

Thanks again.


Asus Maximus - VII - Ranger || I5-4690k @ Stock... for now at least :P || Noctua DH-14 || eVGA Gtx 970 FTW edition || G_skill Areas 8gb RAM || Samsung 440 evo SSD 120gb || 2x Seagate Barracuda 2tb drives.

 

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Wait, is the budget $2000 AUD or USD?

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($399.00 @ CPL Online) 
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($159.00 @ CPL Online) 
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($249.00 @ CPL Online) 
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($139.00 @ CPL Online) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($98.00 @ Centre Com) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card  ($519.00 @ CPL Online) 
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($154.51 @ Mwave Australia) 
Case Accessory: NZXT Hue LED Controller  ($41.50 @ CPL Online) 
Total: $2182.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-11 10:33 EST+1100

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@Skwoad,

 

pcpartpicker is your friend. Without a part number there is no way to comment on the memory choice beyond saying that it will most likely work.

 

I would suggest a number of changes. An i7-4790K because it is 400MHz faster than the i7-4790 and can be overclocked. Although an i5-4690K would likely be more than sufficient for the usage described. A good quality, but less expensive motherboard. A larger ssd. A GTX 980. While the GTX 780 Ti is less expensive, the 980 outperforms the 780 Ti, has a newer architecture, and uses significantly less power.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($129.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($87.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card  ($569.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H440 (Blue/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1692.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-10 18:31 EST-0500


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Its in AUD. Prices here generally have a %10 markup or something like that. 

If I'm not looking overclocking the CPU, so would the stock fan be ok? 

I probably should have mentioned that I'm taking prices off this website: http://www.umart.com.au/umart1/pro/index.phtml?bid=2

So you would recommend going up to the 970 over the 780TI? How come, is it just a better card?


Asus Maximus - VII - Ranger || I5-4690k @ Stock... for now at least :P || Noctua DH-14 || eVGA Gtx 970 FTW edition || G_skill Areas 8gb RAM || Samsung 440 evo SSD 120gb || 2x Seagate Barracuda 2tb drives.

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

brob

The equivalent graphics card in AUD is $829, although I would like to use pcpartpicker, the prices are generally far off from that I can get them for. I also cant view the links that are being posted from that website, seems to be some region error - leaving the error - "PcPartPicker is temporarily unavailable" 

The cheapest 980 that I can get is a: Gigabyte GTX980 4GB 256bit @ $729. The 780Ti on the other hand is $599.

I will be changing to the i7- 4790K, because it has a significant increase in performance for $50.

Again, would it be ok to use the stock fan if I'm not going to be overclocking?

Thanks,

Skwoad


Asus Maximus - VII - Ranger || I5-4690k @ Stock... for now at least :P || Noctua DH-14 || eVGA Gtx 970 FTW edition || G_skill Areas 8gb RAM || Samsung 440 evo SSD 120gb || 2x Seagate Barracuda 2tb drives.

 

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brob

The equivalent graphics card in AUD is $829, although I would like to use pcpartpicker, the prices are generally far off from that I can get them for. I also cant view the links that are being posted from that website, seems to be some region error - leaving the error - "PcPartPicker is temporarily unavailable" 

The cheapest 980 that I can get is a: Gigabyte GTX980 4GB 256bit @ $729. The 780Ti on the other hand is $599.

I will be changing to the i7- 4790K, because it has a significant increase in performance for $50.

Again, would it be ok to use the stock fan if I'm not going to be overclocking?

Thanks,

Skwoad

 

Perhaps you could change the OP to reflect the fact that you are buying in AUS.

 

Yes on using the stock fan.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've reconsidered the MoBo. Would the "MSI Z97 GAMING 3 LGA1150" be a good alternative MoBo?

Its half the price and seems to be fairly good. I'll go for the Gigabyte GTX 980 4gb GPU, as well as changing the PSU and some of the storage.

Could I just some opinions on that MoBo?

Thanks,


Asus Maximus - VII - Ranger || I5-4690k @ Stock... for now at least :P || Noctua DH-14 || eVGA Gtx 970 FTW edition || G_skill Areas 8gb RAM || Samsung 440 evo SSD 120gb || 2x Seagate Barracuda 2tb drives.

 

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