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Thousand dollar PC Build

Posted 12 August 2013 - 07:41 AM

Hello there. It's been a while since I've posted to Dream In Code.

A friend of mine has recently decided that they want to put together a PC. He's got a thousand dollars to spend, and he obviously wants the biggest bang for his buck. After a little bit of research, we came up with a rough idea, and now I've come here looking for someone with experience to scrutinize our draft.

All he has at the moment are two screens and a keyboard/mouse.

Intel i5-760 cpu, it's what I have at the moment, and I quite like it. That's around $200.
Nvidia GTX 650 ti gpu, apparently good for it's price. We might be able to go better, though. Around $160.
Asus P7P55D-E LX motherboard, $100.

Kingston HyperX 120GB Solid state as a main drive, and then a 2TB HDD for storage. $200-250 total.
A Coolermaster power supply, if we don't end up getting one with the case. $50-60 extra.

We were looking at some Cooler Master cases, and might go for the Elite 431. Around $80.
8GB of kingston RAM costs $60 on ebay, and a cheap DVD drive shouldn't be too much.

Lastly, a copy of Windows 7 Premium, about $100.

So, what do you think? This is the result of a short night's research, so I'm sure there is plenty wrong with it. The prices are based mostly off of ebay.

Thanks much.

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Re: Thousand dollar PC Build

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:15 AM

The processor and motherboard are wrong. Intel's moved on to their 4th gen cores - Haswell. You should be looking at those, the supporting motherboards, and a new fan (the stock fans are dinky).

Also I would avoid buying memory on Ebay. You have no idea where its from or what its been through.. avoid the headache and get it straight up.

Is there a case that needs to be purchased?

Is the powersupply big enough, or has the right connections, for the motherboard/video/cpu?

http://www.newegg.co...t=Combo.1328731
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Re: Thousand dollar PC Build

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:30 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 13 August 2013 - 02:15 AM, said:

The processor and motherboard are wrong. Intel's moved on to their 4th gen cores - Haswell. You should be looking at those, the supporting motherboards, and a new fan (the stock fans are dinky).

Also I would avoid buying memory on Ebay. You have no idea where its from or what its been through.. avoid the headache and get it straight up.

Is there a case that needs to be purchased?

Is the powersupply big enough, or has the right connections, for the motherboard/video/cpu?

http://www.newegg.co...t=Combo.1328731



Thanks for the quick reply.

We were looking at the older i5 to save some money, but I guess the new generation isn't that much more expensive. Ill spend some time looking into a different motherboard, too.

I am using the eBay prices as a reference, and will probably end up buying what I can locally. I've had problems with ram before, and would not wish that situation on anybody...

That bundle looks pretty awesome, though. I might have to consider going with that instead.
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Re: Thousand dollar PC Build

Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:07 AM

I am not sure why you would use ebay pricing.. just go juggle pricing around at newgg or tigerdirect.. not to mention you can find pretty accurate 'system builders pricing guides'... http://www.tomshardw...icleType=review to see about figuring a mode and price range.

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Qty. Product Description Total Price
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Item #:N82E16832116986 $99.99
1 HIS Radeon HD 7850 H785F1G2M Video Card Item #:N82E16814161426 $159.99
1 MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX High Performance CF Intel Motherboard Item #:N82E16813130695 $109.99
1 Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case Item #:N82E16811129042 $59.99
1 Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive) Item #:N82E16820239045 $99.99
1 Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Item #:N82E16822136533 $89.99
1 COOLER MASTER i700 RS700-ACAAB1-US 700W Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready Item #:N82E16817171084 $79.99
1 Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Item #: N82E16819116896 $255.98 (combo)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #: N82E16820231428
Grand Total: $955.91

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Re: Thousand dollar PC Build

Posted 13 August 2013 - 01:44 AM

I had a look at the i5-4670 ($220) and an Asus Z87-PLUS LGA 1150 ($160). Prices are from newegg.
It doesn't add too much to the cost and I'm sure the extra performance will make it worthwhile anyway.

I noticed that there's a 700W power supply in your example build, would something less powerful suffice?
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Re: Thousand dollar PC Build

Posted 13 August 2013 - 03:47 AM

I agree with Modi that you should take a look at a builder guide or a tech blogger that features "gaming builds under x dollars". They're often much better at getting bang for buck. I know it's sort of like buying a pre-built system, but you can still buy the parts separately and you can still interchange parts with what you want.

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Intel i5-760 cpu, it's what I have at the moment, and I quite like it. That's around $200.


You must be crazy to pay $200 for that CPU! You can get a new Core i5 2600 off Ebay for ~200 dollars. The passmark score for the 2600 is ~8300 versus ~3850 for what you were going to buy!

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I had a look at the i5-4670 ($220)


That's much better, but the i5 2600 is still faster (the 4670 passmark is ~7500). On second thought, the 4670 is probably the best option, as it supports DD4, and because you may want to upgrade your CPU in a few years without having to buy a new Mobo.

Also, like in Modi's build, look for the combo (i.e CPU/Mobo) deals.

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I noticed that there's a 700W power supply in your example build, would something less powerful suffice?


Yes, a less powerful, but quality Corsair (builder series), for example, will power Modi's system just fine, but it's best to bite the bullet up front (if you can afford it) and get something more powerful in case you need it later.

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Re: Thousand dollar PC Build

Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:01 AM

Thanks for the advice. It seems as though we'll have to balance cost with future-proofing.
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