One of my friends needs a new gaming PC. He was going to buy an Alienware but once I told him about he advantages of building a PC he was right in and asked me if I could pick out parts for him. He has a $1500 budget (not including shipping) and we live in Perth, Australia. He has peripherals and told me he will get a case himself and it is not included in my budget, finally he needs a copy of windows. He will probably be buying off of pccasegear.com and I have a wishlist set up with my list of parts: https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lists&wlcId=179933&action=wish_lists
In case anyone doesn't want to click the link, I will type out a list of parts below.
CPU - Intel i5 4670k
Motherboard - MSI Z87-GD65 (he picked this himself, doesn't really want it changed)
CPU Heatisink - Cooler master hyper 212 EVO
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB 1600MHz
GPU - MSI 7970 Twin Frozr III OC Boost Edition
Hard Drive - WD Blue 1TB
SSD - Plextor PX-128GB
Optical Drive (he thinks it's necessary) - LiteOn iHAS324
PSU - FSP Aurum 650W modular
OS - Windows 8
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
EDIT: I forgot to mention, he will be Overclocking the CPU and GPU.
There doesn't seem to be anything that stands out as being really stupid or just simply out of place, if i had to make one change I wouldn't get a caviar blue HDD but rather a caviar green or black. (Make sure he installs the OS on the SSD) SBecause of the SSD i would get a caviar green as a second drive if it is only being used for storing files, but if faster reads and writes are needed and he doesnt mind the little bit of extra noise and TDP then get a caviar black. Even though this isnt really related to the actual parts of the build I would rather use Windows 7, but not everyone is like me. Oh and if he has some money left over get some replacement fans for the heatsink and the case. For silence, Noctua NFF12 fans and for looks,Corsair AF or SP series would be my choice. I hope it all goes well.
So i swapped out the plextor ssd for a samsung 840 pro. Changed the single stick of ram for dual so it is faster.
Thanks for your help. I heard somewhere that dual or single chsnnel RAM doesn't make a noticeable difference. Can anyone confirm this?
Dual channel ram makes a huge difference in performance.
Are you dead keen on buying an entire system from PCCG? There are some good places here in Perth you can get a good parts list from - Netplus, PLE.
Dual channel ram makes a big difference.
Only a few adjustments, you mate wont know the know the difference between the GD45 and G45 boards. (Unless you mate wants to use dice or ln2 on the haswell.)That money saved can go towards a better single 12v rail psu.