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Hey All,

 

My housemate is thinking of putting together a new rig for gaming and video editing. He has a budget of (just over) $2000.

I was wondering if you'd be able to help me out with some comments or suggestions. This is what he has come up with so far...

 

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k $380

MB: Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H $220

RAM: GSkill Trident-X 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3-1600 F3-1600 C7 $200

HDD: Western Digital Green 3TB $130

SSD: Samsung EVO 250GB $160

GPU: MSI R9 290X Twin Frozr $690

PSU: Thermaltake 850W EVO Blue 20 $180

ODD: Pioneer BDC-207-BDK $60

Case: Thermaltake Armor Revo Full Tower $170

 

Total: $2190

 

He already has a keyboard, mouse, screen, speakers and a copy of Windows.

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Only two things, one logical and one personal.

 

1. I'll never use Gigabyte motherboards, they've been nothing but trouble for me, and Asrock are so much cheaper, and for me 100% reliable. So I'd find a suitable Asrock motherboard.

I'd recommend one, but I dont know what features made him choose that GB one. (keep in mind, not many people have had such abd GB luck as I have).

 

2. Switch that Green drive out for a Black.

He'll be planning on using the green drive for 'storage only, when he's finished editing'. But EVERYONE loads things from places they dont expect. He'll want to 'quickly grab that film clip.... from last week' that he thought he was finished with. and it'll take a week to load by comparison.

 

Actually, I lie, there's a third.

 

He has listed a K series CPU, and no aftermarket cooler. He wont be overclocking far on stock cooling.

Either add a cooler, or save some money on a non K chip.

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planing to add a second gpu with that 850w psu? as 500w is enough for one

im not sure 290x is worth $200+ over the 290

if overclocking just make the ram 2400 c10 and maybe wait for 4790k

swap the hdd to toshiba similar price but 3y warranty and 7200rpm

cant say i care for tt products but each to there own

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i think toshiba now owns a chunk that was from hitachi from wd....

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The only things I'd change are as follows.

 

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k $380

Intel Core i5 4690 $249 and not 'that' much different though if his editing software is multi-threaded then the i7 4790 for $350.

 

 

MB: Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H $220

If he's no overclocking then no need to go for Z97.

 

Go for an Asrock H97 fatality for about $140, I got one a few weeks back and it's been rock solid.

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Tellin ya, no need to go anywhere but Asrock at the moment.

Rock solid, configurable as hell, and super cheap.

They've been like that since new IMO; kinda like TP link.

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gigabyte does use higher quality components thicker pcb, caps higher capacity caps ect where as asrock tends to use lower quality ones

you would expect this to have some affect on overclocking but it doesnt seem to make much difference

 

i have found gigabyte bios to be twitchy but apparently they have improved since uefi

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Thanks for all the input guys.

 

I'll pass the info on to him and post a revised build soon :)

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