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$950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
03-27-2014, 02:37 PM,
#1
$950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
Funny how prior to this, I never posted pictures of PCs I built Tongue

Here's one I built for the cousin of a friend of mine.

Cost him about $950 CAD

Specs:
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H mATX LGA1150
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4570
  • Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD R7 260X 2GB
  • RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
  • SSD: Crucial M500 240GB
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
  • Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB 24X SATA DVD Burner
  • Power Supply: Antec Basiq VP450 450W
  • Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Black with orange accents
  • Accessory: Additional SATA cable

Images:
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Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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03-27-2014, 02:58 PM,
#2
RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
It's nice to see the man himself share builds. Smile

It looks like a solid build, I'm sure he is very happy.
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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03-27-2014, 03:09 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-27-2014, 04:30 PM by MathieuB.)
#3
RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
Yeah, he got it yesterday and he's very happy with it. He chose the case himself Smile

He has a 1366 x 768 monitor, hence why the video card isn't that powerful. Figured that with his budget, he would be better served with a more powerful CPU and a SSD to make the system more future-proof and more responsive.

Just noticed that you can see my reflection on the case in the 2nd picture, with my white belt and *gasp* red shirt(!), hahaha.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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03-27-2014, 03:43 PM,
#4
RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
Looks good!

Your belt I mean. Obviously.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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03-27-2014, 11:58 PM,
#5
RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
Your not supposed to build it for them. Your supposed to teach them the ways of building so they can upgrade and know what to look for when things go wrong... unless this person is under 10 years old.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K OC to 4.5Ghz CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti Zotac AMP! SSD: Crucial M4 128GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme 4 Gen 3 RAM: 2x4GB (8GB) Corsair Low Profile 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 650W Seasonic 80+ Gold Sound Card: None (Integrated) Keyboard: i-rocks KR-6260 Gaming Mouse: Logitch Gaming G500 Monitor: Viewsonic 24" LED-vx2453
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03-28-2014, 10:01 AM,
#6
RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
Haha. One thing I learned about building for friends and/or family members:

They expect free tech support for life.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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08-04-2014, 02:10 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-04-2014, 02:12 AM by MathieuB.)
#7
RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
(03-27-2014, 11:58 PM)Pineappl Wrote: Your not supposed to build it for them. Your supposed to teach them the ways of building so they can upgrade and know what to look for when things go wrong... unless this person is under 10 years old.

You're not supposed to tell me what to do with my own life Tongue I felt like building it, happy I did it and I got a few drinks out of it Angel

That said, I generally agree with that idea. Kind of the point of the website too and I get to make a living out of it Smile

(03-28-2014, 10:01 AM)Rapajez Wrote: Haha. One thing I learned about building for friends and/or family members:

They expect free tech support for life.

I don't mind helping out if I feel like it, just don't expect it from me.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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08-04-2014, 06:33 PM,
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RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
Holy four months later batman. Lol
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08-04-2014, 11:02 PM,
#9
RE: $950 Gaming PC for a friend's cousin
I am about to do the same thing for a relative of mine. Might go off of a regular ~$600 workhorse build.
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