The cost of the actual build is less than $2500 as you requested :)
Figured this was a little more down the line of what you'd want in order to fulfill every need you had in the description. Mouse and keyboard are subjective, go to your local Bestbuy/Fry's, etc and see what feels best to your hands.
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I recently built a customer's machine with the 750ti and it is buttery smooth with the i7-4790K.
This one is pretty tough to beat with eh criteria given. Only change I'd make is swap to 270 as it will outperform the 750ti usually but I dunno if it gets that low in price. But the price vs performance would be well worth it.
Little more flexibility with this build. My main question is if you have a Windows license or not. If not then you're probably looking at another $100 on top.
What will the build be used for? I can see a few things I'd change already as you're using a processor that is 2 generations old at this point.
Indeed. I love it!
It works almost exactly the same way as having one CPU with multiple cores. Only difference is that to add more cores sometimes you have to add another CPU too! SMP ftw!
If that's the case in all honesty where things are now I'd look at something like this. It'll perform better, take up less space, have plenty of upgrade capability and run even more quiet. Not to mention cheaper.
2 physical cores, about 1.5 - 2 threads per core depending on clocking and operation. As he said, nothing on your end to configure, automatic. i7 is 4 cores with the same so effectively 8 cores to Windows.
Because the enthusiast and performance market is a VERY small portion of the total scheme of things. That's why they're leveraging Mantle to make up for CPU needs and soon DirectX 12 will also create the "Close to the metal" optimizations too. Overall it will soon be very apparent that the GPU can be better utilized.
In most any game you will see very similar results to an i5 in performance unless the game takes advantage of 4 threads which most do these days. They work very well if you're on a budget but the board can always be upgraded to an i5 or i7 should the need be there ;)
What will the computer be used for? This build is from almost a year ago, there are much better options out there depending on what you are doing nowadays.
We've all been there! You'll get one someday! Took me til I was 30 lol!
Overall higher compute speed and better gaming performance were my goals so I went with the i5 not to mention that socket AM3+ is a dead tech that will not be getting anything new and as a result will not be upgradeable down the line. 1866 memory is possible to use at full speed if one adjusts the multiplier and bclock settings properly, I haven't had time to play with it though with work and family.
Last but not least YES the 280X is a significant upgrade over the 270X and I was shooting for something that will last me the next couple years. The 280X performs very similarly to the GTX 780 (the original card I was eyeing) but costs nearly $150 - 200 less and will have no problems driving the 2560x1080 resolution of my new monitor for years to come.
To each their own!
Hell yeah! They actually sound great! Picking up a used Razer headset from my coworker tomorrow so I don't wake up my family lol!
It's my old case I've used for the past 10 years. It's a "higher end" case made by Codegen from back in the day when I used to purchase direct from them. They were special order only. Fortunately the 3.5" drive cage was removable and I was able to fit the video card, otherwise I would have definitely finally retired the old girl.
Probably looking at getting a newer case next year though.
Yeah I was scared it wouldn't clear but it JUST barely did. So glad I didn't waste $50 lol!
After going 21:9 aspect ratio I don't think I could ever possibly go back. It's so amazing for gaming. 3 monitors with Crossfire or SLI is great too but this is just so immersive as it is I don't see the need for a more expensive setup. The color on the IPS panel is simply beautiful too.
Very nice! Definitely best price/performance I've seen too.
It was actually quite nice! Very responsive, not 120hz responsive but perfectly suited for most any use. Color response seemed adequate. Depends on uses. Definitely best bang for buck though!
CPU + GPU would have been much more expensive than APU.
Customer wanted fast but quiet. The 5400RPM is nothing more than a storage drive for the customer. Literally holds his recorded TV programs and photos of his family. Needed space and reliability and quiet. It fit the bill quite nicely! The 250GB SSD gives his apps/games the quick loads he needs and was a better trade off than say a slightly better processor in the same price range.
Virtual memory will still be running off of the SSD but thanks to the 16GB of memory his SSD will actually be called less often enough to increase it's lifetime by quite a bit.
Show me where you can buy those two parts for $149 total.
The original specs for the computer had an i5 4670 on it. That system cost a good bit more obviously but this is what the customer settled on. As RyneSmith said, not all my call. Definitely not the system I would have built.
Customer wanted a smaller system. Size constraints. He really like the look of the R4 and I presented the idea of the Mini since it would fit into his desk properly.
Newegg I believe.
I have not ever had any problems with any Gigabyte or MSI boards I have ever purchased. I frequently see a lot of builds by "experienced" people come into my shop with boards using wrong screws (sheet metal, not kidding) and all sorts of bad installs. I usually chalk most of those sorts of reviews up to those sorts of issues.
I felt it had great features and was overall beautifully made. If I had to make it for myself I'd splurge a little and get an FT03 but overall it has plenty of room for most everything and TONS of cable routing space. 8 pin even fit through the small hole they provided.
Customer uses system not only for gaming but for their business and speed was an issue there as well. SSD would have been nice but their odd needs did add up to a large amount of strange compromises. For instance the 27" monitor. I would much rather have done a 24" and added in an SSD boot drive. Seemed like WD Black was a good way to go in that case.
The CPU is correct, locked CPU. Customer has no knowledge of overclocking nor has any interest in it. Simply wanted the best performance he could get for his budget but also wanted it to look nice so his wife would approve.
Seems like an i7 or previous generation Xeon E2 would have been a better choice than the i5 :/