Here's the guts to a PC I'm about to build for my GF to play games
Intel Core i5 4690K
ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix DirectCU II OC 2GB
MSI H97M-G43 Motherboard
Kingston HyperX Fury HX318C10FK2/8 8GB
Cryorig M9I CPU Cooler
Corsair VS550 ATX Power supply
Seagate Barracuda 2TB
What do you guys think?
Why burn money on a PC if you intend to buy a card which cannot handle 60fps?
Don't ever buy a 60 in any generation unless you intend to exclusively play MOBAs
Your gf doesn't need that expensive of a cpu. Seriously, an i5 2500k, a stock intel mobo and get an r9 380x, it will last just as long and cost half.
I run a company that assembles custom PCs, I can ship you all the parts to build it yourself for under 600, or i could ship you a completed build by tomorrow for around 700.
I can cut you a deal on labor but it'll come out in shipping costs, from usa to aus it's like $200 to ship.
Still, it's worth it considering i can sell most components for half the listed cost on newegg.
Shipping rates from here to Melbourne total around $650.00.
If your budget is around $1,500, I can hook you up with a PC that'll play AAA titles for the next three years, and at the point a minor upgrade would be all it takes to keep it going.
Not sure what the costs are to ship individual components from places like newegg to australia, or if components are found cheap over there - But if you don't find a better deal than what I can get ya, just email me at admin@LanHAUS.net and we'll talk about it.
Some of the anon's are right. For a motherboard, go Asus.
A 4690K is more than what you need. Go for a 4570, or an FX 8320.
If she doesn't game anything other than MOBAs and shit, don't bother getting anything more than a 960 4GB.
Also Seagate a shit in failure rates. Get a WD instead.
Not the 8320, there is no reason at all to buy amd atm unless you need a cheap quad core(the athlon 860k).
OP get an Intel 4460 if you're not overclocking. You can choose whatever you want for the motherboard, you should only get a z97 mobo if you're overclocking and need the features.
As for gpu, get an amd r9 390. I really can't recommend a 970. If you're going for the 960, try for the 4gb model, will be a much better. The r9 380 however is a bit stronger than the 960, so keep that in mind too.
Also, I kinda hate having such a large drive as a boot and storage. That's just my personal quirk.
Just get an i3 and let her play her stupid games on the iGPU. Might as well go with a cheap motherboard, cheapest ram you could find, and 1tb wd blue. Jesus christ who the fuck gets their girlfriend an i5 with all those other crap? I got my girlfriend a pentium g3250 and she happily plays her stupid LoL and dota happily. No need for gtx whatever crap and fancy pancy 80+ psu and holy shit cpu cooler.
But seriously, why lie on the internet? You're getting it for yourself aren't you?
>unlocked i5 for "playing games"
>H97 mb for an unlocked i5
>cooler for an unlocked i5 that you can not overcloak
>cheapest corsair PSU
Aside from the ram where you could not have fucked up even if you tried, you have 6/7 meme rating. Well done!
Get an r9 380 or something, the 960 is pretty terrible. If for whatever reason you decide to get the 960, go for the 2gb one.
She plays Sims, tomb raider, batman and a few other games of that calibre.
Thinking of getting the non k cpu and the 4gb 960 how does that sound?
Were mainly going for something that will run well, for a good price and last a long time before it needs major upgrades hence the overkill cpu for now
You might be able to get away with a i5, but you'll sacrifice either graphics or components that affect the longevity of your computer. Based on what you have here, its about ~800?
i3 bottlenecks slightly but with the kind of hardware you can get at 800 this is a non-issue. The i3 (focusing primarily on the Skylake i3s here) will only lose about 10-15% performance when working with a OCed Titan X; running anything short of a Fury or 980 should have minimal detriment.
I'd go with a Z97 and Haswell i3 build simply because it's unlikely you'll actually need to upgrade but you can still overclock and rice the fuck out - and the bottleneck really isn't that bad. Just get a beefy GPU like the 390/380/970 and a reliable PSU. A SSD is fine too.
Nah, it has a 128 bit bus so that VRAM is wasted
If you're willing to spend that kind of money get a 380X. If you really want a Nvidia card then get a 970 or settle for a 2 GB 960. Or buy used.
>MSI H97M-G43 Motherboard
I would personally go for a MSI Z97S SLI Krait. Only $20 more dollars.
Looks nicer and extra potential for overclocking.
I prefer amd gpus. That's about the only reason to pick one from another. The difference between a 380x or a 960 are pointless.
I would change to a x97 or 98 mobo if I had a change. The b85 isn't built as an overclocker, but it will just fine.
Also need to upgrade the stock cpu cooler. Can only clock 3.9ghz without getting over 70C on full load.
I use a gaming 5 z97 MSI board, you should look into it. Pretty cheap.
Get fast ram, people always say dont, I believe in higher bandwidth though as it scales in certain games(GTA 5).
Look for a used 290X, or look at the 390(slower than 290X but with 8GB's of ram)...
As for fps, I do think usually track it. I play world of warships maxed out at 60fps. I play the new Assasins s greed just under maxed out flawlessly o ly because maxed out prefers over a 4gb card and the 380x is 4gb
Thanks man yeah I don't think we will be overclocking it so that's not a concern board wise and why ill drop the k on the CPU.
So all in all happy with your setup and do you think it will last a good time before needing any upgrades?
Without predicting the future, I'm hopeful it will last me a few years as is. If not there is always room for improvement. As of right now, with Windows 10 and everything's else, I'm into it for $800. Also forgot to mention running a Samsung 250gb ssd as well.
Yeah I have an ssd in my own rig atm its well worth it. She probably will get one later but at the moment the budgets starting to bite!
Sounds good man yeah o figure spring an extra 50 for the better cpu and forget about it for a few years