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    Default Need suggestions on hardware as I now know nothing at all about building computers...

    Hey folks it has been about 3 years I think since I use to be a regular contributor to the forum and I need help and suggestions.

    Need to build a computer for a neighbour and friend. He needs it to be powerful enough to run Photoshop and video editing software and he plays Microsoft flight simulator I think. Don't want to overclock it as he has no knowledge at all of computers and clocking. He just wants something really powerful that will last him a few years. Looking for suggestion for the following.

    -Intel CPU
    -Motherboard
    - Ram
    -Self contained watercooling for CPU with 240 mm Rad capacity (Prefer something that is not dependent on software so it can just run full blast all the time.) Like a Coolit ECO if you folks remember them.
    -Video card for dual monitors and 1080p that will run cool without needing to be water-cooled.
    -PSU that is dependable. Maybe a Seasonic unit if they are still around?
    -Probably a 120 or maybe a 256 Gb SSD for the operating system and software.
    -Storage hardrive 1,2,3 Gb? And possibly some sort of docking station for storage drives.
    A decent but not huge or overpriced case that will accommodate a 240 mm rad and 4 fans in a push pull configuration.

    He wants and I suggested Win 7Pro?

    What have I forgotten?

    Thanks to all in advance!

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    Default Re: Need suggestions on hardware as I now know nothing at all about building computer

    CPU: 4770K will work great for video rendering, and Photoshop shouldn't ever present that CPU with any challenges.

    Mobo: Just about any Z87 board out there will work fine. I personally like the Asrock Z87 Extreme6. Tons of features, clean and classy look, dual BIOS in the event the guy ever does want to mess with overclocking (and for redundancy if one ever fails), and ALL of the SATA ports.

    RAM: Right now G.Skill has some of the best prices for good quality RAM, and it comes in various color and style heat sinks to match anyone's taste and performance needs, though I don't see that this build needs much more than 1866 MHz memory, prolly at LEAST 16 GB worth.

    AIO: Go with either Corsair's H100i or Cooler Master's Seidon 240M. The H100i does not require the software to actually run, just requires it to be able to mess with fan speeds and change the LED lighting (mine dropped it's red light, so I never use the software). The Seidon 240M is actually on a killer deal at Newegg presently, though I DO recommend changing out the fans that come with it as they get kind of loud.

    Video card: A 7870 GHz edition (Tahiti LE if you can find it)/R9 270X or a GTX 660 Ti would probably do him just fine either way

    PSU: Seasonic is very much around and thriving. a 600W - 650W unit should give the system plenty of overhead room to keep the PSU fan nice and quiet under most all loads.

    SSD: Go for a 256 GB SSD and create a partition on it that acts as HDD caching, then use the rest of it for the OS and primary programs. Corsair and Kingston make some really good SSDs at a fairly reasonable price.

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda is the one I'd go with, though size is totally up to them as I don't know how much local storage they need.

    Case: Fractal Design Define R4. If they want to actually see their hardware there's a windowed version, and if they prefer more silence then there is a non-windowed version that offers more sound deadening foam on the left side panel. Easy to maintain, clean looks and super easy to build in.

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    Default Re: Need suggestions on hardware as I now know nothing at all about building computer

    Hey Joel, nice to see you back, email me or send me a PM on the SSD, and PSU, I should be able to help you out, I'd skip the 4770K it runs to warm, the 4570K chip is cheaper and you can get the same performance as the 4770K out of it. I would help you with a case, but shipping it to Canada would be to expensive. Also have some other things you might be interested it.

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    Default Re: Need suggestions on hardware as I now know nothing at all about building computer

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Hey Joel, nice to see you back, email me or send me a PM on the SSD, and PSU, I should be able to help you out, I'd skip the 4770K it runs to warm, the 4570K chip is cheaper and you can get the same performance as the 4770K out of it. I would help you with a case, but shipping it to Canada would be to expensive. Also have some other things you might be interested it.
    ya know I almost recommended the 4670K instead of the i7, but I figured the i7 offers enough more performance for something like video rendering specifically that it might be worth it for holding on to for a few years. I do agree though, the 4670K is only negligibly slower than the i7 for that sort of thing unless you demand the absolute highest level of productivity (by a handful of seconds, if that x-p).

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    Default Re: Need suggestions on hardware as I now know nothing at all about building computer

    Hey Joel, nice to see you back. Have no fear, Stan will take good care of you.

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    Default Re: Need suggestions on hardware as I now know nothing at all about building computer

    Don't forget the Flux Capacitor. Need at least one of those to run that system, but the plus side is that they don't need to be hooked up the the power supply, it should greatly reduce your garbage and electric bill.

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    Default Re: Need suggestions on hardware as I now know nothing at all about building computer

    Thanks so much for the input guys! Really appreciated.
    Bob, good to see your still here we only pass each other on Facebook now and then. Hope all is well with you and the family. Great suggestions Mgutierrez33, much appreciated.

    Stan, thanks for the offer but for reasons I cannot mention the fella wants to buy everything retail and with cash...? I however may take you up on the offer in a few months as I really need to build myself a new rig and pass mine off to the wife. (Did I say that out loud)?.

    This guy will never get into clocking so dual bios or a good clockable chip is not necessary. Just need a real kick ass processor out of the box that can easily be cooled. I prefer enclosed water cooling due to the ease and the performance I have been getting with my 240mm ECO unit. Been running 4.o Ghz for about 4 years now with my 920 with not so much as a hiccup and NO maintenance.

    Gonna check some prices locally and will get back to you guys tomorrow night. Been very busy for the last month and a half and should have had this built for him a month ago. I only get 2 weeks out of every 6 with my wife and kids nowadays and I am finding it very hard on me and the family.

    Thanks again folks for the suggestions and will check in a little later this evening if there are any other suggestions and or tomorrow night.

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    That made me laugh Boomerang. Been a while since I did that...

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