Gaming rig for friend



  • OK, so my friend has asked me to build a gaming rig for him.. Budget is about $2,000.. Any thoughts on specs/parts to use? All I know he wants water cooling, nice case, and to play WOW and OverWatch. I don't really game, so I have no clue.. And I haven't built a machine from the ground up in a while.



  • Paging @Mike-Ralston



  • That's plenty of money. I have an awesome gaming laptop from Asus for half of that.





  • These days I like Intel i7 for the CPU and NVidia for the GPU. You'll want 16GB RAM or more, but 16GB is good.



  • for 2000 bucks, you can get just about whatever you want.
    If you want to spend the entire 2k,
    get a
    GTX1080 ~700
    the i7 6700 (although I still prefer the socket 2011 beasts, like the 4930k) ~350 I think
    16/32GB RAM, this is cheap. ~ 300
    ASUS or Gigabyte mobo that is comparable in features/price with your cpu.(prob about 3-400 for something good) ~ 300-400
    A case and a psu about 100 each. ~ 200



  • Don't forget cooling, and enclosures... Very essential !!



  • @momurda said in Gaming rig for friend:

    for 2000 bucks, you can get just about whatever you want.
    If you want to spend the entire 2k,
    get a
    GTX1080 ~700
    the i7 6700 (although I still prefer the socket 2011 beasts, like the 4930k) ~350 I think
    16/32GB RAM, this is cheap. ~ 300
    ASUS or Gigabyte mobo that is comparable in features/price with your cpu.(prob about 3-400 for something good) ~ 300-400
    A case and a psu about 100 each. ~ 200

    400 USD for a mobo? You can also burn your money for the same effect.

    Just clicked something together using a German price checker. No personal preference included here. For example, I'm not a big fan of ASUS.

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    PS: There are decent gaming notebooks available, @scottalanmiller mentioned them before.



  • Hey Guys, Hope you had a good weekend.. Here is what I have so far.. Trying to figure out on some of the parts if I can use a lower model. He doesn't care about looks, as it's not for showing off. And his price includes monitor, KB, Mouse, Speakers.... Appreciate your guys help. Sorry I am so dumb at this stuff.. haha... I don't build much anymore, and I don't game, so I don't know what's good.

    MSI Z170A - Not sure if he really needs this high end of one.. I would like to get something a little cheaper.

    i7-6700K - Proc Only (getting water cooling unit)

    Kingston HyperX FURY - Got 16, might go 32

    Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Trix

    Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD OR Samsung Evo 500GB - is it really worth the $60 difference?

    Corsair Hydro H100iv2 240mm water cooler - Hope this is the right one.. It looks like it to me.

    EVGA 500W OR Corsair AX AX760 760W - Can I get by with 500W or is there a good one anyone can recommend? $150 is kind of steep. He may add another GFX card later, but only 1 for now.. I have no clue how multiple cards would work together anyway.. Never researched it or used it.

    Cooler Master Trooper Case OR NZXT H440 Case - I like the Cooler Master, but for the $50 difference, I think the NZXT case will be fine.

    Asus VS228H 21.5 OR Samsung S245E310HL 23.6" -- I would prefer the Samsung personally. He will be getting 2, for dual screen.

    Mackie Monitors - he likes these, I don't know the difference between monitor and seaker

    Razor BlackWidow KB



  • Might I recommend you using this website, if you aren't certain.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/user/pcbuilder/

    Also that site will list the best prices for the parts and where to purchase them from.



  • Thanks @DustinB3403 Ill take a look.. I am buying from Amazon cuz free shipping. Prefer to get from all one place. And NewEgg does not ship free to me 😞



  • @smartkid808 said in Gaming rig for friend:

    Thanks @DustinB3403 Ill take a look.. I am buying from Amazon cuz free shipping. Prefer to get from all one place. And NewEgg does not ship free to me 😞 anyone, and their return policy is bullshit.

    FTFY



  • I have the same watercooler, works great. Also have the same 850 Pro SSD, works even better.
    I suppose you don't have to spend so much on the mobo, but I usually do because it is the foundation of your entire computer. The one you have chosen may be a bit overkill(though mine was more and is totally worth it), perhaps find one with only 2 pciex16 if he may want another card in the future. but

    The one listed by thwr is a lot more than the spreadsheet says it is, at least in the US. And is MiniITX.
    6700K are over 300 in the US, not less than 250 as well



  • Thanks guys... The site @DustinB3403 looks good.. I thought NewEgg was free shipping for Continental US, guess not anymore.. And return policy, thats why I want to get things sold and ship from Amazon. Never had issues with Amazon returns.

    Ill keep the SSD as the 850 Pro, as I had great luck with my 840 Pro .

    I rather spend the money from the MB on going 32GB ram for him... and trying to get screens with 1ms response vs 5..



  • Well, this is what I got so far.. A little over his budget... lol.. Just playing with setup for now..

    I will probably switch the MB to the model under the titanium.. $70 cheaper. and then switch the gfx to a non liquid cooled one. figure out where else I can cut.. Prob will have to cut the screens down, not sure how much of a difference getting the samsung screens vs these ASUS ones will be.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2BYVcc



  • Standard HD on a screen that large, personally I would hate it during non gaming things.



  • @Dashrender said in Gaming rig for friend:

    Standard HD on a screen that large, personally I would hate it during non gaming things.

    He only uses it for gaming and very little internet (usually just uses his phone). So might not be a huge issue.. Would the Samsung be ok for gaming? Or better to get the faster refresh rate/resolution on the ASUS. It would be for Overwatch/WoW/CoD, so not sure if response time in the screen is that big of an issue.

    Thanks so much guys, Appreciate your help..


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