Friend needs help with choosing computer components for a Brand new PC


Feb 5, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date:Next week, if you guys recommend him waiting till Cyber Monday I'll let him know.

Budget Range:$1000 including shipping, if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Multimedia, and web browsing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No, will be using Windows 7 or 8.1

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or Amazon

Location: City, State/Region, California

Parts Preferences: The one thing he wants in his system for sure is a Nvidia GTX 970

Overclocking: He's uncertain at this point but I recommended leaving that option open

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080P

Additional Comments:N/A

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:He's been gaming on his old gaming laptop for years and he's been having problem running newer games even at minimum

Asus VS248H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED-lit LCD Monitor

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.96 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($355.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1038.28
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-01 23:51 EDT-0400


Feb 5, 2010
Wow thanks smorizio, that's a pretty solid build. I kind of messed up in my original post the Budget would be $830. I would totally love this build for myself though! I guess he shouldn't cut any corners on this build.

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