So, I don't know if you guys saw all my topic on figuring a build for another friend, but here's the topic to get you up to speed before I go on.
Right, well we managed an 8320+280X build for $1075 including monitor and keyboard. Well, I didn't go to Micro Center with my friends who did go to check the place out. My friend Smith (prospective computer owner), was walking through a couple of aisles then a friend said, "So, you ready to find those parts we can get deals on here?" Smith then proceeded to say, "F#ck that, I want a better computer than you or Cloud (me)!" So they went to a Micro Center employee and said give me all of the parts to make a computer with a top of the line Z97 CPU and GTX 780 Ti and include an SSD. Mind you I was asleep at the time and had no idea that this ploy, this coup, was happening. They get back from Micro Center with all of these parts and grabbed me telling me that they got some knockoff brand case, a 280, and a power supply with no brand name that the Micro Center guys told them was good. I was thinking to myself, "Are you serious?! You f#cked up big time! WTF?!" Then the reveal. Those little jerks.. This is nothing like the planned AMD budget build I had nor was it anything like what they were talking about. Smith literally did this to troll me buy spending over $2k after I had spent days picking parts. What is wrong with this kid?? Any who, I got to put these pieces together for him. On to the parts!
Black Sassafras because my friend is black and has a sexy smooth voice, like sassafras.
This thing is definitely a beast. I haven't overclocked it for him and right now, doesn't need it. He can mess with it later, I just don't wanna be responsible for it, hah.
CPU Cooler H100i:
Decent CLC for the price. Too much cables and stuff going on for my liking. A lot easier to put together than my H105.
Motherboard Asus Z97-AR:
Great motherboard, no troubles had up-to-date BIOS already. I do not like the molex placements for the fans and whatnot, but still a great board. Best UEFI BIOS around!
Memory Crucial Ballistix Elite 16 (2x8GB) DDR-1866:
What the hell? Was this really necessary? It's fast, but dumb expensive. No problems. Motherboard read it on first POST.
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD:
Great piece of equipment. So fast! Win8.1 booted up in 4 sec including POST.
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM:
I know, I know, you PCPP guys are snooty about using WD Caviar Black and stuff. This really isn't a bad HDD for the price though. And yeah, If I had known about Smith's ploy, I would have recommended Caviar Black to get more likes :P.
Video Card EVGA GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX:
Boosted version of my graphics card. Definitely a tank chewing up those FPS like nothing.
Case Corsair 750D:
Big, spacious, similar to mine except for some quirks and obviously bigger than mine. I like the SSD placement. Makes more sense. A blast to work with.
Power Supply Corsair RM750 Modular:
I didn't expect to see a Tier 2 PSU in this build, but those guys (and MC guys) must not have checked the PSU and just assumed "Corsair's products are all top of the line!" Not a Tier 1, but still, a decent PSU. The cables plugged in a lot easier than my RM850. And thanks to the relatively low wattage of the build, the 750W works just fine.
ODD LG DVD/CD Writer:
Again, I would've got a Blu-ray drive for Smith's troll. Whatev's, still a decent ODD.
OS Windows 8.1 64bit:
Great OS, uses less resources than Windows 7, and I found that if you don't activate with a windows account and just setup a username/password, the classic skin is used instead of the metro.
Monitor Asus VX248H 24":
And yet again, 120Hz-144Hz 1440p would've been the monitor I would've picked with this build. Haven't used it yet, his computer is at my place, but keyboard and monitor is at his place.
WiFi Asus N13 USB adapter:
I don't like these things sticking out of my computer because of being afraid to break them, but other than that, this is a pretty decent stick. speedtest.net says 16Mbps/12Mbps, so it handles itself well.
Keyboard Corsair Raptor K30:
I saw it, it's ok I guess. Like with the monitor, haven't used it so I don't have an opinion on it.
Screenshot of first ever benchmark with this thing after updates were done. Not bad for stock I guess.
By the way, just guess what Smith will be using this thing for.
LoL and MMORPGs
He seriously bought all of this to troll with me (and needed a decent computer). He even is considering smashing it afterward just to troll harder. Muhhh.. Here's the build. Let's hope it lasts.
EDIT: Finally tried out the monitor and keyboard. both were good, although I think Smith regrets getting that keyboard because of the G keys fooling him, but he's happy with the monitor. I think its a great monitor, I just wish the refresh rate was higher.