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OP 4/05/14 3:58:37 PM#1
So my brother's kids want to play ESO (I assume they are getting bored with their xbox one) and he has asked me for help for a computer for his kids. FYI, he is a senior VP at a major international consulting firm, so I set the price at $1,500. Unfortunately, as a CPA, i am crushed right now with audits and such and so do not have the time to build him anything. I am going to recommend to him AVAdirect, as their build quality is decent and their pricing is fair (no gouging with 100% markups etc). No peripherals, but need OS license. The PC i am looking at will be able to play 1080p ESO at basically max graphics and possibly even 2560x1200 at near max as my brother may get them a nice monitor. I may have it shipped to me and do some overclocking of the CPU and GPU so parts need to be decent for o'c'ing
So below is what i am going to recommend to him unless you guys have better ideas
Total build cost is $1,580 and it will probably cost $40 or so for shipping. I wanted to be around $1,500 and don't think the $1,600 price tag will bother him. The kids are not worth a $3K behemoth. If the kids need more disk space, i can always get them a HD or another SSD later.
4/05/14 8:24:03 PM#2
It only takes an hour to build a complete system, and the better components are worth it.
Unbox everything. Make sure to touch kitchen faucet before starting and not to make too much static.
Plug in CPU to Mobo
Attach 2nd 92mm fan to heatsink
Apply thermal paste razor thin to both socket and heatsink. Install to Motherboard. Plug in power connectors.
Plug in motherboard power connectors
Install motherboard to case, Install PSU, Plug in appropriate power connectors.
Install GPU. Plug in power connectors
Install hard drives/DVD, Connect Sata, Connect power cables.
Close up the case. Power on. Install windows.
4/05/14 10:00:37 PM#3
Whether something is a good value for the money depends greatly on the prices and the alternatives. If your primary concern is whether the parts listed will make for a capable gaming rig, then you should be fine.
For what it's worth, at the prices listed on AVA Direct, I'd sooner get a Seasonic S12G-650 for the power supply and a 240 GB Crucial M500 for the SSD. I'd also go with air cooling rather than liquid cooling, largely because it's simpler and less can go wrong.
As for the choice of whether to buy a computer built-to-order or build your own, some people have quite a bit of spare money but not much spare time, and for those people, paying someone else to assemble a computer can make a lot of sense.