Help New Computer Whitebox

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Help New Computer Whitebox

Post by Ganeda » November 23rd, 2014, 4:28 pm

Alright, I am probably failing. I was looking at what a new whitebox computer might look like for me. My original goal was like $600, but realisticly was thinking under $800. The problem is I put together my components and lets just say the initial system was over $1000 ^:)^

After some more looking around, I came up with the following which still seems high still. The big problem is the "core" of the computer (CPU, GPU, SSD disk) which I really don't want to move away from run me up to $600 right away.

Total $900
Core $590

CPU $190 Intel Core i5-4460
I could save $50-$100 by moving down to a smaller CPU. But the I5 is a pretty nice price point vs performance. I do compile code on this computer so it is for more than just games.

Graphics $130 EVGA 02G-P4-3751-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
I looked around and $130 for a graphics card ain't bad, yeah I could shave another $50, but that is already a pretty cheap and minimal GPU and gets into modern day "recommended". But besides alpha games (planet explorers, star citizen arena) I don't have any targeted games.

Disk 0 $120 ~250 GB SSD
Just a generic SSD, but I like the fast boot times as I power down my computer daily.

Motherboard $150
My original Motherboard jumped in price, so slating $150ish
Really I need a pretty simple motherboard. Looking at Intel Haslett 1150.
I don't do SSI, overclocking, or other customizations. Mostly 1 PCI 3 for GPU, 100/1000 Network, and USB support for Keyboard, Mouse, Headset, 3 other USB Peripherals (probably USB 2.0 is good enough, but USB 3.0 would be nice). Upgradability of motherboard is one of my thoughts, I like to be able to drop a newer GPU 1-2 years in the future and get something for it.

Case $80
Something plain (Mini Tower, maybe could do mid, but I prefer the mini), Neon lights and strange shapes are annoying to me. It just needs to hold everything, and keep it cool.

Memory $80 8 GB
Find a trusted memory at a good price...

Power $80 650 W
Could go with a 400 W based on CPU/GPU but would like to think I can re-use the power as I reconfigure the whitebox. Probably need connector for "future GPU" as can't expect the motherboard to handle CPU indefinitely.

Disk 1 $40 1 TB 3.5"
Cheap Storage and backup

DVD $30 DVD Reader Only
I just use DVD for OS install and loading some games. I have never written ta DVD in my Long life, and have a blue ray player for movies separate.

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Re: Help New Computer Whitebox

Post by Rottencock » November 23rd, 2014, 4:57 pm

You're a gamer, you want an ssd, and your under 1000 bucks. I'd say yer doing pretty well! You could save about 40$ by going with a 120g ssd and only loading it with your OS and some games, you might have to move stuff around a bit as your gaming tastes change but I know people who do it that way. This is a decent MB that'll save another 25 bucks ( newegg- ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard). Can you cannibalize your current machine? re-use your HDD and DVD and your where you want to be.

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Re: Help New Computer Whitebox

Post by nibathy » November 25th, 2014, 2:38 pm

You could save some money by compromising on a Hybrid HDD instead of a SSD & Storage.
The speeds are marginally slower.

SSD - $120
HDD - $40
SSHD - $69 ... 8381-S1A2D
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