Build for a Friend


Mar 9, 2008
Friend is wanting to upgrade (I may or may not have corrupted him into it with my own recent build :p Oops). Trying to pick out the best parts, and prices, for him since he currently lives in Japan. I think everything is answered!

1) The primary use will be for gaming. Possibility of video editing and streaming.
2) Budget is around 300,000 Yen. I can go higher if this elongates the future updateability of the computer.
3) I live in Japan. Close to Tokyo and easy access to Akihabara.
4) Case, CPU, Motherboard, Ram, Modular Power Unit, Graphics Card, SSD, SATA Secondary Drive, CPU Cooler, Case fans, Thermalpaste/grease, OS.
5) I will only be reusing my peripherals. Logitec keyboard, logicool G700 mouse, speakers, and monitor (described in question 7)
6) Yes, I want to be able to overclock.
7) 1920 x 1080 full hd wide. It is a 23inch Mitsubishi Diamondcrysta WIDE RDT233WX(BK). I would like to possibly upgrade at a later time when 4k monitors drop a tad more in price.
8) I would like to have build my desktop within the beginning of October. The sooner the better.
9) I would like to do SLI at a later time. Therefore several PCIE slots, unsure which way to go for future proofing the computer better. As in how many PCIE 16 slots over PCIE 1s. Onboard video only as a backup. Definitely have several back panel USB 3.0 slots as well as at least 2 in the front, SATA 6Gb/s. Good useable Onboard sound that would sound good is useful although if a soundcard would be cheaper/easier then that is fine.
10) No, I do not.

I think 300,000 Yen comes out to like $3000? I think he made the budget high because the prices of parts seem to be much more expensive over there.


Ninja Editor SuperMod
Dec 15, 2005
300,000 yen comes out to $2,753.87 USD give or take.

Ok, here's a quick and dirty build list:
Intel Core i7 4790K
Asus Z97-A or AsRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer Intel Z97 motherboards
Cheapest 2 x 8GB set of DDR3 1600 RAM he can find. Don't bother getting faster RAM than DDR3 1600 unless it's way cheaper.
GTX 970 or GTX 980 card from Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI
Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD
Hitachi 3TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Seasonic X Series X-850 850W Modular PSU.
Windows 8.1

Have him find out the pricing for the above parts. If we're still well under budget, I'll think up of some other ways to spend his money :D

As for the case, I recommend the following:
$63 - Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Case
$70 - Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black w/ Window ATX Case
$100 - Antec 1100 V2 ATX Case
$100 - Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Arctic White ATX Case
$100 - Phanteks “Enthoo Pro Series“ Black ATX Case
$110 - Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black ATX Case
$115 - Corsair Carbide Series 500R ATX Case
$116 - Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower ATX Case
$120 - Corsair Graphite Series 730T ATX Case
$120 - Corsair Obsidian Series 450D ATX Case
$120 - NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Full Tower ATX Case
$120 - NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Full Tower ATX Case
$133 - NZXT Phantom 530 Black Full Tower ATX Case
$130 - Corsair Graphite Series 600TM ATX Case
$140 - Corsair Obsidian Series 750D ATX Case
$150 - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D ATX Case
$152 - Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T ATX Case
$150 - NZXT Phantom 630 White Windowed Full Tower ATX Case
$158 - NZXT Phantom 630 Gunmetal Full Tower ATX Case
$170 - Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower ATX Case
$190 - Corsair Graphite Series 760T ATX Case
197 - Corsair Graphite Black ATX Full Tower 780T
208 - Corsair Graphite White ATX Full Tower 780T
$240 - Silverstone FT02B-USB3.0 ATX Case


[H]F Junkie
Jan 8, 2004
Ask your friend how much it would cost for him to buy the following (NewEgg links are provided as reference):

Intel Core i5-4690K quad-core processor
Cooler Master Seidon 120V liquid CPU cooler
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Sport BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 2x8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB video card
Crucial MX100 256GB SSD
Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB HDD
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD burner
Corsair HX750 750 watt modular power supply
Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX mid-tower case
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit OEM DVD

Just consider my build to be "mid-range" compared to Dangman's "high end" build.

I can't recommend a Core i7 processor without knowing what video editing software your friend is using. Most consumer software (e.g. Adobe Premiere Elements) aren't really multi-threaded.

Regarding future upgrades, he should act like he isn't upgrading his processor, motherboard, or RAM for a few years. With the pending arrival of Broadwell and the recent arrival of DDR4 RAM, he should expect a lot of changes within the next year or two.