Hey there PCPartPicker users! I have yet again done another build for a customer and the goal for this build was to be priced similar to the $699 Alienware X51 yet be much more powerful since we all know Alienware is severly over-priced! This was a very easy task for me to achieve, as I was assigned to select the parts with my own experience since the customer was only a gamer and didn't know much about computers. With six cores and an HD 7870, this PC is definitely a powerful one! I decided, like my last build, to name it after the video card, and that's where Double Dissipation comes from. The case was fairly easier to work with then the previous SPEC-03, but both cases are made by Corsair and are great. Cable Management is decent, however fan connectors on the motherboard gave some problems with managing. This build be used for gaming mostly with games like DayZ, Arma 3, etc. Here is why I chose the parts:
CPU - The AMD FX-6300 was chosen because it still to this day, the best bang-for-your-buck CPU. With six cores clocked at 3.5GHz going to 4.0GHz when Turbo Boosted, this CPU has plenty of power for a gaming-centric build. Currently, games do not use more than four cores meaning this CPU could last him quite a bit. Intel would have been to pricey for the build so this was a good option. The stock heatsink does the job, although 35 Degrees is a bit too hot for idle in my opinion.
Motherboard - Since the buyer didn't need to overclock or run two video cards in CrossfireX, this motherboard does the job although had I researched a bit better, I would have found out about the stupid fan connector placements on this board. Also, the BiOS was too different from ASUS and ASRock that I had to do a bit of looking around, although that wasn't too much of a problem. I should have gone for the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0, but it's all good now. It does it's job and works fine.
Memory - The goal was to get 8gb of RAM as cheap as possible while maintaining a good speed of DDR3-1600 with a CAS Latency of 9. Goal achieved here. Looks nice too and is able to be overclocked should the customer wish to.
Storage - I use this in most of my builds and it's priced fairly well for 1TB of storage. Good enough to hold lots of games, photos, movies, music, etc.
Video Card - So the original plan was to go for the Sapphire Radeon R9 270 priced at $155, although when I got to ordering the parts, the sale was over for the card and it went up to $170. I searched around for a card similarly priced to $155, and found the XFX HD 7870 priced at only $5 more at $160. Conveniently enough, the HD 7870 is actually a bit more powerful than the R9 270, and once overclocked, is basically an R9 270X. This card can handle all modern games at 1080p with a minimum of high settings, some being played at ultra.
Case - The original case chosen was the Corsair SPEC-03 used in my last build, although the customer wanted something that looked nicer and was deciding between the Phantom 240 and the Corsair Graphite 230T. He went with this case and it was priced decently too. Cable Management was better than the previous SPEC-03, although the Gigabyte 970A-DS3P motherboard ruined that a bit.
Power Supply - I absolutely love the Rosewill HIVE series of power supplies. They are all 80+ Bronze efficient while sporting a semi-modular design. I used a 750w Rosewill HIVE in my previous build since there was a GTX 770, but 650W is just fine for an HD 7870 along with an AMD CPU which tend to be more power-hungry than Intel CPUs. Good and reliable here, would recommend to anybody!
Optical Drive - Chosen because it was the cheapest and was only used to install Windows 8.1 and the motherboard drivers/utilities. We are in the Digital Age so no more disc-based PC games or movies. Does it's job fine!
Operating System - Windows 8.1 is Microsoft's latest operating system so why not? Some games are better optimized for it leading to better performance. Windows 7 is also a very good OS, I use it myself, but if someone is building a new computer, I'd go with 8.1. The 64-bit version was chosen of course due to having more than 4gb of RAM and being the same exact price. Who in their right mind would go with 32-bit?
Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you guys enjoy the pictures! I might have done a bit too many pictures that weren't needed, and this time around, we were building the computer when it was a bit dark outside rather than the morning like last time so most pictures don't look quite as nice as my previous build, Project WINDFORCE. Anyway, PLEASE leave feedback in the comments and I accept compliments/insults, anything really xD. This computer is a great one and should last my client quite a while!