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Custom built gaming computer on a budget

From time to time we take on little projects aside from our normal day to day support to businesses. Especially if one of our clients has a specific requirement out side of their support contracts.

One of our clients has asked if we can build a computer that serves as a gaming machine but can be used in an office environment. I should mention that our client works mostly from home and has a small network of computers that are all used for business purposes.

Well the answer is yes we can help and as custom computers are getting to be a regular request from our clients we have gained the experience and knowledge to source the correct hardware for the job.

Now if I was given an unlimited budget I could throw money in to the best high end hardware for this project like we have for a previous client on our Hercules model that cost £3,500 to build. However Hercules was built specifically for an entirely different purpose but needed a really high end specification that gaming hardware provides. The budget I have for this particular build is £1,200 and with this budget we can build and source a very well suited computer for the role it will play.

We intend to use the below Hardware but you may notice that there is no case, well this because we had chosen one but thought it inappropriate for an office environment with it’s neon lights and see through panels.

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The Motherboard we intend to use and deserves a mention on it’s own is the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Intel Z87 (Socket 1150)

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Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World’s 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
  • Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish
  • Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0: Uncompromised Game Response Performance
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds

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One feature of this board that is particularly nice is The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.

The Graphics Card
DirectCU II with SSU architecture

20% cooler, 3X quieter

P_500ASUS graphics card engineering leads the industry once again with the introduction of DirectCU II SSU thermal design. Comprising two “S” and one “U” shapes, the new heatpipes are precision shaped for optimal efficiency and heat transference. They are also nickel-plated to minimize oxidization, with their mid-section now placed directly over the GPU die. This design shortens heat transfer travel to lower thermal resistance and create bi-directional flow for up to twice the cooling capacity in the same space as that required by existing graphics card cooler designs. High-conductivity copper used in heatpipe formulation creates tube-like vapor chambers, moving heat to a large aluminium heatsink that features extended fins for multiple points of dissipation. The assembly is further chilled by two high performance but carefully-tuned and sound-dampened fans for faster and quieter cooling.

 

GPU Tweak

Real-time intuitive graphics tuning

  • Shows detailed specs and actual card status with GPU-Z
  • Sync GPU clocks and voltages for easier overclocking
  • Monitoring widget provides real-time detailed multi-parameter info
  • 2D/3D switcher locks cards in 3D mode for higher benchmarks
  • Automatically checks and updates drivers and BIOS versions
  • Stream on-screen action to the web in full HD
The processor

images7X90ZWG1The new Intel Core i7-4770K. It’s the fastest version of the desktop part of Intel’s latest CPU architecture, known as Haswell.

With that comes expectations. This isn’t just a minor tweak or a die shrink. As Intel itself proudly claims, this is the fourth generation of its Core architecture. Unleash the fireworks.

Intel’s 4th gen processor codename: Haswell offers superior performance over the previous generation Ivybridge by up to 10% clock for clock. This astounding performance boost results in performance improvements in multi-tasking, encoding, gaming and multithreaded applications. Intel’s 4th generation processor has improved PCI-Lane 3.0 bandwidth which helps further boost performance of latest generation 3 graphics cards for the ultimate gaming experience.

Over the following weeks we will be posting videos and pictures of how we build the system and configurations.

 

Part 4 of our Custom Built Computer

Custom Built Computer which we have named Hercules: Conclusion and thoughts.

Now you have seen the critical components of what’s inside our clients custom built computer you should have a good idea of the planning and quality this build is. There are more parts and numerous software goodies that came with the motherboard and Graphics Card but we’ll save that for another article.

Our client has been using the computer for over two weeks now and is absolutely thrilled with it’s performance, although it has to be said the client was more impressed with the fact their IPhone could connect to the computer via Bluetooth tut!!

We have provided the client with exactly what they asked for plus a few additional features they were not expecting, the storage space should last a good few years to come and the upgradability of the computer is second to none.

See some pictures of the finished product

Total cost for Hercules the custom built computer was nearly £3,300 so it’s not your usual desktop computer. The total weight of the computer when we finished was nearly 90ibs and took two people to lift it in to it’s new home. This kind of computer we built for our client is usually used for serious gamers who play high end games but we adapted it to the clients needs. It was a really good interesting project something if we are ever approached with again we would certainly relish the challenge.

Some pictures of the computer in the studio of our client:

Video of our Custom build


So I hope you enjoyed our article and come to read our latest article on the smallest computer we have fitted which is the size of a small CD case. Click here

 

Transfer of OEM Licenses

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Over the last 6 to 8 months as my clients have been moving away from Windows XP to Windows 7 or upgrading their computers one question keeps being asked over and over again “can I transfer the operating system to another computer to save money” The answer is yes and no you can transfer it if you purchased a retail copy or you have some kind of volume licence however when you enter the realm of OEM licenses it’s a totally different ball game and the following explanation below has been taken directly from the Microsoft Website.

The End User Software License Terms is granted to the end user by you, the system builder. It is related to the OEM System Builder License for the PC on which it was originally installed. You are required to support the license on that original PC, but you cannot support a license that has been moved from a PC that you manufactured to one that you did not. This is one of the key reasons an OEM System Builder License can’t be transferred. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

PC Transfer to Another End User

The entire PC, however, may be transferred to another end user, along with the software license rights. When transferring the PC to the new end user, the following must be included:

  • Original software media
  • Manuals (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Authenticity (COA)

It is also advisable to include the original purchase invoice or receipt. The original end user cannot keep any copies of the software.