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Need help building a new rig $800-$1000

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March 23, 2013 12:23:26 AM

Update 1: This rig will in fact need to be able to play games at a mid-tier level.

I am looking to purchase a new rig within upcoming month for someone who doesn't have a lot of technical knowledge about computers. This is a rig that is mainly used for internet surfing and non-intensive gaming (i.e. web games). While I'd like to say it's a non-gaming rig, that said, some current generation games still need playable decently (super high-end not required, mid-tier is what I'm looking at), at least for the next couple years.

Essentially, this computer needs to be built to last and remain functional rather than competitive, not rely on SLI/Crossfire/Overclocking or anything fancy, and must not overclock or malfunction/slow down easily. This computer is replacing a 12 year old computer that's starting to die, so stability is key here. I would like a SSD for the rig though, as I believe that will benefit this person's usage the most.

I'm looking at around $800-$1000, but I don't mind paying closer to $1000 if it means it can stay relatively more functional 10 years later (though I know any computer that lasts 10 years will be doing pretty poorly by then). But this computer won't be replaced for possibly 10 years, so keep that in mind.

Of course I am looking for affordable shipping options within Canada rather than the US if possible. Monitor and OS will be bought as well.

Thank you for any advice provided.


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Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within the upcoming month, probably.

Budget Range: Looking at around $800-$1000

System Usage: Surfing the net, gaming at a decent mid level

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

More about : building rig 800 1000

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March 23, 2013 1:11:18 AM

is this you looking for a prebuilt, or for a parts list. If it's a parts list, I'll give you one in the morning - about to head to bed.
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March 23, 2013 1:25:47 AM

Yeah I need a parts list. Thanks.
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March 23, 2013 7:35:43 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LCRR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LCRR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LCRR/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.54 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($58.71 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($172.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($85.00 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($157.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1004.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 10:35 EDT-0400)
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March 24, 2013 1:59:11 PM

Will the integrated graphics card be sufficient? I'm not sure how long it'd last and I'm worried that an average game will come too soon (say, 5-6 years from now) that can't even be played semi-decently.
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March 24, 2013 2:51:25 PM

For web games? Of course.

Besides, if you DO run across a game that you want a video card for, isn't it easier buying a card THEN and sticking it in the computer than doing it now just in case it happens?
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March 24, 2013 4:04:21 PM

Hmm I understand what you're saying. That said, however, after discussing it with the person I'm buying this rig for, it seems that they want a decent mid-tier (yes, solid mid-tier) video card after all to play more than just web games over a span of many years. So the build will need to reflect that.

As for buying a card later, I need to buy one now. Upgrades are not to be expected as neither I or the person I'm buying the rig for has the initiative or motivation to buy upgrade parts later (barring a major hardware malfunction or a completely new rig is being built).

My bad for the initial misleading detail. I thought near-integrated graphics level would be sufficient too but apparently they want more. I have editted the initial post to reflect the new updates.
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March 24, 2013 4:35:40 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-performa...

That'll meet your needs, if you need a 1tb hard disk, you'll need to add $70 to get one. Otherwise, you'll have to use the 250GB SSD. Alternatively, you can get a cheaper card, but if you're using this for several years without upgrading, than the 7870 is needed.
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March 26, 2013 10:39:53 PM

Hmm okay that looks pretty good. I think I will do just that and buy that $1000 setup and add $70 for a 1TB hard disk. Thanks for the help. I'll let you know if something noteworthy needs mentioning or changing, but in the meantime it looks good.
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March 27, 2013 7:43:15 AM

Another option would be to drop the SSD, and get a killer video card. Probably a 7950 boost.
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April 9, 2013 1:26:28 AM

If anyone else have build suggestions, it'd be appreciated.
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a b K Overclocking
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April 9, 2013 1:28:32 AM

Ahh, I apologize, this thread got lost in my inbox.

Personally, this doesn't need a 7950, and I imagine the recipient would rather have the SSD for how "fast" it makes the computer feel.

The 7950 is more along the lines of maxing games out, which doesn't line up with intended use.
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April 9, 2013 2:18:59 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($128.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1036.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 05:18 EDT-0400)

If you need everything from one provider(Newegg CA)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($128.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1048.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 05:22 EDT-0400)
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