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May 9, 2013 1:01:03 PM

Budget:1000 $ canadian
System usage: mostly gaming and watching movies.
Parts not required: monitor
Overclocking: maybe
monitor resolution: 24" 1920x1080p
I would like to play most new games at high to max settings(farcry 3, sleeping dogs, bioshock infinite.) i want AMD GPU because most games i play are optimized for it and they have a great combo with games.

PARTS THAT I LOOKED AT:
cpu:Intel Core i5-2500K 220$
video card:Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 310$
mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard 130$
RAM:p atriot Viper 3 Extreme Performance Black Mamba PV38G186C9K 8GB Memory Module Kit 85$
hard drive:Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive 100$
power supply:850W Power Supply 50$
Case:Thermaltake VN40006W2N Commander MS-I Snow Edition Tower 50$

total 945$

New build:


Q131-4024 FAN ::AeroCool StrikeX-One Mid Tower Gaming Case and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan Bundle(14.05 lbs)




$86.99




S203-8592 OEM ::Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner -Tray, SATA, 1.5MB Buffer Memory, 16x DVD-R Read, 48x CD-R Write (OEM)(1.6 lbs)




$17.97




YYI2-13514H ::Antec Basiq BP550Plus - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC - United States(5.5 lbs)



$74.99




TSD-2000AS4 ::Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s(0.4 lbs)



$99.97




YYD2-8GX3M1A1600C10 ::Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Module - 8GB, PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered(0.07 lbs)


$75.99




A455-2042 ::ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, CrossFireX Ready (P8Z77-V LX)(2.65 lbs)


$119.97

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate



A271-7958 ::Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 11196-16-20G Video Card - 3GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 2x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossFireX, Dual-Slot, Dual-Fan(2.5 lbs)



$309.97




I69-3570K ::Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(0.9 lbs)


$224.97
May 9, 2013 1:06:09 PM

Who is the manufacturer of this 850W $50 power supply. There is one thing I tell every builder, dont skimp or go with a cheap brand for your PSU.
May 9, 2013 1:06:52 PM

i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful
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May 9, 2013 1:16:51 PM

zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful

my actual budget is 1200$ and the sale is going till july so i will probably get it before that.

May 9, 2013 1:17:44 PM

zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful




May 9, 2013 1:18:46 PM

ryan5609 said:
Who is the manufacturer of this 850W $50 power supply. There is one thing I tell every builder, dont skimp or go with a cheap brand for your PSU.


i will look into getting a higher quality PSU and maybe a couple extra fans

the psu is 80 plus silver certified. is that ok.

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May 9, 2013 1:27:19 PM
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Bobbytrop said:
zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful

my actual budget is 1200$ and the sale is going till july so i will probably get it before that.



With that budget, there are definitely some improvements you could make:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($447.05 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 16:24 EDT-0400)

*Ivy Bridge CPU instead of Sandy Bridge
*CPU cooler so that you can overclock safely
*More powerful graphics card with a better cooler
*Winner of Tom's 15-case faceoff: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/solo-ii-400r-buc-ra...
*PSU which does not double as a hand grenade

You could likely shave it back down to $1,000 (by, for example, dropping down to a 7950), if you wish to.
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May 9, 2013 1:29:17 PM

Bobbytrop said:
ryan5609 said:
Who is the manufacturer of this 850W $50 power supply. There is one thing I tell every builder, dont skimp or go with a cheap brand for your PSU.


i will look into getting a higher quality PSU and maybe a couple extra fans

the psu is 80 plus silver certified. is that ok.


Certification is about electrical efficiency, not quality (oddly enough). Thus, a PSU can be platinum certified and still set your PC on fire.
May 9, 2013 1:31:49 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful

my actual budget is 1200$ and the sale is going till july so i will probably get it before that.



With that budget, there are definitely some improvements you could make:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($447.05 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 16:24 EDT-0400)

*Ivy Bridge CPU instead of Sandy Bridge
*CPU cooler so that you can overclock safely
*More powerful graphics card with a better cooler
*Winner of Tom's 15-case faceoff: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/solo-ii-400r-buc-ra...
*PSU which does not double as a hand grenade

You could likely shave it back down to $1,000 (by, for example, dropping down to a 7950), if you wish to.


i will probably get the ivy bridge and the 7950 performs almost as well as the 7970 for 150 dollars less
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May 9, 2013 1:36:10 PM

Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful

my actual budget is 1200$ and the sale is going till july so i will probably get it before that.



With that budget, there are definitely some improvements you could make:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($447.05 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 16:24 EDT-0400)

*Ivy Bridge CPU instead of Sandy Bridge
*CPU cooler so that you can overclock safely
*More powerful graphics card with a better cooler
*Winner of Tom's 15-case faceoff: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/solo-ii-400r-buc-ra...
*PSU which does not double as a hand grenade

You could likely shave it back down to $1,000 (by, for example, dropping down to a 7950), if you wish to.


i will probably get the ivy bridge and the 7950 performs almost as well as the 7970 for 150 dollars less


The card I linked is a Ghz. Edition, which is more costly than a normal 7970. A standard 7970 runs closer to $400, with some being as little as $370.
The reason I recommended the Ghz. Edition was its cooler: the Sapphire Vapor-X, which performs quite well. That said, price for power, the 7950 wins.
May 9, 2013 1:36:34 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
ryan5609 said:
Who is the manufacturer of this 850W $50 power supply. There is one thing I tell every builder, dont skimp or go with a cheap brand for your PSU.


i will look into getting a higher quality PSU and maybe a couple extra fans

the psu is 80 plus silver certified. is that ok.


Certification is about electrical efficiency, not quality (oddly enough). Thus, a PSU can be platinum certified and still set your PC on fire.

Ok thank you for the information. Is an aftermarket cpu cooler recommended?
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May 9, 2013 1:38:52 PM

Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
ryan5609 said:
Who is the manufacturer of this 850W $50 power supply. There is one thing I tell every builder, dont skimp or go with a cheap brand for your PSU.


i will look into getting a higher quality PSU and maybe a couple extra fans

the psu is 80 plus silver certified. is that ok.


Certification is about electrical efficiency, not quality (oddly enough). Thus, a PSU can be platinum certified and still set your PC on fire.

Ok thank you for the information. Is an aftermarket cpu cooler recommended?


If you plan to overclock, it's downright necessary. If not, you could save quite a bit with a non-k processor and an H77 mobo.
May 9, 2013 1:40:29 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful

my actual budget is 1200$ and the sale is going till july so i will probably get it before that.



With that budget, there are definitely some improvements you could make:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($447.05 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 16:24 EDT-0400)

*Ivy Bridge CPU instead of Sandy Bridge
*CPU cooler so that you can overclock safely
*More powerful graphics card with a better cooler
*Winner of Tom's 15-case faceoff: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/solo-ii-400r-buc-ra...
*PSU which does not double as a hand grenade

You could likely shave it back down to $1,000 (by, for example, dropping down to a 7950), if you wish to.


i will probably get the ivy bridge and the 7950 performs almost as well as the 7970 for 150 dollars less


The card I linked is a Ghz. Edition, which is more costly than a normal 7970. A standard 7970 runs closer to $400, with some being as little as $370.
The reason I recommended the Ghz. Edition was its cooler: the Sapphire Vapor-X, which performs quite well. That said, price for power, the 7950 wins.


Ok thank you. and i forgot about the dvd drive thanks for reminding me.

May 9, 2013 1:44:16 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
ryan5609 said:
Who is the manufacturer of this 850W $50 power supply. There is one thing I tell every builder, dont skimp or go with a cheap brand for your PSU.


i will look into getting a higher quality PSU and maybe a couple extra fans

the psu is 80 plus silver certified. is that ok.


Certification is about electrical efficiency, not quality (oddly enough). Thus, a PSU can be platinum certified and still set your PC on fire.

Ok thank you for the information. Is an aftermarket cpu cooler recommended?


If you plan to overclock, it's downright necessary. If not, you could save quite a bit with a non-k processor and an H77 mobo.


with the sale the k edition is the same price as the locked version. Should i get an all in one cpu watercooler
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May 9, 2013 1:51:33 PM

I wouldn't bother with water cooling. It's more money and doesn't really help unless you're trying to max an overclock.

Jack's system build is impeccable. The 7970 GHz is a great card, but as said, the 7950 might be the value winner. And with the $150 you save there, you'd have enough for a nice 128GB SSD.
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May 9, 2013 1:56:13 PM

RedJaron said:
I wouldn't bother with water cooling. It's more money and doesn't really help unless you're trying to max an overclock.

Jack's system build is impeccable. The 7970 GHz is a great card, but as said, the 7950 might be the value winner. And with the $150 you save there, you'd have enough for a nice 128GB SSD.


+1 on the water cooling. You only need it for really extreme overclocking, and even then the best air coolers give high-end closed-loop systems a run for their money.

Thanks, mate. I agree about the SSD, though for me the graphics performance is worth more than an SSD. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned. :) 
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May 9, 2013 2:05:43 PM

Jack Revenant said:
RedJaron said:
I wouldn't bother with water cooling. It's more money and doesn't really help unless you're trying to max an overclock.

Jack's system build is impeccable. The 7970 GHz is a great card, but as said, the 7950 might be the value winner. And with the $150 you save there, you'd have enough for a nice 128GB SSD.


+1 on the water cooling. You only need it for really extreme overclocking, and even then the best air coolers give high-end closed-loop systems a run for their money.

Thanks, mate. I agree about the SSD, though for me the graphics performance is worth more than an SSD. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned. :) 


I've used an SSD for two years now. Don't think I can ever go back. The computer just feels better to use.
May 9, 2013 2:06:01 PM

RedJaron said:
I wouldn't bother with water cooling. It's more money and doesn't really help unless you're trying to max an overclock.

Jack's system build is impeccable. The 7970 GHz is a great card, but as said, the 7950 might be the value winner. And with the $150 you save there, you'd have enough for a nice 128GB SSD.


i dont really need an ssd right now(maybe put one in later) maybe i will buy the peripherals with the 150.
May 9, 2013 2:12:45 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful

my actual budget is 1200$ and the sale is going till july so i will probably get it before that.



With that budget, there are definitely some improvements you could make:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($447.05 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 16:24 EDT-0400)

*Ivy Bridge CPU instead of Sandy Bridge
*CPU cooler so that you can overclock safely
*More powerful graphics card with a better cooler
*Winner of Tom's 15-case faceoff: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/solo-ii-400r-buc-ra...
*PSU which does not double as a hand grenade

You could likely shave it back down to $1,000 (by, for example, dropping down to a 7950), if you wish to.

Will this psu work with my setup?
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Category/guidedS...
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May 9, 2013 2:13:28 PM

Bobbytrop said:
RedJaron said:
I wouldn't bother with water cooling. It's more money and doesn't really help unless you're trying to max an overclock.

Jack's system build is impeccable. The 7970 GHz is a great card, but as said, the 7950 might be the value winner. And with the $150 you save there, you'd have enough for a nice 128GB SSD.


i dont really need an ssd right now(maybe put one in later) maybe i will buy the peripherals with the 150.


Sounds like a fine choice to me. Does this address all your questions/concerns?
May 9, 2013 2:25:57 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:

Will this psu work with my setup?
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Category/guidedS...


Technically, but I would strongly advise against it. Thermaltake is not a reputable brand for PSUs, and you really don't want to get a low-quality PSU.


Thanks for the advice. Would you reccomend coolermaster
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May 9, 2013 2:37:13 PM

Bobbytrop said:
RedJaron said:
Right, never scrimp on a PSU, but don't feel like you have to go overboard either.

Try one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would a 500w psu be enough?


These particular 500W PSUs can run a 7950, but they're also high quality ones with sufficiently powerful 12V rails. They won't Crossfire, though.
May 9, 2013 2:45:29 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
RedJaron said:
Right, never scrimp on a PSU, but don't feel like you have to go overboard either.

Try one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would a 500w psu be enough?


Yes, though some paranoid folks (myself included) prefer something closer to 550-650.


ok i will look into a 550 since i am also a little paranoid
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May 9, 2013 2:51:39 PM

Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:

Will this psu work with my setup?
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Category/guidedS...


Technically, but I would strongly advise against it. Thermaltake is not a reputable brand for PSUs, and you really don't want to get a low-quality PSU.


Thanks for the advice. Would you reccomend coolermaster


Cooler Master are similarly poorly-viewed. The brands you want to look for are Antec, Corsair, and (best of all) SeaSonic.
May 9, 2013 3:45:56 PM

RedJaron said:
Bobbytrop said:
RedJaron said:
Right, never scrimp on a PSU, but don't feel like you have to go overboard either.

Try one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would a 500w psu be enough?


These particular 500W PSUs can run a 7950, but they're also high quality ones with sufficiently powerful 12V rails. They won't Crossfire, though.


i don't plan on crossfiring anytime soon.
May 9, 2013 3:47:32 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:

Will this psu work with my setup?
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Category/guidedS...


Technically, but I would strongly advise against it. Thermaltake is not a reputable brand for PSUs, and you really don't want to get a low-quality PSU.


Thanks for the advice. Would you reccomend coolermaster


Cooler Master are similarly poorly-viewed. The brands you want to look for are Antec, Corsair, and (best of all) SeaSonic.


RedJaron said:
Jack Revenant said:
Cooler Master are similarly poorly-viewed. The brands you want to look for are Antec, Corsair, and (best of all) SeaSonic.


And all the brands made by Seasonic ( Antec, FSP, XFX, and I think Silverstone too. )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you. i will look for a seasonic or corsair.
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May 9, 2013 3:52:18 PM

That should do. Not quite as efficient as some others we've listed, but the modular cables make installation easier.
May 10, 2013 12:23:11 PM

Bobbytrop said:
Budget:1000 $ canadian
System usage: mostly gaming and watching movies.
Parts not required: monitor
Overclocking: maybe
monitor resolution: 24" 1920x1080p
I would like to play most new games at high to max settings(farcry 3, sleeping dogs, bioshock infinite.) i want AMD GPU because most games i play are optimized for it and they have a great combo with games.

PARTS THAT I LOOKED AT:
cpu:Intel Core i5-2500K 220$
video card:Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 310$
mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard 130$
RAM:p atriot Viper 3 Extreme Performance Black Mamba PV38G186C9K 8GB Memory Module Kit 85$
hard drive:Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive 100$
power supply:850W Power Supply 50$
Case:Thermaltake VN40006W2N Commander MS-I Snow Edition Tower 50$

total 945$

New build:


Q131-4024 FAN ::AeroCool StrikeX-One Mid Tower Gaming Case and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan Bundle(14.05 lbs)




$86.99




S203-8592 OEM ::Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner -Tray, SATA, 1.5MB Buffer Memory, 16x DVD-R Read, 48x CD-R Write (OEM)(1.6 lbs)




$17.97




YYI2-13514H ::Antec Basiq BP550Plus - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC - United States(5.5 lbs)



$74.99




TSD-2000AS4 ::Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s(0.4 lbs)



$99.97




YYD2-8GX3M1A1600C10 ::Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Module - 8GB, PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered(0.07 lbs)


$75.99




A455-2042 ::ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, CrossFireX Ready (P8Z77-V LX)(2.65 lbs)


$119.97

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate



A271-7958 ::Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 11196-16-20G Video Card - 3GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 2x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossFireX, Dual-Slot, Dual-Fan(2.5 lbs)



$309.97




I69-3570K ::Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(0.9 lbs)


$224.97


Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
zeyads3 said:
i don't think it's less than 1000$... maybe more a little, but not sure, maybe your price is with sale, you better get it, it's very cool and powerful

my actual budget is 1200$ and the sale is going till july so i will probably get it before that.



With that budget, there are definitely some improvements you could make:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($447.05 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 16:24 EDT-0400)

*Ivy Bridge CPU instead of Sandy Bridge
*CPU cooler so that you can overclock safely
*More powerful graphics card with a better cooler
*Winner of Tom's 15-case faceoff: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/solo-ii-400r-buc-ra...
*PSU which does not double as a hand grenade

You could likely shave it back down to $1,000 (by, for example, dropping down to a 7950), if you wish to.


does this build work better than the old one?
New build:


Q131-4024 FAN ::AeroCool StrikeX-One Mid Tower Gaming Case and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan Bundle(14.05 lbs)




$86.99




S203-8592 OEM ::Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner -Tray, SATA, 1.5MB Buffer Memory, 16x DVD-R Read, 48x CD-R Write (OEM)(1.6 lbs)




$17.97




YYI2-13514H ::Antec Basiq BP550Plus - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC - United States(5.5 lbs)



$74.99




TSD-2000AS4 ::Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s(0.4 lbs)



$99.97




YYD2-8GX3M1A1600C10 ::Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Module - 8GB, PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered(0.07 lbs)


$75.99




A455-2042 ::ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, CrossFireX Ready (P8Z77-V LX)(2.65 lbs)


$119.97

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate



A271-7958 ::Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 11196-16-20G Video Card - 3GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 2x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossFireX, Dual-Slot, Dual-Fan(2.5 lbs)



$309.97




I69-3570K ::Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(0.9 lbs)


$224.97
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a b C Monitor
May 10, 2013 1:22:20 PM

Bobbytrop said:

does this build work better than the old one?
New build:


Q131-4024 FAN ::AeroCool StrikeX-One Mid Tower Gaming Case and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan Bundle(14.05 lbs)




$86.99




S203-8592 OEM ::Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner -Tray, SATA, 1.5MB Buffer Memory, 16x DVD-R Read, 48x CD-R Write (OEM)(1.6 lbs)




$17.97




YYI2-13514H ::Antec Basiq BP550Plus - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC - United States(5.5 lbs)



$74.99




TSD-2000AS4 ::Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s(0.4 lbs)



$99.97




YYD2-8GX3M1A1600C10 ::Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Module - 8GB, PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered(0.07 lbs)


$75.99




A455-2042 ::ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, CrossFireX Ready (P8Z77-V LX)(2.65 lbs)


$119.97

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate



A271-7958 ::Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 11196-16-20G Video Card - 3GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 2x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossFireX, Dual-Slot, Dual-Fan(2.5 lbs)



$309.97




I69-3570K ::Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(0.9 lbs)


$224.97


Can't vouch for that case. That said, I've nothing to say against it. However, there are a two changes I would make:
Change RAM to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Get the Vapor-X version of that card, if it doesn't cost too much more.

Also, you may want to throw on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or other CPU cooler (I have a hard time not advising a $25 expenditure for peace of mind, myself), and you will need to if you plan to overclock.
May 10, 2013 4:42:00 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:

does this build work better than the old one?
New build:


Q131-4024 FAN ::AeroCool StrikeX-One Mid Tower Gaming Case and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan and Aerocool 120mm UV Fan Bundle(14.05 lbs)




$86.99




S203-8592 OEM ::Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner -Tray, SATA, 1.5MB Buffer Memory, 16x DVD-R Read, 48x CD-R Write (OEM)(1.6 lbs)




$17.97




YYI2-13514H ::Antec Basiq BP550Plus - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2 - AC 100-240 V - 550 Watt - active PFC - United States(5.5 lbs)



$74.99




TSD-2000AS4 ::Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s(0.4 lbs)



$99.97




YYD2-8GX3M1A1600C10 ::Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Module - 8GB, PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered(0.07 lbs)


$75.99




A455-2042 ::ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, CrossFireX Ready (P8Z77-V LX)(2.65 lbs)


$119.97

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate



A271-7958 ::Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 11196-16-20G Video Card - 3GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 2x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossFireX, Dual-Slot, Dual-Fan(2.5 lbs)



$309.97




I69-3570K ::Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(0.9 lbs)


$224.97


Can't vouch for that case. That said, I've nothing to say against it. However, there are a two changes I would make:
Change RAM to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Get the Vapor-X version of that card, if it doesn't cost too much more.

Also, you may want to throw on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or other CPU cooler (I have a hard time not advising a $25 expenditure for peace of mind, myself), and you will need to if you plan to overclock.


Thank you I am still debating on the case. Thank you for the RAM its 20 $ cheaper and i will throw in a cpu cooler with the money i save on the RAM
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
May 10, 2013 4:51:45 PM

Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:


Can't vouch for that case. That said, I've nothing to say against it. However, there are a two changes I would make:
Change RAM to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Get the Vapor-X version of that card, if it doesn't cost too much more.

Also, you may want to throw on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or other CPU cooler (I have a hard time not advising a $25 expenditure for peace of mind, myself), and you will need to if you plan to overclock.


Thank you I am still debating on the case. Thank you for the RAM its 20 $ cheaper and i will throw in a cpu cooler with the money i save on the RAM


Deciding on a case can be quite difficult, even if you're only factoring performance. Add in aesthetics and it's a wonder that anyone manages it.
May 10, 2013 4:57:36 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Bobbytrop said:
Jack Revenant said:


Can't vouch for that case. That said, I've nothing to say against it. However, there are a two changes I would make:
Change RAM to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Get the Vapor-X version of that card, if it doesn't cost too much more.

Also, you may want to throw on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or other CPU cooler (I have a hard time not advising a $25 expenditure for peace of mind, myself), and you will need to if you plan to overclock.


Thank you I am still debating on the case. Thank you for the RAM its 20 $ cheaper and i will throw in a cpu cooler with the money i save on the RAM


Deciding on a case can be quite difficult, even if you're only factoring performance. Add in aesthetics and it's a wonder that anyone manages it.


this one looks quite nice, has great cooling and its big. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
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