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Gaming PC with a $3000 CDN budget

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June 16, 2013 8:30:48 AM

I am getting a new gaming pc in the next month or two which I am hoping will remain a viable mid-high end for at least 3 years before needing an upgrade. I have a $3000 budget in Canada. I've built my own pc on and would like to know if this rig will meet my objective and whether I am getting enough bang for my buck? Unfortunately they do not provide price per part:

Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Gaming Case-Black
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 3820 Processor (4x 3.60GHz/10MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 -- 4x PCI-E 2.0 x16
Memory: 16 GB [4 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-Corsair Vengeance
Video Card: 2xNVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 - 2GB -EVGA Superclocked-SLI Mode
Power Supply: 1000 Watt - NZXT HALE90V2 1000W
Proc Cooling: Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-2011]-ARC
Dual Silent High Perfornamce Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
Primary HD: 120 GB ADATA S510 SSD
Secondary HD: 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: [12X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
Network Card: Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

-NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display
-Flash Media Reader / Writer: 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer-Black
-Metro: Last Light
-iBUYPOWER PowerDrive: PowerDrive Level 2 - Up to 20% Overclocking

1 x 3 Year Standard Warranty Service


*Taxes and Duty at the border will eat up most of the rest of my budget. I added the sound card for the optical audio in because i will be using a ps3 in the same monitor which is a 27in Samsung LED 1080p. Both the PC and PS3 will connect into Logitech 500 W RMS 5.1. Internet will be wired.

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June 16, 2013 8:34:36 AM

Typically, the EVGA SC Models have the upgraded cooler but the reference PCB and VRM. Therefore they have not been able to hit the same high OC's as models from Gigabyte, Asus and others hit. The EVGA Classified is typically the one with the upgraded PCB and beefy VRM making it capable of those big overclocks.

The power section of the card looks to be 4 phase for the core and 2 phase for the vRAM

That's a bit skimpy ......I'd want a 670 with the 8 phase VRM such as the Asus 670 DCII TOP, Gigabyte Windforce or MSI Frozr

For gaming tho, id do 4670k build .... her's one i did for someone recently but links are US

Case - $270 - Corsair 500R Black
$25 MIR + $35 off w/ promo code EMCYTZT3582, ends 6/13``
PSU - incl. w/ above - Corsair HX850 included with above

MoBo - $412 - ASUS Z87 Pro
CPU - incl. w/ above - Intel Core i5-4670K Included w/ above and MoBo has built in wireless

RAM - $125 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 8 DDR3-1600

Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE
TIM - $7 - Shin Etsu

GFX - $400 - Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce
GFX - $400 - Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce Same

HD - $160 Caviar Black 1TB
SSD - $150 - Samsung 840 Pro

DVD Writer - $28 - Asus 24X
Monitor $270 ASUS VG248QE Black 23" 144 Hz Monitor
Keyboard - $100 - Logitech G510
Mouse - $60 - Logitech G500
Headset $102 Logitech G930
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre

Total $2,664

June 16, 2013 8:41:23 AM

I'd think you'd save some money with a 4670K + Z87 motherboard.

I'd recommend a top quality air cooler like a Noctua NH-C14.

Get 2X8GB RAM and low profile so it will fit under the cooler better.
Here's a very interesting new Power Supply.

With this budget you really need a 256G SSD or even a 500GB SSD and now HDD.

You don't need a LAN card, your motherboard has a LAN port. The same with the sound card
June 16, 2013 9:06:10 AM

sounds like a solid gaming pc although if i were you i would wait till 2014 thats when the next gen gpu and cpu come out and if you didnt want to buy them the current gen would go down on price this is what im going to do and untill then ill be playing my xbox 360 good luck