~$2000 Gaming Computer Build

Approximate Purchase Date: December 2013/January 2014
Budget: $2000-$2300 CAD after tax, no shipping (will pickup)
System usage from most to least important: Gaming, internet, movies.
Need Monitor: No
Monitor resolution: 1920x1080
Need OS: Yes
Preferred websites:
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Brand Preference: Intel
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI/Crossfire: No
Notes: I am buying the below computer from a local shop( the URL is listed in the preferred website above) because I have had a good experience with them previously and I do not know how to assemble it myself. But, if you can recommend a better system from the components listed on the site it would be appreciated.

1. I do not know what the wattage requirement of this is, so I excluded a power supply.
2. For RAM, I cannot decide between the Corsair Vengeance and the Kingston Hyper-X Red they are both 16GB 1600MHz.
3. I cannot decide between Windows 7 and Windows 8. I have heard that 8 is superior, except for its awful tablet interface, but apparently the 8.1 update re-introduces the start menu and other 7-like features.
4. I would also like a new gaming keyboard, preferably under $150. Please recommend one.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 942/ HAF X Advanced Full Tower ATX Case (RC-942-KKN1) $174.99
Motheboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z87 Socket 1150 Gaming Intel Z87 Chipset ATX Motherboard $259.99
CPU: Intel Gen 4 Core i7 4770K Quad-Core 3.5Ghz CPU $354.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB Kit (2x8G) Dual Channel DDR3 1600Mhz CL10 Performance Series (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10) $179.99
SSD Boot Drive: Intel Generation3 335-Series 240GB Solid state drive SSD (SSDSC2CT240A4K5) $194.99
Hard drive: Western Digital WD2002FAEX Caviar Black 2TB SATA3 6Gb/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache Hard Drive $159.99
Video Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 (21197-00-40G/ 11197-11-40G) PCI-Express 3.0 Video Card $389.99
Sub-Total $1815
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  1. Best answer
    1. 550W from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX. If you consider any PSU from a different company the look for profesional reviews on the specific unit. Make sure its good for the rated watts and make sure the built quality is good. Bad PSU would risk every other part.

    2. Just go for what ever is cheaper or whichever you like more.

    3. I personally have not used 8, I would suggest going somewhere and trying it out if possible. If not, 7 is a fully functioning OS that is already recognized as good.

    4. I recently asked about keyboards and was suggested Cooler Masters Storm line. I would say that keyboards are more personal preference though and the best way to choose one would be to go to the store and try some.

    If you do not intend to do editing, or anything like that you should get an i5 4670k and 8gb ram. You will not see a benefit from i7 or 16gb ram in gaming.

    You should ask again when its closer to the purchase date. Prices will probably be quite different by then and suggested parts will probably be different. (Especially with AMDs new line coming out soon.)
  2. december 2013/ 2014
    amd hawaii !

    build for now, completly overkill :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Swiftech H320 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($192.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($288.29 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($288.29 @ Amazon)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT H630 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.40 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1799.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-07 06:55 EDT-0400)
  3. I've been using 8 since launch and it's great. If you set up the Metro UI by getting rid of the useless shovelware that comes with Windows, it becomes easy and accessible.
  4. Here, Asus Matrix in CrossFireX will blow a 780 and a R9-290X out of the water anyday.

    EDIT: This build is definately future proof for at least 2-3 years, probably 4.
  5. You can also get a Corsair 750D, but its not available in Canada yet, but you can buy it from the Corsair Website. If you want that case.
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