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October 17, 2013 3:24:38 PM

I am looking into getting myself a new gaming PC. What I am looking for a strong PC (size doesn't matter) that can support all of the latest games in their max fps. I would like to make game play videos on this computer so it is important that it's speed is good. I would also like the PC to be quiet and fairly soundproof.

I am new to building PCs so I am not the most experienced when it comes to what I need and what I don't. Can someone please list all of the essentials I will need and include some suggestions on what particular components I should use to make this a true gaming PC. Also if you are aware of a website I can use to help me through the process of creating my PC that would be great as well.

I have no set budget yet but if it is under $2000 (Canadian) I would be very happy, although I am willing to adjust. Also I am not sure if I should get my PC built or assemble it myself. I have heard it can be a lot cheaper to do it myself but I am not too confident in my abilities to do so.

Thanks and if you have any further questions please ask!

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a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2013 4:01:08 PM

Here is a fairly high end build, if you can go all the way up, you can switch the GPU for a GTX 780 but I don't think the price difference is worth it, or even add a second R9 280X in crossfire.

Of course you can downgrade some stuff if you feel it overkill, as the CPU for an i5 4670k or the RAM for 8GB .

Have fun!

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Q1Xh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Q1Xh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Q1Xh/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($172.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.75 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1631.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 18:56 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2013 4:12:43 PM

WarWolverineWarrior said:
coastie65 said:
Hi. This should do it and it is in Canadian Dollars: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/coastie65/saved/#savedb...

Get a better GPU. 7970 or equivalent.
And you can get a cheaper PSU.


The 7970 is good. I did one run through to get an approximate cost, then started tweaking. Forgot to do the GPU. As for the PSU I went that way as it has good headroom on the rail and it is full modular not to mention it is Platinum Certified. One thing I won't do is cheap out on a PSU. That was a good price on that thing.
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October 17, 2013 4:39:11 PM

I like your suggestions. Would you link me to the 7970 Gpu you speak of? Also do you have any alternative cases you could send me as well? Is it hard to put together a PC with no knowledge or should I have in done professionally? If I need it done what would that cost?

Thanks for your help!
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October 17, 2013 4:55:37 PM

Natecurt3030 said:
I like your suggestions. Would you link me to the 7970 Gpu you speak of? Also do you have any alternative cases you could send me as well? Is it hard to put together a PC with no knowledge or should I have in done professionally? If I need it done what would that cost?

Thanks for your help!


Here is the updated list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/coastie65/saved/#savedb...

Here is a link to the Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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October 17, 2013 5:07:09 PM

coastie65 said:
Natecurt3030 said:
I like your suggestions. Would you link me to the 7970 Gpu you speak of? Also do you have any alternative cases you could send me as well? Is it hard to put together a PC with no knowledge or should I have in done professionally? If I need it done what would that cost?

Thanks for your help!


Here is the updated list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/coastie65/saved/#savedb...

Here is a link to the Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Great! Thanks for that but as for building the PC myself what do you suggest? I think I like the case you suggested. Does it come with the red lights automatically?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2013 5:21:46 PM

Cases are always a personal choice, but generally you want a Mid Tower with good air flow ( the reason I went with the 922HAF ). You can open the part Picker link I provided and then click on the case button to get your options. I changed the case as the motherboard requires 3.0 for the front USB ports and the other one was 2.0. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/coastie65/saved/#savedb...
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a b 4 Gaming
October 17, 2013 5:31:47 PM

As for building, the first thing is to take your time. Read the stuff that comes with the case and then get that set up and prepped ( standoffs & I/O shield ). My next step is to prep the motherboard by setting up the Backing plate for the cooler. If you take the time to read the paperwork that comes with each component, you should be fine, and you can always come here if you have a question about something. There are a lot of knowlegeable people around here.
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October 17, 2013 8:19:41 PM

R280X is a re-branded and a little better 7970. You have to know what you want from your computer. The monitor and games depicts what video card you want. I7 and I5 are the best processors out there and you have the budget for it. Make sure you get a mobo that supports 2 Video Cards, because you can crossfire video cards(Use 2 of the same cards) in the future to boost your performance without buying a new video card. Power Supply would be 750+W 12v rail Certified. (It's an overkill until you get your 2nd Video Card)

Take your time researching and learning about computers. Look at the benchmarks and the counterparts. Ask any questions here and they will get answered. It's actually really fun to build your own rig and get other people's opinion on it to see if you can improve your build. Use PCPARTPICKER (it will show compatible parts with the ones you have already chosen)
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