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November 20, 2013 1:16:55 PM

I need help Building 1st gaming computer.

I live in Edmonton, AB, Canada I shop at this Website http://www.memoryexpress.com/ which is the cheapest store i can get at my place. I dont wanna shop online. Im planning to shop on black friday which is cheaper. I dont know whats on sale. I kinda wanna get GTX 780 or GTX 780 TI not a big fan of AMD. Thinking later going to upgrade 2 GPUs. If somene has time to look one at the website and help me for parts please HELP ME i really appreciate it if someone do thank you very much.

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November 21, 2013 5:55:35 AM

I had a goodie but blew your budget by $100 and then I realized by providing a list of components to look for, I might be (inadvertently) leading you to junk (If I suggest a component and it is not in stock or at a good price, my fear is that you may substitute a lower quality component out of need) - Here's what I propose instead...a brands list of sorts.
There is only one component that really concerns me here and that is your PSU choice, for that I'll suggest sticking to Corsair or Antec, you'll want ~800W for 2-way SLI, if considering 3-way SLI for the future ~1000W.
I'll suggest an SSD for your OS (about 120-240GB should suffice) and an HDD for data - I tend to use Western Digital or Toshiba HDD's and Mushkin, Intel or Samsung SSD's.
For motherboards I tend to look at Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte and Intel boards. If thinking of overclocking, an Intel "k" processor (4670k, 4770k) should be chosen along with a motherboard featuring the Z87 chipset. If you have no intention of overclocking, the H87 chipset would work.
For ram choice I look not so much at brand but frequency and timings (high frequency 1600MHz+ and low timings of CAS 9 or lower) most ram brands are good and most have a lifetime warranty

Hope it helps some, any questions, ask away
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November 21, 2013 8:36:31 AM

Should of listed the parts as memory express will beat any canadian retailer/etailers prices by 10% of the difference.
I'm going to be using them as well but for Jamuary tenth including a 144mhz monitor but a budget of $4200
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November 21, 2013 8:54:58 AM

C12Friedman said:
I had a goodie but blew your budget by $100 and then I realized by providing a list of components to look for, I might be (inadvertently) leading you to junk (If I suggest a component and it is not in stock or at a good price, my fear is that you may substitute a lower quality component out of need) - Here's what I propose instead...a brands list of sorts.
There is only one component that really concerns me here and that is your PSU choice, for that I'll suggest sticking to Corsair or Antec, you'll want ~800W for 2-way SLI, if considering 3-way SLI for the future ~1000W.
I'll suggest an SSD for your OS (about 120-240GB should suffice) and an HDD for data - I tend to use Western Digital or Toshiba HDD's and Mushkin, Intel or Samsung SSD's.
For motherboards I tend to look at Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte and Intel boards. If thinking of overclocking, an Intel "k" processor (4670k, 4770k) should be chosen along with a motherboard featuring the Z87 chipset. If you have no intention of overclocking, the H87 chipset would work.
For ram choice I look not so much at brand but frequency and timings (high frequency 1600MHz+ and low timings of CAS 9 or lower) most ram brands are good and most have a lifetime warranty

Hope it helps some, any questions, ask away


This was my original plan but I dont have enough money to buy it and i have to order it online but it will cost me so much money for shipping.


CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($309.47 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($675.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($219.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2769.31



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November 21, 2013 9:41:50 AM

Thinking of getting these parts but i think some of them are not compatible....

NZXT Phantom 820, Matte Black
($219.99)


Corsair Hydro Series H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
($99.99)

Corsair AXi Series AX860i Digital Modular Power Supply
($209.99)

eVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
($579.99)

Samsung 840 Pro Series Solid State Drive, SATA III, 256GB
($249.99)

Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB DDR3 1866MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB), Red
($209.98)

LiteOn iHAS124 24X DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, OEM
($19.99)

Asus BC-12B1ST 12x Blu-ray Combo Drive, SATA, OEM
($69.99)

Core™ i7-4770K Processor Bundle w/ Asus Z87-Deluxe Motherboard
($579.99)
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November 21, 2013 11:15:26 AM

That looks to be good - what are your compatibility concerns there?
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November 21, 2013 11:43:58 AM

C12Friedman said:
That looks to be good - what are your compatibility concerns there?



Well idk do you have suggestions or list for me a parts to build a computer? It's for gaming nothing else. I never built a computer I just did some little research I have no time on searching and reading one. But it's up to you.
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November 21, 2013 1:13:53 PM

All does look good there, I'll throw something together when I get a chance late tonight (and try to keep your budget - even before sales pricing). I think we can keep performance and get the price down some.

What specific games are you looking to play? You may be able to drop down to an i5-4670k since few games take advantage of hyper-threading (the only advantage of the i7)
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November 21, 2013 4:44:09 PM

I'm throwing together a build through PCPartPicker, the issue with that is that some of those items may not be available from MemoryExpress - but there will still be time to reconfigure
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.75 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($33.85 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($202.42 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($165.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($710.35 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Cougar Evolution-W (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($90.46 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($89.75 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1963.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:40 EST-0500)
Just barely keeps your budget, a few changes can still be made - I have a interesting (IMO) case chosen, and air cooling for the cpu - when I select this build through MemoryExpress only, I'm losing about $600 in parts so there still are changes needed
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November 21, 2013 11:00:59 PM

Well i wanna play NEW GAME IN ULTRA!!!... but idk if my bduget is enough im upgrading it to 2 GPU later on at summer its pretty a long time for now. I like your build. well i can actually order online if theyre all together in website which make it cheaper for shipping. as long as they can ship it to Canada :D  .. I really appreciate your help tnx man. Im going to shop some parts on black friday. It should be cheaper for some but well see..
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November 22, 2013 1:14:59 PM

leviathan2 said:
Save yourself the headache and buy a pre-built one. From either Store professionals or second hand from people who have done this for years :)  You will save yourself time, money and a sever headache.


I think by buying pre built in store is expensive rather just building my own. But buying it secondhand can save me up some money

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November 22, 2013 2:26:05 PM

leviathan2 said:
Save yourself the headache and buy a pre-built one. From either Store professionals or second hand from people who have done this for years :)  You will save yourself time, money and a sever headache.


The problem with pre-builts (other than bloat-ware) is you have no control over the components used - they may be outdated or of low quality. I prefer to know exactly what's in my machine
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