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December 6, 2013 12:23:34 AM

I'm looking to build a new system, hopefully around Christmas. I live in Canada. The budget I'm aiming for is 1000. I can go slightly over. I have quite a specific list of things I want, please bare with me.

Power Supply: I won't cheap out on this but it is a budget build, modular or non modular doesn't matter
CPU/Mobo: Looking to future proof this system, strongly prefer 4670k with a z87 board. 3570k is acceptable. Will look to sli/crossfire in the future with this setup. I understand this will not be the limiting factor in my gaming performance at the time of the build.
Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 770 (670 is ok too) but will settle for 760 if I must
OR Radeon HD 7970/280x but will settle for 7950 or 7870 with a Tahiti core
RAM: I might be able to borrow a 1x8 GB module from my mom's PC right now. Can skip this if needed
Hard drive: Strongly prefer SSD. Can use a Regular Hard Drive and upgrade later
Monitor: 21 inch+, other specs don't matter.
I need a wireless adapter as well.
Case: hopefully a better looking one, that's all
EDIT1: OS not needed

Other luxuries I want but don't need right this moment:

CPU Cooler, LED case lighting, optical drive


Also, if it helps, I play mainly League of Legends, and sometimes Starcraft 2. I do understand that this build is somewhat overkill. I do have some more demanding titles which I do not play often (Crysis 2, BF3). The reward bundles from both Nvidia and Radeon are cool and I have no preference for either of them.

In addition, I can buy in the US and ship to a US address since I live very close to the border (Vancouver).

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a c 170 B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2013 12:35:54 AM

You weren't specific about whether or not you needed an OS. I assumed you did.
Getting a GTX770 and 4760K build under $1000 isn't easy when you need a monitor and an OS (that's $200 gone before you even touch the PC itself)

This is about as cheap as it gets -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-1XN42 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($117.80 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1074.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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It's over budget but that's about as close as you can get unless you reuse memory/HDD etc.
The motherboard isn't a standard pick, but it's a very good price right now, and I had to get the price down.
You might want to spend a bit more on the case, but again, needs must.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2013 12:40:38 AM

here it is

all from US

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ B&H)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $913.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 03:40 EST-0500)
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December 6, 2013 12:52:11 AM

Rammy said:
You weren't specific about whether or not you needed an OS. I assumed you did.
Getting a GTX770 and 4760K build under $1000 isn't easy when you need a monitor and an OS (that's $200 gone before you even touch the PC itself)

This is about as cheap as it gets -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-1XN42 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($117.80 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1074.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 03:34 EST-0500)

It's over budget but that's about as close as you can get unless you reuse memory/HDD etc.
The motherboard isn't a standard pick, but it's a very good price right now, and I had to get the price down.
You might want to spend a bit more on the case, but again, needs must.


Excellent build, I did not need an OS. But will 550w suffice for a single card set up? I know it definitely won't handle 2 cards but if it can achieve stability with one card I am ok with this
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December 6, 2013 12:52:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($140.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1013.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 03:50 EST-0500)

Skipped memory, got an SSD, PSU aiming for SLI here...Best value for money imo
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a c 170 B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2013 1:00:24 AM

EZblaze said:

Excellent build, I did not need an OS. But will 550w suffice for a single card set up? I know it definitely won't handle 2 cards but if it can achieve stability with one card I am ok with this


Yeah its absolutely fine as it is. If you don't need an OS then that basically just drops you in under budget but doesn't really free up any funds to play with.
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December 6, 2013 1:22:20 AM

Prices should drop alot around Christmas, and great if you can buy in the US, we get ripped off so much here in Canada its annoying.

If you could wait till gsync comes out next year and see if its worth it then hold off the monitor purchase if you can. Otherwise 280x would be my choice as its roughly like a gtx 770.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-K ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $999.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 04:20 EST-0500)
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December 6, 2013 1:28:42 AM

I've heard bad things about the CX series from Corsair :( 
Also my budget is rather tight so with the conversion rate I'm gonna say I have EXACTLY 1030 USD to spend. This would have to be done without rebates and that kind of stuff (1100 Canadian dollars, 100 dollars above my original budget)
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a c 170 B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2013 2:04:15 AM

CX PSUs are fine if the price is right. They are often priced ridiculously low, for an entry level build it's a far better option than a lot of the alternatives. Once you start to get to higher capacities and bigger budget builds, that starts to make less sense.

Rebates are part of what make the US market really good to buy in, they can really skew the value of some products dramatically.

My original build for example, comes in $45 cheaper after rebates, and the motherboard in particular is only really good due to a $20 rebate+$15 combo discount.
Here's a revised version that doesn't have any rebates, but it's not as good value
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-1XN42 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($117.80 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1028.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 05:03 EST-0500)
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December 6, 2013 2:09:31 AM

hmm thanks for all the help guys. Would you guys advise I wait until Christmas? For the Americans that don't know, the Canadian version of Black Friday is "Boxing Day", which is December 26th. However, this year we had our Black Friday to compete with the American Black Friday also. I don't know how significant the price drops will be and whether or not it's worth the wait.

btw I will pick a best answer after I complete the build
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December 9, 2013 7:56:10 AM

Something that you should bear in mind is that if you want to sli or cf in the future you MUST get a psu that is at least 800W bronze. Dont restrain yourself with a 550-600 psu. Wattage room is good. So is the case. Dont go cheap on the case. Components in a good case are better in the long run. Less dust, less noise, even better overclocks.
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December 9, 2013 12:48:58 PM

mike789 said:
Something that you should bear in mind is that if you want to sli or cf in the future you MUST get a psu that is at least 800W bronze. Dont restrain yourself with a 550-600 psu. Wattage room is good. So is the case. Dont go cheap on the case. Components in a good case are better in the long run. Less dust, less noise, even better overclocks.


Yeah I just don't have all that much money to spare atm. I know 550-600w isn't gonna cut it for cf/sli, but it stands to reason to future proof the mobo/cpu and replace the psu and maybe the case later than to future proof the psu and case and replace the mobo/cpu later doens't it? The former would cost me maybe 200 dollars to replace both items, and I would have a backup psu and a case for a future build, which does not depreciate in value. The latter would cost me 350-400 dollars to replace, and I would have a useless cpu/mobo sitting around, which is just going to get worse and worse as time goes by. idk just my thoughts
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December 9, 2013 1:34:22 PM

By the time you are going to need almost any kind of upgrade, your m/b will be obsolete. So the only upgrade that matters in general is a 2nd gpu and a cpu-cooler to OC. Everything else would be pointless. You can save some money getting the 3570k and a z77 m/b as you mentioned which will not perform worse anywhere. For example:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hL4Z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hL4Z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2hL4Z/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ B&H)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1112.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-09 16:25 EST-0500)

I know I got over budget but the point is that you get the best performance possible NOW (ssd, great cpu,gpu) and if you CF in the future even better with this build, future proofing is not based on future tech is based on your future needs.
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a c 170 B Homebuilt system
December 9, 2013 2:52:04 PM

I don't think that "futureproofing" for SLI/Crossfire is necessarily a good way to spend money.
A single 280X or GTX770 is likely to be perfectly sufficient at 1080P for a considerable amount of time, especially given the OPs intended usage. By the time that a graphics upgrade might be desired or even necessary, it is likely that the best option will be to replace the original card with a single card from a future generation.
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December 9, 2013 6:33:39 PM

I have to agree with Rammy. If the OP is goin to buy this build around christmas to early next year. Then say crossfire / sli upgrade within 2 months from that time, sure go with the larger PSU and higher quality if you can get it for cheap. But if its like a year/2 years later then there really isn't anypoint dumping that much money in a high quality PSU with high wattage when you can't use it all.

Also I don't think Raidmax is a good power supply as its made from andyson.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...

^ someone can enlighten me if I'm wrong.

I rather put more money into the MOBO as, you are less likely to replace the board aslong as you keep the Processor and I think the OP will keep the CPU and overclock it in the future so a good quality board will benefit him really well when he overclocks. Single GPU solution is most cost effective imo.

Mike: For your build suggestion, I would honestly take out that 16gb of RAM as it'll bring you closer to his budget :p  Not sure how long 128gb SSD will last him in terms of storage tho, I would just wait and see if any are cheap again, and decide between a harddrive and a SSD as you can always get a SSD later.
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December 10, 2013 1:28:00 AM

Guys, I will have to clarify that also I agree with getting a newer gpu in the future perhaps I should have said that the only upgrade that will matter is EITHER a new (as Rammy correctly mentioned) -thats what I did when I got a gtx770 to replace a 4 yo 5850 -and by the way 770 is great also- OR a 2nd gpu and a cpu cooler. My point was based that EZblaze specifically said "will look to sli/cf in the future". And hopefully, in the future, sli or cf will have better performance and less issues. The 128 gb ssd is small but it would be for OS mainly and some programs and maybe a couple of games at 1st, so as to get another HDD later. Getting the ssd after an hdd would mean more work,format etc. However my whole point is that I think there are some interesting possibilities with this budget that sould be taken into account so various configurations can be examined b4 taking a final decision. Performance-wise an 120$ vs an 160$ m/b wont make a difference. An ssd and 16gb of memory will.

As far as performance in games, new games in this cross/gen era are still not well optimized. You simply cannot get 60 fps constant @1080p with maximum settings in new AAA titles unless you spend ~>600$ for gpu power only. One can buy the cheapest components he can and spend most of his money on gpu so as to get higher framerates and can succeed, but will it be a better build?
example:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2i3q2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2i3q2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2i3q2/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec GX500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($115.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1082.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 04:20 EST-0500)

Same money, best performance in games. Went cheap on the Hard Drive mainly. If he borrows that ram as he said he could skip on the memory and get a better hdd.
Decisions,, decisions,, (Borderlands 2) :pt1cable: 
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December 10, 2013 1:43:08 AM

Respect to you mike for clarifying :)  Back on topic unfortunately Canada strikes again with its pricing

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($201.00 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.87 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.84 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.85 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Antec GX500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.39 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($196.15 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $1307.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 04:35 EST-0500)

$300 over budget :( 


But I manage to trim it a bit down, but no more gtx 780 but for the games the OP plays atm all he really needs is a 760 the most and he can be quite happy.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($141.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.87 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.17 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.44 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($159.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $995.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 04:42 EST-0500)
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December 10, 2013 2:04:33 AM

$300 over budget :(  ???

What ever happened to "I can buy in the US and ship to a US address since I live very close to the border (Vancouver)" ???
If you want the best and can do that its THE way. I live in Europe (Greece) and we also get ripped off in hardware (as well as everything else). Every piece of hardware I have bought I had to wait for the best time to get the lowest possible prices after loooooots of research, still higher than US....
I would certainly take advantage of such an opportunity if it would save so much to get the best for the buck.
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December 16, 2013 2:03:17 AM

Taking into account that I have to drive quite a ways to get the parts, pay for shipping, rent a mailbox for 10 dollars or so, AND exchange CAD for USD at 1.07 per dollar, it makes more sense to spend in Canada, where NCIX is a 10 minute drive away from me. I've been following the prices all over the place, and yes US is cheaper in general but it's not substantial enough that I would spend my dollar in the US rather than wait for boxing day in Canada.

As to the suggestions to the 8320/8350, I know SC2 is poorly optimized and very CPU intensive. It usually would not bottleneck even a 780, but for starcraft in particular i'm not sure so if you guys play/know about it let me know. I'm praying for 300 dollars for a 3570k or 4670k with a z77/z87 combo. I saw a nice Gigabyte mobo/4670k combo for 320 AR (After Black Friday, too!) and I could've pm'ed for around 300 but I didn't pull the trigger. I'll assume 320 for a combo (doesn't make sense for it to be higher on the biggest sale of the year than on a weekly sale)

Due to an increase in popularity in this litecoin mining thing 280x is backordered and might not be on sale for Christmas :(  Very unfortunate because the 280x had 3GB vram which might be useful i the future, and the benchmark framerates for all the games I care about were through the roof. It looks like with this budget, I'm gonna get a 2GB 770, hoping for around $300~ if not then I have to settle with 760 for now. I'm gonna say I'll spend no more than 320 dollars here for now.

You guys enlightened me with the discussion about power supplies though. After looking around and doing some research I figured it's not a good idea to go cheap on the psu. Probably gonna go with a 550 watt-650 watt decent quality psu. I was gonna spend 50 or less but now I think I'll allow 70.

I've already seen 21 inch monitors at 100 dollars. Not gonna spend more than 120 on a monitor. I'd love to have dual or maybe even tri monitors in the future running at 144 hz but that's above my paygrade for now.

Probably gonna borrow the ram for now.

Case. I have an incredibly old but decent full tower lying around (from 2005 lol). I can temporarily use this case til I get a better one. Or I can get a cheapo case.

I need 10-20 dollars for a wireless card.

I'm ok with a 60 dollar hdd for now, maybe there will be a cheap 120gb ssd on sale. I will get both eventually but I'll get one for now.

OS I don't need.
Liquid cooling, case lighting, blu-ray drve, second gpu, and second storage drive can wait for now.

So it comes to: (assuming highest prices)
320 cpu/mobo
320 gpu
0 ram
60 hdd
100 monitor
70 psu
20 wireless card

total comes to 890 x (100% + 12% tax + 1.5% insurance) = 1010.15
This is my tentative plan lemme know if you disagree or have a different opinion.
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December 18, 2013 2:38:53 AM

Skipped ram, case and used canadian prices:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($246.00 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($166.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $983.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 05:22 EST-0500)

If its more than your budget there are 2 options left:
1. A cheaper gpu (maybe 760 or amd) ~230-250$ OR
2. Cheaper cpu+m/b (amd 8350 + ~100$ m/b)
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December 18, 2013 11:59:17 AM

I've been watching prices for every single component religiously for a while now, and I saw that monitor for 100 too. I would've bought it if it didn't get sold out so fast.

I found a few deals today but I need a FAST reply because I need a second opinion

thermaltake TR2 700w powersupply for $50 (40 AR) (I've heard extremely bad things about the 500w and 600w, apparently 700w is different)
corsair 300R case for $75 (55 AR)
the above items will ship for free but ONLY if I buy both (free shipping over 100). So I'm gonna buy both or neither. No other deals interest me from Tigerdirect.ca at the moment (unless you guys have any suggestions)


EDIT2: the above information was from the United States, which again, is not ideal unless there's a substantial difference in price. (currency exchange, shipping, mailbox rental, driving)
zotac geforce gtx 770 for $330 (310 AR) at Memory Express (I can go pick it up myself)

The question is, are these worth buying RIGHT NOW or should I wait for boxing day?
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