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Looking to build a $1000-$1500 gaming PC/advice

I'm looking to Build a Gaming PC mostly to run games on either normal or high setting's,to record video games, and to edit videos and render them, I'm willing to go over budget by maximum of $100.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I dont really care about the sites(I would take any well known ones)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I would like it to be an intel CPU, Geforce Graphics card, Liquid Cooling,

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like it to be a quiet PC, I would also like to record games,I would also like to have a ssd and a 1TB hard drive so i can put the operating system on the SSD and all the other files like games files on the 1TB hard drive

This is what i got so far:

CPU:Intel core i5-2550k 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2x4) DDR3-2133 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive, Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/ BEBE DVD/ CD Writer
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23" Monitor x2
Link to Build:http://PcPartPicker

I'm open to any recommendations to change any parts, or even open to a different build to this one that I've listed above.
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  1. Daniel F said:


    But the problem for me with that build is that i need a monitor, and with that at max with a $1600 budget i dont think i will be able to fit in a new monitor
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    In that case, delete one of the GPU's.

    @Edit: nvm, delete both of them and get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130918 ... and try to fit the new monitor and you wont have to think about upgrading anything for a while.

    @Edit2: Otherwise, stick with ur build but change that video card for a gtx 760 or 770.
  3. Daniel F said:


    Also is it worth it to have a liquid cooling?, will i have to buy the thermal paste or what ever it is called
  4. It is really worthy if you planning to OC, and considering what cpu and motherboard you got on ur build, if you are not planning to do it, you should look for something cheaper and get a better gpu. In case you want to stick with it, yeah you will need the thermal compound.
  5. Thanks man for the help
  6. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2taMU

    you looking for 2 monitors ? The build I sent you it's way better than the one you posted initially, the only change I would make is to spend a few more bucks and get a gtx 780 to actually forget about getting a new computer for a few years.

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($248.00 @ Vuugo)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($77.27 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.69 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($95.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($116.86 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($97.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.52 @ DirectCanada)
    Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($175.50 @ Vuugo)
    Total: $1648.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 03:16 EST-0500)
  7. Daniel F said:
    http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2taMU

    you looking for 2 monitors ? The build I sent you it's way better than the one you posted initially, the only change I would make is to spend a few more bucks and get a gtx 780 to actually forget about getting a new computer for a few years.

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($248.00 @ Vuugo)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($77.27 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.69 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($95.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($116.86 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($97.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.52 @ DirectCanada)
    Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($175.50 @ Vuugo)
    Total: $1648.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 03:16 EST-0500)


    yea the 2 monitors in the list was my mistake
    @Edit 1: But will the intergrated graphics card casue a problem?
  8. Not at all, it's like it wouldn't exist.
  9. Daniel F said:
    Not at all, it's like it wouldn't exist.


    Ok, Thanks for the awesome build :)
  10. Alexander V said:
    I'm looking to Build a Gaming PC mostly to run games on either normal or high setting's,to record video games, and to edit videos and render them, I'm willing to go over budget by maximum of $100.

    Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

    Budget Range: $1000-$1500 Before / After Rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I dont really care about the sites(I would take any well known ones)

    Country: Canada

    Parts Preferences: I would like it to be an intel CPU, Geforce Graphics card, Liquid Cooling,

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: I would like it to be a quiet PC, I would also like to record games,I would also like to have a ssd and a 1TB hard drive so i can put the operating system on the SSD and all the other files like games files on the 1TB hard drive

    This is what i got so far:

    CPU:Intel core i5-2550k 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2x4) DDR3-2133 Memory
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive, Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB
    Case: NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/ BEBE DVD/ CD Writer
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
    Monitor: Asus VX238H 23" Monitor x2
    Link to Build:http://PcPartPicker

    I'm open to any recommendations to change any parts, or even open to a different build to this one that I've listed above.


    i think that from wherever you're getting the price rates.. they're too high because according to my guess this would not make a high end rig at all...according to me... THROW THAT 660 AWAY.. you'll need to change it in about a year ... instead of spending money on a ultra end mobo.. spend it on a mid-high end mobo .. get i5 4670k .. save money by buyin 128gb SSD instead of 256gb ..spend a little extra and take the 770 ( or 760 atleast).. get atleast 650w supply also.. ( remember that if you're making a rig..you'll be making it for atleast 2 years.. i suppose) thanks :)
  11. I have the same question though it's a bit more complicated
    I live in India and want to build my own pc under 60k - approximately 1000 dollars
    Now, the thing is that I need a lot of help to get the right parts
    Any help here
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