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January 2, 2014 5:09:32 PM

My current laptop is old and doesn't run any game that well anymore, so I want to build a desktop.
I currently have $900, but I would like the price to be no more than $850 since I have to pay tax and shipping. Peripherals are taken care of.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or next week.

Budget Range: $800-$850 before tax, shipping, after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, animating/programming, youtube, surfing the internet, watching movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Completely new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, amazon.ca only please.

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU only, Nvidia GPU, 1TB HDD, I like this case

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I don't know exactly. It's a 19 inch monitor, so I think 1280x1024.

Additional Comments: I will go for an amd GPU if absolutely necessary. I'd like to run current and next gen games at medium-ultra settings at minimum 30fps.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current laptop is horrible and can't run many games.

Thank you for your time.

Imminent Fire
January 2, 2014 6:31:46 PM

How does this look? This should run everything quite well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($148.00 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($124.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.05 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon 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) ($93.87 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $844.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-02 21:31 EST-0500)
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January 3, 2014 4:29:37 AM

Sylvanriv said:
How does this look? This should run everything quite well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($148.00 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($124.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.05 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon 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) ($93.87 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $844.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-02 21:31 EST-0500)


I don't mean to sound picky but I don't want an amd cpu, and I only want to buy from newegg.ca and amazon.ca.
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January 3, 2014 9:52:23 AM

Here's an intel build- it's only $894 because of shipping (shipping is factored in). W/o shipping, it's about 850-860.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.32 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($121.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.05 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($182.84 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($72.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($110.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $894.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 12:51 EST-0500)
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January 3, 2014 1:57:27 PM

Sylvanriv said:
Here's an intel build- it's only $894 because of shipping (shipping is factored in). W/o shipping, it's about 850-860.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.32 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($121.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.05 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($182.84 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($72.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($110.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $894.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 12:51 EST-0500)


Thank-you! This is great.

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