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January 3, 2014 11:41:10 AM

So I've been contemplating and procrastinating building a PC for a while now, but after talking with my bank I can finally afford to build my own PC. My limit per month is $1500. I plan to play BF4, BF3, Skyrim, and FIFA 14 on this machine. I'm not sure whether to spend the $1500 or save money and go with a $1000-$1200 build. For my gaming needs, what budget would you recommend? Note I live in Canada.
January 3, 2014 11:43:29 AM

For your first, an $800 - $1000 budget would be best.
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January 3, 2014 7:10:53 PM

It looks great to me, as long as that is everything that you need, and you already have mouse/keyboard/monitor etc
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January 3, 2014 7:13:34 PM

BboyDfresh said:
AMD-FX said:
For your first, an $800 - $1000 budget would be best.


http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/BboyDfresh/saved/2sge

How's this? I know it's a little over but I'm happy, but what's your opinion?


The GPU is too weak for the rest of the build. Save $50-$70 on the motherboard and Change the GPU to a gtx770. This will make the computer MUCH more powerful for gaming.
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January 3, 2014 8:01:33 PM
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January 4, 2014 7:20:32 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.67 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.82 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.38 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($327.68 @ Memory Express)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($46.99 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($61.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.89 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.84 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($106.08 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1269.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 10:14 EST-0500)

That's personally what I would go for. MSI's 760 Hawk is currently the best performing 760. Also, the 760 is the best bang for your buck card ATM.
One thing you have to concider when buying parts is "Will you ever want to use this again?".

Gigabytes motherboards perform great and look nice too. 'nuff said.

I find that alot of the time when people buy these cheap, non-modular PSU, they end up going out and buying a more expensive one down the road, spending more than double on their power supply when they could of just spent the little extra to get the better one (i.e. you buy a Corsair CX4 PSU, then later on you go and buy an a SeaSonic X-Series, meanwhile the SeaSonic one might only cost $30 more).

TP-Link's WDN4800 is a really nice 802.11n wireless card, I currently have one and it's awesome :) 
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January 4, 2014 7:51:54 AM

blade of grass said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.67 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.82 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.38 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($327.68 @ Memory Express)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($46.99 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($61.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.89 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.84 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($106.08 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1269.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 10:14 EST-0500)

That's personally what I would go for. MSI's 760 Hawk is currently the best performing 760. Also, the 760 is the best bang for your buck card ATM.
One thing you have to concider when buying parts is "Will you ever want to use this again?".

Gigabytes motherboards perform great and look nice too. 'nuff said.

I find that alot of the time when people buy these cheap, non-modular PSU, they end up going out and buying a more expensive one down the road, spending more than double on their power supply when they could of just spent the little extra to get the better one (i.e. you buy a Corsair CX4 PSU, then later on you go and buy an a SeaSonic X-Series, meanwhile the SeaSonic one might only cost $30 more).

TP-Link's WDN4800 is a really nice 802.11n wireless card, I currently have one and it's awesome :) 


Unfortunately, the HAWK is sold out at that price. The next price is $312, which I'm not really willing to pay lol :p 
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January 4, 2014 7:54:26 AM

BboyDfresh said:
blade of grass said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.67 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.82 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.38 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($327.68 @ Memory Express)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($46.99 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($61.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.89 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.84 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($106.08 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1269.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 10:14 EST-0500)

That's personally what I would go for. MSI's 760 Hawk is currently the best performing 760. Also, the 760 is the best bang for your buck card ATM.
One thing you have to concider when buying parts is "Will you ever want to use this again?".

Gigabytes motherboards perform great and look nice too. 'nuff said.

I find that alot of the time when people buy these cheap, non-modular PSU, they end up going out and buying a more expensive one down the road, spending more than double on their power supply when they could of just spent the little extra to get the better one (i.e. you buy a Corsair CX4 PSU, then later on you go and buy an a SeaSonic X-Series, meanwhile the SeaSonic one might only cost $30 more).

TP-Link's WDN4800 is a really nice 802.11n wireless card, I currently have one and it's awesome :) 


Unfortunately, the HAWK is sold out at that price. The next price is $312, which I'm not really willing to pay lol :p 

:(  That sucks.
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January 4, 2014 7:58:58 AM

blade of grass said:
BboyDfresh said:
blade of grass said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.67 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.82 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.38 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($327.68 @ Memory Express)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($46.99 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($61.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.89 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.84 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($106.08 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1269.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 10:14 EST-0500)

That's personally what I would go for. MSI's 760 Hawk is currently the best performing 760. Also, the 760 is the best bang for your buck card ATM.
One thing you have to concider when buying parts is "Will you ever want to use this again?".

Gigabytes motherboards perform great and look nice too. 'nuff said.

I find that alot of the time when people buy these cheap, non-modular PSU, they end up going out and buying a more expensive one down the road, spending more than double on their power supply when they could of just spent the little extra to get the better one (i.e. you buy a Corsair CX4 PSU, then later on you go and buy an a SeaSonic X-Series, meanwhile the SeaSonic one might only cost $30 more).

TP-Link's WDN4800 is a really nice 802.11n wireless card, I currently have one and it's awesome :) 


Unfortunately, the HAWK is sold out at that price. The next price is $312, which I'm not really willing to pay lol :p 

:(  That sucks.


So what would you suggest? Just wait or choose a different GPU?
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January 4, 2014 11:39:36 AM

BboyDfresh said:
blade of grass said:
BboyDfresh said:
blade of grass said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($281.67 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.82 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.38 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($327.68 @ Memory Express)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($46.99 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($61.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($111.89 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.84 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($106.08 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1269.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 10:14 EST-0500)

That's personally what I would go for. MSI's 760 Hawk is currently the best performing 760. Also, the 760 is the best bang for your buck card ATM.
One thing you have to concider when buying parts is "Will you ever want to use this again?".

Gigabytes motherboards perform great and look nice too. 'nuff said.

I find that alot of the time when people buy these cheap, non-modular PSU, they end up going out and buying a more expensive one down the road, spending more than double on their power supply when they could of just spent the little extra to get the better one (i.e. you buy a Corsair CX4 PSU, then later on you go and buy an a SeaSonic X-Series, meanwhile the SeaSonic one might only cost $30 more).

TP-Link's WDN4800 is a really nice 802.11n wireless card, I currently have one and it's awesome :) 


Unfortunately, the HAWK is sold out at that price. The next price is $312, which I'm not really willing to pay lol :p 

:(  That sucks.


So what would you suggest? Just wait or choose a different GPU?


You can always order it and wait abit. Newegg has it on sale top and in Stock
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