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First PC build. Compatibility check/advice much appreciated!

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January 22, 2014 12:36:36 PM

Hi,
This is what I have come up with so far for a gaming rig around $1200. Please let me know if there's any potential issues with what I've chosen, or if you have any suggestions as to what I could do better for a similar price. Any help is much appreciated as I am new to all of this

Mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Memory: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
SSD for OS: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I should also note that I'm not really planning on doing any overclocking. Will the stock CPU cooler suffice?

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January 22, 2014 12:44:18 PM

Looking good.
Stock CPU cooler will be good enough if you are not planning to overclock.
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January 22, 2014 12:52:37 PM

A reasonable and compatible build.

The stock cooler will perform fine.
Under load, the small fan may spin up and become noisy.
If noise is an issue, a cm hyper 212 or Xigmatek tower cooler for $30 will be better.

Consider deferring on the hard drive and use a 240gb ssd instead. It will hold a good number of games. It is easy to add a hard drive later if you will be storing large files such as videos.

Do you need a DVD drive?

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January 22, 2014 12:58:50 PM

Good build but for $1200 you can build something which has so much more performance than this. Here is what I suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($505.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1158.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 15:57 EST-0500)
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January 22, 2014 2:02:48 PM

geofelt said:
A reasonable and compatible build.

The stock cooler will perform fine.
Under load, the small fan may spin up and become noisy.
If noise is an issue, a cm hyper 212 or Xigmatek tower cooler for $30 will be better.

Consider deferring on the hard drive and use a 240gb ssd instead. It will hold a good number of games. It is easy to add a hard drive later if you will be storing large files such as videos.

Do you need a DVD drive?



Thanks for the advice. I'll take it into consideration, but I've got a 500GB HDD in my current PC and it's pretty full, so I'd like to have lots of storage. As for the DVD drive, yea I probably should just throw one in. Was thinking of going without, but they're cheap.

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January 22, 2014 2:05:56 PM

Computer__GUY said:
Good build but for $1200 you can build something which has so much more performance than this. Here is what I suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($505.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1158.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 15:57 EST-0500)


Thanks, I'll do some looking around at these parts on Canadian sites. Yea... I'm in Canada so things are either more expensive or I have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping.
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