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Building a brand new Gaming Computer [CANADA] 1000-1100 CAD.

Thanks for giving this a read guys, It is my first time building a gaming computer.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within these 1-3 Weeks.
Budget Range: $1000-$1100 CAD
System Usage: Gaming/Streaming/Achieve the highest FPS possible.
Games I Play: CS:GO / LoL / DotA 2 / Skyrim
Are you buying a monitor: No.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com / Ncix.com / Canadacomputers.com
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU If i can fit it in the price range, otherwise AMD.
Overclocking: No, maybe in the future?
SLI or Crossfire: No. maybe in the future?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Will need an SSD for the OS, at least a decent Video Card that can put out the frames I need. I will be using my old 1 TB hard drive as well with the SSD.
Why Are You Upgrading: Computer I have now is outdated and can't run the games that I want on High with decent Frame rates.
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  1. Best answer
    Is there any wiggle room in the budget? This one comes in over budget, but is pretty nice. I'll put up an AMD build in a few minutes.

    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2OA1q) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2OA1q/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2OA1q/benchmarks/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $254.00 @ Canada Computers
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87xhd3) | $124.50 @ Vuugo
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8gbsr) | $92.06 @ DirectCanada
    **Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw) | $104.99 @ NCIX
    **Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760dc2oc2gd5) | $289.00 @ Vuugo
    **Case** | [Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011040ww) | $72.93 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12ii520bronze) | $79.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh224dbbebe) | $16.80 @ DirectCanada
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1134.25
    | Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-06 19:15 EST-0500 |
  2. Here's an AMD build that doesn't go over budget.

    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2OzXs) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2OzXs/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2OzXs/benchmarks/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $166.75 @ Vuugo
    **CPU Cooler** | [Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-cpu-cooler-gaiasd1283) | $33.85 @ Newegg Canada
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3) | $139.75 @ Vuugo
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8gbsr) | $92.06 @ DirectCanada
    **Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw) | $104.99 @ NCIX
    **Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760dc2oc2gd5) | $289.00 @ Vuugo
    **Case** | [Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011040ww) | $72.93 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12ii520bronze) | $79.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh224dbbebe) | $16.80 @ DirectCanada
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1096.10
    | Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-06 19:14 EST-0500 |
  3. What are the big differences between the AMD and i5 Processors? Is it worth it to get the k version for overclocking capabilities in the future?

    also, for the rig is it enough to run games on high with a decent fps?
  4. If the budget has the room for an Intel CPU then I would go that route. Intel chips are faster per clock and perform better when gaming. The K version isn't usually very much more expensive, so I think it's a good idea so you have the option of overclocking in the future.

    I included an aftermarket HSF with the AMD build because the stock speed isn't very fast and the chip is pretty easy to overclock.

    The i5 + GTX 760 combo is very nice in your price range. That's what I would go with if it was me.
  5. shortstuff_mt said:
    If the budget has the room for an Intel CPU then I would go that route. Intel chips are faster per clock and perform better when gaming. The K version isn't usually very much more expensive, so I think it's a good idea so you have the option of overclocking in the future.

    I included an aftermarket HSF with the AMD build because the stock speed isn't very fast and the chip is pretty easy to overclock.

    The i5 + GTX 760 combo is very nice in your price range. That's what I would go with if it was me.


    Thanks Bruddah. :)
  6. Well i would recommend getting a MSI Gaming edition GTX 770 4GB, AMD FX 8320 (overclocked to max can reach up to 5.2ghz i believe but not too sure if it would even be stable at that point), 990FX mobo, 120GB SSD (I don't think you will really need a lot of SSD space unles you download your games instead of buying the discs but then again i would recommend downloading all your games into the SSD and the Mods/music/movies etc etc to be saved on your 1TB HDD) and some other cool stuff here is the LAINK http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2P1Z0
  7. What do you guys think of this build?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PnZu

    It's around my price range, i did some research and all those are prices near me in the current week.
    Pretty decent, just want to know if it's compatible and will run smoothly!
  8. Yes, all the components are compatible. You didn't use the Canada version of the site. I wouldn't go with 4x2GB of RAM. 2x4GB would be better since it gives you an upgrade path and doesn't put as much stress on the memory controller. I would look for a 2x4GB 1866MHz CAS 9 kit that runs at 1.5v.

    I recommend Windows 8.1 for new builds. You may have heard horror stories from people who can't handle change, but once you get over the learning curve it's a very solid OS.
  9. shortstuff_mt said:
    Yes, all the components are compatible. You didn't use the Canada version of the site. I wouldn't go with 4x2GB of RAM. 2x4GB would be better since it gives you an upgrade path and doesn't put as much stress on the memory controller. I would look for a 2x4GB 1866MHz CAS 9 kit that runs at 1.5v.

    I recommend Windows 8.1 for new builds. You may have heard horror stories from people who can't handle change, but once you get over the learning curve it's a very solid OS.



    Any Recommendations of a brand RAM for this MOBO? Alright , I'll look into the 8.1 O.S i just didn't have any experience with it and don't know if it was better then the original Windows. :P
  10. I've had the best luck with G.Skill RAM lately. I really like the RAM I included in my builds above.
  11. shortstuff_mt said:
    I've had the best luck with G.Skill RAM lately. I really like the RAM I included in my builds above.



    Alright thanks I'll be updating with pictures of the build when I get them this week :]
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