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

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February 6, 2014 4:00:15 PM

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Why Are You Upgrading: Computer I have now is outdated and can't run the games that I want on High with decent Frame rates.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 4:11:31 PM

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-bx80646i54670...) | $254.00 @ Canada Computers
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...) | $124.50 @ Vuugo
**Memory** | [G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl...) | $92.06 @ DirectCanada
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-d...) | $104.99 @ NCIX
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760d...) | $289.00 @ Vuugo
**Case** | [Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011040w...) | $72.93 @ DirectCanada
**Power Supply** | [SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s...) | $79.98 @ Newegg Canada
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-s...) | $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 |
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 4:14:43 PM

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-gai...) | $33.85 @ Newegg Canada
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...) | $139.75 @ Vuugo
**Memory** | [G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl...) | $92.06 @ DirectCanada
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-d...) | $104.99 @ NCIX
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760d...) | $289.00 @ Vuugo
**Case** | [Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011040w...) | $72.93 @ DirectCanada
**Power Supply** | [SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s...) | $79.98 @ Newegg Canada
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-s...) | $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 |
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February 6, 2014 7:38:11 PM

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?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2014 8:09:23 PM

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.
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February 7, 2014 12:45:46 PM

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. :) 
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February 7, 2014 1:03:51 PM

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
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February 8, 2014 1:41:24 AM

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!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2014 7:56:02 AM

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.
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February 8, 2014 9:33:25 AM

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 
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a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2014 10:35:33 AM

I've had the best luck with G.Skill RAM lately. I really like the RAM I included in my builds above.
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February 8, 2014 1:33:37 PM

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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