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February 16, 2014 2:16:00 PM

I want to build a new gaming PC from scratch. It is my first time doing this. Thanks for your helps in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks
Budget Range: $1500-$2000 CAD (can be before rebates and shipping)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (especially for latest FPS games), streaming, best frame rate

Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com / Ncix.com / Canadacomputers.com

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Parts Preferences: Best possible / best performance / best compatibility
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution: please recommend (1920x1080-1920x1200 possibly)

Additional Comments: Best cooling possible. Upgradable in the future. Playing latest games in the next couple of years. It would be nice if you can even recommend a PC desk also (not very expensive)

Can you please recommend keyboard, mouse and headphones for gaming also?
a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 2:23:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2UoEq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2UoEq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2UoEq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.75 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($524.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor ($323.00 @ Vuugo)
Total: $2027.45
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a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 3:03:45 PM

For the monitor I recommend this one http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vx238hw I have it myself, love it its amazing for pc and xbox gaming.


Anway here is the build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.75 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.97 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($739.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($149.36 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($103.52 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $2044.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 18:01 EST-0500)



Compared to woltej1 build

-Better mobo, or older brother mobo
-A 240gb ssd is highly uneccesary
-Seagate has the most failure hdd compared to western digital and the 2tb western digitial is better then your 2tb seagate.
-780ti is better then 780 obviously
-The 750d is better then the 500r in my opinion.
-The reason why the monitor isnt included because you said to recommend a monitor.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 5:01:53 PM

240 is not unnecessary, mine is already half full after OS and BF4, with how big the major games are becoming a 240gb is completely necessary, especially in a 2k build. A lot more convenient to have all the games you like installed instead of having to pick between a few.

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2UtWF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2UtWF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2UtWF/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($219.00 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($90.15 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($524.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1818.83

if a monitor isn't needed then this is better.
The mobo is possibly the best OC board out there, especially for the price.

I accidentally left in 1600 RAM, upped it to 2133 which will make a difference outside of games.
Changed the SSD to a faster one.

Gave you 1TB of storage which I'm guessing will be enough for you. Going with a caviar black for a mass storage drive is a waste of money. All your programs go on the SSD. Then movies, music and random stuff go on the HDD.

Better tower. If you plan to SLI, a side intake is a must. This case has insane airflow and will also be quiet as all the fans are 200+mm.

I stuck with the 780 because you are paying $200 for 10% performance, not worth it. This way you can buy a second 780 much sooner and kick the shit out of any game you want to play. Plus that zotac is a very high OC, so one of the best 780s out of the box.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 5:23:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($341.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($169.16 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.95 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($579.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($89.74 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.88 @ Canada Computers)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $2004.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 20:23 EST-0500)
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February 16, 2014 5:48:11 PM

I do not have much knowledge about latest hardwares also. I haven't used a PC for a long time.

How much difference between i5 and i7's ?
What components can be upgradable?
Whats the advantage of motherboards that you recommended?

And I edited my post for keyboard, mouse and headphone recommendation as well.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 5:53:14 PM

Ok well what build are you gonna go with, mines or woltej. Anyway, Im gonna give a overview of both of our builds, is that fair woltej. Ok if you have around a 1600 or 1700 dollar gaming build, you will see most people recommending an i5 4670k and a 780ti because right now, thats a great combo and can easily get you over 60 fps. The time where you get the i7 is when you have above 2 grand budget or if you are gonna be video editing, 3d animation, rendering, etc. The components thats can be upgraded are the ram, the cpu, the graphics card, and storage. Technically all the parts but if you want to stay with the build, then yeah those componenets that i told above.
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February 17, 2014 12:50:12 PM

@TheMohammadmo

Thanks for the clarification about CPUs.

What about the differences between motherboards that are suggested?

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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 3:05:27 PM

Well I wouldn't go with the gryphon as it is a micro and limits your options, and at your price range you can go a full build here. The asus hero is an amazing OC board and the MSI is a great board too, just based on reviews however I'd prefer to go with the hero if it was in my budget. Can't go wrong either way. If I recommend a somewhat budget intel build then the MSI board around $130 is always my suggestion.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 3:22:21 PM

The difference between the two is that the hero is a bit better if you are gonna be doing overclocking otherwise they are the same motherboard.
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February 18, 2014 7:50:41 PM

Thanks.

I want to ask about SLI, Crossfire and "Raid 0" also. Which ones can I do? Does the motherboard that you recommended support these?

Should I do it in the future? Does it really make a difference in FPS games?

edit: it would be nice if you can mention about overclocking also
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a b 4 Gaming
February 19, 2014 4:35:40 AM

First of all in my opinion you should forget zamianks build cause its pointless in my opinion. Anyway, with all of the rest of the builds, you can overclock, sli, crossfire and I am not sure about the raid 0. Im still learning about that. With the mobos that we recommend, its really easy to overclock and there are tons of youtube guides.
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