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June 9, 2014 8:00:42 PM

Hi! I am going to be ordering and then later building my first PC. I have picked some parts and this is what I have come up with: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($113.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($279.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Raidmax 630W Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $999.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 22:59 EDT-0400)

Please keep it Canadian prices EHH. I will not be OCing and I will being playing on a 1080 monitor. Please suggest builds at your own will! Thanks in advance for your advice. Cheers! :D 

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June 9, 2014 8:07:03 PM

Wait to get the 4690K, it should be the same price as the 4670K

R9 280 is a bit cheaper for the same performance afaik

I would go for a XFX or Corsair or similar brand quality PSU
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June 9, 2014 8:13:31 PM

stickmansam said:
Wait to get the 4690K, it should be the same price as the 4670K

R9 280 is a bit cheaper for the same performance afaik

I would go for a XFX or Corsair or similar brand quality PSU

I definitely did not click solution for this answer... Anyways, I was thinking that a corsair would be better but I also saw that reviews were similar. Thanks for the advice
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June 9, 2014 8:15:11 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.95 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($264.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $926.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:14 EDT-0400)
You have a non k cpu so you don't need a Z97 mobo.
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June 9, 2014 8:18:43 PM

Weird, I didn't do anything either...

I changed to a R9 280X

Put in a 4670K for placeholder
If you're going to OC, you don't really need the 212 EVO or the Z87 board

XFX Power supply (made by Seasonic)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($113.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($264.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $990.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:18 EDT-0400)

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June 9, 2014 8:23:57 PM

MasterDell said:
stickmansam said:
Wait to get the 4690K, it should be the same price as the 4670K

R9 280 is a bit cheaper for the same performance afaik

I would go for a XFX or Corsair or similar brand quality PSU

I definitely did not click solution for this answer... Anyways, I was thinking that a corsair would be better but I also saw that reviews were similar. Thanks for the advice


Since your question has not been solved in your opinion yet, I've unselected it as the solution so more people could try and help you, not trying to be of any offensive to "stickmansam" in anyway.

I live in Canada and something I can tell you is that Canadian prices are a total rip. Everything's atleast 25% more than what it is in the states, it's absurd. I've changed your build a little.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.04 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-K/CSM ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.64 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.34 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($309.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1026.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:19 EDT-0400)

First I changed the CPU to the 4460, a still capable 4th generation processor, and then given you a nice Z97 board in case you ever decided to replace it with an overclockable CPU. I also included a nice Noctua CPU cooler in case that happened, and if not then it's still a solid and reliable cooler. (you can remove it for the stock cooler if you want though.)

I replaced your motherboard with a different one from ASUS, which in my and many other opinion's is the best motherboard company in the market.

I saved a bit on the RAM and gave you 8GB of DDR3-1600, and it's still good quality RAM but you have to save where you can.

Storage I upgraded with a better WD Blue, which is superior in terms of reliability to the Seagate Barracuda.

I kept your case and optical drive.

I replaced your PSU, that was a bad unit by a bad company, and this is a quality XFX 550W, and will power your system without any problem. I also managed to fit in a 280X instead of your old 760, granting you much more performance.

Happy building!

(remember this build is all WITHOUT mail-in-rebates included, I don't count them towards the actual price, they're not very reliable.)
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June 9, 2014 8:25:55 PM

I think I may over clock in the future as my system ages so getting a z97 board may be a viable option in case I change my mind about OCing. I also never noticed the 280X was better and less expensive! xD thanks for pointing that out!
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June 9, 2014 8:28:23 PM

AgentTran said:
MasterDell said:
stickmansam said:
Wait to get the 4690K, it should be the same price as the 4670K

R9 280 is a bit cheaper for the same performance afaik

I would go for a XFX or Corsair or similar brand quality PSU

I definitely did not click solution for this answer... Anyways, I was thinking that a corsair would be better but I also saw that reviews were similar. Thanks for the advice


Since your question has not been solved in your opinion yet, I've unselected it as the solution so more people could try and help you, not trying to be of any offensive to "stickmansam" in anyway.

I live in Canada and something I can tell you is that Canadian prices are a total rip. Everything's atleast 25% more than what it is in the states, it's absurd. I've changed your build a little.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.04 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-K/CSM ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.64 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.34 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($309.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1026.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:19 EDT-0400)

First I changed the CPU to the 4460, a still capable 4th generation processor, and then given you a nice Z97 board in case you ever decided to replace it with an overclockable CPU. I also included a nice Noctua CPU cooler in case that happened, and if not then it's still a solid and reliable cooler. (you can remove it for the stock cooler if you want though.)

I replaced your motherboard with a different one from ASUS, which in my and many other opinion's is the best motherboard company in the market.

I saved a bit on the RAM and gave you 8GB of DDR3-1600, and it's still good quality RAM but you have to save where you can.

Storage I upgraded with a better WD Blue, which is superior in terms of reliability to the Seagate Barracuda.

I kept your case and optical drive.

I replaced your PSU, that was a bad unit by a bad company, and this is a quality XFX 550W, and will power your system without any problem. I also managed to fit in a 280X instead of your old 760, granting you much more performance.

Happy building!

(remember this build is all WITHOUT mail-in-rebates included, I don't count them towards the actual price, they're not very reliable.)


MasterDell said:
I think I may over clock in the future as my system ages so getting a z97 board may be a viable option in case I change my mind about OCing. I also never noticed the 280X was better and less expensive! xD thanks for pointing that out!

I would get a K cpu now then the perform should be the same the only different is if you ever want to overclock you won't have to change the cpu latter.
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June 9, 2014 8:29:08 PM

Being a Canadian as well, everything seems to cost more than it should even though there's supposed to be a "free trade" thing going on
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June 9, 2014 8:31:37 PM

AgentTran said:
MasterDell said:
stickmansam said:
Wait to get the 4690K, it should be the same price as the 4670K

R9 280 is a bit cheaper for the same performance afaik

I would go for a XFX or Corsair or similar brand quality PSU

I definitely did not click solution for this answer... Anyways, I was thinking that a corsair would be better but I also saw that reviews were similar. Thanks for the advice


Since your question has not been solved in your opinion yet, I've unselected it as the solution so more people could try and help you, not trying to be of any offensive to "stickmansam" in anyway.

I live in Canada and something I can tell you is that Canadian prices are a total rip. Everything's atleast 25% more than what it is in the states, it's absurd. I've changed your build a little.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.04 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-K/CSM ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.64 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.34 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($309.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1026.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 23:19 EDT-0400)

First I changed the CPU to the 4460, a still capable 4th generation processor, and then given you a nice Z97 board in case you ever decided to replace it with an overclockable CPU. I also included a nice Noctua CPU cooler in case that happened, and if not then it's still a solid and reliable cooler. (you can remove it for the stock cooler if you want though.)

I replaced your motherboard with a different one from ASUS, which in my and many other opinion's is the best motherboard company in the market.

I saved a bit on the RAM and gave you 8GB of DDR3-1600, and it's still good quality RAM but you have to save where you can.

Storage I upgraded with a better WD Blue, which is superior in terms of reliability to the Seagate Barracuda.

I kept your case and optical drive.

I replaced your PSU, that was a bad unit by a bad company, and this is a quality XFX 550W, and will power your system without any problem. I also managed to fit in a 280X instead of your old 760, granting you much more performance.

Happy building!

(remember this build is all WITHOUT mail-in-rebates included, I don't count them towards the actual price, they're not very reliable.)

Wow thanks for all of the advice!(: I know that the prices are terrible here in Canada.. But I'm lucky and I live by the border :D  so I can ship everything to a warehouse and when it arrives I can cross and pick it all up! And I too agree that ASUS has superior motherboard over it's competitors. Thanks for your advice!
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