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July 2, 2014 9:23:54 AM

So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!

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July 2, 2014 9:29:57 AM

MajorNoob1 said:
So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $509.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

That PSU is not modular, just a heads up.
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July 2, 2014 9:30:26 AM

I would really suggest getting an AMD FX-6300 for a $500 build. Let me see what I can work out for you.

Edit: Nevermind. Andrew has a very very nice build for you. I wouldn't change a thing. That will way outperform your GPU though by a lot. The GTX 470 is quite outdated.
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July 2, 2014 9:32:36 AM

RookieOfTheYear said:
I would really suggest getting an AMD FX-6300 for a $500 build. Let me see what I can work out for you.

Edit: Nevermind. Andrew has a very very nice build for you. I wouldn't change a thing. That will way outperform your GPU though by a lot. The GTX 470 is quite outdated.


OP wants Z97.
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July 2, 2014 9:33:42 AM

RookieOfTheYear said:
I would really suggest getting an AMD FX-6300 for a $500 build. Let me see what I can work out for you.

Edit: Nevermind. Andrew has a very very nice build for you. I wouldn't change a thing. That will way outperform your GPU though by a lot. The GTX 470 is quite outdated.
Well, i plan on upgrading the GPU later on for a new R9 270. I also want to go with intel because i plan on upgrading down the road.

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July 2, 2014 9:35:09 AM

Yea and I was thinking it wouldn't fit in budget. The build Andrew made is way better. You will love the 4690K. That thing is a monster for gaming, and the board he chose is quite nice also.
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July 2, 2014 9:37:08 AM

Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $509.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

That PSU is not modular, just a heads up.

This looks great, but random question, does that price include tax? Because taxes in Canada are ridiculous.
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July 2, 2014 9:37:49 AM

MajorNoob1 said:
Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $509.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

That PSU is not modular, just a heads up.

This looks great, but random question, does that price include tax? Because taxes in Canada are ridiculous.


Prices include shipping, takes, and discounts when available.
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July 2, 2014 9:40:37 AM

Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $509.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

That PSU is not modular, just a heads up.


Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $509.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

That PSU is not modular, just a heads up.

This looks great, but random question, does that price include tax? Because taxes in Canada are ridiculous.


Prices include shipping, takes, and discounts when available.

Okay thank you, one last question. Can i substitute that power supply you recommended for this one? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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July 2, 2014 9:41:46 AM

MajorNoob1 said:
Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $509.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

That PSU is not modular, just a heads up.


Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
So i am building my first computer and i am on a budget of about $500 but i have some parts already laying around such as a gtx 470 and 8GB ram but i need a motherboard, CPU, psu and hard drive. I am also situated in Canada just in case that matters. For the motherboard i wanted a new Z97 board that supports SLI, Manufacturer doesn't really matter to me. The CPU can be any I3 or I5 that fits my budget. For the PSU i have no preference aslong as it powers my computer, and a 1tb hard drive would be nice. Thanks again!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $509.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

That PSU is not modular, just a heads up.

This looks great, but random question, does that price include tax? Because taxes in Canada are ridiculous.


Prices include shipping, takes, and discounts when available.

Okay thank you, one last question. Can i substitute that power supply you recommended for this one? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Nope. That could be a risk and burn out your PC. Low quality capacitors. EVGA Supernovas are good, too.
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July 2, 2014 9:41:56 AM

Here's a nice setup with a super high quality Seasonic made power supply for future upgrades SLI..... A tad over budget but worth it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($251.49 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.75 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $529.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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July 2, 2014 9:46:19 AM

Hmmm, I am so conflicted now. They're both great builds!
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July 2, 2014 9:47:36 AM

MajorNoob1 said:
Hmmm, I am so conflicted now. They're both great builds!


Depends on what you are doing and your budget. His build is a little bit higher end, but is a little out of your budget.
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July 2, 2014 9:50:52 AM

I added in the more powerful PSU for your future upgrades.

A little over budget , but good deals are hard yo pass up.

You have to great choices from us , good luck with the upgrades
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July 2, 2014 9:51:41 AM

Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
Hmmm, I am so conflicted now. They're both great builds!


Depends on what you are doing and your budget. His build is a little bit higher end, but is a little out of your budget.

Yeah i think i am going to go with yours Andrew. Thanks for your recommendation Blackbird but i think it may be overkill for me. Also, i had one more question. The 4690K is an unlocked card so its made for overclocking but i will be running it with the stock fan. Can i get much of an overclock with the stock fan or should i just go for a cheaper locked i5?

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July 2, 2014 9:52:40 AM

No overclock on stock.
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July 2, 2014 9:53:27 AM

MajorNoob1 said:
Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
Hmmm, I am so conflicted now. They're both great builds!


Depends on what you are doing and your budget. His build is a little bit higher end, but is a little out of your budget.

Yeah i think i am going to go with yours Andrew. Thanks for your recommendation Blackbird but i think it may be overkill for me. Also, i had one more question. The 4690K is an unlocked card so its made for overclocking but i will be running it with the stock fan. Can i get much of an overclock with the stock fan or should i just go for a cheaper locked i5?



It is up to you. You could eventually buy a fan, as the PSUs Blackbird and I suggested handle overclocking well. Those CPUs overclock well. You could get a small OC out of that, maybe to 4 GHz. The 4790K (correct me if I am wrong) uses the same HSF, and it runs with HT at 4.2 @ full load. Better to be safe than sorry, though, and don't overclock. If you could find the money, a Hyper 212 EVO would allow overclocking a bit.
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July 2, 2014 9:56:45 AM

Thank you all for your great and quick help! I'll be sure to post an update on this thread once all my new shiny parts get here! Thank you all once again and for taking the time to help.
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July 2, 2014 9:59:05 AM

MajorNoob1 said:
Thank you all for your great and quick help! I'll be sure to post an update on this thread once all my new shiny parts get here! Thank you all once again and for taking the time to help.


No problem, please do. Good luck :) 
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July 2, 2014 12:54:04 PM

Sorry to reopen this thread but i was looking at some parts and this board looks really nice! And from what i hear, ASUS is very reliable. But i thought I would double check with people with more knowledge than me. What do you guys think of this board? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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July 2, 2014 12:54:54 PM

MajorNoob1 said:
Sorry to reopen this thread but i was looking at some parts and this board looks really nice! And from what i hear, ASUS is very reliable. But i thought I would double check with people with more knowledge than me. What do you guys think of this board? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Great board, generally don't go for their boards, because if you have an issue, their support is terrible. Otherwise, go for it. It is great.
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July 2, 2014 1:02:31 PM

MajorNoob1 said:
Okay, one more thing. Blackbird mentioned that EVGA power supplies are good. Would this be good? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Edit: Also may i just say you are amazing me with how fast your responses are?


Lol that was me that mentioned that, but yes that is good.
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July 2, 2014 1:06:43 PM

Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
Okay, one more thing. Blackbird mentioned that EVGA power supplies are good. Would this be good? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Edit: Also may i just say you are amazing me with how fast your responses are?


Lol that was me that mentioned that, but yes that is good.


Whoops, sorry. All credit given to you. I am probably starting to bother you but ill ask anyways. I feel like it would be a waste of potential if i get the 4690K as i am a complete noob to building pc's and cooling and overclocking and all that. So i was thinking of this processor. What do you think? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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July 2, 2014 1:07:55 PM

MajorNoob1 said:
Andrew Buck said:
MajorNoob1 said:
Okay, one more thing. Blackbird mentioned that EVGA power supplies are good. Would this be good? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Edit: Also may i just say you are amazing me with how fast your responses are?


Lol that was me that mentioned that, but yes that is good.


Whoops, sorry. All credit given to you. I am probably starting to bother you but ill ask anyways. I feel like it would be a waste of potential if i get the 4690K as i am a complete noob to building pc's and cooling and overclocking and all that. So i was thinking of this card. What do you think? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



Nah, the 4590 or 4690 will give you the best performance. With those, I would go with a decent H97 board like the ASRock H97 Pro3.
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July 2, 2014 1:14:26 PM

Get H97, Z97 is pointless if you can't overclock the CPU.
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July 2, 2014 1:16:22 PM

Andrew Buck said:
Get H97, Z97 is pointless if you can't overclock the CPU.

But from what i understand, H97 has limitations such as no SLI/Crossfire and i plan to be upgrading down the road.
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July 2, 2014 1:21:20 PM

MajorNoob1 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Get H97, Z97 is pointless if you can't overclock the CPU.

But from what i understand, H97 has limitations such as no SLI/Crossfire and i plan to be upgrading down the road.


They have Crossfire, but no SLI. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For SLI: That Z97 board is good.
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July 2, 2014 1:26:01 PM

I think i will keep the Z97, it fits my budget perfectly and gives me more choices and options in the future.
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July 3, 2014 8:39:24 AM

Bit of an update, so i bought the I5 4690, and i found an old psu laying around. Its a OCZGXS700, i believe it should work fine. Wouldn't hurt to double check with you guys. Tomorrow i am buying the ASUS Z97-A and a hardrive. I missed one really important thing. A MONITOR. can someone help me choose a decent size, good price monitor?
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July 3, 2014 8:42:34 AM

MajorNoob1 said:
Bit of an update, so i bought the I5 4690, and i found an old psu laying around. Its a OCZGXS700, i believe it should work fine. Wouldn't hurt to double check with you guys. Tomorrow i am buying the ASUS Z97-A and a hardrive. I missed one really important thing. A MONITOR. can someone help me choose a decent size, good price monitor?


It is a decent PSU with Taiwanese capacitors, not bad. For a monitor, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B2HH7G0/?tag=pcpapi-20. Great monitor.
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July 3, 2014 8:51:06 AM

Sorry, i should have probably put a budget. A monitor $200 and below would be great.

Edit: Canadian pricing would be great, since that monitor is $350 Canadian but $240 American
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July 4, 2014 10:32:29 AM

Update: Bought the motherboard and hard drive, going to pick them up in a bit. Will update once again after i install them. I dont have a monitor so ill be running the computer off my T.V screen until next week when i get more money for the monitor.
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July 5, 2014 6:59:39 AM

Alright, have fun :) 
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July 14, 2014 1:07:40 PM

Computer is up and running now, but i made a mistake. See this thread because i don't feel like bogging up this thread. http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2219291/delete-v...

Edit: Btw Blackbird, i went super overkill like you recommended. Got an XFX XTR 750W Gold certified psu. Just thought id let you know
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