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Hi, I've been looking into building a gaming pc recently, problem is, I know almost nothing about this kind of stuff ahaha. My budget is between 700 and 1000 CAD but I would prefer to get the "best for less" if you know what I mean and yes, im from Canada.
I would really like to run BF4 and DayZ on High settings for example, but I dont even know if that's possible with $900 CAD. If someone could do me a build (including monitor) here I would be very grateful. Thanks
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  1. do u require monitor+windows?
  2. iceclock said:
    do u require monitor+windows?


    Yes and Yes
    Also updated my budget
  3. It depends on what you are going for. AMD is good for Speed and Budget and Intel is for security and data processing, that kind of stuff. Presuming that you have a budget, I'd say walk the AMD way. Perhaps, you could even play around with what you need to run the games on game-debate.com

    Personal suggestion, an AMD FX processor, An MSI/ASUS compatible motherboard, A GeForce GTX graphics card. Now depending on what you get, you can work around on other stuff.
  4. Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    It depends on what you are going for. AMD is good for Speed and Budget and Intel is for security and data processing, that kind of stuff. Presuming that you have a budget, I'd say walk the AMD way. Perhaps, you could even play around with what you need to run the games on game-debate.com

    Personal suggestion, an AMD FX processor, An MSI/ASUS compatible motherboard, A GeForce GTX graphics card. Now depending on what you get, you can work around on other stuff.

    Yea, I like the AMD way ahaha. But still, I would really appreciate if someone could do a build for me, with all the stuff I need, because I don't know anything about that. I'll check that site out tho
  5. Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    It depends on what you are going for. AMD is good for Speed and Budget and Intel is for security and data processing, that kind of stuff. Presuming that you have a budget, I'd say walk the AMD way. Perhaps, you could even play around with what you need to run the games on game-debate.com

    Personal suggestion, an AMD FX processor, An MSI/ASUS compatible motherboard, A GeForce GTX graphics card. Now depending on what you get, you can work around on other stuff.

    I just found this promotion on newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1518506
    Im considering buying it, what do you guys think? Will I be able to use it for gaming?
  6. Best answer
    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB/by_merchant/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $159.99 @ Canada Computers
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $32.21 @ DirectCanada
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3) | $114.99 @ NCIX
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11d8gbsr) | $103.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | $54.99 @ Memory Express
    **Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc) | $162.05 @ Newegg Canada
    **Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | $62.05 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9) | $56.99 @ NCIX
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04) | $14.99 @ Memory Express
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ Canada Computers
    **Monitor** | [LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-22m35d) | $129.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $992.22

    should do it
  7. Bernardo Freitas said:
    Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    It depends on what you are going for. AMD is good for Speed and Budget and Intel is for security and data processing, that kind of stuff. Presuming that you have a budget, I'd say walk the AMD way. Perhaps, you could even play around with what you need to run the games on game-debate.com

    Personal suggestion, an AMD FX processor, An MSI/ASUS compatible motherboard, A GeForce GTX graphics card. Now depending on what you get, you can work around on other stuff.

    I just found this promotion on newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1518506
    Im considering buying it, what do you guys think? Will I be able to use it for gaming?


    Intel guarantees usage, but I really don't think that the FPS will be so high. Given that the FX AMD series has unlocked cores, you could actually push it to good limits. The config you have is pretty decent, albeit not the best. That said, Iceclocker's suggestions are pretty good.
  8. iceclock said:
    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB/by_merchant/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $159.99 @ Canada Computers
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $32.21 @ DirectCanada
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3) | $114.99 @ NCIX
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11d8gbsr) | $103.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | $54.99 @ Memory Express
    **Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc) | $162.05 @ Newegg Canada
    **Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | $62.05 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9) | $56.99 @ NCIX
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04) | $14.99 @ Memory Express
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ Canada Computers
    **Monitor** | [LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-22m35d) | $129.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $992.22

    should do it



    Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    Bernardo Freitas said:
    Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    It depends on what you are going for. AMD is good for Speed and Budget and Intel is for security and data processing, that kind of stuff. Presuming that you have a budget, I'd say walk the AMD way. Perhaps, you could even play around with what you need to run the games on game-debate.com

    Personal suggestion, an AMD FX processor, An MSI/ASUS compatible motherboard, A GeForce GTX graphics card. Now depending on what you get, you can work around on other stuff.

    I just found this promotion on newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1518506
    Im considering buying it, what do you guys think? Will I be able to use it for gaming?


    Intel guarantees usage, but I really don't think that the FPS will be so high. Given that the FX AMD series has unlocked cores, you could actually push it to good limits. The config you have is pretty decent, albeit not the best. That said, Iceclocker's suggestions are pretty good.


    The build seems awesome but is there any way to get that quality by just a little less money? Not complaining here, just checking if it's possible. Windows 8 is kinda expensive too
  9. Bernardo Freitas said:
    iceclock said:
    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB/by_merchant/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $159.99 @ Canada Computers
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $32.21 @ DirectCanada
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3) | $114.99 @ NCIX
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11d8gbsr) | $103.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | $54.99 @ Memory Express
    **Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc) | $162.05 @ Newegg Canada
    **Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | $62.05 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9) | $56.99 @ NCIX
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04) | $14.99 @ Memory Express
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ Canada Computers
    **Monitor** | [LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-22m35d) | $129.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $992.22

    should do it



    Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    Bernardo Freitas said:
    Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    It depends on what you are going for. AMD is good for Speed and Budget and Intel is for security and data processing, that kind of stuff. Presuming that you have a budget, I'd say walk the AMD way. Perhaps, you could even play around with what you need to run the games on game-debate.com

    Personal suggestion, an AMD FX processor, An MSI/ASUS compatible motherboard, A GeForce GTX graphics card. Now depending on what you get, you can work around on other stuff.

    I just found this promotion on newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1518506
    Im considering buying it, what do you guys think? Will I be able to use it for gaming?


    Intel guarantees usage, but I really don't think that the FPS will be so high. Given that the FX AMD series has unlocked cores, you could actually push it to good limits. The config you have is pretty decent, albeit not the best. That said, Iceclocker's suggestions are pretty good.


    The build seems awesome but is there any way to get that quality by just a little less money? Not complaining here, just checking if it's possible. Windows 8 is kinda expensive too


    I think that you could cut cost by choosing simpler things at places. Do you even crave for Windows 8? I would actually go on record to say that Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit is built for gaming. You should pick Win 7. Also, if you have good air flow where you will keep the system and have an AC, you could save on the Cooler too.
  10. cant really cut corners pretty much within ur budget mate
  11. Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    Bernardo Freitas said:
    iceclock said:
    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QG6cRB/by_merchant/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $159.99 @ Canada Computers
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $32.21 @ DirectCanada
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3) | $114.99 @ NCIX
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11d8gbsr) | $103.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | $54.99 @ Memory Express
    **Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc) | $162.05 @ Newegg Canada
    **Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | $62.05 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9) | $56.99 @ NCIX
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04) | $14.99 @ Memory Express
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ Canada Computers
    **Monitor** | [LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-22m35d) | $129.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $992.22

    should do it



    Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    Bernardo Freitas said:
    Aqui1aZ3r0 said:
    It depends on what you are going for. AMD is good for Speed and Budget and Intel is for security and data processing, that kind of stuff. Presuming that you have a budget, I'd say walk the AMD way. Perhaps, you could even play around with what you need to run the games on game-debate.com

    Personal suggestion, an AMD FX processor, An MSI/ASUS compatible motherboard, A GeForce GTX graphics card. Now depending on what you get, you can work around on other stuff.

    I just found this promotion on newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1518506
    Im considering buying it, what do you guys think? Will I be able to use it for gaming?


    Intel guarantees usage, but I really don't think that the FPS will be so high. Given that the FX AMD series has unlocked cores, you could actually push it to good limits. The config you have is pretty decent, albeit not the best. That said, Iceclocker's suggestions are pretty good.


    The build seems awesome but is there any way to get that quality by just a little less money? Not complaining here, just checking if it's possible. Windows 8 is kinda expensive too


    I think that you could cut cost by choosing simpler things at places. Do you even crave for Windows 8? I would actually go on record to say that Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit is built for gaming. You should pick Win 7. Also, if you have good air flow where you will keep the system and have an AC, you could save on the Cooler too.


    Yea, I actually dont like Win 8, So I think I'll go with Win 7 Ultimate
  12. iceclock said:
    cant really cut corners pretty much within ur budget mate



    Ok, You were really helpful. Would it be much to ask if you could do me a build for a budget of 800-900$ now? :$ And would I feel a real diference between the 992$ one? Just trying to get different choices here before I actually spend all that money. Thanks
  13. ya i guess i could do that.

    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B33cRB) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B33cRB/by_merchant/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $119.99 @ Canada Computers
    **CPU Cooler** | [Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps5xperforma) | $17.02 @ DirectCanada
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970ads3p) | $72.50 @ Vuugo
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11d8gbsr) | $103.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | $57.79 @ DirectCanada
    **Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc) | $162.05 @ Newegg Canada
    **Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | $62.05 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9) | $56.99 @ NCIX
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04) | $14.99 @ Memory Express
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ Canada Computers
    **Monitor** | [LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-22m35d) | $129.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $897.34
  14. iceclock said:
    ya i guess i could do that.

    [PCPartPicker part list](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B33cRB) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B33cRB/by_merchant/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $119.99 @ Canada Computers
    **CPU Cooler** | [Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps5xperforma) | $17.02 @ DirectCanada
    **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970ads3p) | $72.50 @ Vuugo
    **Memory** | (http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11d8gbsr) | $103.98 @ Newegg Canada
    **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003) | $57.79 @ DirectCanada
    **Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc) | $162.05 @ Newegg Canada
    **Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | $62.05 @ DirectCanada
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9) | $56.99 @ NCIX
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04) | $14.99 @ Memory Express
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ Canada Computers
    **Monitor** | [LG 22M35D 60Hz 22.0" Monitor](http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-22m35d) | $129.99 @ NCIX
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $897.34


    Thanks, you're awesome. Do you think I'll have a good time with this pc? Can you give me details on how do you think I'll play BF4 or Dayz for example?
  15. well id say atleast on medium sir.

    the first pc would of given u high or ultra but u said u cant afford it so this will atleast give u medium-high ish
  16. iceclock said:
    well id say atleast on medium sir.

    the first pc would of given u high or ultra but u said u cant afford it so this will atleast give u medium-high ish


    I think i'll probly go with the first one then. Thank so you much for your help!
  17. anytime sir
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