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Building new $1000-1500 gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date:
Preferably by the end of October (unless there's a good reason to hold off a bit longer).

Budget Range:
1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming
Watching movies/TV
Surfing the net

Are you buying a monitor:
No (Will be using an ASUS VS248H-P at 1920x1080).


Parts to Upgrade:
Will be reusing my monitor, mouse/keyboard and DVD drive. Pretty certain everything else needs replacing.

Do you need to buy OS:
Yes (some form of Win 7 as I've not heard good things about 8).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Do not currently have any preferences but must note that I'm from Canada.

Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences:
Intel CPU, NVidia graphics card

Overclocking:
No

SLI or Crossfire:
Maybe but probably not unless it's really worth it

Your Monitor Resolution:
1920x1080

Additional Comments:
Wildstar currently gets the biggest use out of my PC, power wise. I need it to play smoothly as it currently struggles in many situations due to old hardware. Mostly play MMOs with the rare, single player game every so often. Even more rarely, whatever current FPS is out that my friends drag me into.
Have not had good experiences with ATI/AMD cards, so NVidia is HIGHLY preferred.
Would like a min of 8GB of RAM (possibly 16).
Will be doing the SSD (for the OS and games)+HDD (for everything else) combo thing.
Will need decent cooling as my room gets incredibly hot during the summer (and have had PC issues in the past because of this).
My last two cases have been Antec Sonata's for the supposed noise reduction.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My current PC is approx. 6-7 years old now and needs replacing to play current games comfortably at my newer monitor's resolution of 1920x1080. I would like to be able to play at the highest settings with the smoothest frame rate possible.

Any extra info needed, just ask.
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  1. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($78.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX Video Card ($369.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.94 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1184.48
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-07 21:09 EDT-0400

    + add a few fans for the case
    currently no need to get 16GB of ram and you can always upgrade it later on as 2 slots are free.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.80 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.54 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($569.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1420.24
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-07 21:10 EDT-0400
  3. Compromise?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.80 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($72.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($569.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1362.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-07 21:22 EDT-0400

    :D
  4. If you were not going to play games on ultra settings, you can buy the gtx 970 and save about 200 dollars !
  5. not sure why you guys post builds in USD and with k series cpus when he said hes in Canada and does not plan to overclock.
  6. I am sorry..

    My bad...
  7. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.87 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($82.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card ($624.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.94 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1530.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-07 22:16 EDT-0400

    THis?

    Things in Canada is more expensive?
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.95 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.87 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($82.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($659.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.94 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1486.68
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-07 22:22 EDT-0400

    here, its all from canada, saved money by getting the non-K cpu and h97 mobo.
  9. esco_sid said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($78.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX Video Card ($369.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.94 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1184.48
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-07 21:09 EDT-0400

    + add a few fans for the case
    currently no need to get 16GB of ram and you can always upgrade it later on as 2 slots are free.



    Thanks for the advice on the builds! I ended up using most of esco_sid's setup and made minor tweaks, this is what I came up with:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($137.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.95 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0 Video Card ($409.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($128.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1376.44
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-08 18:20 EDT-0400


    I was curious about the video card that I switched with one that had slightly higher specs on it (and a better cooling system, from what I understand). Should it be fine or is there a reason I should stick to the one esco_sid recommended? As for the PSU, would there be any reason to go a little higher with watts or is it more than enough for this build? (it just SOUNDS a little low to me) Also, will any fan do for the extras in the case or are there some decent ones worth going after that do the job and are quiet?

    Anything worth noting about the current build I've put together?
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