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Completely new to gaming pc. Looking for help with a first time build for around $1500 CAD.

Hey guys. With the new consoles up and running I decided that instead of getting a ps4 or Xbox, it is time to take the plunge and get into pc gaming. Unfortunately I am very inexperienced when it comes to building my own but I would love the experience and I would like to get the most bang for my buck.

I have been a console gamer for years now and I would have to buy EVERYTHING from scratch (monitor, mouse, keyboards). I live in Canada and have a budget of around $1500 CAD.

I know this is a lot to ask but what would you ts suggest? I have tried to research for a couple days now but I tend to get lost with all the options no my inexperience makes me nervous about adding or changing things on my own.

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.
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  1. Try -

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($243.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.95 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($98.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.95 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB DUAL-X Video Card ($263.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.27 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($72.98 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($108.34 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($219.98 @ NCIX)
    Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Memory Express)
    Total: $1431.73
  2. Best answer
    Hello. First of all, very good decision, and welcome to pc master race 60fps ;d

    what i'd suggest:

    z97-k
    i7-4770k or 4790k ( or i5-4690k if you dont need multitasking)
    gtx 970
    2x 4gb ram kit drr3 at least 1600mhz cl 9
    scythe mugen max air cooling( cheap and effective)
    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
    some coolermaster case
    ips 60hz led monitor lg22mp55 maybe?

    shit cheap mouse
    shit cheap keyboard

    i didn't count all prices tho but i think its somewhere between 1500-2000cad
    anyway check what others say aswell and gl
  3. This seems like a good build
    http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc_new/ncixpc.cfm?uuid=C50EDA65-6BB2-406C-9F2D8C4189847416-6313203
    (note: the graphics card is gtx960 not 760 and the processor is i5 4440 not 4430)
  4. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/LpVrnQ

    Case: NZXT S340
    An excellent budget case with minimalistic visual features and nice hardware capacity, they also come in black/white and soon they will be available in black with either red or blue detail. I myself use one and i can recommend it.

    CPU: Intel I5-4960K
    If you dont do video editing or rendering, you will never need the full potential of an I7, therefor I5's are the obvious choice for gaming, and the I5-4690k is the latest unlocked (which means it is designed to be overclocked) is the obvious choice, dont worry about overclocking as the Asus motherboard has plenty of features to optimize the cpu itself.

    CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61
    A 280mm AiO (All in one) liquid cooler that fits perfectly in the NZXT S340, providing you with quiet, efficient cooling and a clean aesthetic for your case.

    Motherboard: Asus Z97-AR
    A new edition of the very popular Asus Z97-A, but it skipped the gold detail and went for a black/grey design to provide a more neutral and clean visual aesthetic, as any Z97 asus motherboard it comes with a brilliant UEFI and plenty of tools to help you optimize your system such as the AI suite and fan expert 3.

    PSU: XFX XTR 650w
    I went with the 650 over the 550 because they have the same pricepoint in canada, tho a 550 is more than plenty, its a fully modular, 80+ gold rated powersupply with all black cables and a hybrid/"fanless" mode.

    RAM: Kingston Fury black series 8GB 1600mhz
    Kingston is well known as one of the best ram manufactores and have a long history of excellent stable ram, I choose the fury black because it will add to the black colorscheme, but it can also be got in white, red, and some other colors. 8GB for gaming because you won't need more as most games still dont use that much ram.

    GPU / Graphics card: EVGA GTX 970 ACX 2.0
    This is my personally preferred brand, they are quiet and powerful, but in the end you can choose any GTX 970 by your own preference.

    Storage 1: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD
    Samsung has a excellent reputation for fast and stable SSD's, i picked this one because it was cheap and provided enough storage for windows and important programs.

    Storage 2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    I picked this 1TB HDD for bulk storage for Games or other media.

    OS / Operating system: Windows 8.1
    not much to say here, It's the latest version of windows, alternatively you can get the (free) preview version of windows 10 here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso

    An excellent Gamer build for the total of 1525 Canadian dollars incl. shipping.
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($258.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.95 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($87.99 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.95 @ Vuugo)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($108.34 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX)
    Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($24.88 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1542.25
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-23 10:09 EST-0500

    Alittle over budget but solid build.
  6. zzzzzz go to a thrift store and get a 5$ mouse and keyboard lulz save up for a death adder and mechanical keyboard and order at a later date.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.75 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr Video Card ($549.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Directron)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1415.65
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-30 00:11 EDT-0400
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