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March 7, 2012 1:04:52 AM

Hey,

I'm looking for some critique on a build of mine before I purchase it, any suggestions are appreciated!:

Approximate Purchase Date: The sooner the better (out of impatience)

Budget Range: 1000-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Photo/Video editing (of equal importance)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canadian websites

Overclocking: Maybe (don't know enough about it)

SLI or Crossfire: Potentially open to suggestions but it seems like more trouble than it's worth for a noob like me

Additional Comments: Would like the computer to be aesthetically pleasing (not hardxcore gamer looking, more Mac-ish). Also, if anybody has any good suggestions for speakers it would be appreciated.

This is what I have so far:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.88 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7260S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($19.88 @ Canada Computers)
Monitor: Hannspree HZ281HPB 27.5" Monitor ($271.21 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1234.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-06 22:04 EST-0500)

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March 7, 2012 1:20:54 AM

That actually looks really good. Dont forget a CPU cooler for your CPU. The hyper 212 does a great job for only 30 bucks.

Your going to need a bigger psu if you ever want to SLI. Grab a 850w, SLI has issues with lower end cards but the 570 will be fine to SLI. I plan on doing it with my 580.

If you got the extra cash you might want to throw down on a p68 mobo. There newer and got ivy bridge and pci 3.0 support. Other than that it looks good.
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March 7, 2012 1:22:46 AM

Also do yourself a favor and get rid off the sony dvd writer. I got one and it sounds like a f*cking vaccum cleaner when its revs up. Heard lite-on writers are quieter. Plan to replace mine someday but i barely use it so never got around to it.
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March 7, 2012 1:28:06 AM

Actually just put this build together for another individual in the forums. Perhaps its something you wish to mimic or supplement into your current build.

"Copy and Pasted:

Tried to get below 1000 but wanted to make sure you were good to go on a solid build

All items off NewEgg:

Cooler Master Haf 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233

Seagate Barracuda green 1.5 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148725

Evga GTX 560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130660

SeaSonic 520w bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151093

Corsair Vengeance 16G DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233143

Asus P8Z68 Sata 6Gbs USb 3.0 UEFI Bios
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131773

Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3ghz (3.7Ghz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

LG Black 12X Blu-ray/DvD/CD Burner 3D Playback Support/Light Scribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136241

Crucual M4 SSD 128G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148442


This is a solid setup for you. SSD for pure O/S install and/or Essential programs/games that you wish to play.
1.5TB hard drive to hold any other excess programs/games that you play now or future tense.
The GTX 560 will hold you over for all games. Later down the road can go SLI or just O/C the the card for better Performance.
16gig ram for that extra memory space
i5 quad core easily overclock-able too

Final Price Including Shipping: $1157.00

If you go price shopping you can easily build this rig at or under 1000. Some of these parts are cheaper on other sites aka Amazon, Ebay etc;"

If you search around think you can still place the monitor you want and hit the 1300 mark.

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March 7, 2012 1:29:07 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Is a CPU cooler really necessary? I've run my build by a couple of other sites (I like to be careful) and no one has suggested it before.

Also, SLI does intrigue me so it might be worth it for me to invest in the 850 watter. How does this one look to you? http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/antec-power-supply-tpq8...
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March 7, 2012 1:35:12 AM

killahbeeyall said:
Thanks for all the suggestions!

Is a CPU cooler really necessary? I've run my build by a couple of other sites (I like to be careful) and no one has suggested it before.

Also, SLI does intrigue me so it might be worth it for me to invest in the 850 watter. How does this one look to you? http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/antec-power-supply-tpq8...


Not really necessary unless you do some serious overclocking but the simplest overclocking with a manufacturer cpu cooler is perfectly fine. SLI is great but your gonna be hitting over your 1000-1300 range if you do that. Id recommend upping the wattage as you stated. That PSU is great. Heres one I'd recommend:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 7, 2012 1:35:39 AM

i think a cpu cooler might be needed because the stock ones are junky, your adding longevity to your rig if anything with one
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March 7, 2012 1:36:36 AM

Not quite sure how to access those links, whenever I try to add that number in at the end it gives me a 404 error.

Regardless, I'm looking for Canadian retailers. But thanks a lot for trying!

As a sidenote though, the SSD does intrigue me. Is it worth it? I'm not entirely sure what SSDs do for you although I suppose I could stop being lazy and do a quick google search.

Cloudz00x said:
Actually just put this build together for another individual in the forums. Perhaps its something you wish to mimic or supplement into your current build.

"Copy and Pasted:

Tried to get below 1000 but wanted to make sure you were good to go on a solid build

All items off NewEgg:

Cooler Master Haf 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233

Seagate Barracuda green 1.5 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148725

Evga GTX 560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130660

SeaSonic 520w bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151093

Corsair Vengeance 16G DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233143

Asus P8Z68 Sata 6Gbs USb 3.0 UEFI Bios
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131773

Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3ghz (3.7Ghz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

LG Black 12X Blu-ray/DvD/CD Burner 3D Playback Support/Light Scribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136241

Crucual M4 SSD 128G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148442


This is a solid setup for you. SSD for pure O/S install and/or Essential programs/games that you wish to play.
1.5TB hard drive to hold any other excess programs/games that you play now or future tense.
The GTX 560 will hold you over for all games. Later down the road can go SLI or just O/C the the card for better Performance.
16gig ram for that extra memory space
i5 quad core easily overclock-able too

Final Price Including Shipping: $1157.00

If you go price shopping you can easily build this rig at or under 1000. Some of these parts are cheaper on other sites aka Amazon, Ebay etc;"

If you search around think you can still place the monitor you want and hit the 1300 mark.

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March 7, 2012 1:43:43 AM

killahbeeyall said:
Not quite sure how to access those links, whenever I try to add that number in at the end it gives me a 404 error.

Regardless, I'm looking for Canadian retailers. But thanks a lot for trying!

As a sidenote though, the SSD does intrigue me. Is it worth it? I'm not entirely sure what SSDs do for you although I suppose I could stop being lazy and do a quick google search.



Sorry about that I grabbed the links for ya.

Cooler Master Haf 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda green 1.5 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Evga GTX 560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic 520w bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 16G DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P8Z68 Sata 6Gbs USb 3.0 UEFI Bios
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3ghz (3.7Ghz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 12X Blu-ray/DvD/CD Burner 3D Playback Support/Light Scribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucual M4 SSD 128G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SSD makes a tremendous difference especially for Operating System and/or essential programs whether you use adobe Photoshop, CS4, Multimedia programs. These are the USA Links but I already checked you can get them on newegg.ca for the same price.
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March 7, 2012 2:05:53 AM

I think the CPU cooler is necccsary. The stock ones are alright but the lower you keep your temps the longer your mobo is going to last and the stock isnt going to come close to the CPU cooler temps. For $30 its definitely worth the investment if your plan to do any overclock.
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March 7, 2012 2:11:43 AM

neal0790 said:
I think the CPU cooler is necccsary. The stock ones are alright but the lower you keep your temps the longer your mobo is going to last and the stock isnt going to come close to the CPU cooler temps. For $30 its definitely worth the investment if your plan to do any overclock.



neal has a point if you do some O/C you want your cpu temps to be low. The manufacturer's Cpu Cooler is fine for simple O/C. On another pc build I had an I7 I believe at 2.8 ghz. Overclocked to 3.4 with the standard cooler just to give you an idea.

If O/C is what your after purchase a good cpu cooler. Corsairs H line is great to do just that job.
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March 7, 2012 2:17:52 AM

Awesome, I'll go for a CPU cooler then, but I think I'll hold out on the SSD for now.

Thanks you two! You've been a great help. I'll be buying my rig in the next couple of days
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March 7, 2012 2:45:27 AM

Best answer selected by killahbeeyall.
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