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April 8, 2012 3:31:29 PM

Hi there. I Really don't know what I'm doing. I mean, I know how to assemble a PC and have done so several times for friends, but I don't know anything about components these days. I've looked at prices and brands and feel very lost. As well, most of the suggestion builds on various websites are all with newegg and include shipping over to Canada which is expensive at best. I'd like to save some money and order from NCIX and use my gift card.

Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely in a month or two, so yes the new NVIdia/Radeon cards and Intel CPUs are an option.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 700-1000) Don't worry about rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Internet Browsing > Don't need a large hard drive or SSD unless the SSD will improve FPS and in-combat performance which I don't think it will be worth it for the added cost.

Parts Not Required: DVD/RW, Card Reader, Floppy, Windows Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.CA [Mandatory unless there's a very good deal somewhere else in Canada]

Country: Canada Only. No international shipping.

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer Intel; I've seen that AMD's performance has lacked somewhat in gaming lately.

Overclocking: Yes if it doesn't decrease my computers physical longevity.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 for gaming.

Additional Comments: I would also like to make this computer cosmetically appealing. I'd love to have maybe 2 blue fans on the side or front of the case, and green fans on another side of the case. It'd go really really well with my computer room as I have mood lighting behind my TV and things like that. If it affects the cost, or forces you to use other components which aren't as good, forgo the cosmetics.

I don't care about the latest greatest gaming. The most recent game I have is World of Warcraft. I plan on playing games like Skyrim and such, but I don't buy them the day of release or anything like that, and I don't buy many new games. Mostly, I'd say I'd like a PSU that will last ages and can power upgrades in the future, and a Motherboard that will work well into the future as well.

Most importantly, I want this computer to be durable as possible. Components like cheap fans that fail after a year aren't acceptable. I need this computer to last at least 3 years, especially the video card.

Lastly, I'd like to be able to play World of Warcraft on Max settings (Possibly without antialiasing if it will boost me to 60fps in raids), and be able to run Fraps while raiding and not experience an incredible drop in performance.

If you can help me out with this build, I would be eternally grateful. This is my first custom computer ever. I've never had anything more powerful than integrated graphics.
April 8, 2012 7:04:16 PM

Hmm...

CPU: i5-3750k (it's not available yet). I'm assuming it'll cost about $250, maybe more.

GPU: Radeon 7850 (this'll play any game out there at high, possibly max at your resolution. WoW definitely won't be a problem) - $282
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=69585&vpn=R7850%20Twin%20F...

Mobo: I'd get a Z77 mobo for IB, but since they're not out yet, this is a reference (and really nice) board: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 - $154
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extreme3%2...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred (two). This has blue LEDs, and it's rated very high on newegg (by the way, would newegg.ca work for you?) - $132
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=58597&vpn=NINE%20HUNDRED%2...

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Plus - $30
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=41337&vpn=RR%2DB10%2D212P%...

PSU: Corsair 600W - $85
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=60330&vpn=CMPSU%2D600CXV2&...

RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR3-1600 memory - $44 (after instant rebate)
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=70136&vpn=KHX1600C9D3B1K2%...

HDD: Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm hard drive - $110
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=58881&vpn=WD10EALX&manufac...

You said you had a TV, so I'm not including a monitor in this.

Total price: $1087

I'm sure you could take off a bit from the PSU, since I'm not sure about the PSU. Corsair won't fail you, but it's fairly pricey. The GPU is a bit more expensive than others, but I personally really like the MSI Twin Frozr OC. Keep in mind that all of this is for overclocking. You could save about $100 minimum if you didn't want to overclock... but overclocking is worth it.
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April 8, 2012 7:07:03 PM

^^^
Great build!
However, IB isn't worth it. Save $40 and get the i5 2500K.
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April 8, 2012 7:11:29 PM

^Basically, he's got a point. IB is mainly power consumption reduction, and at a measly 20W less, it's not much. The only thing that's been really upgraded is the integrated graphics, which you won't be using. If you get the i5-2500k (priced at $220), then get the Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard, or a similarly priced and featured ASUS or Gigabyte board (brand loyalty for some people is a big deal).

IB is a "tick", and it's a "tick" in the direction of mobile (meaning phones and tablets) chipsets.
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April 9, 2012 12:06:36 AM

ddan49 said:
^Basically, he's got a point. IB is mainly power consumption reduction, and at a measly 20W less, it's not much. The only thing that's been really upgraded is the integrated graphics, which you won't be using. If you get the i5-2500k (priced at $220), then get the Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard, or a similarly priced and featured ASUS or Gigabyte board (brand loyalty for some people is a big deal).

IB is a "tick", and it's a "tick" in the direction of mobile (meaning phones and tablets) chipsets.


That's interesting to know. Thank you both for your help. I'll go with the 2500 in that case.

Now, does overclocking not reduce the life of these parts on the computer? I'm worried about them lasting; my Nvidia GT430 is dying after a measly year and the fan is cooked on it.

As for the motherboard, I'll be getting the Extreme3 Gen3 as you reccomended.

It appears that the GPU is unavailable on NCIX right now and they don't have an ETA for more. What should I do?

PS: Newegg would potentially work IF and only if they are shipping from Canada. If it's the United States, it's a no-go.

PPS: I was told that a pricey Power supply can last you upwards of 3 builds, so it'd be a good longer-term investment? I've seen a lot of the Corsair and I've heard they have exceptional quality so I would feel it to be a good buy I'd think.
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April 9, 2012 12:11:51 AM

Don't listen to them. Why_Me is right. IB will be like what X79 did to PCIe 3.0: It made it fully utilized. IB will be the same price as SB when it released. Totally worth it.
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April 9, 2012 12:48:37 AM

IB will NOT be the same price. It'll be $40 more than the microcenter price. GPUs don't even use PCIe 3.0! It's only for later on, if you get a higher GPU.
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