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April 15, 2012 6:51:03 PM

hey guys, i am thinking of putting together a new computer for gaming and schoolwork. Im new to the community and i was wondering if i could get some help.


Approximate Purchase Date: next month

Budget Range: $1300 total

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Schoolwork

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: No specific brand name pops out, just one that will be able to last a while.

Overclocking: I dont mind, as long as it isnt too loud.

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: dont have one, but i would prefer to get a 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: The computer will be in my room so i would be happier if it was relatively quiet; however, if that will come at a cost, the sound does not really matter.

List of parts that I have come across:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

Video Card: ASUS radeon 7870 Video Card
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69863&vpn=HD7870-DC2-2...

Monitor: ASUS 21.5 inch Monitor 1920x1080.
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=56380&vpn=VE228H&manuf...

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&m...

RAM: AMD Performance Edition 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800U DDR3 1600MHz 8-9-8 1.65V Memory Module
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=67361&vpn=AP38G1608U2K...

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=61002&vpn=GA-Z68X-UD3H...

DVD drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%2...

Power Supply: Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58382&vpn=CMPSU-750TXV...

Fan: Coolermaster R4-L2R-20AC 120MM Blue LED Case Fan 2000RPM 69CFM 19DBA 3/4 Pin
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=42176&vpn=R4-L2R-20AC-...

I have no idea if this is relatively a good setup whatsoever but it comes out to around $1150 which is where i would prefer to keep it. After taxes its more like $1300.
April 15, 2012 6:57:37 PM

Why are you against newegg?

IB is coming out next month, so switch these two:

CPU to i5-3750k ($225)
Mobo to ASRock Extreme4 Z77 - $140 (at newegg)

This is a nice PSU (silver rated): http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=55515&vpn=PPCMK2S750&m...

Your RAM is 1.65v... which is too much. You need 1.5v RAM. I'd suggest an MSI Twin Frozr OC 7870. Also, you need a CPU cooler... get the Hyper 212 Evo.

Besides that, it seems good! What games are you going to be playing, and on what resolution?

April 15, 2012 7:06:23 PM

Its not that im totally against Newegg, but there is an NCIX store about 25 minutes away from my house so i figured that may be best. Newegg is great though, i bought some stuff for my brother there a while ago.

I am thinking of Masseffect 3, SC2, CS:GO, Payday: the heist and whatever new games come out (im mainly a fps player but i do enjoy everything else too)

thank you for the recommendations!
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April 15, 2012 7:08:06 PM

Okay! Try using pcpartpicker.com (remember to set your location to Canada) to find the best deals on your parts. It also has a price history. A great website... one of my favorites!

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a b 4 Gaming
April 15, 2012 7:54:36 PM
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ddan49 said:
Why are you against newegg?

Because newegg canada is a total hose job for Canadians when you factor in the shipping charges.

@ the OP. You filled out "no" as far as dual vid cards yet you posted a board and psu meant for dual vid cards. So which is it? Also that old school 1.64v RAM you have up there isn't meant for these 1155 boards. It messes up the controllers. These 1155 boards require low voltage RAM...as in 1.5v or even less.



Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks




FREE SHIPPING for this entire build. These retailers are affiliated and both offer free shipping. They are located in Richmond, BC.

http://www.directcanada.com

http://www.bestdirect.ca



This build allows you to add another one of those cards in the future.


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&v... $86.52
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC2351&v... $86.60 MIR $61.60*
OCZ ZS Series 750W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN ATX SLI Ready 80PLUS Bronze Performance Power Supply 135mm Fan

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241881/GA-Z77X-UD3H/G... $164.35
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225 USD
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/240822/BLS2KIT4G3D160... $44.07
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/DRW-24B1ST%20B... $16.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $111.30
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5693&v... $349.44ast
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

Here's a monitor with a faster/lower response time (2ms).

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN6442&v... $153.81 MIR $143.81
ASUS ML228H 21.5IN Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 2MS 10M:1 HDMI DVI-D VGA

Total: $1,182.33 *not including mail in rebates


http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/GFC-02050/MICR... $109.20
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2160&v... $130.25
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6196&v... $113.56
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black
April 15, 2012 8:14:10 PM

okay thank you Why_me. In reference to the dual cards, i'm new to this and i didnt think that i needed to have two. Also, i had no idea that the MOBO and PSU were meant for a dual card system. does that mean that i should have a different MOBO such as: ASRock Extreme4 Z77? As for the build, thank you very much! i live in Vancouver so those websites look great! and would i particularly need an SSD? or could i get away with not having one for a while because i dont have a huge amount of money :(  would the gaming case at the bottom be a better choice than the one up top?
a b 4 Gaming
April 15, 2012 8:34:59 PM

Vokldot said:
okay thank you Why_me. In reference to the dual cards, i'm new to this and i didnt think that i needed to have two. Also, i had no idea that the MOBO and PSU were meant for a dual card system. does that mean that i should have a different MOBO such as: ASRock Extreme4 Z77? As for the build, thank you very much! i live in Vancouver so those websites look great! and would i particularly need an SSD? or could i get away with not having one for a while because i dont have a huge amount of money :(  would the gaming case at the bottom be a better choice than the one up top?

Since you live in Vancouver you can just drive to Richmond and pick your stuff up at the warehouse there. It's quicker than waiting for it via the mail. Call them and tell them when they get the order put together to give you a call so you can set up a time to pick it all up at once. Both those places (Direct Canada & Best Direct) use the same warehouse in Richmond.


For mobo...it's nice to have the option to add another card later on if you so choose. It's a quick, cheap and easy upgrade. So I would stick with that option. You never know...in a year or two you might want to add another one of those cards. That Asrock extreme4 is a nice board but it cost more. The Gigabyte will do you just fine. Both boards are good ones so go for price point.

As far as the SSD goes, you can always get one later on. They are nice to have, especially when you play games to where your loading up maps like CoD and BF3. SSD's keep going down in price every month. That one I posted is a bargain at that price imo but if it's not in your budget right now you can save up and get it later.

April 15, 2012 10:06:40 PM

Dual GPUs generally have more problems than single GPUs. Also, that SSD is a bargain.
April 16, 2012 6:31:48 AM

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