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First time gaming pc build (IVY BRIDGE) $1300-$1500

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April 27, 2012 5:38:54 AM

Hi guys! It's my first time in building my gaming rig. I'm currently using a four-year old dual core laptop which is really getting slow right now :(  .. So since I'm going to college next year, I decided it's time to earn some money to get a really kick-a$$ pc that will support my gaming and school needs :sol:  . I really want something that can maxed out most of the games today and hopefully for the next two years(Mix of High-Ultra settings) 55-60+fps as I have never experienced that using my old laptop that my dad gave me before (Which I am still using right now to type this until I get a new pc). So any suggestions or advice guys will be totally appreciated! :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Summer (June-August)
Budget Range: $1300-$1500 no more than that. :) 
System Usage: Gaming (Crysis 2, Arkham city,BF3 and etc.) , Heavy word excel processing slight video editing/encoding, slight photoshop and HD MOVIES!
Parts Not Required: OS, speaker, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memoryexpress.com as this is the nearest store in my area and they have a really good reputation.
Country: Canada
Parts Preference: Intel ivy Bridge Compatible, NVIDIA GPU
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure.. suggestions?
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (PLEASE HELP ME CHOOSE MONITOR ALSO)

Thanks for looking!

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April 27, 2012 6:06:58 AM

What size monitor do you want?

And do you want intel or amd?

And do you want nvidia or ATI?
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 6:11:23 AM

He wants an Intel CPU and an NVIDIA GPU. Whatever you get, if you think it is worth the price, definitely get the GTX 680.
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April 27, 2012 6:11:34 AM

niknovacain said:
What size monitor do you want?

And do you want intel or amd?

And do you want nvidia or ATI?



Monitor: 23-24 inch
CPU: Intel IVY BRIDGE (COMING SOON)
GPU: NVIDIA GPU that can maxed out some of the latest games 60+fps

Thanks for looking!
April 27, 2012 6:12:58 AM

azeem40 said:
He wants an Intel CPU and an NVIDIA GPU. Whatever you get, if you think it is worth the price, definitely get the GTX 680.



I'm considering that and hope that by SUMMER it's available as right now I think it's out of stock..

a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 6:13:33 AM

It should be restocked in early May.
April 27, 2012 6:19:01 AM

Could you please give me some list of parts that will fit on my budget? I'm still kinda new on this building process lol. Thanks man
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 6:28:20 AM

FREE SHIPPING! Direct Canada is out of Richmond, BC and offers free ground shipping on any order over $50 CAD.

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

or...

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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3877&v... $96.47
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelau... $ 212 USD
Intel Ivy Bridge 3570K 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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $48.09
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

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=10530DR5213&v... $19.24
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5693&v... $353.98
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

or....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD8406&v... $352.80
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC 1100MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD2665&v... $351.00
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

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

or....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5419&v... $133.39
Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive

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
April 27, 2012 6:40:49 AM

Why_Me said:
FREE SHIPPING! Direct Canada is out of Richmond, BC and offers free ground shipping on any order over $50 CAD.

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

or...

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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3877&v... $96.47
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelau... $ 212 USD
Intel Ivy Bridge 3570K 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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $48.09
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

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=10530DR5213&v... $19.24
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5693&v... $353.98
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

or....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD8406&v... $352.80
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC 1100MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD2665&v... $351.00
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

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

or....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5419&v... $133.39
Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive

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



nice selections buddy. but the thing is direct canada doesn't build the pc when you buy the parts there. At memoryexpress, they will build the computer for you after you buy all the parts (I don't know how to put the parts on my own so I decided to go to memory express as they are reliable). If you could find me some parts on memory express, that would be great! Thanks for your time buddy! :) 
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 6:52:53 AM

johnvonmacz said:
nice selections buddy. but the thing is direct canada doesn't build the pc when you buy the parts there. At memoryexpress, they will build the computer for you after you buy all the parts (I don't know how to put the parts on my own so I decided to go to memory express as they are reliable). If you could find me some parts on memory express, that would be great! Thanks for your time buddy! :) 

I just looked at that memory express site and hose job doesn't even begin to explain that place. Most anyone would put that together for $100 but you could even pay someone $200 to build it for you and still be ahead of the game going by the prices of that memory express. Maybe someone else can post a build for you using that site but I can't. That site should come with a jar of lube for every customer they bugger....the prices there are that bad. Look at the prices I posted and then try to match them up with something similar on that memory express site and you will see what I'm talking about. I feel bad for any Canadian that shops that place without having a gun held to their head.
April 27, 2012 7:18:20 AM

Why_Me said:
I just looked at that memory express site and hose job doesn't even begin to explain that place. Most anyone would put that together for $100 but you could even pay someone $200 to build it for you and still be ahead of the game going by the prices of that memory express. Maybe someone else can post a build for you using that site but I can't. That site should come with a jar of lube for every customer they bugger....the prices there are that bad. Look at the prices I posted and then try to match them up with something similar on that memory express site and you will see what I'm talking about. I feel bad for any Canadian that shops that place without having a gun held to their head.


I just checked the store and website and they're pretty good on what their doing. If you want them to build the PC for you with no OS (as I already have it) it will cost me just $40. The other good thing about them is that they w Iill beat any Canadian retailer store/online that has a cheaper price by 25%.I just wanna know buddy if directcanada has in-store pickup as I don't really buy all the parts online. I just go to their website to check the parts then go to their store to buy it if ever.
April 27, 2012 7:26:04 AM

johnvonmacz said:
I just checked the store and website and they're pretty good on what their doing. If you want them to build the PC for you with no OS (as I already have it) it will cost me just $40. The other good thing about them is that they w Iill beat any Canadian retailer store/online that has a cheaper price by 25%.I just wanna know buddy if directcanada has in-store pickup as I don't really buy all the parts online. I just go to their website to check the parts then go to their store to buy it if ever.


It sounds to me that you are from that area. From what I heard, DirectCanada has a warehouse around Viking Way in Richmond. You can order online, call their hotline, and then arrange a pick-up instead delivery.

You're right though about them not building the pc with the parts you order.
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 7:36:54 AM

In order to "price match" you have to carry the same components. Seeing how memory express has a ghetto selection they can easily make that "price match" offer.

14 Z77 boards to choose from. That's pathetic.
April 27, 2012 3:48:45 PM

Why_Me said:
In order to "price match" you have to carry the same components. Seeing how memory express has a ghetto selection they can easily make that "price match" offer.

14 Z77 boards to choose from. That's pathetic.


Yeah that's the only bad thing about them.. I might check NCIX.com if they have more selections.
April 27, 2012 3:54:10 PM

l0v3rboi said:
It sounds to me that you are from that area. From what I heard, DirectCanada has a warehouse around Viking Way in Richmond. You can order online, call their hotline, and then arrange a pick-up instead delivery.

You're right though about them not building the pc with the parts you order.


Hi buddy. Yes I live near the Richmond Area. Because I'm totally noob in putting all together the parts of the pc, I'm choosing between Memoryexpress or NCIX as they are the famous pc store here in my area that has the parts and can build the pc for you. NCIX has many selections but based on customer reviews about NCIX, I'm a bit skeptical about them. In memoryexpress, they don't have as many selection as NCIX but the reliability is really good and customer reviews are high.. I don't know which should I choose between them.
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 4:06:53 PM

ncix is very reliable taking that from experience.

but now i just make the computer myself as i enjoy it a lot more than someone else doing it for me

NOTE:p icking out the parts are fun but when you build your own computer its like you don't want anyone touching your hard work on it

if you make newbie mistakes go to a fry's or some other electronic store they will be more than happy to take your money to fix it
April 27, 2012 4:32:20 PM

johnvonmacz said:
Hi buddy. Yes I live near the Richmond Area. Because I'm totally noob in putting all together the parts of the pc, I'm choosing between Memoryexpress or NCIX as they are the famous pc store here in my area that has the parts and can build the pc for you. NCIX has many selections but based on customer reviews about NCIX, I'm a bit skeptical about them. In memoryexpress, they don't have as many selection as NCIX but the reliability is really good and customer reviews are high.. I don't know which should I choose between them.


I've bought parts from both places and quite honestly, NCIX has better customer service in my opinion and is a bit cheaper. Also, my cousin fried his GTX 580 fried and NCIX replaced it without question so I'm leaning towards them.

I don't, however, have experience with their PC assembly services so I cannot comment on that.

So, in summary, I think go for NCIX if you want to assemble it yourself and, based on what you said, Memory Express if you want to have them assemble it for you.

Just in case you're open to learning how to, here's a video of how to build your PC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

That's just part 1 of 3 but it explains in good detail how to assemble your own PC. You can skip ahead to Part 2 if you just want to see how they put together the PC.
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 5:19:48 PM

NCIX assembles PC's and they price match.
April 27, 2012 7:09:41 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys! I decided to go with NCIX. Now if you can help me guys to choose the right parts that will suit my gaming needs. Which can maxed out most of the games with 60+GPS that will fit on my budget. Thanks again!
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 7:20:47 PM

johnvonmacz said:
Thanks for the suggestions guys! I decided to go with NCIX. Now if you can help me guys to choose the right parts that will suit my gaming needs. Which can maxed out most of the games with 60+GPS that will fit on my budget. Thanks again!

Print that build I posted and have NCIX price match it. NCIX is getting used price matching Direct Canada in the past few years so you bringing them a list of build parts from Direct Canada won't be a surprise to them.
April 28, 2012 10:28:13 PM

Hi guys! I have already chose the parts on my build. I just wanna know your suggestions on this and what parts am I missing.

CPU:

i5 3570k - $200+

Monitor:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57310&promoid=1058

Case:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=62655&promoid=1058

Mouse:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65302

Optical Drive:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=62879&promoid=1058

HDD:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58881&promoid=1058

CPU Heatsink:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&promoid=1058

RAM:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&promoid=1058

Motherboard:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70902

PSU:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59617

Graphics Card:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69829&promoid=1058

I haven't Pricematch this yet so the overall total price without the CPU is $1255.07

Thanks for looking!
April 28, 2012 10:47:13 PM

Hey,
I think you linked stuff from the US site. I think you want the Canada site. NCIX.ca
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2012 10:48:26 PM

NCIX.ca is the same as NCIX.com; the U.S equivalent is us.ncix.com. :) 
April 28, 2012 10:51:01 PM

O.. cause I just checked and at the ncix.ca, Hyper 212 EVO is 34.98. Not 29.99 like the on he linked. I'm confused :S.
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2012 10:53:52 PM

I am too now.. I just clicked the main site and it says ncix.com but the url says ncix.ca.
April 28, 2012 11:44:09 PM

l0v3rboi said:
O.. cause I just checked and at the ncix.ca, Hyper 212 EVO is 34.98. Not 29.99 like the on he linked. I'm confused :S.



I think it's on sale that's why it's 29.99 I'm pretty sure it's the Canadian website.
April 28, 2012 11:48:11 PM

Hi guys! I want some feedback from you. What do you think so far on my build? Any suggestions? Just wanna ask a question: Will the 7870 suffice for now when playing crysis 2 on max DX11 hd textures with 50-60+ fps? And also is the motherboard I chose a good brand? I'm also planning to crossfire in the future.. Thanks in advance! :D 
April 29, 2012 4:42:17 AM

Well then that's good! How bout the Motherboard I chose Is it good?
a b 4 Gaming
April 29, 2012 4:47:48 AM

You will have to make up your mind on Crossfire or SLI. If you are going to Crossfire or SLI, get the MOBO you linked. Otherwise, get the Pro4 Gen3.
April 29, 2012 7:36:29 AM

azeem40 said:
You will have to make up your mind on Crossfire or SLI. If you are going to Crossfire or SLI, get the MOBO you linked. Otherwise, get the Pro4 Gen3.

Thanks for ur response! Definitely yes, I'm planning to cf/sli in the future.
April 29, 2012 7:40:28 AM

Btw, will the PSU that I linked good enough to power crossfire 7870(in the future for now only 1) + room for overclocking (CPU, GPU, RAM)? Thanks in advance!
April 29, 2012 7:48:13 AM

johnvonmacz said:
Btw, will the PSU that I linked good enough to power crossfire 7870(in the future for now only 1) + room for overclocking (CPU, GPU, RAM)? Thanks in advance!


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/...

According to this, max power draw of a 7870 is 144W. So, in theory, accounting for everything else and crossfire, around 500W. Yes, it should be enough.
April 29, 2012 7:50:42 AM

And also which do you prefer based on your experienced and what would u recommend for me, a MODULAR or NON MODULAR? Could someone please explain the pros and cons? Thanks a lot guys for helping me.
April 29, 2012 8:00:22 AM

A modular PSU will allow you to only plug the things you need. A non-modular one would mean that all the wires are connected without any way of removing them. Other than that, there's no difference between the two. However, better cable management = better air flow = cooler PC = improve lifespan. You can achieve that with modular PSU's much easier so I would choose a modular over a non-modular.

I have an OCZ Fatal1ty 750W because I had to compromise for money. I was going to go for PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK II.
April 29, 2012 8:45:45 PM

l0v3rboi said:
Ah! You're right. I didn't look at it close enough. The MK III are the modular ones. My mistake.


It's aight. ;)  Correct me if I'm wrong but, As long as my case has a really good cable management, Non-modular psu isn't bad right? What do you think of the case that I chose by the way? Thanks in advance
April 29, 2012 8:49:57 PM

Oh guys! The Ivy bridge is released here in our area! Too bad here in Canada, i5-3570k cost $250 Which is a bit expensive. :(  Well I hope by the Summer the price will go down.. will it?
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