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[NEW BUILD] $1300~ PC Need advice!

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April 28, 2012 3:56:21 AM

I live in Canada and my preferred sites are www.directcanada.com and www.canadacomputers.com
Budget: $1250 before taxes

What I currently have:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN 3 Z68
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6381&v...
(190)

Processor: Intel Sandy Bridge I5 2500K
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&...
(230)

Video Card: Asus Radeon 7850
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5564&v...
(250)

RAM: 8gb Corsair Low Profile
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_31...
(50)

SSD: Crucial M4 128gb
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=179_1...
(140)

Hard drive: Suggestions please! Not looking for high capacity since I have an 3TB external hard drive.
(~100)

Power Supply: Suggestions please!

Case: Suggestions please! I prefer a case that provides low-noise and high-performance. I do not want to spend more than $100-125 for it.


Total: 960 before taxes here (included the hard drive assuming it's 100)
Thanks!

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April 28, 2012 5:08:13 AM

Samsung F3 500 gig hard drive , WD black would be my choices

The sonata 3 is an excellent case . Very quiet and well made , but the cooling is not spectacular since its designed more for office use rather than gaming
For a gamer case its hard to beat the Antec 300 two
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC7501&v...

For a quiet performance case consider the Antec P280

Use this
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
to choose a power supply .
500 watt 80+ bronze [ or better] rated unit will do fine
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April 28, 2012 6:06:16 AM

That case and psu combo will work fine for a single 7950. If you plan on going with a single card set up then look at this board down below.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD1852&v... $127.44
ASRock Z77 Pro 3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board

If you want the option to add another 7950 later on for a dual card set up, then look at this board and psu down below.

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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8566&v... $78.50
XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 53A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU
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April 28, 2012 6:10:12 AM

Why_Me said:
That case and psu combo will work fine for a single 7950. If you plan on going with a single card set up then look at this board down below.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD1852&v... $127.44
ASRock Z77 Pro 3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board

If you want the option to add another 7950 later on for a dual card set up, then look at this board and psu down below.

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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8566&v... $78.50
XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 53A 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

Nice find! I was actually starting to look into z77 since Ivy Bridge comes out this weekend. Processor may change to 3570k to match. The PSU is nice, but I think I can probably survive off a 550W or 600W. I'm trying to get all the parts together and get the PSU and case last.
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April 28, 2012 6:13:09 AM

NEVER skimp on the PSU. Getting it last is not wise.
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April 28, 2012 6:16:35 AM

macadoly said:
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

Nice find! I was actually starting to look into z77 since Ivy Bridge comes out this weekend. Processor may change to 3570k to match. The PSU is nice, but I think I can probably survive off a 550W or 600W. I'm trying to get all the parts together and get the PSU and case last.

A 500w psu will easily push a single 7850. For dual 7850's you want a 650w psu. I linked two of those boards. The Asus is set to run dual cards and that Asrock board I linked is for single card set up.
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April 28, 2012 6:20:00 AM

I'll probably pick up the Asus one for two reasons:
1. I like ASUS
2. I will probably upgrade my computer which this motherboard allows for.

I suppose the 650w is a good choice for me then. I just hear a lot of people going by with a similar build with 500-600w.
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April 28, 2012 6:30:05 AM

Why_Me said:
That case and psu combo will work fine for a single 7950.


The psu might , but those components in that case will run hot .

There is only a single 120 mm fan fitted , and a long graphics card prevents you adding a "front" fan because it has to be mounted on the back of the hard drive cage

But if he owns a dremel he can hack a hole in the base of the case and improve cooling that way
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April 28, 2012 6:40:49 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The psu might , but those components in that case will run hot .

There is only a single 120 mm fan fitted , and a long graphics card prevents you adding a "front" fan because it has to be mounted on the back of the hard drive cage

But if he owns a dremel he can hack a hole in the base of the case and improve cooling that way

Good catch. I didn't even give that case a one over like I should have. I used a dremel back in the day on a few el cheapo CM cases. It didn't look pretty but it worked. lol
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April 28, 2012 6:58:49 AM

Removed that case and psu combo from the build. I just liked the way the case looked to be quite honest.
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April 28, 2012 7:15:25 AM

macadoly said:
Removed that case and psu combo from the build. I just liked the way the case looked to be quite honest.


The sonata is a really nice office case . I have build pc's in a couple of them

Im like you and want as quiet a case as possible . The Antec P280 was my choice for my pc . More expensive , but capable of keeping a powerful pc cool and quiet .
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April 28, 2012 7:16:32 AM

macadoly said:
Removed that case and psu combo from the build. I just liked the way the case looked to be quite honest.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC3384&v... $73.50
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- another look at that case

or....

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.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- another look at that case
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May 1, 2012 6:08:33 PM

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