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[NEW BUILD] $1300~ PC Need advice!

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&vpn=P8Z68-V/GEN3&manufacture=Others
(190)

Processor: Intel Sandy Bridge I5 2500K
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&item_id=035530
(230)

Video Card: Asus Radeon 7850
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5564&vpn=HD7850-DC2-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS
(250)

RAM: 8gb Corsair Low Profile
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_311_312_612&item_id=039987
(50)

SSD: Crucial M4 128gb
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=179_1088&item_id=039183
(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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  1. 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&vpn=THREE%20HUNDRED%20TWO&manufacture=ANTEC

    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
  2. Best answer
    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&vpn=Z77%20Pro%203&manufacture=Others $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=N82E16813131837 $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&vpn=P1650SNLB9&manufacture=XFX $78.50
    XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 53A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU
  3. 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&vpn=Z77%20Pro%203&manufacture=Others $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=N82E16813131837 $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&vpn=P1650SNLB9&manufacture=XFX $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=N82E16813131837 $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.
  4. NEVER skimp on the PSU. Getting it last is not wise.
  5. macadoly said:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837 $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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Removed that case and psu combo from the build. I just liked the way the case looked to be quite honest.
  10. 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 .
  11. 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&vpn=CC-9011014-WW&manufacture=CORSAIR $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/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html <---- another look at that case

    or....

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&vpn=CC-9011011-WW&manufacture=CORSAIR $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/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <---- another look at that case
  12. Best answer selected by macadoly.
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