Your comments on my first build

Hi, I did a bit of search on sites giving infos on how to build your own PC and after several checks I came up with the following. This is my first build. I am from Canada. I plan on using the PC for dual boot (Windows/Ubuntu), gaming, 3d conceptions and probably virtualization. I am not looking for overclocking anything. My budget is $2000CDN with tax+shipping. The list gave me roughly $1690 from TigerDirect.ca . I am looking to build something that will last me at least 5 years without having to do major parts changes but leaving me room to upgrade on parts. I do not care about BlueTooth and the only wireless connection I care are for keyboard+mouse.

What are your comments on this list ?

Does the CPU and/or MB come with internal power cabling ?

Am I missing something to have a fully functional build ?


Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case - ATX, Black, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ($143)

Intel Core i5-2500 BX80623I52500 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail ($210)

Lite-On iHAS524-98 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA, LabelTag, Black ($30)

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti Free Performance Boost Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready ($225)

Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s ($100)

OCZ VTX3-25SAT3-60G Vertex 3 Solid State Drive - 60GB, 2.5", SATA III, 6Gbps ($100 for O/S boot drive)

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel Z68 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX/SLI Ready ($160)

ViewSonic VX2453mh-LED 24" Class Flat Panel LED HD Monitor - 1920 x 1080, 1000:1 Native, 16:9, 30000000:1 Dynamic, 2ms, 2 HDMI, VGA, Bookstand Option, Black ($190)

Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, 80+ Bronze, Active PFC, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications, Vibration Dampener Included, Lifetime Warranty with Registration ($132)

Corsair CMX16GX3M4A1333C9 XMS3 Desktop Memory Kit - 16GB (4x 4GB), PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, Unbuffered ($105)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System Software - DVD, French ($230)

Logitech MK320 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse - 2.4GHz, Instant Access Hot Keys ($35)
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  1. hi.

    your case is pretty expensive when your graphics card is only a gtx 560ti. You can get a mid tower case for 50-60 (like the cooler master 912) and spend the extra on a better graphics card (like the radeon hd 7870). here is a comparision
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=547

    Also, you can get a newer z77 motherboard for cheaper - $140
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2406888&CatId=6976

    For ram, you probably want to get a minimum of 1600 mhz

    Never heard of Ultra power supply but some good reputable brands are corsair, seasonic, antec.

    You can save $130 by buying a OEM win 7 home 64 bit
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=win+7+oem

    its in english so if you need a french version you can get a win 7 ultimate for $190 (which has a language pack + other features) and still save $40
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213938&CatId=4622
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/compare
  2. That was great advice from computernewb.
    I just built a computer w/ the Antec Three Hundred Mid-tower case ($60) and was very happy with the quality.

    Also, you have a nice budget, so I would recommend a 1920x1200 resolution monitor. They are more expensive, but worth the extra money in my opinion.
  3. Quote:
    Never heard of Ultra power supply but some good reputable brands are corsair, seasonic, antec.


    Ultra sucks more than anything else that has ever sucked. I had an Ultra PSU and it caused nothing but problems - it's currently sitting on my desk as an expensive paperweight. Seasonic and Corsair are far better choices. Stay away from Ultra like the plague.

    On a $2K budget you can do way better than that - go with a Z77 and a 680 - Tiger Direct is not what they used to be after the CompUSA merger.

    Try this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 - $229.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $94.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ares 1600MHz 1.5V - $49.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $149.99
    HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $89.99
    Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $109.99

    Total: $1,824.93

    This gives you far better components and spreads it out a bit - but seriously - I cannot stress enough how much Ultra sucks.
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    Never heard of Ultra power supply but some good reputable brands are corsair, seasonic, antec.


    Ultra sucks more than anything else that has ever sucked. I had an Ultra PSU and it caused nothing but problems - it's currently sitting on my desk as an expensive paperweight. Seasonic and Corsair are far better choices. Stay away from Ultra like the plague.

    On a $2K budget you can do way better than that - go with a Z77 and a 680 - Tiger Direct is not what they used to be after the CompUSA merger.

    Try this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 - $229.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $94.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ares 1600MHz 1.5V - $49.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $149.99
    HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $89.99
    Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $109.99

    Total: $1,824.93

    This gives you far better components and spreads it out a bit - but seriously - I cannot stress enough how much Ultra sucks.


    haha is ultra power supply worse than cool max? because i had a cool max blow up and take out my entire pc :cry:
  5. computernewb said:
    haha is ultra power supply worse than cool max? because i had a cool max blow up and take out my entire pc :cry:


    When I built my first true gaming system back in '09 - I had a supposedly top rated X3 850W and when I ran my PC on anything that wasn't in idle mode (read: games, etc) it would freeze and shut down the whole system. The other day I had to pry a stuck power button from an Ultra case, and then I had an Ultra PSU blow up on me - so yeah I'd rate them about the same or even worse than Coolmax.
  6. computernewb
    thx for the infos, currently checking them out

    - the reason for going with Nvidia is that I always had problems with Linux & ATI drivers. I kept hearing that ATI drivers suck in Linux. I kept hearing to use NVidia for Linux. Honnestly, I want to move away from Windows and toward Linux. I am keeping windows only because of gaming. In Linux, I can get software like Blender instead of paying $$$$ for under Windows.

    - no user reviews on all 7870 at TigerDirect.ca ...

    - that z77 MB supported memory list is somewhat limited compared to that z68. It says DDR3-2400Mhz (OC) only . OC means Overclocked ?
    --- what's the diff with Z68 to suggest going with a Z77 ?
    --- are those Z77 recent ? Seams almost none of them have any user reviews ...

    - I like that case. Read no usb-3.0 front. Then I would rely on back MB usb-3.0 port

    - Ram-1600Mhz noted. Any particular brand ?

    -reasons I went for this PSU
    --- I like the modular approach
    --- was in the suggested list of PSU 80 Plus Certified
    --- but I can go for anyothers

    - for the OEM Win-7, it would be restricted to my rig only, right ?
    --- what would happen if I change the CPU or do any other change that could affect that OEM ?
    --- better to choose a 64bit or 32bit win ?

    - finaly, my $2000 budget is with everything included (tax + shipping....).


    g-unit1111
    - is that an actual running PC or just a suggestion ?


    Guys, most of all, I need to understand why going for this and that. I am not the kind to just go with I am being told.
  7. Quote:
    - is that an actual running PC or just a suggestion ?


    Just a suggestion - I don't include monitor or peripherals on builds as that's entirely personal preference.

    Quote:
    -reasons I went for this PSU
    --- I like the modular approach
    --- was in the suggested list of PSU 80 Plus Certified
    --- but I can go for anyothers


    There's way better PSUs for the price - Ultra is a brand that's notorious for producing a lot of garbage products - like Raidmax, Apevia, Xclio, Coolmax, Diablotex, and so on. A better choice would be something like this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    I'm personally not a fan of modular PSUs - it's a myth that having a modular PSU will mean fewer cables - it's all in how you route your cables that will determine the course of air flow in your system.

    Quote:
    - Ram-1600Mhz noted. Any particular brand ?


    I chose Kingston because they produce a lot of quality products - they've been around forever and have one of the lowest fail rates on the market.

    Quote:
    - no user reviews on all 7870 at TigerDirect.ca ...


    Don't use stores to judge products - that's not a good way to go. Use a variety of sources to get reviews. Half the people complaining on Newegg or Tiger are usually bad refunds or problems with UPS. I have a 7870 and it's a great card, I would buy another one in half a second.
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