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My very first custom build.....don't want to screw it up

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May 5, 2012 6:11:00 AM

Hello all,

Here is the requested info for my build:


Approximate Purchase Date: Now/within the next few weeks

Budget Range: $1000-1500 Canadian currency (at par with USD right now)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Witcher 2, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, etc), Movies, Internet, MS Excel, MS Word

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca

Country: Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: I don't have a preference for brands, so long as they work as advertised and are reliable

Overclocking: Maybe - not right now, but likely in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd prefer the unit to be as compact and quiet as possible, but it is going to be used in a home office room so it's not a "must have" priority.

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This is my first post but I've been reading up on this forum for a while. I've just finished university and wanted to give myself a graduation present. I want a gaming computer that will not go obsolete for at least the next 5-7 years, being able to play any game at high-to-max settings for years to come. Please let me know if there are better components that I can substitute in (or if I am going about this in completely the wrong way)

The following is what I'm thinking of right now, comes out to being about $1470 by buying parts from both TigerDirect and NewEgg (already have the MSI motherboard and i7 3770k on order as they were on sale as a bundle, not sure if the RAM is compatible with the motherboard):

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.50 GHz Quad Core Unlocked
(motherboard/CPU package - $519.99)

RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Model PGD38G1333ELK
($40.99)

CPU Cooling: CORSAIR H40 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
($59.49)

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB
($259.99)

Wireless Adapter: EDIMAX EW-7722In Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Up to 300Mbps
($19.99)

Hard Drive: Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s
($99.97)

Power Supply:Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2 Builder Series™ CX600 Power Supply
($76.99)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
($64.99)

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24x DVDRW Drive
($17.99)

Monitor: ViewSonic VX2253mh-LED Black 22" 
($159.97)


Thank you in advance!!!

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May 5, 2012 6:12:13 AM

For one 560ti, a 550W is plenty of power. The Hyper 212 EVO is better than the H40 and is ~$20 cheaper.
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May 5, 2012 6:25:06 AM

azeem40 said:
For one 560ti, a 550W is plenty of power. The Hyper 212 EVO is better than the H40 and is ~$20 cheaper.


Oh really? I'm surprised that a forced air cooling system is better than a liquid cooling one.
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May 5, 2012 6:26:41 AM

As you get higher along the line, at every price point, an air cooler will be better or equal to an H-series Corsair Liquid Cooler.

EDIT: typo
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May 5, 2012 6:27:48 AM

azeem40 said:
As you get higher along the line, at every price point, an air cooler will be better or equal to an H-series Corsair Liquid Cooler.

EDIT: typo


Oh okay, thank you, good to know!
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