Gaming rig for canadian pc noob

Hi all,

Looking for some advice putting a gaming pc together. I was going to buy a prebuilt as I don't know much about putting pc's together.

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1,000-$2,000 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: playing games like bf3 and skyrim on best possible settings

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:  must be from as I will be using their assemble option.
Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: -ivy bridge chip (to future proof it?)
-16gb ram (to future proof it?)
-gtx 680 (looking at pcpartpicker I notice that there is different 680 cards, which do I go with?)
-blu ray/DVD/cd burner

Overclocking: Maybe ? Don't know how, but might look into it in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Same as above

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 / 1920x1200 (I haven't picked out a monitor yet)

Additional Comments: I want this thing to last at least 3-4 yrs, if possible.
4 answers Last reply
More about gaming canadian noob
  1. definatley try building it on your own its easy and saves you alot of $$$
  2. in terms of a build here you go:
  3. off NCIX I came up with The best of the best just for you ;)

    Coolermaster Haf 912 $60
    ASUS Sabertooth Z77 $250 It is possible to go lower on the mobo if you don't care about the fancy stuff you can still get great stuff with MSI Z77A-G45 $159
    Intel Core i5 3570 $239
    Coolermaster Hyper TX $23
    WD Black 1tb $110
    OCZ Vertex 4 128GB $170 (OS & small apps)
    Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 800W $160
    EVGA GeForce GTX 680 $500
    Windows 7 home or pro? $30 difference

    Total w/ W7 Pro = $1692
    Total w/ MSI Z77A-G45 =1601
  4. $99.99
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS $69.99
    XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze $129.99 After Mail In Rebate: $99.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro 3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard $238.99
    Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail $34.98
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM $46.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $109.98 After Mail In Rebate: $89.98
    ASUS BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray Writer 12X BD-R 16X DVD+R SATA Black Retail $109.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $113.99
    Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive $529.99
    EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SUPERCLOCKED+ 1058MHZ 2GB 6.2GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E Video Card $119.98
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

    For a dual card set up (option to add another one of those cards later on), then replace the psu and motherboard with this down below. $139.99 After Mail In Rebate: $119.99
    XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver $169.99
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Gaming Systems