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First Time Build!!!! XD ($1000-$1400)

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May 8, 2012 8:44:08 PM

Hey, this is my first time building a computer. I'm not really sure on what kind of graphics card to get or what type of PSU I need. This is what I have at the moment:

Case:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Mother Board:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Processor:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Hard Drive:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

CD Drive:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

PSU:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Graphics Card:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

I think the graphics card and the PSU I chose are adequate, but if there is something else better for a decent price let me know. I was also thinking of getting a liquid cooling system as well, unfortunately I don't know what a good brand would be :sweat:  . My budget is 0504$1000-$1400; will be used for Gaming and Video editing

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links fixed

More about : time build 1000 1400

May 8, 2012 9:24:49 PM

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May 8, 2012 10:11:31 PM

You could do much better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($439.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1291.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-08 18:06 EDT-0400)

GPU alternatives include 680 or the soon to be released 670.
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May 8, 2012 10:29:33 PM

pcnub said:
*facepalm*
links are now fixed :sweat: 

Bad psu (Ultra) and that build can be vastly improved on. Here's a build that will give you more performance.


FREE SHIPPING !!!

http://www.directcanada.com <----- any order over $50 qualifies for FREE GROUND SHIPPING

http://www.bestdirect.ca <---- FREE SHIPPING from that retailer also. It's affiliated with Direct Canada (they both ship out of the same warehouse in Richmond, BC).


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

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/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

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.bestdirect.ca/products/241881/GA-Z77X-UD3H/G... $163.86
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $244.40
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $30.48
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/240822/BLS2KIT4G3D160... $43.89
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $89.79
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD5497&v... $254.52
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC 975MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $109.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
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May 9, 2012 12:08:41 AM

Sorry I missed the fact that you are ordering from Canada.
I'm kinda of a minimalist on the case selection, but the case works for it's purpose.
Here's the fixed build with links.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.66 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.03 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.99 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($125.92 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($407.16 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1346.70
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-08 20:08 EDT-0400)

Comes to about $1404.23 before MIRs.
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May 9, 2012 1:36:05 AM

darkclownjoe said:
Sorry I missed the fact that you are ordering from Canada.
I'm kinda of a minimalist on the case selection, but the case works for it's purpose.
Here's the fixed build with links.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.66 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.03 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.99 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($125.92 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($407.16 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1346.70
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-08 20:08 EDT-0400)

Comes to about $1404.23 before MIRs.


Can you tell me what's the difference between the G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory and the Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit?
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May 9, 2012 1:37:39 AM

Nothing but the speed.
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May 9, 2012 3:18:12 AM
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May 9, 2012 3:45:16 AM


Everything looks good but three things. That Cooler Master psu the case and the RAM.

Cooler Master psu's aren't recommended by anyone on here for the fact they suck, and you don't need a 850w psu unless you plan on powering a jet engine. A 650 psu will easily push two of those cards, and if you want plenty of head room then go for a 750w.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/category/?minorcatid=1066&vend... <----- XFX psu's. They are manufactured by Seasonic as are the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's. There is a modular and non modular 750w psu's on there. Modular psu goes for $105.

Second no no is that Corsair RAM with those cake cutter heat spreaders. Those heat spreaders are going to kill you when you go to add that cpu heat sink.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/235567/CML8GX3M2A1600... <----- you want those right there.

Last is the case. That Cooler Master Elite is small and I mean really small. Look for a case that has room to fit all your components, good cooling, and front 3.0 USB ports.

Look at the Corsair 300R, Corsair 400R, or the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer (not really a good choice though...no side cooling and its a hot box), Cooler Master 922 even and then just add a Biostar front 3.0 USB panel to it.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241699/FRONT%20PANEL%... <---- that's one there but Biostar has a cheaper version and Cooler Master might also.
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May 9, 2012 5:00:11 PM

Why_Me said:
You want a totally cool arse case? This case was released less than two weeks ago and it's a killer.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/242334/RC-922XM-KKN1/... $119.90
Coolermaster HAF XM ATX Mid Tower Case Black 3X5.25 8X3.5INT Red LED Light *No PSU*

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- Check it out. You can see it on newegg also. That case has everything, and I mean everything.


I did a bit of research on the case you recommended (the HAF MX). It looks freaking epic and their are so many positive reviews on it. I'm going to go with the XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition( http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233768/P1750SNLB9/XFX... ), it's a good price. And i guess your right about the RAM cards, they are awkwardly shaped :na:  . I don't think I'll need those fans since i don't really have much to cool, so I'll just drop them. Total comes up to $1401.30 (including tax); only $1.30 over budget, not bad :D 
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