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May 12, 2012 1:19:48 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next week

Budget Range: $700~750 (CAD) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multi-taskings, movies, school works, etc

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix canada, canada computers

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : Intel cpu

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No (Actually, not sure..)

Monitor Resolution: I'll get my brother's 4 year old LCD monitor... Not sure its resolution yet but I'm pretty sure it doesn't even have HDMI.. I'm planning to purchase good one for good deal, in next year.

Additional Comments: I'm a real newbie for this.. I've never built my own computer and been using my laptop for almost 5 years now..


So, I've come up with these parts so far :

CPU i5-3570k with Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3h $359.99

RAM Corsair vengeance 8 GB(2 * 4gb) $44.79

PSU Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan $59.99

HDD Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM $89.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $16.89

Antec One Mid-Tower Gaming ATX Case Black 3X5.25 5X3.5 2X2.5 Front USB3.0 Top Rear 120MM Fans $47.44

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Video Card $129.99

I'm not a hardcore gamer. I'm hoping to play games like Diablo3, LoL, WoW, or any current games at its max or high settings, hopefully.

1. Are these parts compatible each other?

2. Would 550W PSU do its job properly?

3. Do I need any other misc stuffs? Did I miss any parts that I need to buy?

4. Is building pc expert's job? Can I do it by watching youtube or any step-by-step guide on website? If so, could you recommend a website?

5. I hope If I could use this computer for another 2~3 years.. Will it last that long?

Thank you very much for reading this and your time. It'd be greatly helpful if I could get some information/advice/tips from experts like you.

Please help this newbie! :) ) Cheers

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May 12, 2012 1:30:34 AM
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Cpu:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70543&vpn=BX80637I53450&m...
Ram:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1600C...
Mobo:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69231&vpn=Z77A-G45&manufa...
Case:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=66063&vpn=CC-9011014-WW&m...
Gpu:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58512
Psu:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manu...
Hdd:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manu...

it has a cpu made to overclock so i changed that. Your case is fine if you prefer it over mine i just like the box look :3 i forgot to add the disk drive :p  feel free to through that in aswell. The total for my parts is 825 dollars but you can pricematch newegg.ca and tigerdirect for lower prices from ncix (for me they have cheaper shipping so i went with them) you can stick with your gpu and in one year you get a new monitor you should be able to get a gpu suited to it.
May 12, 2012 1:44:55 AM

Thanks a lot for your inputs, Itpenguin! ;) 

I'm kinda really broke lol so I had to sacrifice some parts here and there..
Would my choice of PSU work fine on my build? Your suggestions are great. So, if I don't do overclock, then I should get that cpu? What if.. say, I change my mind and then I do in the future..

Sorry for rambling around .. I'm willing to learn!
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May 12, 2012 2:20:52 AM

from the review here http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... it seems like a solid supply and i'd defiantly check out psu there it is the best site for in depth looks at power supplies.

Overclocking is overrated :p  you don't have to oc to have a good computer, it is only enthusiast with big budgets who overclock, Generally when overclocking you'd need a new cooler for your cpu which could tag 35-100 dollars to your price so for your purposes i'd say skip the overclocking. If you decide not to overclock i stick to my recommend cpu.

I am here to answer any and all of your question so you can have a better understanding don't hesitate to ask :p 
May 12, 2012 12:47:38 PM

Hello! Thanks a lot for your valuable inputs!

So, I've changed some of the parts based on your recommendations.

CPU i5-450 with MSI Z77A-G43 $304.99

RAM Corsair vengeance 8 GB(2 * 4gb) $44.79

PSU Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan $59.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD $79.98

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $16.89

Antec One Mid-Tower Gaming ATX Case Black 3X5.25 5X3.5 2X2.5 Front USB3.0 Top Rear 120MM Fans $47.44

XFX Radeon HD 6870 Dual Fan 900MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI 2x Mini Display Port P *IR-$10* $179.99

Total : $735.72 before taxes.. and free shipping.

Are those parts compatible and can you make any further recommendations or suggestions? Thanks a bunch!!! Cheeers
May 12, 2012 1:14:48 PM

If gaming is a low priority, other than diablo 3 maxed, then it's a solid build.

@Itpengiun low budgets overclock too :p  my machine was the same price as the OP's before the ssd, which i just bought a few months ago.
May 12, 2012 2:33:25 PM

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