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Need advice 1300$ 1st gaming build

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May 13, 2012 4:00:24 PM

Hey guys I'm planning on building my first computer i've been reading these forums for a few weeks now and it convinced me to build my own.
My budget is 1300$.

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid June

Budget Range: 1300$ after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3, Surfing the internet..

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Case (Corsair 500R)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, I know that memoryexpress matches every prices/shipping/bundle and beats the difference by 25% so might go with them.

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Yes (Not Now)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Planning on OC'ing but not now I'll get a better CPU cooler when I decide to OC. Needs to include OS and Monitor. I'd like it to be futureproof
if possible. I also really want an SSD

So far thats what I came out with I'd like some comments on this, I'm open to suggestions.

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/8aSs

I know the GPU might be overkill for those games but I'm mostly a console gamer and I never had a capable computer so this might change.

I'll buy an HDD later if needed as I won't be storing music/pictures/videos.

Thanks for your help!

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May 13, 2012 5:00:24 PM

That's a solid build bud i say go for it
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May 13, 2012 5:28:18 PM

Solid build OP. Here's a few things to look at...it's all free shippping.

Direct Canada offers FREE SHIPPING. Any order over $50 @ Direct Canada is FREE SHIPPING.

http://www.directcanada.com/

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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD1852&v... $127.44
ASRock Z77 Pro 3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $227.79
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $47.83
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.67
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

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=11230DR7592&v... $118.51
Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD5495&v... $407.40
EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked 967MHZ 2048MB 6210MHZ GDDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E DX11 Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN6442&v... $150.95 MIR.
ASUS ML228H 21.5IN Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 2MS 10M:1 HDMI DVI-D VGA

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2160&v... $100.19
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive
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May 15, 2012 9:58:57 PM

Wow thanks for the fast answers! I have another question though.. Soon I'll be moving in a new appartment with my gf so this might cut the budget a bit (about 250$). Do you guys have any suggestions on a cheaper GPU that would run Diablo 3 on max settings? I'll just wait until everything settles down before getting a better quality GPU.
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May 15, 2012 10:02:29 PM

You can get a GTX560Ti for ~$240-260 and that will shave off some (it'll handle all new games on high settings), but you'll need a case which will add some expense. I'd look at the $40-70 cases like the Antec 300, CM Haf 912, and Lian Li First Knight.
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May 15, 2012 10:05:03 PM

The case is bought already and isnt calculated in the budget. I have a Corsair 500R is this fine?
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May 15, 2012 10:06:00 PM

phil88 said:
The case is bought already and isnt calculated in the budget. I have a Corsair 500R

Oh okay. well consider dropping to the GTX560 Ti (MSI's TwinFrozr are really good) and that'll save you some.
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May 15, 2012 10:30:40 PM

phil88 said:
The case is bought already and isnt calculated in the budget. I have a Corsair 500R is this fine?

Go to the "Search" at the top of the Direct Canada site and type in: gtx 670

They still have some Galaxy 670's in stock but not for long.
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