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First build, budget gaming $1000-$1250

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May 17, 2012 3:08:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Week and a half approx.

Budget Range: $1000-$1250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Maybe a little schoolwork in the fall but not much, surfing the net etc

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Not 100%), speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memory Express

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Not many preferences, this is my first real build so I'm willing to hear all suggestions

Overclocking: Not likely (Never done it, so unless you can convince me otherwise!)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, depends if I'll be buying a monitor right away or just using my 32" samsung tv for a while first.

Additional Comments: Would like to future proof a tad if possible, other than that I just need some advice and I trust you guys for it!


Core™ i5-3550 Processor Bundle w/ P8H77-M PRO Motherboard $359.98
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_3550_H77MPRO

Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB), Cerulean Blue $49.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX34050

Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD-RW Drive, SATA, Black, OEM $24.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX27707

Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache $119.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX27676

Asus HD7870 DirectCU II Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI, Dual DP $349.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38617

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M Modular Power Supply $109.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX34710

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Mid Tower, Black $79.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX27631


IPR Product
Replacement $102.92


Sub Total: $1,237.84


Been looking at MANY different builds and forums for ideas, and there are some great ones here. Had a thread a few days ago and got some great suggestions, I just want to be as sure as I can be about every piece before I go ahead and order. Like I said this is my first build so any and all suggestions are great!
May 17, 2012 8:51:41 PM

I would never ever buy extended warranties or product replacement nonsense for anything. They are all a ripoff meant to part you with your money. They wouldn't offer them if they weren't making a ton of money on them.

Put that money into either upgrading to a GTX 670, getting an SSD as a boot drive or leave it in your pocket.


ETA: For $5 more, you can get this combo http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_2500K_Z68AD3H and have the ability to OC later if you like.
May 17, 2012 9:19:44 PM

Yeah honestly I was thinking the same thing about the warranty, but since this is my first build I just wasn't really too sure and wanted to play it safe, but what you say makes a lot of sense so maybe I will put that money towards something else. Also thanks for the advice on the combo, will do!
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May 18, 2012 3:23:02 PM

change mobo into a z77 mobo not a h77

also change it into a ATX size instead of micro since a lot of micros do not provide SLI support since they cannot fit it
May 18, 2012 4:49:03 PM

Direct Canada and Best Direct Canada are affiliated (both ship out of the same warehouse in Richmond, BC) and both offer FREE SHIPPING. Any order over $50 @ Direct Canada is FREE SHIPPING and any order over $80 @ Best Direct Canada is FREE SHIPPING.

http://www.directcanada.com/

http://www.bestdirect.ca/

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=16950BD6547&v... $150.12
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that board

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD5808&v... $202.04
Intel Core i5 3450 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233768/P1750SNLB9/XFX... $99.70
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/240822/BLS2KIT4G3D160... $44.55
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

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=12980BD1898&v... $407.73
MSI GeForce GTX 670 OC 1045MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <------ gtx 670 review with benchmarks
May 18, 2012 4:54:29 PM

Good advice. I actually did go and look at Newegg as well and made a build with a z77.


ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
$17.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827135204


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W High Performance Power Supply
-$21.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$20.00 USD Mail-in Rebate
$103.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817139021

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Computer Case
-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 USD Mail-in Rebate
$139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811119194

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 012-P3-1570-AR Video Card
$309.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814130593

ASUS P8Z77-V LK ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813131837

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
-$8.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$376.98
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819116504

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
-$5.00 Instant
$49.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820145345

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-$25.00 Combo
$124.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822136533

Grand Total: $1,123.92


Sorry I'm kinda all over the place and just seeing what's available out there, lol. But that's a build I came up with on Newegg, how is it? Do you think the gtx 570 is enough?
May 18, 2012 4:56:42 PM

Thanks Why_Me, your build looks great and I'm still considering it from earlier. Like I said I'm just seeing what's all available out there :)  The gtx 670 is very tempting that's for sure. (If I can manage to get my hands on one!)
May 18, 2012 5:04:28 PM

jbatt1089 said:
Thanks Why_Me, your build looks great and I'm still considering it from earlier. Like I said I'm just seeing what's all available out there :)  The gtx 670 is very tempting that's for sure. (If I can manage to get my hands on one!)

Direct Canada has them in stock.
May 18, 2012 5:16:48 PM

I see that! I'm off work in a half hour so I think I might pick one up right when I'm done
July 16, 2013 5:47:22 AM

Some of that stuff seems overpriced. Maybe try ncix.com? I know they are in Canada and seem to have better prices. might wanna check them out.
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