First build, budget gaming $1000-$1250

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!
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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS $17.67
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&vpn=ST1000DM003&manufacture=SEAGATE $89.79
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&vpn=P8Z77-V%20LK&manufacture=Others $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/P8Z77V_LK/ <----- another look at that board

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD5808&vpn=BX80637I53450&manufacture=INTEL $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/BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/CRUCIAL%20TECHNOLOGY/ $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&vpn=CC-9011014-WW&manufacture=CORSAIR $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-gaming-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD1898&vpn=N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC&manufacture=MSI $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-670-review-feat-evga <------ gtx 670 review with benchmarks
  5. 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?
  6. 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!)
  7. 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.
  8. I see that! I'm off work in a half hour so I think I might pick one up right when I'm done
  9. http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/243162/GV-N670OC-2GD/Gigabyte/ $396.34
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
  10. 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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