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[New Build] Gaming PC $800 in Canada

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May 24, 2012 1:11:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two weeks or preferably earlier

Budget Range: $600-700 for PC build + $350 or less for dual monitors

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, just regular surfing

Parts Not Required: CPU: already have i7-2700K which I'd like to use for the build

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX, Canadacomputers, tigerdirect, or any other company that can ship from canada (less shipping fees)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel Setup

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: depends which monitor is suggested, but I would like HD resolution

Additional Comments: First gaming build. Would like mobo that is OC friendly and easy to use. Want this build to be good for a couple years ( no upgrading parts to play future games). Most gaming will be done at max resolution of monitor, which I'm hoping I can get a good deal for decent dual HD monitors. If possible, would like a cool and silent PC (silent is not really necessary, however, cool (cold not looks) is as i'd like to OC. Aesthetics are not that important to me compared to price/performance.
May 24, 2012 1:29:36 PM

Are you also including the OS? I'm assuming you're not. I'm not good with monitors, but here's what I'd do for the build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $865.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-24 09:29 EDT-0400)

It's a bit over, but you can drop the SSD if you want to. Crucial M4 is also good.
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May 24, 2012 1:31:00 PM

Wait... is your budget $800 or $700? You probably don't need an optical, either
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May 24, 2012 1:40:18 PM

Sorry, my budget is $600-700 as I've already spent some amount of money on the CPU. With regards to optical drive, I'd rather have an SSD and take advantage of the cache in order to improve PC performance.

Also, forgot to mention, would prefer PSU to be semi or modular (don't want to deal with a ton of wires)
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May 24, 2012 1:45:40 PM

Ah. If you're caching, get a 32GB SSD. The optical drive is the DVD drive ;) 

I think we will have to drop the GPU... but going lower isn't good :/ 

Drop the mobo to a Pro3 Gen3. Get like a Corsair or a Seasonic bronze-rated 650W modular (at the most). Other than that, I think we'd have to start cutting the case which is never good, and then go to the GPU
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May 24, 2012 1:58:56 PM

Whoops, meant HDD instead of optical drive.

If we need to change case, how would Cooler Master HAF 912 do as a substitute? It is about $30-40 cheaper.
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May 24, 2012 9:28:27 PM

It's good, but... less fans, and less features. Make sure you look at some videos to figure out what's best for you
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May 24, 2012 9:30:21 PM

You can still cache with more than 32gb.
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May 24, 2012 10:07:48 PM

I know. But 32GB costs less :) 
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