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Gaming Computer $1000-$1200 (monitor not included)

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May 29, 2012 5:56:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1000-$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing

Parts Not Required:Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com, canadacomputers.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: Looking for monitor advice. Not included in the budget. 24 or 25 inch would be sufficient.

Additional Comments: Low expertise when it comes to computers. I want to get all my parts from the same site and have them build it for me. I do not want to build it myself.

There was a prebuilt on canadacomputers.com that looked close to what I wanted. A friend I asked for advice pointed out that the Cooler Master PSU might not be great, as well as the lack of an OS.

http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_121...
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May 29, 2012 5:58:45 AM

So you live in the US?
May 29, 2012 6:01:26 AM

azeem40 said:
So you live in the US?


Toronto, ON.

Edited my post to add that information.
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May 29, 2012 6:09:24 AM

Dannomight said:
Toronto, ON.

Edited my post to add that information.


Are you positive you don't want to build it yourself?
That PC you linked is really overpriced, and you would probably be glad you did it yourself in the future.

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May 29, 2012 6:10:29 AM

Directcanada offers free shipping on orders over $50.
May 29, 2012 6:10:59 AM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Are you positive you don't want to build it yourself?
That PC you linked is really overpriced, and you would probably be glad you did it yourself in the future.


I would very much prefer not to build it myself. Ideally it would ship built and with OS. I'm already out of my depth as it is.
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May 29, 2012 6:13:15 AM

Just buy the parts separately and pay someone to build it for you. It is still better value.
May 29, 2012 6:19:01 AM

I'll take your suggestions under advisement. I'm still interested in finding out what my options are with my original parameters.
May 29, 2012 6:21:36 AM

He's trying to buy the parts separately (but from one outlet) and pay them to have them build it.

Unless you mean buy parts from multiple sites and then pay someone locally? One of the benefits of having someone like NCIX put it together is that they have a warranty for the complete system functioning then.
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May 29, 2012 6:27:00 AM

Dannomight said:
I'll take your suggestions under advisement. I'm still interested in finding out what my options are with my original parameters.

So you are interested? It says what I suggested in your OP.
May 29, 2012 6:29:59 AM

I believe the OP stated "I want to get all my parts from the same site and have them build it for me."
May 29, 2012 6:30:04 AM

azeem40 said:
So you are interested? It says what I suggested in your OP.


To quote myself, I want to get all my parts from the same site and have them build it for me.
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May 29, 2012 6:33:04 AM

That is a good idea, but the computer you're building isn't. For that price, you can get a GPU and PSU that is many times better.
May 29, 2012 6:35:15 AM

Sorry Azeem, I think you misunderstood him. He's looking for recommendations for any parts available from one site that will build it for him. The pre-built one he linked was just something he was looking at, but as he mentioned he realized it was flawed.

Any improvements on it would be most welcome.

(To clarify, I'm the friend he contacted. I put together a rough build from ncix but I haven't kept up in hardware advances in the past few years so I figured people here would be much more helpful.

I would build him the computer but I'm a thousand kilometers away. Also I'm lazy.)
May 29, 2012 6:41:22 AM

My apologies for not being totally clear. I'm pretty much computer illiterate. Normally I would be the kind of person just buying off Best Buy.
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May 29, 2012 6:44:07 AM

I was the same as you, but I built it without any knowledge. It took about 6 hrs but everything worked!
May 29, 2012 6:45:25 AM

azeem40 said:
I was the same as you, but I built it without any knowledge. It took about 6 hrs but everything worked!


I'm willing and able to pay extra to avoid having to put it together myself.
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May 29, 2012 6:48:00 AM

I was just putting up a FWIW. You can go ahead and buy the parts and have NCIX make it.
May 29, 2012 7:10:09 AM

NCIX is probably the best Canadian Computer website to buy parts, and I'm pretty sure you can ask them to build the computer for you.
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May 29, 2012 7:12:15 AM

Directcanada has no taxes and offers free shipping.
May 29, 2012 6:11:06 PM

dayman500 said:
NCIX is probably the best Canadian Computer website to buy parts, and I'm pretty sure you can ask them to build the computer for you.


I will take a look on there. Do they have any pre-builts you would recommend? I don't know enough to put a list of parts together myself.

edit: I'm considering this build right now. If anyone sees any glaring flaws in it, please let me know.

http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc_new/ncixpc.cfm?uuid=042964EA-...
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May 29, 2012 6:49:32 PM

It will work, but the parts are too expensive in that prebuild.
May 29, 2012 7:44:43 PM

azeem40 said:
It will work, but the parts are too expensive in that prebuild.


Well I'm not going to build one myself and it's the best option so far.
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May 29, 2012 7:46:29 PM

Then go with it. BTW, you should have asked this question in the prebuilt section. This subsection is only going to advise you against buying a prebuilt.
May 29, 2012 7:54:02 PM

I'm sorry, but is selecting the parts and getting someone else to build it for you considered a prebuilt now?
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May 29, 2012 7:55:03 PM

You two are confusing me. He just said it was a prebuilt, which means it is already assembled and not waiting to be assembled.
May 29, 2012 7:58:24 PM

azeem40 said:
You two are confusing me. He just said it was a prebuilt, which means it is already assembled and not waiting to be assembled.


That website will build it for me. You can also customize it by changing any of the individual parts. And no, I didn't say it was a pre-built. I called it a build. Maybe the terminology was wrong.
May 29, 2012 7:58:38 PM

Yes, because he's been asking for parts advice and there hasn't been any, and he doesn't know enough to select his own.
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May 29, 2012 7:59:20 PM

Let me take a crack at it. Give me a bit and I'll come up with something.
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May 29, 2012 8:13:30 PM

i5-3450 Intel Processor $200 ($7 shipping)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Gigabyte H77M-D3H mATX LGA1155 H77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard $89.79 FREE SHIPPING
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD0683&v...

The above is the best board I could find. It is mATX, but since you don't need extra OCing features or others, it will be just fine.

Sapphire Radeon 7850 $232.45 FREE SHIPPING
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD5668&v...

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX550M 550W ATX Modular Power Supply $86.96 FREE SHIPPING

This was the best PSU I could find. It is modular.

Crucial M4 128GB SSD $129.49 FREE SHIPPING
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR2927&v...

It can load the OS as fast as 10 seconds, around 5x faster than a hard drive.

Corsair Carbide 400R Case $86.52 FREE SHIPPING
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&v...

GREAT airflow and cable management. I have the 500R and it is so easy to work with.

Crucial sport 2x4GB DDR3 RAM $43
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11230AC2532&v...
May 29, 2012 8:39:31 PM

I see one part is from newegg.ca and the others from directcanada.com. Which of those sites would be building it?
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May 29, 2012 8:42:56 PM

You don't have to ask a specific site to build it. Any computer store nearby can build it for you.
May 29, 2012 8:50:14 PM

azeem40 said:
You don't have to ask a specific site to build it. Any computer store nearby can build it for you.


I will make one last attempt to explain what I want. I want to go to a website and select a bunch of parts, pay for them to build it and ship it to me.
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May 29, 2012 8:53:58 PM

Then buy the i5-3550 from directcanada and ask them to build everything. Problem solved.
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