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May 29, 2012 6:14:55 PM

Hi Folks,

This is my very first build and im really excited for it.

pproximate Purchase Date: In a 2 weeks or so.

Budget Range: 1200 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: , Most importantly gaming (tera, WoW, battlefield, Cod, etc) , surfing the internet, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, NCIX (Canada), canadacomputers, tigerdirect.ca, Amazon.ca. (almost anything that ships to canada)

Country: Canada.

Parts Preferences: Dont know much about brands, thats why im turning to you guys.

Overclocking: Yes / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future.

Monitor Resolution: Dont know the exact monitor but, ill get that once im home none the less its a 24" samsung LCD screen that i purchased last year.
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Case : Im thinking of getting the NZXT phantom mid tower.
Processor : intel i5 2500k
RAM : 8 gig but dont know exactly which brand, i heard Kingston is good.
GPU : I was looking at Radeon HD 6950

This is all came up, this is my very first time and I dont know much about parts and im open for all your suggestions.
I appreciate any feed back you guys give me, and Ifts a successful build Ill be posting the finished product as a thank you.

Cheers,
Husein

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May 29, 2012 7:46:06 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core ($224.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($43.99 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM ST1000DM003 ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: SAPPHIRE HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 ($339.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) PHAN-001BK ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair TX750 V2 ($94.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1089.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-29 15:37 EDT-0400)

The 7870 is a better video card than the 6950.
Crucial is also a good brand for RAM.
You could use a 650W PSU with four PCIe connectors for a 7870 Crossfire system.
You could get a modular PSU if you're willing to pay more for one.

Any questions?
May 29, 2012 7:48:01 PM

For $30 more, get the GTX 670. The 7870 is not good price/performance.
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May 29, 2012 7:58:54 PM

Yes, I agree with Azeem--everything else about Silvune's build looks solid, but the 670 is a better choice than the 7870. Either get a 7850 and overclock it, with an eye to crossfire in the future, or get the 670. Those are about the only $200+ video cards that seem worthwhile to me atm.

The only other thing to consider is maybe shaving some money off the case and putting it into an SSD. Even a 90 GB SSD is enough to install the OS comfortably, but you can get 120 GB for around $100 or a little more with rebates, and that allows you to install a few games too. E.g. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
May 29, 2012 8:57:06 PM

Is there a specific manufacturer to the the 670. sorry i looked it up and a whole bunch came up didnt know which to choose.
May 29, 2012 8:57:48 PM

EVGA and MSI are two big ones.
May 29, 2012 9:05:57 PM

Brands aren't that important; they just have different warranties, prices, and coolers. So generally you should look for cards that have something better than a stock cooler (as long as it's not really noisy or something). Newegg.ca currently has this one for a good price:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

You can overclock it yourself to achieve the same effect as the (out of stock) overclocked edition.
May 30, 2012 1:46:52 AM

how good will this setup be able to handle the graphics on most games. Would I be able to run them on high quality without fps dropping??
May 30, 2012 4:34:42 AM

The gtx670 is pretty expensive for this price range
May 30, 2012 4:36:49 AM

Silvune said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core ($224.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($43.99 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM ST1000DM003 ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: SAPPHIRE HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 ($339.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) PHAN-001BK ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair TX750 V2 ($94.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1089.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-29 15:37 EDT-0400)

The 7870 is a better video card than the 6950.
Crucial is also a good brand for RAM.
You could use a 650W PSU with four PCIe connectors for a 7870 Crossfire system.
You could get a modular PSU if you're willing to pay more for one.

Any questions?



I would go with a G. Skill Ram or Kingston or Patriot or Corsair
May 30, 2012 4:37:00 AM

Xlerator said:
The gtx670 is pretty expensive for this price range


What do you suggest?
May 30, 2012 4:44:27 AM

Hus3in said:
how good will this setup be able to handle the graphics on most games. Would I be able to run them on high quality without fps dropping??


670= Will handle the latest games on ULTRA settings but I prefer the 7850 (~$260) its alot cheaper.

7850= Can also play all the latest games on Ultra settings but at a little bit higher fps and its cheaper
May 30, 2012 4:46:55 AM

Hus3in said:
What do you suggest?


I suggest the 7870
May 31, 2012 4:29:37 AM

hi guys, sorry I been doing some research how does the nividia gforce gtx 570 as a downgrade of the asus gtx 670. How bad will the graphics get effected. I have been talking to my friend and he keeps saying that I wont notices a difference.
May 31, 2012 4:58:14 AM

I don't. And you will. It gives more than 10fps in games.

The 7870 is trapped, with the 670 $30 more and the 7850 $100 less but OCs to match it.
May 31, 2012 5:02:07 AM

azeem40 said:
I don't. And you will. It gives more than 10fps in games.

The 7870 is trapped, with the 670 $30 more and the 7850 $100 less but OCs to match it.


But what do you think of the 570, its only 12% less then the 670. Do u recommend i ditch the 670 and go for the 570??
May 31, 2012 5:03:26 AM

No. I never suggested that.
May 31, 2012 5:04:51 AM

azeem40 said:
No. I never suggested that.


Can you please elaborate as to why, you dont think its a good choice I would really appreciate it.
May 31, 2012 5:07:39 AM

I think the GTX 670 is a better option.
May 31, 2012 5:10:44 AM

azeem40 said:
I think the GTX 670 is a better option.


I know it is, but my budget has been stretched by a 100$ im at 1300, now and i need to do some cut backs. I already considered the case and dropping the HDD to 500 GB.

So Im trying to go for the next best thing... which I was told the 570.
May 31, 2012 5:12:29 AM

Then get the 7850. That is better price/performance and OCs much better.
May 31, 2012 5:15:52 AM

any specifics, asus, msi, etc..??
May 31, 2012 5:18:59 AM

Any of those will work tbh.
May 31, 2012 5:22:02 AM

will the 750w be enough?? if i do decide to go wit the gtx 670?? or would i need to go to 850?
May 31, 2012 5:58:20 AM


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/

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI

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=11180AC9104&v... $105.87
Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $150.12 MIR. $130.12
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=12200BD0768&v... $244.40
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... $50.59
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&v... $74.20
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD2008&v... $429.79
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 1006MHZ 2GB 6.2GHZ GDDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DP HDCP PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review w/benchmarks

Total: $1,171.31 CAD *not including tax & mail in rebates


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5419&v... $111.76
Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&v... $86.52
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case


May 31, 2012 10:37:18 AM

If it's a choice between a GTX 570 and a 7870 then the 7870 is the better choice.
The price difference between the 7870 I suggested and the cheapest GTX 670 I've seen in Canada is $60.

And how are you at $1300?
May 31, 2012 4:13:21 PM

Taxes are insane in Canada, 13% on everything.
Also I was wondering Why_me suggested the 8Gb Ripjaws ram = 51$ while azeem suggested the 8Gb Crucial Ballistix = 43$. Is there any difference between the two in terms of performance ??
May 31, 2012 6:16:00 PM

Hus3in said:
Taxes are insane in Canada, 13% on everything.
Also I was wondering Why_me suggested the 8Gb Ripjaws ram = 51$ while azeem suggested the 8Gb Crucial Ballistix = 43$. Is there any difference between the two in terms of performance ??

No difference between the two. Same speed and timings.
June 10, 2012 10:00:19 PM

Hi guys, Im back and almost done my build. I was wondering if the asrock extreme4 z77 has a built in wifi adaptor or do I need to go out and get me a wireless adaptor?
June 10, 2012 10:02:42 PM

You have to buy it.
June 10, 2012 10:05:15 PM

Can you suggest a wireless adaptor?
June 10, 2012 10:27:47 PM

hi guys,
Sorry but whats the difference between the two?
June 10, 2012 10:46:24 PM

Hus3in said:
hi guys,
Sorry but whats the difference between the two?

Same specs for both of them.
June 10, 2012 10:58:21 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ NCIX)
Basically best CPU for your gaming needs, without being too expensive.

CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA70 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Memory Express)
Nice midrange CPU cooler, you could go Noctua D-14 if you want more.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($157.67 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Gigabyte boards are generally pretty nice, this one has all the features you would want in a motherboard.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ NCIX)
Its RAM...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.88 @ Canada Computers)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.19 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Very high performance/dollar and performance/watt

Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX)
This is a pretty nice case.

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($68.00 @ NCIX)


Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1140.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-10 18:58 EDT-0400)
June 14, 2012 2:50:31 PM

Best answer selected by Hus3in.
June 14, 2012 2:50:40 PM

Thank you guys for everything ill put a pic up of my final build when i get home!
June 19, 2012 9:58:02 PM

I would suggest either my build (But with a BitFenix Raider from Canada Computers) or Why_Me's build. Both of our builds perform better.
!