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Gaming PC - 1000-1200.

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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  1. Best answer
    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?
  2. For $30 more, get the GTX 670. The 7870 is not good price/performance.
  3. 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=N82E16820227706
  4. 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.
  5. EVGA and MSI are two big ones.
  6. 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=N82E16814121637

    You can overclock it yourself to achieve the same effect as the (out of stock) overclocked edition.
  7. 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??
  8. The gtx670 is pretty expensive for this price range
  9. 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
  10. Xlerator said:
    The gtx670 is pretty expensive for this price range


    What do you suggest?
  11. 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
  12. Hus3in said:
    What do you suggest?


    I suggest the 7870
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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??
  16. No. I never suggested that.
  17. 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.
  18. I think the GTX 670 is a better option.
  19. 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.
  20. Then get the 7850. That is better price/performance and OCs much better.
  21. any specifics, asus, msi, etc..??
  22. Any of those will work tbh.
  23. will the 750w be enough?? if i do decide to go wit the gtx 670?? or would i need to go to 850?
  24. 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&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=11180AC9104&vpn=CMPSU-750TXV2&manufacture=CORSAIR $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&vpn=P8Z77-V%20LK&manufacture=Others $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/P8Z77V_LK/ <----- another look at that board

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=INTEL $244.40
    Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&vpn=RR-212E-20PK-R2&manufacture=COOLERMASTER $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&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G.SKILL $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&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS $17.79
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=SEAGATE $74.20
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD2008&vpn=02G-P4-2678-KR&manufacture=EVGA $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-670-review-feat-evga <----- gtx 670 review w/benchmarks

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


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

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&vpn=CC-9011011-WW&manufacture=CORSAIR $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/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case
  25. 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 $1300?
  26. Taxes are insane in Canada, 13% on everything.
    Also I was wondering Why_me suggested the 8Gb Ripjaws ram = 51$ while azeem suggested the 8Gb Crucial Ballistix = 43$. Is there any difference between the two in terms of performance ??
  27. Hus3in said:
    Taxes are insane in Canada, 13% on everything.
    Also I was wondering Why_me suggested the 8Gb Ripjaws ram = 51$ 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.
  28. 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?
  29. You have to buy it.
  30. Can you suggest a wireless adaptor?
  31. Hus3in said:
    Can you suggest a wireless adaptor?

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530NW3511&vpn=PCE-N15&manufacture=ASUS $27.24
    ASUS PCE-N15 300Mbps 802.11B/G/N Wireless PCI-E Network Adapter
  32. hi guys,
    Sorry but whats the difference between the two?
  33. Hus3in said:
    hi guys,
    Sorry but whats the difference between the two?

    Same specs for both of them.
  34. 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)
  35. Best answer selected by Hus3in.
  36. Thank you guys for everything ill put a pic up of my final build when i get home!
  37. 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.
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