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[Need advice] Building a gaming pc!

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May 31, 2012 6:47:59 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June - July

Budget Range: $1500-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming ( 60% ), surfing the internet ( 30% ) , PhotoShop ( 10% )

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, Corsair, Asus

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: At least 1680x1050 HD

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l did some modifications:

- RAM 1866 to 1600 ( It seen not very useful )
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/m [...] y-bridge/1

- Power supply 750W to 650W


PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Canada Computers)

Right now, l don't if it is better to pick "GA-Z77X-UD5H " for +$40 instead "GA-Z77X-UD3H" lol :( 

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.52 @ DirectCanada)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.50 @ DirectCanada)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($97.99 @ Computer Valley)

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.40 @ DirectCanada)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)

Total: $1488.26

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PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)

Question: It's really useful or is only for overclocking ?

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ NCIX)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.02 @ DirectCanada)

Question: Can l confirmation this memory will match with the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ? ( not sure :(  )
Question: What is the difference between CL 8 and CL 9 ( Cas Latency / Timing )... is huge or is so so ?

Example :

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

vs

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.24 @ Amazon Canada)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.50 @ DirectCanada)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Canada Computers)

Question : It's just enough or is too much ?

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.40 @ DirectCanada)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)

Total: $1496.01

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May 31, 2012 7:23:56 PM

The motherboard is the main factor limiting the RAM voltage, and I suppose if you're doing video editing/converting (and/or anything along the lines of Photoshop/CAD) you DO want more RAM, with CAS latency being less important there. I'd say that, at 8GB, you should just go for the 9.This article will explain very clear... http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...
May 31, 2012 7:30:00 PM

Your build is good btw and there no such thing as to much on PSU 750watt is more than enough you could run two GTX670 in sli with 750watts
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May 31, 2012 7:32:52 PM

Since you're not CF/SLIng, get the Antec NEO 520W for $50.
June 1, 2012 2:14:09 AM

bigcyco1 said:
The motherboard is the main factor limiting the RAM voltage, and I suppose if you're doing video editing/converting (and/or anything along the lines of Photoshop/CAD) you DO want more RAM, with CAS latency being less important there. I'd say that, at 8GB, you should just go for the 9.This article will explain very clear... http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...


No plan to do "video editing/converting".

June 1, 2012 2:39:03 AM

sgtcook said:
No plan to do "video editing/converting".
I'd say that, at 8GB, you should just go for the CL 9 . ;) 
June 2, 2012 1:33:36 PM

It's a good idea to buy "Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler " if don't have any plan to OC ?

If someday i decide to OC... It will with MB Preset.
June 2, 2012 1:38:25 PM

sgtcook said:
It's a good idea to buy "Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler " if don't have any plan to OC ?

If someday i decide to OC... It will with MB Preset.

I believe the Hyper EVO will help somewhat with temps and noise, but you really don't need to worry about either of those things unless you plan to OC. :p 
Since you already have a good build all-around, I would leave it in there.
June 3, 2012 3:21:16 AM

sgtcook said:
It's a good idea to buy "Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler " if don't have any plan to OC ?

If someday i decide to OC... It will with MB Preset.
If your not planing on overclocking it's not needed if someday you do decide to oc you need a aftermarket cooler no matter what don't attempt oc with a stock cooler
June 3, 2012 4:43:52 PM

l did some modifications:

- RAM 1866 to 1600 ( It seen not very useful )
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...

- Power supply 750W to 650W


PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Canada Computers)

Right now, l don't if it is better to pick "GA-Z77X-UD5H " for +$40 instead "GA-Z77X-UD3H" lol :( 

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.52 @ DirectCanada)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.50 @ DirectCanada)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($97.99 @ Computer Valley)


Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.40 @ DirectCanada)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)

Total: $1488.26
June 3, 2012 7:41:05 PM

Looks fine to me
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