First Build

Hello,

This is my first build - I'm trying to put together a decent system in the $600-800 range, primarily for editing HD video (but it's for schoolwork and the occasional gaming as well).

So far, I'm thinking:

CPU- Intel I5 Ivy Bridge 3550 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116505

GPU- XFX HD Radeon 6870 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

Mobo- MSI Z77http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130643
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130616
or something else?

Case - Antec Black Elite http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112&item_id=045468

A hard drive, probably a barracuda or caviar.

I also have an ASUS PCIE wireless adapter, http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074

Several questions.
1) What sort of wattage PSU should I be looking at?
2) Motherboards - is it worthwhile to ramp up the cost (a fair bit) to get one with the z-series chipset? If not, what's a good alternative for a graphics focus?
3) Is the Radeon 6870 the best choice I could be making in the price range? Or would an Nvidia card be a better choice?

Any feedback/criticism would be amazing! Thanks!
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  1. Check out directcanada.com and/or bestdirect.ca as well to compare prices.

    That CPU is not overclockable. You don't need the z77 MoBo then. Take a look at H77 MoBo's instead; it will save you some dollars. Feature-wise they are similar but the H77 is not for overclocking.

    I would also not get that one for price reasons (your link won't open in my laptop but I think that one is about 90 dollars). I would choose a Cooler Master Haf 912 or an Antec One.

    The 6870 is a good card. But if you can afford it, I would get a Radeon 7850.
  2. yep get h77 boards to take advantage of ivy bridge chips
  3. So this one? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121601

    That'd be awesome, pretty significant savings.

    The case was purchased on sale at CanadaComputers for around $45 - I feel like it was 60-70 without the sale.

    I can definitely fit in the upgrade to the Radeon 7850, especially with the cheaper mobo.

    Any idea how powerful a PSU I should get?

    Thanks!
  4. dont get intel boards. check out the msi h77ma-gd43. its 85.99 on newegg. you can price match it at ncix so that you can save some cash
  5. Single GPU build so you will be fine with 500 - 550W PSU. Make sure to buy a quality one from a reputable brand like Corsair, Antec, etc. I personally like the XFX Core Edition 550W.
  6. Perfect. Thanks again
  7. l0v3rboi said:
    Single GPU build so you will be fine with 500 - 550W PSU. Make sure to buy a quality one from a reputable brand like Corsair, Antec, etc. I personally like the XFX Core Edition 550W.

    Me too! :D
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