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June 4, 2012 9:07:17 PM

After thorough and extensive research, I think I have put together the best computer possible for under 800 dollars. Tell me what you think!

Approximate Purchase Date: a couple of days.

Budget Range: 750-800 Canadian Dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Homework, Surfing, Home Media

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Headset/Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, or pretty much anywhere reputable with good prices.

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Anything reliable and well known.

Overclocking: Maybe a little bit, just to try it out.

SLI or Crossfire: Almost definitely not.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want this computer to last me at an absolute minimum 4 years. I also need an operating system, not included in the budget.

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I have pretty much chosen out all of the parts. This is the public wishlist on NewEgg:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Is there anything there that doesn't look good, or I could get a better deal for?

Thank you in advance!

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June 4, 2012 9:11:15 PM

If the main purpose is gaming, you'd do better with an i3-2120 and a Radeon 7850 instead.
June 4, 2012 9:17:31 PM

I've had a 6850 on a previous computer that I had to return, and I was very happy with it. I don't need any more. I also prefer the better third-gen processor for future proofing and everything else in general.
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June 6, 2012 8:17:59 PM

Can someone tell me if the power supply is any good?
June 7, 2012 1:04:55 AM

You can save a little and get a bit better deal for your case and power supply with this bundle saving $10.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and this Motherboard/cpu combo --- same as you have just combo cheaper by saving $12

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also if you're ordering by tomorrow you could get this hard drive regularly $139.99 for $79.99 with this promo code EMCNDNJ42 saving you even more and still a good hard drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 8, 2012 1:52:15 PM

Rawyn said:
You can save a little and get a bit better deal for your case and power supply with this bundle saving $10.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and this Motherboard/cpu combo --- same as you have just combo cheaper by saving $12

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also if you're ordering by tomorrow you could get this hard drive regularly $139.99 for $79.99 with this promo code EMCNDNJ42 saving you even more and still a good hard drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Wow, thanks a lot for those combos! I think I'm going to stick with the 6gb/s instead though, I can afford it with the combo deals you gave me ;) 
June 8, 2012 4:42:26 PM

chrigreg said:
I'm pretty sure the case already has 3.0, and there are back ports on the motherboard, aren't there?


The details only say "2 USB ports" so I just assume that those are USB 2.0 (3.0 is usually blue colored ports).

There is a Rosewill Challanger U3 that comes with USB 3.0 for $10 more (+$5 shipping).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

The Gigabyte z77 UD5H comes with front panel USB reader, but the DS3H does not.
June 8, 2012 6:12:36 PM

chrigreg said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I found this combo. It comes with a mobo with 4 back usb 3.0 ports, and it has a 5 egg rating as opposed to a 3. I also save another 5 or 10 bucks.


All z77 mobo have usb 3.0 on the back. I only suggested the card reader so you have front usb 3.0 too. It is only a matter of preference. If you can save another 5 to 10 bucks, go for it. The i5-3570k will work great with the D3H.

You can save $1 by going with the Lite On dvd burner.

G-Skill Ares RAM or Mushkin Blackline RAM may save you a couple of dollars as well. Both are pretty reliable like the Kingston.
June 8, 2012 8:18:51 PM

moornix said:
All z77 mobo have usb 3.0 on the back. I only suggested the card reader so you have front usb 3.0 too. It is only a matter of preference. If you can save another 5 to 10 bucks, go for it. The i5-3570k will work great with the D3H.

You can save $1 by going with the Lite On dvd burner.

G-Skill Ares RAM or Mushkin Blackline RAM may save you a couple of dollars as well. Both are pretty reliable like the Kingston.


Yeah, the front usb 3.0 doesn't matter that much to me. I won't use it a whole lot anyway, I only have one external HDD that uses 3.0.

The 1 dollar doesn't really matter to me that much :p  and yeah, I switched out the RAM to G.Skill Ripjaws X for 10 dollars more.

On a side note, I found a 120gb mushkin ssd for 99 dollars. Is this a good deal?
June 8, 2012 9:16:19 PM

chrigreg said:
Yeah, the front usb 3.0 doesn't matter that much to me. I won't use it a whole lot anyway, I only have one external HDD that uses 3.0.

The 1 dollar doesn't really matter to me that much :p  and yeah, I switched out the RAM to G.Skill Ripjaws X for 10 dollars more.

On a side note, I found a 120gb mushkin ssd for 99 dollars. Is this a good deal?


Good on the RAM. The kingston one had voltage that was a little too high. The higher voltage won't necessarily damage the pc, but Ivy Bridge CPUs are designed for 1.5 V.

I don't generally buy SSDs, so I'm not sure. Looking at Newegg, $99 is about the normal price.
June 22, 2012 2:57:43 PM

Sorry for necroing, but I didn't want to make a new thread over this. Would the i5-3570k from newegg come with thermal paste? I know it comes with the fan and heatsink.
June 22, 2012 6:48:35 PM

Yes, it will be pre applied to the heatsink.
June 24, 2012 1:21:10 PM

Okay, thanks, I wasn't sure about that. And one last question: what would be the hardest part of putting the entire computer together?
June 24, 2012 1:26:57 PM

I honestly think the hardest part for first time builders is connecting the power button to the motherboard.
June 24, 2012 1:51:24 PM

zooted said:
I honestly think the hardest part for first time builders is connecting the power button to the motherboard.



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June 25, 2012 3:20:44 AM

Lol, the hardest thing for me was cable management. Bought a bunch of extra zip ties to deal with it.
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