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June 6, 2012 9:56:43 PM

Hi, I am planning to get a new gaming pc soon (this summer). I saw this build http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/345988-31-gaming-comp... and it looks great, but I want to get the parts from other store if possible and there are a few that are not available. I don't want to take the risk of building it myself since I don't want to learn with $1400 worth of parts, so buying the parts from a local store would definitely help me, such as A-power in Vancouver. However I also read good things about http://www.directcanada.com and http://www.bestdirect.com.

It has been many years since I last was in the market for a desktop PC as I had gone to console gaming. Now I want to come back. From the research I've done, I think the GTX 670 is a good option but there are so many SKUs that it is overwhelming.

Thanks a lot for this incredible site and for all the valuable help.

Approximate Purchase Date: June-August 2012

Budget Range: CAD$1200-1400 before taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.a-power.com if prices are good. Being able to get the parts from them would be a plus. They will build it for under $50

Country: Canada - Vancouver

Parts Preferences: I am inclined for nvidia GPU and Intel CPU

Overclocking: If it's worth it.

SLI or Crossfire: Future option if necessary

Additional Comments: I want to move to PC for gaming, I do a lot of sim racing and new GPU hungry sims are coming out in the next 6-12 months. My plan is to eventually go to triple screen setup for racing soon ((will the GTX 670 allow this?), so this is something I must have the option of doing in the near future at high graphic detail.

Once again thank you so much.
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June 6, 2012 10:23:14 PM

The 670 will pretty much steamroll any GPU that's out there right now and it's one of the most affordable and energy efficient GPUs ever produced.

Here you go:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $56.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $129.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1,382.89
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June 6, 2012 10:27:15 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The 670 will pretty much steamroll any GPU that's out there right now and it's one of the most affordable and energy efficient GPUs ever produced.

Here you go:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $56.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $129.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1,382.89


Thanks a lot for the quick response! Much appreciated. That looks interesting. I'll try to match these parts with what is available in www.a-power.com as I would really like to get it from them. I have read that newegg.ca is not the best for shipping rates and prices in general. Thanks a lot for your suggestion!
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June 6, 2012 10:30:36 PM

Direct Canada & Best Direct Canada are both located in Richmond, BC. So if you order from either of them you want to call them first and specify not to send you anything, that they are to call/notify you when the entire order is ready to pick up. That way it saves you the hassle of waiting. Just drive over and pick everything up...make sure you go through the P/O while your loading it up so that you know they didn't miss anything. Pay that other outfit X amount of dollars if you want them to put it together but I wouldn't order anything from them. Their prices suck. But you can take your Direct Canada components and drop them off there and I'm sure they will build it for a price.


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

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... $148.37 MIR $128.37
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that Asus board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $234.79
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... $51.86
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $19.24
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $87.79
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD1092&v... $419.79
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670... <----- Here's a review of that Asus card w/benchmarks

Total: $1,185.28 *not including 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

*** Optional case to consider

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
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June 6, 2012 11:20:16 PM

Thanks for that Why_Me, that actually is a very good piece of advice. I called directcanada and while they don't provide this service, and they only ship their orders (no pickup) they definitely look like a really good option. I will try to find out if the other place will build it.
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June 7, 2012 1:49:27 AM

I got my computer built in Vancouver like 2 months ago in the same price range for gaming:
this is what I chose:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/9C7w
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/9C7w/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/9C7w/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.32 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.79 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Azza Solano 1000R ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 800W ATX12V Power Supply ($118.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1430.56
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-06 21:47 EDT-0400)




this is just my part list. you can buy them from wherever doesn't matter. but this computer is beast. this build has let me oc too. trust me on this. buy this
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June 7, 2012 2:06:11 AM

hnijhar said:
I got my computer built in Vancouver like 2 months ago in the same price range for gaming:


Thanks! Did you assemble it yourself? I will keep this option in mind as well. Nice build there!
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June 7, 2012 2:44:37 AM

I think that is good, because basically i5 perform nearly the same as i7 on playing games; you cannot realize the differences between the i5 and i7; except for very special application such as video recording,.... Also you really need to focus on graphic card for playing games well.
I already had a new computer last February with CPU i7-2600K, graphic GTX-560i - MSI 950MHz.
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June 7, 2012 3:02:33 AM

I think I have almost made up my mind thanks to all the advice here.

I just wanted to ask one more thing. Is a SSD really going to have a big impact on performance? I would rather save the $110 and put them on some gaming gear I might get. I know it speeds up loading times and boot times. But given that all the other components are already good, couldn't I just postpone the SSD for when they become more affordable per GB?
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June 7, 2012 3:07:15 AM

peterrod said:
Thanks! Did you assemble it yourself? I will keep this option in mind as well. Nice build there!

I got it asembled by these people in Vancouver. forgot there name
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June 7, 2012 3:08:46 AM

SSD: will only make your experience faster... there is no point. but just make sure you get a 7200 rpm hdd because those are pretty fast. ssd is only gonna benifit fast loading times like loading maps and loading programs/windows.
its your choice.. and you can always upgrade to an ssd later right.Lol
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June 7, 2012 3:14:19 AM

hnijhar said:
SSD: will only make your experience faster... there is no point. but just make sure you get a 7200 rpm hdd because those are pretty fast. ssd is only gonna benifit fast loading times like loading maps and loading programs/windows.
its your choice.. and you can always upgrade to an ssd later right.Lol

I can't say I wouldn't appreciate the additional boot-up speed, but I am thinking instead of getting the 2 TB Barracuda for only $25 more than the 1TB and upgrade to SSD when I have a little more cash (and they drop price a bit).
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June 7, 2012 3:58:07 AM

yeah. just make sure you get the 64mb cache because it will benifit you, and ive made 4 computers. 1 was with the 32mb cache, and i regret it because 64mb is alot faster
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June 7, 2012 4:19:28 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $148.37 MIR $128.37
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard


You suggested this Motherboard and it looks great. However I realized that I would need to have WiFi capability. Is it better to get a pci card or to upgrade to a motherboard with built in WiFi? Which one of the P8Z77 models with WiFi would be the best value?

Thanks

Edit: Nevermind, I should've thought before writing. Buying a long ethernet cable is actually quite more efficient. Thanks.
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June 7, 2012 4:26:47 AM

Best answer selected by peterrod.
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June 7, 2012 4:49:00 AM

Dude have you heard of NCIX? NCIX and directcanada are like sister sites. Why don't you just buy from NCIX? they also offer price matching so if you can find cheaper stuff at directcanada or anywhere else they will match it. They also will build it for you for a fee and they have retail stores in vancouver, burnaby, richmond, coquitlam that you can browse in and shop. You can just order it and pick it up at one of the stores.

here's the link www.NCIX.com
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