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First time builder! Budget ~650$ CAD

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June 8, 2012 2:10:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: by next weekend

Budget Range: 650 +/- 100$ Canadian

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Scientific computing

Parts Not Required: keyboard,mouse,monitor,OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX, Canada Computers

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, possibly NVIDIA for CUDA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:

Hi all, I'm looking to build a computer for gaming and for school. The main games I want to play are Skyrim and Diablo 3.

I plan on using my old monitor which is 1680 x 1050.

I use a lot of MATLAB, so a faster CPU would be great. Quad-core would be a plus.

Thanks!

Here's a list of parts I was looking at but I'm open to any suggestions!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $696.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-07 22:09 EDT-0400)
June 8, 2012 11:08:40 AM

Hey mate, I feel this build will perform better for diablo 3, tho forgot hard drive as well
Lets make a start
Cpu
Intel Core i5-2400 $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: ASRock Z77 Pro4 $109.99 (have an older model z68 one, it is awesome)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MEMEORY: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) $42.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
POWER SUPPLY AND CASE: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock $149.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$492.95
I think i will leave video card and hard drive up to you, AMD performs better in diablo 3
Check this article out:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performa...
And this one:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-you... (if you decided to build this pc you could most probably upgrade the cpu and motherboard)

Good Luck on your question to defeat the dark lord!
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June 8, 2012 12:18:22 PM

your build sounds good. somethings to change though

1:im sure that ncix has crucial ballistix sport ram for 43.99. its cheaper than the corsair. another good set is the mushkin blackline
2:the power supply isnt the best one. a better one is the xfx 550w. at ncix, i think it is around 69.99
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June 8, 2012 8:30:56 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone.

I just remembered that I can potentially just add a graphic card to my HP Pavilion a6157c desktop.

It's specs are:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ 2 GHz
2 GB RAM

The motherboard is here:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

If I can manage to get skyrim on high with only a graphic card upgrade then, it might be a better idea instead of dropping 700-800$
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June 8, 2012 11:51:13 PM

can you overclock that core2 duo? if not, it will bottleneck a good graphics card. even with a bottleneck, it shouldnt be much of a problem getting high settings
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June 9, 2012 12:09:21 AM

I decided to try a lower cost build, how is it?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G630 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($63.99 @ Mac Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.88 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.24 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.18 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ eCost)
Total: $540.26
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-08 20:05 EDT-0400)

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June 9, 2012 1:11:36 AM

the graphics will let you play all games on high settings nicely maybe even ultra. the i3 2120 will give you a nice performance boost over the g630. if not, the g630 still is a very good buy.
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June 9, 2012 2:06:52 AM

TheBigTroll said:
the graphics will let you play all games on high settings nicely maybe even ultra. the i3 2120 will give you a nice performance boost over the g630. if not, the g630 still is a very good buy.


Thanks!

I ended up going with this setup after some input from the guys at r/buildapc

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.98 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $569.71
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-08 22:06 EDT-0400)
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