First time builder! Budget ~650$ CAD

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)
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  1. 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=N82E16819115074
    MB: ASRock Z77 Pro4 $109.99 (have an older model z68 one, it is awesome)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296
    MEMEORY: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) $42.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148543
    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?ItemList=Combo.976668
    $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-performance-benchmark,3195.html
    And this one:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-yourself-geforce-gtx-560,3216.html (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!
    Siege Templar
  2. 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
  3. 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&docname=c00864946#N142

    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$
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. get the seagate with 64mb of cache. the 32mb is slightly older and slower

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=68898&vpn=BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00&manufacture=CRUCIAL%20TECHNOLOGY&promoid=1260

    this ram is cheaper
  7. TheBigTroll said:
    get the seagate with 64mb of cache. the 32mb is slightly older and slower

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=68898&vpn=BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00&manufacture=CRUCIAL%20TECHNOLOGY&promoid=1260

    this ram is cheaper


    Thanks! How is the motherboard I picked? Is the graphic card too overkill?

    I'm considering switching the g630 with the i3 2120 also
  8. 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.
  9. 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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