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Please inspect my proposed Gaming PC

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June 12, 2012 1:58:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: ~$1500

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.com, or wherever I can get the best deals

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel 3570k and a Z77 mobo

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or better

Additional Comments: Quiet, Windows, SSD boot/program drive

Any advice or suggestions is appreciated. It has been almost ten years since the last time I built a desktop. So I would like to be sure everything I have selected works together, or alternatives you might suggest. I am not sure about the video card, I have typically been an nVidea buyer in the past, but the 7850 seems like a lot of card for a decent price.

Parts List I have so far:

Antec 300 ATX mid tower $44.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

MSI Z77A-G43 Mobo $121.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB $269.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold PSU $139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

Intel Core i5-3570K $244.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (4x4GB) 240 pin DDR3 1600 $108.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145347

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SATA III SSD $99.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236

Western Digital Green 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s $119.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136891

Cooler Master Hyper 212 $34.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

ASUS VH232H 23" Monitor $159.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236079

Windows 7 Home Premium $109.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Grand Total with shipping and taxes $1588.21 CAN

This does include the monitor, which I may just buy locally to save on shipping and what not.
June 12, 2012 7:16:41 PM

No suggestions out there. I guess I did all right. Probably going to put an order in by Friday. Any suggestions are still welcome.
May 30, 2013 7:40:41 AM

Look quite nice!

Why did you choose the MSI Z77A-G43 Mobo?

You could consider a SilverStone AR01 cooler
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May 30, 2013 2:03:15 PM

^ id play it safe with a 550w psu. you cant really overclock too far with a 450w. the psu in theory can supply more than 450w, but you are risking degrading your psu caps at a much faster rate
May 31, 2013 3:40:12 AM

an ivy bridge chip easily draws over 130w when overclocked. the GPU will also easily draw 250w when you full speed ahead with the overclock at full load. you add other things to it you end up around 400-425w. psus are not meant to run at 80-90% load even though they can. its just asking yourself to wear out your product faster
May 31, 2013 10:01:08 AM

I'm with TheBigTroll, you are paying a lot of money for a lot of very outdated hardware. And paying $50 for a case on a $1500 build is a definite no no, it makes the whole thing look cheap.

Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($55.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1407.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-31 13:00 EDT-0400)
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