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First build. Trying to stay under $1000, suugestions?

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June 12, 2012 11:21:58 PM

Hey so I finally landed a job and I can pay for a rig that I can build from sratch with m own hands. I have experience upgrading premade kits and I used to be a huge tech junkie, but that was a while ago.

So here I am with $1000 roughly to spend for a rig that I can use for gaming, and maybe 3d modeling (AutoCad) with overclocking in its near future. Here's what I got so far:

CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HD:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Optical:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Case:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

I am undecided on what gpu to grab, and kinda at a loss for a decent mobo/psu that will carry a good rig.
Suggestions and comment absolutely welcome. I'm in canada so parts with free shipping here is a plus. Hoping to pull the trigger this weekend and buy all this stuff. Thanks ahead of time.

Current Price: 389.95

Money Left (approx.): 610.05
June 12, 2012 11:59:22 PM

asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3
xfx core edition 550W
Radeon 7850
Mushkin Chronos 60 Gb

Try DirectCanada.com, or BestDirect.ca. They have free shipping on all orders over $50 in Canada.
June 13, 2012 3:21:40 AM

Get atleast a 120gb ssd or 500gb hard drive. Your going to run out of space very fast especially if ur a gamer and likes to download things like music/video
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June 13, 2012 4:04:31 AM

7850/7870 GPU
asrock z68 or z77 mobo extreme 3/4
and yeah if SSD, get 120GB at least
June 13, 2012 4:23:15 AM
June 13, 2012 11:52:35 PM

Can someone gimme a brief explanation why everyone uses what I seem to think is really lower psu wattage. I remember back when i got an 8800gt i bought a 700w psu for it, how can a 550w run these new cpus and gpus reliably.
June 14, 2012 6:04:05 AM

The i5 2500k uses 95W. A reference Radeon 7850, according to this article:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/...

uses 101W power max. Taking into account all your other peripherals and the fact that your non-reference card may consume more power, you would still be consuming below 300W. Hence, a 550W PSU would be fine with your setup.

Unless of course you plan to xFire.
June 14, 2012 6:10:26 AM

SilentBunny said:
Can someone gimme a brief explanation why everyone uses what I seem to think is really lower psu wattage. I remember back when i got an 8800gt i bought a 700w psu for it, how can a 550w run these new cpus and gpus reliably.


Because times change, and newer systems have better energy efficiency, then your older.... Same resons newer TVs, Dish Washers, ECT save money on the bill.....


For a Single GPU and with light OCing a 550W PSU will do... For most sli/crossfire setups a 750W will do ( in most cases with the newer GPUs )

Some poeople like head room and go for a 650W or 850W

But the PSU has to be a good QL PSU http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_PLUS
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