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Upgrading gaming+music pc - $900 budget

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June 20, 2012 8:35:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere from this week to early July

Budget Range: $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and music

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, power supply (750W), hard drive (1tb black caviar), ram (4gigs), case (mid size)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and ncix.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, asus, nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Parts selected:
SSD to cache with Hard Drive
i5 2500k @ 3.3GHz
Motherboard
If my budget allows this video card, but I'm open to change

I'm open to suggestions as to what I've selected so far, please give me some feedback!
June 20, 2012 6:38:25 PM

hellfire24 said:
cpu is good but other things are not good,for SLi and overclocking,i would suggest this-
gigabyte windforce x3 gx 670 2gb-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
g skill 4gb ram-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
z77 extreme4-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
m4 64gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
total-$708.


Thanks, that's awesome!
And if I decided that I wouldn't be overclocking and using SLi, would you recommend the parts I selected?
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June 20, 2012 7:14:00 PM

hellfire24 said:
yes a good quality 750w is enough for SLi and overclock,also i would suggest this cpu cooler-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it's9cpu cooler) a must for overclocking.
other things are good.


I mean the parts I selected in my original post - are they good choices for if I did not overclock + SLi? Also, you're making overclocking wayyy too tempting with that cooler ;) 
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June 20, 2012 7:32:50 PM

I'd get this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.30 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $942.05
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

The CPU is new generation and a little bit better, so go for it. Only get 2500K if you want to OC very high because it runs a little cooler.
I would recommend the mobo hellfire listed, AsRock Z77 extreme 4 but its rather expensive in canada, at my place they are priced the same. Also you said you wanted ASUS so this will do the job just fine.
The SSD is a bit larger so you can actually install all your games on it. And larges SSD's are a little faster.
The Asus GTX670 runs very cool, very quiet and OC's like a champ, go for it :) 

If you don' need to OC, get an Core i5 2400 and Asus H61 mobo. Saves some nice cash and plays games just as well. Also you don't need the cooler then so thats another $35.

edit: check this articles video's on graphics card noise. I know those are different cards, but the Direct CUII cooling solution is the same: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-hd-7950-review-ben...
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June 21, 2012 2:50:13 AM

Thomas_89 said:
I'd get this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.30 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $942.05
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

The CPU is new generation and a little bit better, so go for it. Only get 2500K if you want to OC very high because it runs a little cooler.
I would recommend the mobo hellfire listed, AsRock Z77 extreme 4 but its rather expensive in canada, at my place they are priced the same. Also you said you wanted ASUS so this will do the job just fine.
The SSD is a bit larger so you can actually install all your games on it. And larges SSD's are a little faster.
The Asus GTX670 runs very cool, very quiet and OC's like a champ, go for it :) 

If you don' need to OC, get an Core i5 2400 and Asus H61 mobo. Saves some nice cash and plays games just as well. Also you don't need the cooler then so thats another $35.

edit: check this articles video's on graphics card noise. I know those are different cards, but the Direct CUII cooling solution is the same: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-hd-7950-review-ben...



Thanks dude, that's really helpful!
Just curious, if I go with the i5 3570k and DO NOT oc, should I still buy the fan?
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June 21, 2012 6:54:09 AM

^if you are not OCing,don't buy 'K' cpus.
2400 will do fine.
and yes you don't need aftermarket cooler.
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June 21, 2012 7:31:49 AM

Or 3450 will be fine.
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June 24, 2012 8:48:25 PM

It's been a few days and I've been comparing parts for a while, and I think I'll go with Thomas_89's recommendation:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.30 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.79 @ DirectCanada)

The only thing I'm weary about, however, is caching the ssd. Does anybody know if it's truly worth it to ssd in terms of performance and if it's easy to install?
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June 24, 2012 8:50:53 PM

SSD is as easy to install as a hard drive, but to make use of it, some settings should be changed in windows.
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June 24, 2012 9:29:12 PM

azeem40 said:
SSD is as easy to install as a hard drive, but to make use of it, some settings should be changed in windows.


Yeah, I've seen ssd's being used in the past, but I honestly don't have much experience with caching between ssd's and hdd's. Maybe I should have made my question more clear, sorry: In terms of setting up a cache, is it as easy to install the drive itself and is the performance noticeable?
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