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June 29, 2012 7:46:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
not sure yet, not in any rush or anything

Budget Range:
800$-1100$

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming
Other

Parts Not Required:
Building a new one, need all parts.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Tigerdirect.ca or canadacomputers.ca

Country:
Canada

Parts Preferences:
No preference really, just good quality

Overclocking:
Id like to overclock if possible on the cpu and gpu, but if a new cooling unit needs to come into place this isn't absolutly necessary so as to cut down on cost

SLI or Crossfire:
Id like the capability

Monitor Resolution:
High resolution - above 1280x768

Additional Comments:
I already have a couple ideas in mind. I was thinknig of going with this barebones kit:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2580461&RSort=9&csid=ITD&body=#CustomerReviewsBlock
GIGABYTE Ivy Bridge Unlocked Barebones Kit - GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H Board, Intel Core i5-3570K CPU, ADATA 8GB DDR3 RAM Kit, Seagate 1TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, Thermaltake Commander MS-I Case, Ultra 650W PSU

which covers most things. I was then thinking of a gtx 570 or a radeon 6970 HD. Im not sure which is better but i think the gtx is.

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June 29, 2012 7:53:08 PM

The problem with Tiger Direct kits is they include their junk proprietary brands Ultra (Ultra PSUs are among the worst in the industry) and Systemax, give you inferior motherboards, and a lot of other components that are very unbalanced.

Try 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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1120.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

That will be a far better system. Better case, far, far, far better PSU, better GPU, better RAM, better everything. You can even add an SSD and still come in under $1200.
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June 29, 2012 8:11:23 PM

g-unit111's build is solid. Much better than the barebones kit you have. +1

If you are willing to forego CPU OC'ing, you can make the build cheaper.

I5-3550
Asus P8H77-LE
Skip the CPU cooler

This way, you get all the same features except CPU OC'ing.
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June 29, 2012 8:45:54 PM

Thanks for the quick reply guys! I was defiantly worried about the tigerdirect PSU. I had heard some bad stories about ultras. I'll be most likely going with your build as it looks pretty damn solid. One question, In terms of an i7 and an i5 processor with gaming, would i really know the difference?

Also, when speaking about the video card, if i were to go with the one I choose (gtx 570), that shves off about 100 bucks. How much of an increase in preformance is that?
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June 29, 2012 11:31:50 PM

Gamin in i5 and i7 is not noticeable (at the moment at least). i7's have a feature called hyperthreading which is not useful in gaming.

Here, check this comparison out:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/518?vs=598

The gtx 670 significantly outperforms the gtx 570 while using less power and producing less heat. I think that warrants the $100 price increase.

If you want to shave off the $100, I would go with a Radeon 7850 instead of the gtx 570. It performs similar to the 570 while being slightly cheaper, more power efficient, and producing less heat.
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July 10, 2012 1:20:22 AM

Best answer selected by thatguy14.
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