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Advice on 800$ Gaming Build PC

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July 5, 2012 8:13:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (2 weeks)

Budget Range: (600-800$)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, editing, watching movies, homework)

Parts Not Required: (Keyboard, mouse, case, dvd drive)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (canadacomputers.com)

Country: (Canada)


Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Quad-Core Socket 1155, 3.1Ghz - $199.99

Motherboard: ASRock H67 M (B3) -$74.88

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit - $52.99

Video Card: Sapphire Vapor-X HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6870 -$ 179.88

Power Supply: Antec HCG-620M High Current Gamer 620W 80PLUS Certified Modular Power Supply -$ 95.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA3 6GB/s 7200RPM 16MB Buffer $ 79.99

Are there any slight suggestions or improvements I could make? (Keep in mind the 800$ total budget)

Thanks!

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July 5, 2012 8:50:06 AM

Hello.

I would change the PSU Antec HCG-620M $ 95.99 with Antec EA-650 Green EarthWatts $ 44.99 which is a trully great offer, unless you really want to spend $50 for a modular psu.

With the extra $$ gained from PSU I would enchance the GPU so I would replace Sapphire Vapor-X HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 $ 179.88 with Sapphire (11199-00-20G) AMD Radeon HD 7870 (1000Mhz) 2GB GDDR5 (4800Mhz) Memory $ 319.99 since gaming is the most important.

Total should be around $770 :) 
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July 5, 2012 8:57:39 AM

Memnarchon said:
Hello.

I would change the PSU Antec HCG-620M $ 95.99 with Antec EA-650 Green EarthWatts $ 44.99 which is a trully great offer, unless you really want to spend $50 for a modular psu.

With the extra $$ gained from PSU I would enchance the GPU so I would replace Sapphire Vapor-X HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 $ 179.88 with Sapphire (11199-00-20G) AMD Radeon HD 7870 (1000Mhz) 2GB GDDR5 (4800Mhz) Memory $ 319.99 since gaming is the most important.

Total should be around $770 :) 


Thanks for the suggestion but I am not sure If I should get a modular power supply or not for better cable management.
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July 5, 2012 9:51:00 AM

not bad, but as memnarchon said, you could save up a bit with the PSU, and use the cash you just saved up for a better card. a few dollars on cable ties may not be as good as a modular PSU for cable management, but it helps. though, correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm quite sure the EarthWatts series doesn't come with a power cable, so you should make sure of that if you're going to get it.
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July 5, 2012 5:28:01 PM

Alright thanks. I'll think I'll do that, take the cash I save and put it towards my GPU.
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July 5, 2012 5:33:37 PM

I think Ill get the Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700W for 79,99$ instead and with the 20$ I save ill put that towards my GPU and ill put a little extra if needed to upgrade a little bit.

Thanks!
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July 5, 2012 5:34:43 PM

the other suggestion I'll make:
replace the H67 with a B75 or Z75 motherboard, already prepped for the PCIe 3.0 7xxx and the ivy bridge processor
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July 5, 2012 5:43:41 PM

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H67M/?cat=CPU

just noticed you're getting an H67 board. make sure with the site that the motherboard you're getting is updated with the latest BIOS, if not, BIOS P2.10 at least. otherwise, i don't think your 3450 would work with the board by default.
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July 5, 2012 6:16:07 PM

You are right Hazle. IB CPUs won't work on SB MOBOs without a BIOS update, and that requires an existing SB CPU.
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