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1st time build, $1300 performance/multimedia pc

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July 6, 2012 1:53:09 PM

Well I've finally decided to take the plunge and build my own PC after years of purchasing Pre-built's. I'm very excited to start my journey.

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: today or tomorrow (there’s a tigerdirect located near my house))

Budget Range: (e.g.: 1100-1300) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: office work(excel, pdf’s, e-mails), multi-tasking , surfing the internet, watching movies, gaming)

Parts Not Required: speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: I’m located in Toronto, Canada, any suggestions are appreciated, as of now i'm going with tigerdirect)

Country: (e.g.: Canada)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an INTEL CPU & ASUS mobo with a 23" LCD and mid tower case)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: (e.g.: not too loud, so moderate to low quiet)



This is what I’ve come up with so far:

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series® 650D Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 6x Int 3.5", 2x 200mm Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 4x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x IEEE 1394, 4-Channel Fan Controller
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
163.99

PSU: Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, 80+ Bronze, Active PFC, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications, Vibration Dampener Included, Lifetime Warranty with Registration
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$137.99

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, WiFi-N, SLI/CrossFireX
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$189.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$349.99

Memory: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$59.97

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti SuperClocked Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$224.99

Storage: OCZ AGT3-25SAT3-240G Agility 3 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive - 240GB, SATA III, 6Gbps
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$179.99

Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39K Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 12x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter - SATA, 12x, Super Multi, 3D Playback, M-DISC Support, OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$69.99

Total: $1376.99

Any recommendations and changes are greatly appreciated!

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July 6, 2012 2:46:30 PM

the i7,intel board,560ti combo is one of the coolest I have seen in a while. I would get a 1 tb hdd for everything that cant fit on the 240 gb ssd 240gb is not enough to store everything on a pc.
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July 6, 2012 3:03:03 PM

If you're gaming, the GPU is VERY underpowered for your budget. How much gaming are you going to do and what games are you going to play?
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July 6, 2012 3:54:55 PM

^ If for gaming do what the bigtroll said if it is not what you put is just fine.
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July 6, 2012 3:56:09 PM

Switch the case for a HAF 912 or a Corsair 400R (or 300R) and switch brands on the PSU in the build above, and I'll be happy with it. Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling.
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July 6, 2012 4:02:42 PM

Oh, I didn't notice that he had a Gigabyte mobo. Go with an ASRock Z77 Extreme4... that's all you'll need. Keep the i5-3570k, though.
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July 6, 2012 4:16:08 PM

id rather not go to asrock. i heard they were cheaped out on their capacitators
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July 6, 2012 4:18:08 PM

Go for these rams: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682....

That videocard is underpowered for your budget but its depend what kind fo gaming your expecting.

hd7850: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or even bether 670gtx: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HHD: Seagate barracuda 7200rpm 1tb only 100$: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

A for the PSU you could get a less powerfull one (especialy if you go for a 560ti).

You might want to consider adding a CPU heatsink so you can overclock. Theya re 30$+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 6, 2012 4:32:02 PM

FYI, power delivery on ASRock extreme boards is great and they use solid Japanese caps like the other major manufacturers. Unless something goes very wrong in the coming months, the other manufacturers can kiss my ASRock.
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July 6, 2012 4:36:10 PM

2fast4thetown_down said:
the i7,intel board,560ti combo is one of the coolest I have seen in a while. I would get a 1 tb hdd for everything that cant fit on the 240 gb ssd 240gb is not enough to store everything on a pc.


Yeah I was thinking of adding a second hardrive too. I could probably just get a smaller ssd for the os.
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July 6, 2012 4:37:12 PM

geese said:
Yeah I was thinking of adding a second hardrive too. I could probably just get a smaller ssd for the os.


If you use sleep mode instead of rebooting you don't need an SSD for reboot. Also windows8 is rumored to take 8sec to boot on a conventional HHD so.
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July 6, 2012 4:38:09 PM

ddan49 said:
If you're gaming, the GPU is VERY underpowered for your budget. How much gaming are you going to do and what games are you going to play?


I'm not really sure how much gaming I'll be doing at this point, I just want to keep my options open for the future. At the same time I'd like a very powerfull gpu but cost is a factor as well.
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July 6, 2012 4:40:07 PM

TheBigTroll said:
no bro. get this

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/buHO

some of the prices are not the cheapest as the price list isnt very updated. go to ncix.com and check out their weekly sale


seems like a great configuration, however I'd still want a ssd and a blu-ray burner. That may up the cost a bit.
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July 6, 2012 4:41:57 PM

geese said:
I'm not really sure how much gaming I'll be doing at this point, I just want to keep my options open for the future. At the same time I'd like a very powerfull gpu but cost is a factor as well.


Well let me sum it that way.

The 560ti is the "low budget" GPU. More suited for 600-700$ build with a 20" monitor using a 1600x 1050p resolution.
The HD7850 will cap modern game in 1080p (around 240$)
The 670gtx is 400$+ but it's an high end GPU (less then 5% slower then 500$+ GPU).

But reading at your comment I'd say the hd7850 would probably be what your looking for.

240$+: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 6, 2012 4:51:44 PM

That Sapphire card should be great. I have one and it is very quiet even when OCed.
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July 6, 2012 4:54:27 PM

venur said:
Well let me sum it that way.

The 560ti is the "low budget" GPU. More suited for 600-700$ build with a 20" monitor using a 1600x 1050p resolution.
The HD7850 will cap modern game in 1080p (around 240$)
The 670gtx is 400$+ but it's an high end GPU (less then 5% slower then 500$+ GPU).

But reading at your comment I'd say the hd7850 would probably be what your looking for.

240$+: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I think I'll choose between the hd7850 and 670gtx, maybe I can re-configure so that the 670gtx can fit the budget.
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July 6, 2012 4:56:39 PM

btw what would be the pros and cons of choosing i5-3570k over the i7-3770k and vice-versa?
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July 6, 2012 4:56:50 PM

It certainly can. I've done it on a $1000 build. :) 
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July 6, 2012 4:59:13 PM

the i7 has more cores but in gaming that does not matter I would get the i5 to fit the 670 into the budget :p 
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July 6, 2012 4:59:47 PM

geese said:
I think I'll choose between the hd7850 and 670gtx, maybe I can re-configure so that the 670gtx can fit the budget.


I have two 670gtx superclocked and two 680gtx superclocked and I can tell you the 670gtx is a superb GPU. But looking at your build I don,t see where you could save a that much. You could go for a cheaper case thats probably where you could the most $.

Also going for newegg.ca over tigerdirect.ca would probably save a couple of $.

And BTW the OCZ SSD are crap. Go for crucial m4 if you realy want an SSD.
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July 6, 2012 5:02:46 PM

geese said:
btw what would be the pros and cons of choosing i5-3570k over the i7-3770k and vice-versa?


For gaming both will have the exact same performance. I7 are only supperior in heavy multi threading operation, like 3d modeling, rendering, heavy editing.

For office work and multi tasking I doubt that you'd need an i7.


the i5-3570k with a 30$+ CPU cooler for overclocking would do bether.
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July 6, 2012 5:06:35 PM

The 560 Ti is FINE for moderate gaming. My friend has it, and can max out any game at 1080p (at okay framerates). A 7850 is for mid-range gaming. Keep in mind this isn't a gaming build... if it was, then a 7850 would definitely be the way to go. You're right about the 560 Ti being based around a $700 build, but that's kind of where this is once you subtract Bluray and SSD. He doesn't need something like that.

As for SSD, 64GB for OS and apps/games, 128GB if you want to be safe. I'd suggest Crucial M4... cheap and VERY reliable (and good). Have a HDD for storage... 1TB will last you a LOT.
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July 6, 2012 5:12:27 PM

The 7850 is better than mid-range isnt it??
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July 6, 2012 5:15:54 PM

plays you bf3 at ultra with 50+ fps usually
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July 6, 2012 5:17:25 PM

Sweet because I am getting it for ac3,black ops 2, and crysis 3!
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July 6, 2012 5:28:46 PM

Oh, if you want to play those then the 7850 will be ideal. I'm getting the ASUS version, personally (huge cooler, not a problem for me). Sapphire is great as well.
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July 6, 2012 5:31:12 PM

Cool :)  I am also getting 600 watt corsair, 240 gb ssd and h6 cooler to oc to 4.5ghz!
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July 6, 2012 5:49:55 PM

I'd get a 750W... PC Power and Cooling has a nice Silver rated one for cheap (although not modular). 750W just to allow for Crossfire in the future, wearing down/aging, and some overhead for max efficiency.
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July 6, 2012 6:42:56 PM

650w is more than enough for 7850 crossfire.
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July 6, 2012 9:22:14 PM

Oops, I forgot about IB and 7xxx having MUCH less power consumption. Yeah, you're right.
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July 6, 2012 10:53:35 PM

Can I have a link and The power and cooling is cool but I dont know alot about it I am getting a cooler so is the power and cooler a good idea and could I have more info on the cooler part??
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July 6, 2012 11:44:00 PM

I'd stay away from CoolerMaster... it doesn't make the best PSUs. You want RELIABLE PSUs. That's the MOST important component.
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July 7, 2012 12:22:43 AM

yep. go get the pc and power cooling psu
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