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July 14, 2012 1:29:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Under $1000 before tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing internet, Doing work

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All except keyboard, mouse and optimal drive

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, NCIX.ca, TigerDirect.ca, Staples.ca, Future Shop/Best Buy (Canada), Canada's Computers

Location: Toronto, Canada

Parts Preferences: I would like to get a good quad AMD CPU + MOBO for gaming (Intel put me over my budget...)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Need to have side window!!!, lots of fan, and good airflow.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to build a gaming computer to run games on max right now and in the future (next 2-3 years).

More about : build gaming rig

July 14, 2012 2:06:49 PM

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dont buy AMD cpus, they suck and are useless for gaming, but this instead:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($67.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $914.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Get the i5 3570k if you have 20$ more


Wouldn't ASRock Gen 3 Ex 3 be a better MOBO?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 2:58:18 PM

hope you dont spend 20 dollars more than 1000. should be able to play any game at max settings with 50 fps.

also, do i happen to know you?

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/c3FY
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 3:22:05 PM

he wouldnt need Z77. he isnt overclocking and h77 has all the same features other than overclocking
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July 14, 2012 4:51:35 PM

TheBigTroll said:
hope you dont spend 20 dollars more than 1000. should be able to play any game at max settings with 50 fps.

also, do i happen to know you?

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/c3FY


Do I need that video card? I was thinking GTX560 TI OC. I am only going to play BF3, GTA 4, Batman, The Sims 3, LoL, NBA, Max Payne etc. on it
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 6:35:40 PM

it isnt really worth getting a 560ti or a 7850. a 7850 is 250. a 7870 is 299. a 7950 is 329. its much more logical to just pick up the higher end component when it doesnt cost that much more

if you want to, the lowest i would get right now is a 7850. 560ti just isnt that good of a bang for the buck anymore. the 7850 took that spot
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July 14, 2012 6:57:27 PM

TheBigTroll said:
it isnt really worth getting a 560ti or a 7850. a 7850 is 250. a 7870 is 299. a 7950 is 329. its much more logical to just pick up the higher end component when it doesnt cost that much more

if you want to, the lowest i would get right now is a 7850. 560ti just isnt that good of a bang for the buck anymore. the 7850 took that spot


You are right. But with 19something x 1080 resolution, how many FPS will it run (on BF3 as it consumes more than the other games)?

Current:

CPU: i5 2500K (209.99)
CPU FAN: CoolerMaster 212 (22.81)
RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) (46.99)
VC: 7850 (if I get a better one it will be at least 60 more?)
HDD: 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache (119.99; good buy TBH)
SSD: 120GB (500 Read/ 550 Write) (89.99)
PSU: Corsair 650W 80+ Bronze (84.99)
MOBO: MSI Z77 (94.99)
MONITOR: TBA
CASE: TBA

TOTAL: $919.74 (assuming VC is 250.)

If I have to I will go up to 1200$. (Trying to make it future proof)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 7:08:05 PM

with a 7850, you should be getting 50 fps on ultra in BF3 1080p. you would get around 40 in those 64 player maps.

with a 7950, you should be hitting 65fps in BF3 and 50+fps in 64 player maps.

what is the SSD that you chose. i hope its not from OCZ.

what motherboard did you chose.

honestly just go pick up mine. you lose overclocking (not too important) and crossfire (you cant do it anyways with a 650w psu), but you do get much more gaming performance.

a nice cheap monitor is the asus vs228h-p. its 139.99 or something at newegg.ca. you can always advance in-store price match it (it means you buy it from the store, but they usually beat the price by around 10%. dont worry. they have many stores around the GTA.)

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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 7:08:47 PM

ivy bridge chips have more speed and have PCI-E 3 for better future proofing than sandy bridge
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July 14, 2012 7:19:13 PM

TheBigTroll said:
with a 7850, you should be getting 50 fps on ultra in BF3 1080p. you would get around 40 in those 64 player maps.

with a 7950, you should be hitting 65fps in BF3 and 50+fps in 64 player maps.

what is the SSD that you chose. i hope its not from OCZ.

what motherboard did you chose.

honestly just go pick up mine. you lose overclocking (not too important) and crossfire (you cant do it anyways with a 650w psu), but you do get much more gaming performance.

a nice cheap monitor is the asus vs228h-p. its 139.99 or something at newegg.ca. you can always advance in-store price match it (it means you buy it from the store, but they usually beat the price by around 10%. dont worry. they have many stores around the GTA.)


I c, I know for sure 7950 is dropping its price in two days. I did choose OCZ as my SSD. Why? Also for my MOBO its Z77 from MSI and from reading benchmarks and reviews, they say its better to go with 2500K.

The monitor is good and I will look around as well in addition to yours. That is good to know about the price-matching.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:07:39 PM

dont go OCZ. either pick up a crucial m4 128gb or a sandisk extreme 120gb. they are more reliable than ocz and tend to be faster.

id get a gigabyte z77x-ud3h. more functional and higher quality. also a better value
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:28:36 PM

They are more reliable, but not faster; however, the speed difference is not too great, so I'd get the more reliable SSD, the Crucial M4.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:33:24 PM

when you use a SSD for a long time or you beat the hell out of Windows, you will know that a M4 will be faster than Agility 3/ vertex 3
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:35:01 PM

I actually got a Mushkin Chronos Deluxe as an SSD. :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:38:11 PM

did you get the 240gb? and how do you think of it compared to a M4. all i know is that the chronos deluxe is awesome
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:42:35 PM

I have 120GB as I didn't see the justification for getting 240GB with the higher price of higher-capacity SSDs at the time of purchase.
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July 14, 2012 8:42:44 PM

IDK why, but for me, it is pretty hard to choose the right stuff to make it future proof especially for the future.

I guess I would go with the Intel 2500K with 7850, but how long will it last to play at max for the future?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:45:24 PM

Raymond9000 said:
IDK why, but for me, it is pretty hard to choose the right stuff to make it future proof especially for the future.

I guess I would go with the Intel 2500K with 7850, but how long will it last to play at max for the future?


you will play another year at max settings then you slowly drop from ultra to high and then medium. that should be 4-5 years later. you can always overclock to get more frames
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:47:34 PM

As long as my 7950 lasts enough of a time to play games at med settings, I am happy. :) 
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July 14, 2012 8:48:06 PM

TheBigTroll said:
you will play another year at max settings then you slowly drop from ultra to high and then medium. that should be 4-5 years later. you can always overclock to get more frames


Good to know. Cuz I mainly play RPG games like Assassin Creed, Max Payne, LoL, Sims etc. So it shouldn't be a problem then.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:48:50 PM

azeem40 said:
I have 120GB as I didn't see the justification for getting 240GB with the higher price of higher-capacity SSDs at the time of purchase.


ooh. you probably go the MX chronos deluxe. the DX chronos deluxe 120gb is 184.99. MX uses slightly different NAND (like the hyperx 3k) and the two drives perform differently even though they are rated at the same specs. the 240gb DX is 189.99
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:49:49 PM

Raymond9000 said:
Good to know. Cuz I mainly play RPG games like Assassin Creed, Max Payne, LoL, Sims etc. So it shouldn't be a problem then.



then this will last you more than 5 years. i talk in the terms of graphically intense FPS games
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:49:49 PM

I purchased it in April, so the price was $200 for a 120GB SSD. :o 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:52:16 PM

then why did you buy it for that much when the 240 wasnt that much more (250$ in april). i bought mine for 184.99 in may. still waiting for my MIR to come in
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 8:53:30 PM

Cuz my budget couldn't stretch $50.
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July 14, 2012 8:55:43 PM

So is Asus or MSI better for overclocking in the future?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2012 9:00:06 PM

asus. MSI doesnt have a hawk edition 7850. if there was, i would of went with MSI
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