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First time builder looking for help

Last response: in Systems
July 17, 2012 7:24:45 PM

Hey guys, looking to
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ASAP

Budget Range: $600-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Solely used for gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No, plan to use my LG tv for a monitor.

Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but i think i can get this cheap from work

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference

Location: Calgary, Canada

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Maybe in the future,

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, for future upgrades

Additional Comments: This computer will be used for gaming only, I have a laptop that will be used for everything else. Just looking to be able to run all the current and upcoming games at high settings. I have a mouse and keyboard and will be hooking this up to my LG tv.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Sick of not being able to run anything on my laptop.

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July 18, 2012 6:46:29 AM

Is your LG TV 720p or 1080p as this would determine how much GPU horsepower you'd need ^^
July 18, 2012 6:31:18 PM

It's 1080p
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July 19, 2012 5:46:15 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.21 @ DirectCanada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.99 @ Computer Valley)
Power Supply: Corsair 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $860.13 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-19 13:42 EDT-0400)

Here's what I came up with so far. I know its a bit higher than my budget but I will be able to spend closer to the $800 mark. That being said saving money is always good, so hopefully someone can point out some cost savings.

July 19, 2012 8:58:12 PM

July 19, 2012 9:05:15 PM

You should upgrade your power supply especially if you are going to SLI/Crossfire in the future, 550w will not cut it at all. Also add Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus to cool your CPU, the stock heatsink/fan will not cut it
July 19, 2012 9:45:18 PM

ok, how big of a power supply do you think I'll need?

Any other options out there to save costs?
July 20, 2012 4:16:44 AM

cool, thanks

Can anyone let me know if all my other components are good choices?