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Seeking Help for First Build: ~$1200 Mid Range Ivy Bridge Gaming PC

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July 22, 2012 2:57:57 PM

Hello everyone,

I am fairly new here so this post might be long because I want to get everything clear all at once. Sorry for the inconvenience. Anyways, I am a first time builder and I am kind of nervous because I don't want to mess anything up, but I have done some good amount of research about building computers, and I think I am ready to build my own with my apprehension of the basics. Though, I still have some stuff to learn.

I'm building a mid range gaming PC and I've already chosen my parts, I would like to know if they are all compatible (not just if they fit together like LEGO blocks, but compatible as in being able to run together to start an OS). Since I am a first time builder, any tips, recommendations, advice, warnings and common mistakes related to PC building will be very helpful! Keep in mind that I don't require running games with all the settings at ULTRA with high quality audio and 100% no lag. I will be very satisfied by just being to play games between mid and high settings. Without further ado, here is my build:


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


Approximate Purchase Date: There is a new Canada Computers opening soon near me and I want to buy locally, but the problem is I don't know when exactly they are opening. I went on their website and all they said was "Summer 2012" so I'm guessing in a few weeks maybe. http://www.canadacomputers.com/location.php#32

Budget Range: ~$1200

System Usage: Browsing Internet, Watching Videos/Movies, Gaming, Multitasking, Homework, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, a 19" or a 20".

Parts to Upgrade: Nothing to upgrade, building from scratch.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca and ncix.com

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, nVidia for GPU and Asus for motherboard.

Overclocking: No. (I don't need to get an aftermarket heatsink/fan right?)

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 or 1600x900 depending on the size of the monitor I'm getting.

Additional Comments: I know I have a lot of overclockable parts even though I am not overclocking. The reason for this is because I find that overclockable parts have better performance and I am willing to spend a little more for this performance even though it's not noticeable.

I don't think I will be upgrading the hardware for a long time after having it built (except if there's something wrong), planning to stick with these parts for at least 5 years.


Thank you for your time and help.
July 22, 2012 5:15:32 PM

Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Swap the i5 3570K for the i5 3450 since you're not overclocking (-$25)
Swap the PSU for this one:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The motherboard you're getting is not worth the cost. Definitely not actually. This review just shows how bad the price/performance is. The Asus Pro costs $210 but is outperformed by a $160 Asrock.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
The GTX 570 is outdated and the card runs hot with high power consumption.
Your PSU is pretty expensive for a small amount of power you should look into another.
July 22, 2012 5:53:38 PM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Swap the i5 3570K for the i5 3450 since you're not overclocking (-$25)
Swap the PSU for this one:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The motherboard you're getting is not worth the cost. Definitely not actually. This review just shows how bad the price/performance is. The Asus Pro costs $210 but is outperformed by a $160 Asrock.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
The GTX 570 is outdated and the card runs hot with high power consumption.
Your PSU is pretty expensive for a small amount of power you should look into another.

Hey thanks for your recommendations, they were really helpful.
I'm thinking of switching my motherboard for this one: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H
As for the PSU, would the OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W be better?
Finally, what would you recommend for a better graphics card for around the same price? I looked at the Radeon HD 7850s, they are about the same.
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July 22, 2012 7:11:12 PM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Would be a cheaper option in that the $40 gift card could be used for say other parts. It would total to just be about $140.'

But if you don't want the gift card, would either go for the board you suggested or...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The 7850 are worse than the 7870's (pretty clear as they usually go up for the better ones, it's just a matter of how much better).

Stick with the EA650 suggested.


July 23, 2012 2:58:55 AM

GTX 570 and 7850 are both almost same performance interm of graphic performance. But Bare in mind that 7850 will kick almost every other GPU in its level in term of power consumption and temperature.

P/S: if you want to have low temp GPU, then go to Asus HD7850 DCU II. Not a bias as i am the user of it, but its true.. cheaper, low power consumption and low temp. :) 

U are not overclocker, so agree with others, better go for i5-3450 while the mobo, i think u better choose Asrock :) .. me use Asus P8Z77-V.. why would you need P8Z77- V Pro?
July 23, 2012 5:40:19 PM

Thank you daamz for your feedback. Swapped the CPU to the i5 3450, as recommended. As for the motherboard, I went with the GA-Z77X-UD5H instead of the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 because I found that it suited slightly better my needs. After changing all those parts, I can now afford for a 7870. Though, I'm not sure which one to get. Any recommendations?
July 23, 2012 5:46:14 PM

Another thing to know if you're not an OCer or a CF/SLIer: you don't need a Z77 board. Get the ASRock H77 Pro3/MVP.
July 23, 2012 8:06:36 PM

What exactly are you doing that needs those high end boards Shinryuuki? You're not SLI/CFing and you're not overclocking, both of which are the purpose of those motherboards. There is no other reason I could see why you'd need the two if you're not doing either.

Besides possibly Firewire but that's a bit outdated.


I'd actually recommend lower than all of that. Go with the Asrock B75M
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