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July 24, 2012 1:15:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4weeks from right now

Budget Range: 700-800 after taxes and rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,highschool homework

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not really any... im use to ncix.ca though

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I like Intel CPUs and Nvidia graphics but i dont care TOO much about it.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: maybe


Additional Comments: I like windows and easy-to-clean cases, and YES i do need a monitor and keyboard. Thank you to anyone who helps =)
July 24, 2012 1:41:57 AM

ty0620 said:
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4weeks from right now

Budget Range: 700-800 after taxes and rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,highschool homework

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not really any... im use to ncix.ca though

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I like Intel CPUs and Nvidia graphics but i dont care TOO much about it.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: maybe


Additional Comments: I like windows and easy-to-clean cases, and YES i do need a monitor and keyboard. Thank you to anyone who helps =)



This is the rig I just built by myself.

1. PSU OCZ Modxstream pro 700 W.
2. HDD western digital caviar blue 500 GB SATA 6.0Gb/s.
3. Case cooler master HAF 912.
4. ASUS 24x DVD Burner.
5. Motherboard Asrock 990FX Extreme3.
6. CORSAIR Vengeance 16 GB, DDR3 1600.
7. Graphic card: GTX 480.
8. AMD chipset: AMD 4100 fx.

Hopefully, it can help you a little bit. Good luck. :) 





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July 24, 2012 1:50:58 AM

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July 24, 2012 2:09:23 AM

AMD is NOT the way to go, especially a 4100. At stock (OP said no to overclocking) it is beaten by Pentiums in games.
You've got a tight budget, especially with ~$120 or so going to a monitor (assuming you want 1920x1080).
You're probably looking at an i3-2120 on a H67 board, with a GTX560 or GTX560Ti.

Edit: That wish list is empty; I believe it is pointing at mine.
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July 24, 2012 2:23:19 AM

Yep, I agree =)
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July 24, 2012 2:27:48 AM

IDK why that didn't work, but here it is.

CPU: Intel Core i5 3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (4GB x2) DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Cooler Master Elite NV-334-KWN1-GP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Gigabyte GV-N460OC GeForce GTX 460 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WD Caviar Blue 320GB SATA 6Gb/s http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer V223WEJbd 22" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Generic Rosewill chiclet keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And there you go!

-coreyalan15
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July 24, 2012 10:19:41 AM

^Nice system, but if it's to be gamer, more of the budget needs to be spent on the graphics card, and less on the CPU. The machine has other uses as well, so I wouldn't go all the way down to a Pentium, but an i3 would be sufficient, especially if it puts a GTX560 or even GTX560Ti within reach.
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July 24, 2012 12:22:27 PM

what about an i5 + gtx 550 ti superclocked
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July 24, 2012 12:41:55 PM

As jtt said the 560 would be more of a benefit for in game performance, even if you have to drop to an i-3. If the budget could handle a I5 2500 and 560 you would be set up pretty well.
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July 24, 2012 12:51:03 PM


ty0620 said:
what about an i5 + gtx 550 ti superclocked

Thats a no no for gaming :p . That video card is an entry-level one, even if its superclocked and Ti. A 560 would do better as the others said. Try to find a 560Ti OC. Heres a good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Try to get an i5 since the budget allows for it :)  and the i5 will handle the above GPU very well. :) 
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July 24, 2012 12:52:14 PM

Ok, I was looking and the previous system I posted WITH the inclusion of a core i5 2500 and a Zotac AMP! GTX 560 Ti
would bring the total to $848.91 before tax and shipping.
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July 24, 2012 1:19:33 PM

Nw333 said:
Thats a no no for gaming :p . That video card is an entry-level one, even if its superclocked and Ti. A 560 would do better as the others said. Try to find a 560Ti OC. Heres a good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Try to get an i5 since the budget allows for it :)  and the i5 will handle the above GPU very well. :) 


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No Offense, but I'm pretty sure his budget would not allow for a 560 Ti OC, He's already $50 over budget with only a 560 Ti, a OC model would at least bring him $100 over budget
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July 24, 2012 1:29:21 PM

coreyalan15 said:
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No Offense, but I'm pretty sure his budget would not allow for a 560 Ti OC, He's already $50 over budget with only a 560 Ti, a OC model would at least bring him $100 over budget

I did say TRY. :p 
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July 24, 2012 2:22:37 PM

Although I don't want to hit 1000, from all the comments it seems like i have no choice... Btw I live 10-20 mins drive away from the NCIX store in Toronto(North of Toronto really) so i dont really have to worry about shipping =)
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July 24, 2012 2:25:49 PM

Extreme Budget Rig $531

This leaves you almost $300 to buy windows 7, a monitor, and a keyboard. I would go with a nice 20"-23" monitor probably bought locally on sale.

The GTX 550 ti is a good card. I am able to play games like Skyrim and Diablo 3 on ultra settings with no issues. I do not play BF3, but the 550 ti card supposedly gets around 40fps, which is still playable, especially if you bump the settings down to med/high. If you look at the THW Graphics Card breakdown the 6850 scores just barely above the 550 ti. $50 is not worth the pathetic increase in performance the 6850 has over the 550 ti. If this was not a budget rig I would say go with the GTX 670. Key word "budget" not all of us can blow $400, or would want to blow $400 on a graphics card.

If you can afford a bit more, get the Asrock z77 Extreme4 motherboard and the i5 3750k cpu instead. Should be about $200 more.
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July 24, 2012 2:41:25 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Extreme Budget Rig $531

This leaves you almost $300 to buy windows 7, a monitor, and a keyboard. I would go with a nice 20"-23" monitor probably bought locally on sale.

The GTX 550 ti is a good card. I am able to play games like Skyrim and Diablo 3 on ultra settings with no issues. I do not play BF3, but the 550 ti card supposedly gets around 40fps, which is still playable, especially if you bump the settings down to med/high. If you look at the THW Graphics Card breakdown the 6850 scores just barely above the 550 ti. $50 is not worth the pathetic increase in performance the 6850 has over the 550 ti. If this was not a budget rig I would say go with the GTX 670. Key word "budget" not all of us can blow $400, or would want to blow $400 on a graphics card.

If you can afford a bit more, get the Asrock z77 Extreme4 motherboard and the i5 3750k cpu instead. Should be about $200 more.


Does the Mother Board you are currently proposing support SLI? If it does, I might go this build but use a gtx 560ti instead.
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July 24, 2012 2:49:27 PM

The gigabyte board does not, it only has 1 slot. The Asrock does support SLI. You have a couple of options with the mother board. Both motherboards support a i3 and i5 cpu. So you could just spend an extra $50 or so to get the Asrock instead of the gigabyte, which would be a solid investment since it just got ranked toms hardware best board under $160. Keep in mind also the PSU I have there is a really budget PSU. For SLI you would want a bigger one, 600w+ I believe.
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July 24, 2012 2:52:18 PM

alrite =) made up my mind. imma go with ur build with a better board and gpu. il check with ncix to see everything will fit in nice before buying the parts. thank you sir.
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July 24, 2012 2:56:56 PM

This is a 600w power supply I have, you might want to go with this instead of the corsair listed just to support the bigger GPU/futer SLI. Only $5 more with the rebate, not sure if NCIX would offer the same rebate or not. You could ask.

Actually looks like they do, I would definately pop an extra few bucks for this 600w PSU.
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July 24, 2012 3:52:54 PM

Okay. Thank you again.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2012 5:25:24 PM

Hi like some of the people above said CPU power is not the biggest priority in a gaming rig.Most of the time there is no more than 10% difference in FPS between a system using an OC'ed 2500K and an OC'ed Phenom 965.In my opinion this is what you want to get.

If youre gonna shop only from NCIX than get this.

CPU + Motherboard + CPU Cooler Bundle
Amd Phenom II X4 960T + ASUS M5A97 + Cooler Master Hyper 101
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=68820&vpn=PHII960%20%2...

Power Supply - Silverstone Strider Essential 500w
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=49495&vpn=ST50F-ES&man...

Graphics Card - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti Core 448 WindForce
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=66832&vpn=GV-N560448-1...

Case - Zalman Z9 Plus
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&ma...

Hard Drive - Hitachi Deskstar 1TB
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=64505&vpn=0F13180&manu...

Memory - Corsair Vengeance Blue 2x4GB 1600 CL9 1.5V
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A16...

Monitor - Asus VH237H
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=38845&vpn=VH236H&manuf...

Keyboard - Well im torn between two keyboards.I've played games on both and i do like the Microsoft one better but when you get used to it... you'll hardly go back.So Those are the two keyboards.

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 (Wave)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=66728&vpn=B2L-00002&ma...

Gigabyte
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=63084&vpn=GK-K6800&man...

Depending on the keyboard you choose the price is 800$ or 805$

This PC is going to play every game you throw at it at at least high settings
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2012 10:08:54 PM

There is no room for an AMD CPU in a newly built PC! At every price point (even down to the lowly Celerons), Intel currently outperforms AMD, sometimes by staggering margins. Go to anandtech.com and their "bench" area and look at lots of comparisons.

Note my current rigs, one AMD one Intel; I am not a fanboy of either, but the facts are undeniable. The Intel rig will also use a lot less power for the performance.
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