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Building a new gaming rig, ~1600$

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July 29, 2012 8:08:06 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ~3 weeks (hopefully today for the case since there's a 50$ deal on it)

Budget Range: ~1600$CAD Shippin/Taxes incl.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, GPU Computing, Youtube/Twitch.tv/...

Are you buying a monitor: No (Only considering the case and its contents)



Parts to Upgrade: None (starting from scratch)

Do you need to buy OS: No
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

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

Location: Qc, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU, Western Digital HDD

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Case has to be easy to build into, I started a list of parts (it's open to change).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I can't play SC2 in 4v4 on my current desktop because the CPU is too old, and I've been replacing parts in my current rig for years so I'm starting anew.

List of parts (open to change):
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Special Edition White (200$, on sale today at 150$ w/ free shipping)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59759&vpn=CC600TMW-WH...
PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RS850-AMBAJ3-US 850W (130$)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (150$)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM: 2x4Gb* (~50$)
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770 (340$)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70539&vpn=BX80637I737...
GPU: GTX 670** (~450$)
HDD: 500Gb*** (~80$)
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Total: ~1400$

*Whaveter is on special from a legit company when I buy
** There are so many models of this one it's hard to pick one. I was originally going for a GTX 680 but when I saw a few benchmarks I figured the extra 50-100$ wasn't worth it.
***Most likely a WD drive, again whatever seems cheapest at the time
July 29, 2012 8:11:59 PM

850W = overkill. Get a TX750 V2.
July 29, 2012 8:50:13 PM

I would save money on the CPU and go with an I5 Ivy Bridge and buy an SSD instead of (or along with) a standard drive.
Case is nice (if you're not too attached to it I'd go full tower)
I'm not sure how 'hardcore' of a gamer you are but these days its not too worth it to pay more then $300 for video cards.
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July 29, 2012 8:53:18 PM

That above statement is so wrong. A GTX 670 is better to get at his budget.
July 29, 2012 9:03:03 PM

@Dragh0n: As far as the SSD goes I don't care much for them. Sure things load quicker but to be honest loading times are not a priority for me. I also don't want to start partioning things and rationing the SSD space. Prices have started coming down rather quickly for them and I figure I can wait another year and make the upgrade then if the prices are right. Until then, no thank you.

As for how "hardcore" of a gamer I am, well... I have over 100 games on steam, I like to play SC2 in team games (which my desktop CPU cant really handle right now when its 3v3 or 4v4). I also play The Witcher 2 (which isn't easy on the hardware) and I'll soon be playing GW2 and BF3 which are also demanding beasts.
July 29, 2012 9:05:20 PM

Yeah, stick with the 670.
July 29, 2012 9:40:05 PM

Borgleader said:
@Dragh0n: As far as the SSD goes I don't care much for them. Sure things load quicker but to be honest loading times are not a priority for me. I also don't want to start partioning things and rationing the SSD space. Prices have started coming down rather quickly for them and I figure I can wait another year and make the upgrade then if the prices are right. Until then, no thank you.

As for how "hardcore" of a gamer I am, well... I have over 100 games on steam, I like to play SC2 in team games (which my desktop CPU cant really handle right now when its 3v3 or 4v4). I also play The Witcher 2 (which isn't easy on the hardware) and I'll soon be playing GW2 and BF3 which are also demanding beasts.


An SSD is just like the old drives but different technology. You don't have to partition off space or anything, but I respect your wishes.

And benchmarks for SC2 at resolution 2560x1600 on Ultra quality are as follows:
AMD 7870: 61.2 FPS ($280+)
Nvidia GTX 670: 80 FPS ($400+)

Of course those FPS are higher at a 1080 resolution and it is up to you if you feel the extra $100 is worth it.
July 29, 2012 10:01:33 PM

Good build right there, above me. :) 
July 29, 2012 10:11:36 PM

I like this list, thanks for the suggestion, but I have two "issues" with it:
a) Seeing as I won't be overclocking, spending 90$ for a cooler seems a bit overkill to me. I would be more tempted to go for the Hyper212 Evo which is 50$ cheaper, is generally a good performer and correct me if I'm wrong LGA1155 compatible
b) The other is the case, I don't like the over abundance of ridges which make the surface of the case uneven. I prefer simple designs (like the Corsair 600T) or a case like the Bitfenix Raider.

By switching those into the build, I believe the price would stay the same.
July 29, 2012 10:14:20 PM

It is fine going with Hyper 212 EVO.
July 29, 2012 11:28:28 PM

Cool cool :)  Thank you both for the suggestions!
July 29, 2012 11:43:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($199.98 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1617.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-29 19:41 EDT-0400)

I know I'm a little late for this game, but this build is better than the previous ones.

1. Since you won't be OC'ing/SLI/CF, no point in getting 750W. A quality 550W is enough.
2. Includes 256GB SSD to store your OS + Games, and a 2TB HDD to store other stuff.
July 29, 2012 11:46:07 PM

I don't see in any way how the above build is better. HT won't be utilized for close to a decade mate.
July 29, 2012 11:57:05 PM

azeem40 said:
I don't see in any way how the above build is better. HT won't be utilized for close to a decade mate.


Drop the i7 and get an i5. I included an i7 in case OP does photo/video editing. Main strength is a SSD.

EDIT: To OP, if you still don't believe in getting a SSD, drop it, get an i5, make some cuts in somewhere else (except the PSU, don't make cuts on that!), and get another GTX 670.
July 29, 2012 11:57:32 PM

I have the NZXT tempest 410 and it is much better looking than what it looks like in the pictures.
I to like simple cases myself.
It also a Corsair H100 fits in it like a glove should you do decide to upgrade to water cooling and overclock.

I am not in to gaming,But what I have read you might want to look into a Crossfire setup as well it might save you some money and still get you more performance.

FWIW

jer :) 
July 29, 2012 11:58:42 PM

Could have just said to up the SSD to 256GB.
July 30, 2012 12:18:46 AM

I also do 3D which requires quite a bit of CPU horsepower for 2 reasons: ray tracing rendering & simulations (smoke, water, ...). As for the HDD the reason I had a 500Gb suggestion was that I have external hdds to dump videos, music and the like so i only need something internal big enough to hold a bunch of games so 1TB is too big, let alone 2TB.
July 30, 2012 1:13:15 AM

Ray tracing is done using OpenCL/CUDA not OpenGL, it falls into the GPGPU programming part of software and doesnt have to do with OpenGL. That said, it remains a CPU demanding job, same thing with the simulations.
July 30, 2012 4:43:49 AM

Yeah, the Fermi architecture is much better at CUDA work than Kepler.
July 30, 2012 10:12:11 AM

Yes, and Fermi is also much more power hungry than Kepler for that same reason. It's fine though because first and foremost I want a good gaming rig, CUDA is more of a secondary concern.
August 2, 2012 8:04:23 PM

Free Shipping on orders over $50


http://www.directcanada.com/category/?minorcatid=1517&v... <----- Corsair cases

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3877&v... $97.89
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $145.81 MIR $125.81
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD5850&v... $242.84
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $44.57
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD7145&v... $48.69
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 1.5V Memory Kit

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $18.05
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&v... $394.33
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/category/?minorcatid=2012 <----- SSD's
August 6, 2012 11:19:15 PM

azeem40 said:
Good build right there, above me. :) 

A post seems to be missing from the thread, both this post and mine refer to this build and it is not present. I still haven't ordered all the pieces from it...
August 7, 2012 4:42:45 PM

Why_Me said:
Free Shipping on orders over $50


http://www.directcanada.com/category/?minorcatid=1517&v... <----- Corsair cases

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3877&v... $97.89
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $145.81 MIR $125.81
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD5850&v... $242.84
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $44.57
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD7145&v... $48.69
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 1.5V Memory Kit

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $18.05
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&v... $394.33
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/category/?minorcatid=2012 <----- SSD's



He said he wouldn't be overclocking.
August 7, 2012 6:02:33 PM

Just change mobo to an H77 Pro4/MVP and the CPU to an i5-3470.
August 8, 2012 12:30:16 AM

Why the 3470 as opposed to the 3770? its less powerful (i admit its half the price but still)
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