Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Today, hopefully.
Budget Range: $1k before rebates, after shipping. GST is 15% here.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, primarily.
Are you buying a monitor: No. Nor a mouse or keyboard.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca.
Location: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Overclocking: No, hence the B75 board.
SLI or Crossfire: No. One card should do me fine.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: The build I have in mind is $991 total from newegg, including shipping and GST. I don't want to go much more expensive.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computer is starting to show its age. It's just a cheap, $400 prebuilt PC that's well over a year old.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3450
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3
GPU: MSI R7770-PMD1GD5
RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 2x2GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
Case: Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
CD/DVD Drive: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
This is my first time building a computer, so there was a big, confusing mess of information to sort through, and while I've been doing what I hope is adequate research, I'm still not sure this build is all totally compatible. Will this computer fit together and turn on/not overheat and die? Are there any ways I can improve it a little without raising the price too much? There are slots on the case for optional 120mm fans, would it be worth it to get a few just in case or will it be cool enough without?
This is $991 total, including shipping and GST. I already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse. I'm going to use it for gaming, but I don't plan on overclocking, hence the B75 board.
I'm in the minority on this board but I really hate B75. There's outdated ports on it that haven't been used in 10 years and you won't get the full expansion that you will for a far better board. You can definitely do way better for $991.
That build would actually put me over budget due to GST. Some of the prices are also different because I'm in Canada, and I can't get most of the better deals. Microcenter doesn't ship to Canada, so I can't get the i5-3450 for $150. I did swap out a few parts for your suggestions, though, so my build now looks like this: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
That build would actually put me over budget due to GST. Some of the prices are also different because I'm in Canada, and I can't get most of the better deals. Microcenter doesn't ship to Canada, so I can't get the i5-3450 for $150. I did swap out a few parts for your suggestions, though, so my build now looks like this:
That's one of those things that definitely helps to know.
I'm also Canadian. Just to be clear, Ncix.ca price matches (though you have to add shipping but that likely will be true everywhere) so you might be able to save on shipping if you order from the same place.
I don't see why you are getting the Z77 board if you aren't overclocking. Your processor is not a "K" series so you can't overclock it. You might be able to put that savings ($30-$50) into a better graphics card or save the money. (I'm no expert, but I have done some research and a better graphics card will serve you better for gaming than the better motherboard, at least in the short to medium term.
H61 boards are cheap, B75 offers Sata6, USB3 and 1 pcie 3.0 slot. Z77 might be better if you decide to use 2 video cards in future, but I have not investigated this topic.
(Edit: There is also the H77 motherboard which is similar to the Z77 without the overclocking, but we are only talking about a $20 difference. In any case, your build looks solid and video card is the easiest item to upgrade and always drop in price over time.)