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July 30, 2012 5:58:54 PM

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?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 6:13:03 PM

Looks good for 1680x1050. Go for it!
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a c 278 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 6:17:42 PM

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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 There's outdated ports on it that haven't been used in 10 years and you won't get the full expansion that you will for a far better board.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.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.13 @ Amazon)
Total: $894.27
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 14:17 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 6:20:58 PM

With the $100 you have him left with, he can get a Radeon 7950. :) 
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a c 278 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 6:23:58 PM

azeem40 said:
With the $100 you have him left with, he can get a Radeon 7950. :) 


Actually that is true:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.13 @ Amazon)
Total: $994.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 14:22 EDT-0400)

Or you could also upgrade the CPU to the i5-3570K and add a CPU cooler if you wanted to do that, or add an SSD. Plenty of options.

Although what is it with Newegg and Sapphire cards? One minute they're in stock and readily available, the next day they're completely deleted from inventory and they don't expect any in anytime soon. :heink: 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 6:24:33 PM

Yeah, I checked yesterday and the Sapphire 7950 was OOS.
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July 30, 2012 9:35:57 PM

g-unit1111 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.13 @ Amazon)
Total: $994.28

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $815.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 17:17 EDT-0400)
In total, it's actually $1026 from newegg. So, the question is now, is all this compatible? I'm still pretty nervous about making a one-thousand-dollar mistake.
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a c 278 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 10:21:54 PM

Bufudyne said:
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.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($244.40 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.93 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $957.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 18:21 EDT-0400)

If you don't need OS then it's $852.69.
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July 30, 2012 11:22:08 PM

g-unit1111 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($244.40 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.93 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $957.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 18:21 EDT-0400)

I'll stick with the 7770, since I do still need the OS, but aside from that I'll be getting this build. It's much more solid than what I had starting out. Thanks for the help!
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a c 278 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 11:25:54 PM

Bufudyne said:
I'll stick with the 7770, since I do still need the OS, but aside from that I'll be getting this build. It's much more solid than what I had starting out. Thanks for the help!


The 7850 is a far more powerful GPU than the 7770 is (which is the exact same as the 6770, 5770, etc). Worth the extra money if you ask me.
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August 4, 2012 4:01:06 AM

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.

More motherboard info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155

(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.)
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