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Build me a gaming computer, 1500$ MAX

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July 30, 2012 6:14:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today or tomorrow would be nice.

Budget Range: No more than 1500$. The lower you can go, the better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Homework, The rest.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything. (I own a laptop).

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca preferred, anything else that ships to canada (at a reasonable price) will do.

Location: Laval, Quebec, Canada ( Notable computer shops: Microbytes.com, Microengros.com/pieces.pdf )

Parts Preferences: This are parts I was looking at, feel free to change everything if it's going to be better for me.

CPU: i5 3570k http://www.microbytes.com/advanced_search_result.php?ma...
(Overclock scares me, might go for something like 3.8ghz at most, in other words, extremely stable)

GPU: 79xx, gtx670

HSF: CM Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Mobo: I have no clue, I guess Z77 if I'm going to OC.

Monitor: ASUS VH236H (I know it's probably not the cheapest I can get, but as far as I can tell, it's the best in that price range.) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case: Corsair Caride Series 300R http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: Good 6 or 8GB that won't die on me will do.

PSU: SeaSonic M1II 620W (Bronze +) (Will it handle 2 7970, 670s or more?) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Optical Drive: Samsung http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive: Samsung (I doubt I'll ever use any more than 500GB so anything above that is good ) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in the distant future)

Why Are You Upgrading: Got a laptop 2 years ago, HP Envy 14. Great quality, very pleased, but not strong enough. I kept myself from playing Skyrim (on PC), BF3, Crysis b/c I know it will either not run or crawl it's way through the game. I also play Tribes: Ascend which is more intensive than one would imagine (badly optimized). This is the 1st time I buy/build a Desktop and while I don't want to go absolutely crazy, I'm willing to pay the price to have it play very high end games with very a good performance.
July 30, 2012 6:16:49 PM

No, the PSU is both underpowered and overkill for SLI/CF and a single GPU, respectively. Looks good man. I recommend the ASRock Extreme4 Z77.
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July 30, 2012 7:29:20 PM

Why not a cheaper Pro3 ?
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July 30, 2012 7:31:25 PM

Pro 3 are bad, not much you can upgrade on one of those
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July 30, 2012 7:38:29 PM

Ok so say, ASRock Z77 Extreme4. Best deal I'm gonna get is 180$ no shipping at local store. What about gpu, ram and HDD?
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July 30, 2012 7:43:50 PM

Go get some 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz or 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance for Ram

GPU is really your choice, they each run equally well
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July 30, 2012 9:41:20 PM

for hard drives get:

120GB OCZ ssd
500GB-1TB Western Digital hdd
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July 30, 2012 10:01:35 PM

Any problems if I go for Asus p8z77-v lk
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July 30, 2012 10:03:25 PM

i dont see any problems with the P8Z77 - V
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