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August 14, 2012 2:47:30 AM

Hello, after dealing with the crappy customer support of a custom pc company, I decided that I wanted to try building a Custom PC.

I'm mostly looking to use it for graphic-intense gaming, and some surfing. No video editing or anything like that.

Here's the system that I came up with: (please note that the prices may be a bit higher since I live in Canada!)


CPU: i5 3570k ($230) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&promoid=1034

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 ($100) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61380&vpn=CWCH100&man...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($190-$40 Manufacturer's Rebate) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70902&vpn=Z77%20Extre...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 2x4GB ($45) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($90) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003...

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB ($90-$10 Manufacturer's Rebate) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61051&vpn=AGT3-25SAT3...

Video Card: GTX 670 ($400) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71245&vpn=02G-P4-2670...

Case: Corsair Carbide 300R ($65) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66063&vpn=CC-9011014-...

PSU: XFX PRO 750W Core Edition ($65) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&...

Others: Optical Drive ($20)


I'm open to any criticism or suggestions. Please let me know if there are any incompatibilities. All the parts are from www.ncix.ca . Thank you for your time!



Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week, upto 4 weeks.

Budget Range: $1000 - $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING, surfing, video streaming

Are you buying a monitor: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ncix.ca

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

Parts Preferences: Intel, I heard AMD stuff is terrible.

Overclocking: Maybe few years later.

SLI or Crossfire: Also a few years later, when I start seeing lower performances.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm just looking for a Gaming PC with good performance.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Purchased a brand new computer, but all the parts were defective

More about : 1300 gaming

August 14, 2012 2:59:16 AM

Drop the SSD, its not required. It only affects load times not FPS which are more important. I'd change the case to a HAF XM (better and more flexible all round) and a better mobo from Asus. Otherwise its good.
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August 14, 2012 3:02:41 AM

Smeg45 said:
Drop the SSD, its not required. It only affects load times not FPS which are more important. I'd change the case to a HAF XM (better and more flexible all round) and a better mobo from Asus. Otherwise its good.

I heard it really speeds up the OS overall, is it not worth it?
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August 14, 2012 6:51:07 AM

jeeholim said:
I heard it really speeds up the OS overall, is it not worth it?


Irrelevant for a gaming PC. I'd pick a better case over an SSD for a gaming system any day.
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August 14, 2012 6:56:45 AM

Smeg45 said:
Irrelevant for a gaming PC. I'd pick a better case over an SSD for a gaming system any day.

It is relevant when the OP already has the best GPU he can get for 1080p...

OP: Keep the SSD as your other components are great for gaming.
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August 14, 2012 7:49:48 AM

Your build is solid good job!The only thing i wouldn't buy myself is that closed loop H-100 it preforms no better than a $75.00 heatsink and it's loud as hell sounds like a swamp cooler on high fan settings
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August 14, 2012 3:02:27 PM

Thanks for all the kind words! If the H100 is gonna be a problem, should I just go with the H80 instead?
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August 14, 2012 4:38:26 PM

DeusAres said:
You shouldn't have a problem with the H100 so long as you buy quiet fans as I suggested. The H80 isn't gonna be much different.

I'd go for something like this...

Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Could you suggest a different CPU cooler from ncix.ca so I wouldnt have to replace the case fans? I dont think I'll need an intense cooling system, since I don't care much for overclocking. Thanks!
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August 14, 2012 5:18:15 PM

DeusAres said:
Sure thing!

Try this...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=64385&vpn=RR-212E-20PK-R2&...

It's one of the best bang for the buck coolers on the market today. You can easily achieve 4.0-4.5GHz with it.

That's considerably cheaper than the H100. Could you explain the reason for price difference?
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August 14, 2012 6:13:42 PM

Simple: It is meant for high OCs while the Hyper 212 EVO is meant for a mild OC.
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August 14, 2012 6:20:41 PM

+1^

Although, I would consider it to be meant for a moderate OC. Most people don't overclock past 4.5GHz. Plus, you already stated you don't care too much for overclocking...in which case, the hyper 212 evo would be perfect for you.
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August 14, 2012 6:42:50 PM

Thanks for the answers, guys. Let's just hope that it all works, and I can put it together nicely :p 
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August 14, 2012 6:43:03 PM

Best answer selected by Jeeholim.
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August 20, 2012 8:09:44 AM

azeem40 said:
Simple: It is meant for high OCs while the Hyper 212 EVO is meant for a mild OC.
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