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$1300 Gaming PC

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&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1034

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

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 2x4GB ($45) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1443

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

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB ($90-$10 Manufacturer's Rebate) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61051&vpn=AGT3-25SAT3-120G&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1034

Video Card: GTX 670 ($400) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71245&vpn=02G-P4-2670-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1034

Case: Corsair Carbide 300R ($65) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66063&vpn=CC-9011014-WW&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1034

PSU: XFX PRO 750W Core Edition ($65) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1034

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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Looks great; you did a good job!

    If you stick with the H100, I recommend you replace the fans with better ones. Something like these would work great in a push/pull configuration...

    SilenX IXP-76-18 120mm Case Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835226013

    Or these...

    COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553002
  6. 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
  7. Thanks for all the kind words! If the H100 is gonna be a problem, should I just go with the H80 instead?
  8. 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=N82E16835608018
  9. 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=N82E16835608018

    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!
  10. Sure thing!

    Try this...

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

    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.
  11. DeusAres said:
    Sure thing!

    Try this...

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

    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?
  12. Simple: It is meant for high OCs while the Hyper 212 EVO is meant for a mild OC.
  13. Best answer
    +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.
  14. Thanks for the answers, guys. Let's just hope that it all works, and I can put it together nicely :p
  15. Best answer selected by Jeeholim.
  16. azeem40 said:
    Simple: It is meant for high OCs while the Hyper 212 EVO is meant for a mild OC.
    +1
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