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September 3, 2012 5:17:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-$2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, PVRing console gaming, Game development, internet browsing, Watching videos

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, looking for 27 inch with HDMI switch for consoles to play on. Just want one, as my other monitors now will be the left and right monitors.



Parts to Upgrade: Looking to get all new, donating working old ones to friend's comp.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: memoryexpress.com preferred, but not essential

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference. Prefer good balance between performance and price

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: Need 1920x1080 or better for best console gaming experience.

Additional Comments: I need a PC capable of handling alot of intense debugging processes from UDK and Unity game development, but mostly would like it to be able to play any PC game slated to come out in the next 2-3 years on high performance. Cost really isn't a huge factor, but I would like to maintain something reasonable. I'd like to have a 3 monitor set up (new one for the middle and then my old ones for the sides)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: PSU and motherboard fried in power surge. Video card becoming outdated.


All help given is greatly appreciated. I have a basic understanding of most components I'd need, but I would like a bit more of an experienced voice to help guide me in my buying decision.

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September 3, 2012 5:30:25 AM

For your intended use, I'm thinking an X79 platform may benefit you more than the mainstream Z77 (correct me if I'm wrong, however). Here's a parts list I made for your needs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.53 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($349.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.78 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($138.93 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($96.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $2483.14
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 01:31 EDT-0400)

I feel I may have overspent a little bit on the motherboard, but that is up for suggestions/up for debate.
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September 3, 2012 6:41:12 AM

Add a case and monitor to this build and your good to go.


http://www.directcanada.com <----- Free Shipping on orders over $50


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC1911&v... $116.25
XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD6646&v... $177.66
ASUS P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $219.79
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $38.15
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $18.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&v... $99.79
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR6043&v... $222.66
Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5IN SATA3 MCX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&v... $390.44
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&v... $390.44
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $111.30
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

Total: $1,820.22


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14040MN4837&v... $329.95
Samsung S23A700DSL 23IN Widescreen LED LCD Montor 1920X1080 120HZ 3D 2MS DVI-D HDMI

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN3972&v... $269.79
Samsung S27B350H 27IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 2MS VGA HDMI

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN1346&v... $524.86
BenQ XL2420TX 24IN 120HZ LCD Monitor LED 1080p 2MS Lightboost 2XHDMI Display Port HAS 3D Vision

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN5278&v... $287.87
ASUS VE278Q 27IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 LED Backlit 10M:1DC 2MS DisplayPort DVI-D VGA HDMI

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN8295&v... $352.21 MIR $322.21
ASUS VG236H 23IN 1080P 120HZ 3D Vision Ready LCD Monitor W/ 3D Vision Kit

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN8342&v... $572.47
ASUS VG278H 27IN 1080p 2MS 120HZ W/ 3D Vision 2 Lightboost Glasses HDMI DVI VGA LCD


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Gigabyte GTX 670
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September 3, 2012 7:07:39 AM

mocchan said:
For your intended use, I'm thinking an X79 platform may benefit you more than the mainstream Z77 (correct me if I'm wrong, however). Here's a parts list I made for your needs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.53 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($349.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.78 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($138.93 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($96.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $2483.14
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 01:31 EDT-0400)

I feel I may have overspent a little bit on the motherboard, but that is up for suggestions/up for debate.

Your probably going to want to step up to a 850w for that build seeing how the socket 2011 uses a lot more juice than the 1155.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 3, 2012 6:03:42 PM

Why_Me said:
Your probably going to want to step up to a 850w for that build seeing how the socket 2011 uses a lot more juice than the 1155.

True, thanks for the input :) 
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