First time building, ~$750 gaming PC

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gpfo

Any way to make it better without going over budget after rebates? I have an HDD from an older machine that I will be using.

I am in Canada and will probably order most parts from Memory Express, Tigerdirect and newegg.ca. I will be ordering the parts this week, probably on the 5th.

I will be playing Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and DOTA 2 mostly.

I have never overclocked a machine before but I am an IT major so I can probably pull it off and have no problem doing so for a %10+ performance increase.

I also know nothing about monitors at all and just picked that one because of the price and reviews.
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  1. for a few extra bucks you can get something MUCH better, look:

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.25 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Rosewill Future ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($46.79 @ Amazon Canada)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($159.06 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $840.84
  2. CPU: I5 2400 sandy bridge: (189.99)
    Mother Board: MSI Z77A-G45 (130.99)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 (43.99)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb 7200 rpm (69.99)
    Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100355L Radeon HD 7850 (199.00)
    Case: Rosewill Redbone (49.99)
    Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W (44.99)
    Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc (15.99)
    Total: 745.54

    All Newegg
  3. Astralman said:
    CPU: I5 2400 sandy bridge: (189.99)
    Mother Board: MSI Z77A-G45 (130.99)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 (43.99)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb 7200 rpm (69.99)
    Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100355L Radeon HD 7850 (199.00)
    Case: Rosewill Redbone (49.99)
    Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W (44.99)
    Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc (15.99)
    Total: 745.54

    All Newegg


    no monitor, right?
  4. He said no monitor cause he had one already.

    Edit: He also said his budget was around 750. Though I feel like even this is unfair because he has so much to pay into shipping as well ontop of this.
  5. idroid said:
    for a few extra bucks you can get something MUCH better, look:

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.25 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Rosewill Future ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($46.79 @ Amazon Canada)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($159.06 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $840.84


    That does look a lot better, If I get that card/mobo will a g870 bottleneck it or will I need to spend the extra cash on an i3 for it to be worth it?

    Astralman said:
    He said no monitor cause he had one already.

    Edit: He also said his budget was around 750. Though I feel like even this is unfair because he has so much to pay into shipping as well ontop of this.


    I said no HDD, I do not have a monitor lol.

    I was also wondering, for the games I am playing, will more than 8gb of ram make any kind of difference?

    Thanks for the help!
  6. Oh. Well you said you had a monitor so I figured that meant...nevermind then. I'm fairly new to this myself. lol. Though Canada have some absurd shipping charges.
  7. Astralman said:
    He said no monitor cause he had one already.

    Edit: He also said his budget was around 750. Though I feel like even this is unfair because he has so much to pay into shipping as well ontop of this.


    There is a reason he included a monitor on his PCpartpicker permalink.... just saying :D
  8. Quote:
    That does look a lot better, If I get that card/mobo will a g870 bottleneck it or will I need to spend the extra cash on an i3 for it to be worth it?


    a G870 was meant to be more a office/HTPC CPU.... the i3 on the other the hand was for high-end office PCs or light gaming PCs (depending on the GPU) the G870 will cause a small bottleneck to the 7850, the i3 will not.


    Quote:
    I said no HDD, I do not have a monitor lol.

    I was also wondering, for the games I am playing, will more than 8gb of ram make any kind of difference?

    Thanks for the help!


    Good!! then remove the HDD from the build i listed.
  9. I just had a couple more questions, would I be able to substitute a GA-Z77-DS3H for the Z77-D3H? What is the difference? Also, http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031 would this power supply work as well? I think it has enough of the right connections but I am not sure.

    They are both on sale with promo codes right now.

    This monitor is also on sale but I am confused about the HDMI connectivity, it says D-SUB and HDMI connectivity but it says it does not have an HDMI connector, what does that mean? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262025&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL090512CA&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL090512CA-_-EMC-090512-Index-_-LCDMonitors-_-24262025-L010B
  10. Since you need a monitor I have to ask do you need an OS? this adds $100ish to the price of the pc.
  11. jackspeed said:
    Since you need a monitor I have to ask do you need an OS? this adds $100ish to the price of the pc.


    I have not purchased an OS yet, not including it in the budget since windows is really the only choice for running blizzard games unfortunately.
  12. That other mobo had really bad reviews, and the corsair power supple seemed a bit better after looking closer.

    Just ordered this. http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/gMRJ

    I got more grant money than I thought I was going to get so I got a better case, I think I might order an SSD as well.

    Thanks for the help idroid!

    Still not sure about the monitor though.
  13. moodicrus said:
    That other mobo had really bad reviews, and the corsair power supple seemed a bit better after looking closer.

    Just ordered this. http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/gMRJ

    I got more grant money than I thought I was going to get so I got a better case, I think I might order an SSD as well.

    Thanks for the help idroid!

    Still not sure about the monitor though.


    that's a good build you got there.... go here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum1.php?config=tomshardwareus.inc&cat=prive&page=1
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