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First time building, ~$750 gaming PC

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September 3, 2012 11:10:38 AM

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.
September 3, 2012 11:37:39 AM

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
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September 3, 2012 11:59:16 AM

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
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September 3, 2012 2:04:58 PM

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?
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September 3, 2012 9:00:35 PM

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.
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September 4, 2012 2:05:04 AM

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!
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September 4, 2012 2:44:56 AM

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.
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September 4, 2012 4:07:49 AM

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 
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September 4, 2012 4:11:18 AM

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? said:
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.


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! said:
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.
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September 7, 2012 4:51:40 AM

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=N82E1681... 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=N82E1682...
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September 7, 2012 5:57:05 AM

Since you need a monitor I have to ask do you need an OS? this adds $100ish to the price of the pc.
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September 7, 2012 6:23:38 AM

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.
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September 7, 2012 7:18:42 AM

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.
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September 7, 2012 11:23:38 AM

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=tom...
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