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Asking for finalization of my first gaming pc build.

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September 12, 2012 2:17:37 AM

Hey guys, this is my first attempt at a build. I set out with a budget of around $800 and $900 max. I'm planning to play games such as Arma 2, CS, BF3, etc... I also want to edit/render videos with this computer.

These are the parts I have chose so far:

CPU: i5-2500k http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU: Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This comes to a total of just over $700 so far. I still need some help with choosing the PSU, and i'm a bit unsure about that video card. I also dont want to spend too much on the PSU because I still need to buy a monitor :D 
Any help would be appreciated.
September 12, 2012 2:35:47 AM

For $900 you can do better than a GTX 560, here is a build for you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.03 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.69 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $897.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 22:34 EDT-0400)

This is a little over $900 before rebates.

Reasons why this is better:
1. 3570K vs. 2500K: Not much, but since the 3570K is cheaper, I'll get it.
2. Mobo: B75 is useless for overclocking. I've included a Z77 board for OC and SLI/CF.
3. GPU: The 7870 performs like a GTX 580 and uses less power.
4. Hard Drive: Western Digital's drives generally perform better and are more reliable.
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September 12, 2012 2:43:01 AM

fpoon said:
For $900 you can do better than a GTX 560, here is a build for you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.03 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.69 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $897.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 22:34 EDT-0400)

This is a little over $900 before rebates.

Reasons why this is better:
1. 3570K vs. 2500K: Not much, but since the 3570K is cheaper, I'll get it.
2. Mobo: B75 is useless for overclocking. I've included a Z77 board for OC and SLI/CF.
3. GPU: The 7870 performs like a GTX 580 and uses less power.
4. Hard Drive: Western Digital's drives generally perform better and are more reliable.


As good as this looks, it's a bit over my budget. I still need a monitor which is around $100 and I was hoping to stay closer to $800.
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September 12, 2012 2:58:17 AM

In all honesty, when you are working on a tight budget, you will get a better system for gaming, if you forget overclocking processor, and concentrate on getting good graphics card, factory overclocked if you want. That will get you better gaming, than spending a lot on a system that lets you overclock CPU, at the expense of a poor GPU. It's a question of whether you want a system you can enjoy playing with, or one you can enjoy playing games well on.
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September 12, 2012 3:14:40 AM

Exactly. Replace the CPU with an i5-3550 and the motherboard with a B75 chipset and also remove the aftermarket cooler, you should be able to fit the monitor within your budget as well.
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