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September 13, 2012 11:06:16 PM

hey guys! i'm looking to build my first computer (well, more like having a friend build it for me) and was wondering if this is a rig that will work out okay?

most of the names are taken straight out of ncix's website!

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I53570K&...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58573&vpn=012-P3-1571-KR

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI
HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77-V%20LK

PSU: Seasonic M12II 750W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply PFC 80+ Bronze Modular 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66286&promoid=1267

RAM: Patriot G2 Series Division 2 8GB 1X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.6V Memory Module
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68148&promoid=1267

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=50895

DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&promoid=1267

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=66063&vpn=CC-9011014-WW&m...
or NZXT Phantom 410 ATX Steel Computer Case 3X5.25 6X3.5 3XUSB3.0 Audio and Mic Input - Black
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66838&vpn=CA-PH410-B1...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD SP1 OEM or the Home Edition

my only support stopped giving me advice (they were the one to convince me to build one instead of buying a computer...) so i'm stumped. as for the case, i'm not really sure which one is more worth to get. i like the overall design and look of the NZXT Phantom + the airflow it promises, but the Corsair is cheaper.

any advice/tips you can give will be much appreciated! thanks. :D 

oops edited to add links.

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September 13, 2012 11:21:45 PM

Definitely not a bad start at all. Here's my suggestions:

1. No point in purchasing a 570TI anymore - go with a Radeon 7870 or 7950. If you want to stick with NVIDIA go with the GTX 660TI or 670 if you can afford it.

2. Get 2 x 4GB of RAM instead of 1 x 8GB of RAM.

3. The case is fine - I recommend that one a lot. If you want to get the NZXT Phantom - great choice, try the Phantom 410 as it's almost the exact same case with a smaller form factor.

4. If it's a gaming system Windows 7 Pro is not needed - Windows 7 Home Premium will handle everything you need.

What's the budget and primary use? Knowing those things will help to suggest parts.
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September 13, 2012 11:32:46 PM

oops, sorry! i forgot to add those details. but uh, the budget is ~$1500, but i'm willing to go into $2000 if i have to! the less money i spend though, the better. and primary use would be like. 50% gaming, and 50% photoshop work?

1. oh man, is there really no point in purchasing the 570TI? :(  i already got it because it was recommended to me + it was on sale. orz also, this is probably going to sound dumb, but did you mean the asus radeon 7870?

2. okay! http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63407&vpn=PGD38G1600E... so this one instead, right?

3. fldksjf you beat me to it. but okay. i think i'll definitely leave this up to a coin toss because i honestly can't decide. the corsair is really tempting with the price tag though so i'll probably go with that in the end.

4. oh, i see! thanks for the suggestions, dude. /o/
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September 13, 2012 11:57:25 PM

whoa, that's a crazy build! thanks for the list! also, is it better to get an 80 plus Gold for PSU rather than 80 plus Bronze?
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September 14, 2012 12:02:19 AM

fizzazie said:
oops, sorry! i forgot to add those details. but uh, the budget is ~$1500, but i'm willing to go into $2000 if i have to! the less money i spend though, the better. and primary use would be like. 50% gaming, and 50% photoshop work?

1. oh man, is there really no point in purchasing the 570TI? :(  i already got it because it was recommended to me + it was on sale. orz also, this is probably going to sound dumb, but did you mean the asus radeon 7870?

2. okay! http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63407&vpn=PGD38G1600E... so this one instead, right?

3. fldksjf you beat me to it. but okay. i think i'll definitely leave this up to a coin toss because i honestly can't decide. the corsair is really tempting with the price tag though so i'll probably go with that in the end.

4. oh, i see! thanks for the suggestions, dude. /o/


first of all return that GPU....


buy this:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($294.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($294.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.88 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.54 @ Amazon)
Total: $1698.31

*you don't need the i7 but i included it because if you ever want to record your gameplay the i5 won't be enough....and because your budget allows it, why not??

*Most people here are going to recommend the 7950 over the GTX660ti but according to anandtech and TechpowerUP the GTX660ti is above the 7950, specially with the new drivers.

*if you can get an extra 220$ you can get dual 7970Ghz edition, that's the FASTEST dual card setup for gaming right now and the extra VRAM will be a HUGE help in high resolutions.

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September 14, 2012 12:19:30 AM

is the gpu i bought really that bad? and thanks for list! it seems like the GTX660ti is around the same price as the radeon 7870... more deliberation time for me, haha.

i think i'd like to stick with the motherboard i chose though. i've had asus mobos in the past, is why. orz
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September 14, 2012 12:21:26 AM

whoops forgot you are canadian. should say so at the start

memory
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=70944&vpn=KHX160...

hard drive
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000...

case
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=67326&vpn=THREE%...

psu (because its cheap and good)

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=55515&vpn=PPCMK2...

the rest
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/hnqL


if you want to thank me, just give me all those ncix points you gain from making the purchase.
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September 14, 2012 12:35:00 AM

fizzazie said:
is the gpu i bought really that bad? and thanks for list! it seems like the GTX660ti is around the same price as the radeon 7870... more deliberation time for me, haha.

i think i'd like to stick with the motherboard i chose though. i've had asus mobos in the past, is why. orz


*yes, its very bad, it consumes a lot of power, its hot and noisy....return it ASAP

*for a lot of games the GTX660ti offers more performance than the 7870 and according to techpowerup the GTX660ti is overral 5% better than the 7950...

*Gigabyte, asrock and MSI motherboards are equally good if not better than asus board, and that particular model of motherboard you picked is definitely not the best product Asus has made.... just sayin.

if you're from canada then get this:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.26 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.18 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($396.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($396.82 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($95.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1928.88

this build is a lot faster than the one i originally posted!!
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September 14, 2012 1:00:31 AM

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

http://www.bestdirect.ca <----- Free Shipping on orders over $80


This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on. Just add a case to it.


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC5838&v... $78.67
Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX 12V 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply Active PFC Fan 140mm Fan

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD5203&v... $134.26
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/242391/BX80637I53570K... $219.69
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $29.03
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/235860/CML16GX3M4A160... $83.79
Corsair CML16GX3M4A1600C9B Vengeance Low Profile Blue 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory Kit

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $19.24
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $77.79
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR6190&v... $96.12
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 128GB 2.5IN SATA3 6GB/S Solid Stat Disk Flash Drive SSD

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/GFC-02050/MICR... $97.69
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

Total: $836.28 *not including mail in rebates


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4746&v... $307.63 MIR $292.63
MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 880MHZ 3GB 1250MHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINI DP DX11 PCI Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD5873&v... $307.35 MIR $292.35
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power ED 1019MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&v... $382.67
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1490&v... $137.61
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5ms 50M:1 250CD/M2 HDMI VGA
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September 14, 2012 1:08:33 AM

fizzazie said:
oops, sorry! i forgot to add those details. but uh, the budget is ~$1500, but i'm willing to go into $2000 if i have to! the less money i spend though, the better. and primary use would be like. 50% gaming, and 50% photoshop work?

1. oh man, is there really no point in purchasing the 570TI? :(  i already got it because it was recommended to me + it was on sale. orz also, this is probably going to sound dumb, but did you mean the asus radeon 7870?

2. okay! http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63407&vpn=PGD38G1600E... so this one instead, right?

3. fldksjf you beat me to it. but okay. i think i'll definitely leave this up to a coin toss because i honestly can't decide. the corsair is really tempting with the price tag though so i'll probably go with that in the end.

4. oh, i see! thanks for the suggestions, dude. /o/


Yeah the 570 has been replaced by the 660TI and 670 which far outperform it and use a lot less power.

For RAM I'd suggest this: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68898

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