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1st Build: 2 Stage Basic Gaming (Wow) Build with some future proofing

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September 14, 2012 3:39:12 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600ish (Including Tax and shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: WoW, Basic web browsing and watching videos

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Case, PSU, Mobo, CPU, Ram and Optical drive (I am going to limp along on my existing GPU and HDD for now)

Do you need to buy OS: No, already have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on order

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site

Location: Canada

Parts Preferences: Leaning towards Intel/Nvidia but flexible

Overclocking: Not at this time (But possibly later as a means of future proofing)

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: I will be using the Gigabyte GTS 450OC and 500 gig HD and peripherals from my existing system for the time being.
I also have a new Apevia Java Power 650W PSU I could use to cut costs but am weary of it based on some reading I've done.
Will be looking to add a 128 gig SSD as well as a mid level GPU (ie. GTX 560Ti) in a few months and probably an additional 1TB HDD and aftermarket CPU cooler.
I really like the Antec Nine Hundred series case but ~$110 is a bit much.
I expect this system to be adequate for my needs for the next 4-5 years with the above mentionned upgrades.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am currently running an HP a6330f (Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 Ghz) which is about 5 years old and the lack of processor power seems to be bottlenecking my system.



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/hogz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/hogz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/hogz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I535...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.23 @ DirectCanada)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v...

Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59616&vpn=P1650SNLB9&...

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg Canada)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total: $503.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-13 22:58 EDT-0400)


This will be my first build and these choices were made based on the information I gathered on this site/forum, I am again looking to you tech savy folks to help improve/tweek it.
Does this seem like a decent build? Is everything compatible and/or suitable for my needs? Any suggestions to improve performance or reduce costs?

Any help, feedback or suggestions are very much appreciated.

Thanks!

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September 14, 2012 7:51:49 AM

Like the build. I think you did a good job picking the parts.

when you get around the the GPU upgrade, look at the GTX 660. its about the same $ as at 560ti uses less power, generates less heat and performs much better.

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September 14, 2012 8:55:40 AM

Hi.I made a list of all the things i think you should get.
The system will be based on LGA 2011 which is a very future proof platform, it has a quad core i7 with HT (one of the best processors) a nice ram kit and a good case.The power supply is also pretty amazing.It's much better than it looks on paper.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.23 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Inwin Fanqua ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $656.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-14 04:53 EDT-0400)
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September 14, 2012 9:03:51 AM

Kamen I think it exceeds his budget. The 600 includes OS
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September 14, 2012 12:00:49 PM

unless someone has a crystal ball, there is no such thing as future proofing a system.

Making a system that will have and extended life and at the same time not break the bank is what the OP should be shooting for.
With that being said, the key items would be the CPU and GPU. The i5 3570K is a good pick and will have several years of longevity for gaming. I see no advantage in jumping to a more expensive CPU and Platform. Yes, the LGA 1155 will end with Ivy, we don't know about LGA 2011 yet. 3 years from now both Platforms will be obsolete and intel will be on a new platform anyway. Additionally Games don't use HT, several actually run a few FPS slower, which is why THG recommends the i5 as the best gaming CPU.
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September 15, 2012 8:58:03 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies.

I will likely look at a GTX660 GPU when the time comes. (I was surprised to find how reasonably priced they are)

I am ordering today and just wanted to get some feedback on two things.

PSU: I can get an XFX 550W for $45 (http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&...) or an XFX 750W for $60 (http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&...). Is the 550W sufficient to run the 3570K OC with a GTX660 or is it $15 well spent to get the extra wattage?

MOBO: I'm not really sure on what to get here. Is the board I selected above the best choice? I am looking for something low-priced that still enables me to take advantage of the features of the 3570K.
This combo NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked CPU & MSI Z77A-G45 DDR3 SLI Motherboard (http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71291&vpn=Z77A-G45%20...) would save $10 off the build. Actually the top 4 items in this list (http://www.ncix.com/search/?categoryid=0&q=3570k+bundle) seem like feasible choices for Mobo/CPU combos.
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September 15, 2012 9:02:51 PM

Nice build, but 650W is a bit high for one GPU. Get the Antec NEO ECO 520W or the Antec TP-550.
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September 16, 2012 12:16:40 AM

Best answer selected by Avenged7x.
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September 21, 2012 1:06:45 AM

So I ended going over budget a bit, but it was a pay now or later type thing.

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.44 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.04 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.79 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($95.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $782.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 21:07 EDT-0400)

In a few months I will add a 1TB HDD and a GTX660 and I hope to be set for the forseeable future.
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