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September 22, 2012 10:32:47 PM

I am looking to build a gaming pc that can run most games on high settings. I have a budget of around $1000 but the cheaper the better. The games that I would like to play on the computer are games like Arma 2, Battlefield 3, Starcraft 2 etc.. This is what I am looking at so far and anyway to improve it, or make it cheaper would help a lot! http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gZk2 Thanks in advance. :) 

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September 22, 2012 11:09:58 PM

That looks really good! Especially since my build didn't even include the price of windows. Only thing I'm wondering is, is the 7870 needed? Or would slightly cheaper GPU work around the same for what I want it to do?
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September 22, 2012 11:23:51 PM

i include a SSD whenever it its possible. makes the system feel 1000 dollars well spent
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September 22, 2012 11:50:11 PM

lunyone said:
I like idriod's idea, but I made a couple of changes (PSU/Mobo) here:
Intel 3570k w/Corsair 300R Case w/GTX 670 ~$1k


That's a really good PSU but that motherboard supports dual cards so it is better to spend a little bit more now on a better (higher capacity) PSU so he can SLI that GTX670 with another one.

That motherboard isnt a true ATX motherboard, its 3" thinner making it lack support for proper dual GPU configurations so it might bent if you're not an experienced builder.

BTW... i LOVE your personal quote: "Work smarter, not harder" those are true words of wisdom which i apply everyday of my life and have lead me to an amazing financial success, i hope the same goes for you ;)  take care buddy
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September 23, 2012 6:23:23 AM

idroid said:
That's a really good PSU but that motherboard supports dual cards so it is better to spend a little bit more now on a better (higher capacity) PSU so he can SLI that GTX670 with another one.

That motherboard isnt a true ATX motherboard, its 3" thinner making it lack support for proper dual GPU configurations so it might bent if you're not an experienced builder.

BTW... i LOVE your personal quote: "Work smarter, not harder" those are true words of wisdom which i apply everyday of my life and have lead me to an amazing financial success, i hope the same goes for you ;)  take care buddy

The mobo is a compromise on price, but the feature set is quite good, so that is why I selected it. I don't usually recommend SLI/Crossfire setups, due to expense, complexity, & power requirements (but that is just my opinion).

The PSU could support SLI/Crossfire with adapters, but I don't recommend doing that. For more $ you can get a PSU with 4 x 6 pin PCI-e power connectors, but unless there is a need, I don't recommend it.

I'm an engineer and so my saying "Work smarter, not harder" is what I try to live by. Sometimes (most of the time) I might have to work harder to find out a "smarter" way to do it the next time :) 
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September 23, 2012 8:49:24 AM

Add a hard drive to this build.


http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH24NS90B-Super-In... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black

Total: $571.99 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp... $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $239.99
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.35 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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September 23, 2012 2:57:27 PM

idroid said:
That's a really good PSU but that motherboard supports dual cards so it is better to spend a little bit more now on a better (higher capacity) PSU so he can SLI that GTX670 with another one.

That motherboard isnt a true ATX motherboard, its 3" thinner making it lack support for proper dual GPU configurations so it might bent if you're not an experienced builder.

BTW... i LOVE your personal quote: "Work smarter, not harder" those are true words of wisdom which i apply everyday of my life and have lead me to an amazing financial success, i hope the same goes for you ;)  take care buddy

I never realized that simply by removing the price of windows and getting a cheaper case could allow me to get a GTX 670 for around the same price! That's awesome! Another thing is that at the moment I am not looking at an SLI setup however if somewhere down the road the 670 isn't cutting it for me then I might. One more thing is that I live in Canada, so if anyone knows the best places to buy these parts from in Canada that would be great. Thank you.
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September 23, 2012 5:23:23 PM

Jared96 said:
I never realized that simply by removing the price of windows and getting a cheaper case could allow me to get a GTX 670 for around the same price! That's awesome! Another thing is that at the moment I am not looking at an SLI setup however if somewhere down the road the 670 isn't cutting it for me then I might. One more thing is that I live in Canada, so if anyone knows the best places to buy these parts from in Canada that would be great. Thank you.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <----- copy & paste this on here please.
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September 24, 2012 12:12:02 AM

Budget Range: (e.g.: 1000) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Preferably Intel and NVIDIA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768 atm, will upgrade later

I don't know how much this will help now, since I like the advice given already. But if anyone has any more ideas that they think would make it better, it would still help! Thank you!

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a b 4 Gaming
September 24, 2012 12:34:23 AM

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. You can get the SSD for now and later on get a storage drive and that way you don't have to reload Windows all over again.


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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC7501&v... $61.10
Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Gaming Case 302 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio

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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD5850&v... $219.79
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $36.04
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR7068&v... $17.93
Samsung SH-222BB 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD6980&v... $217.19
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 1033MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
Core Clock: 1033MHz
Boost Clock: 1098MHz


Total: $ 796.03


http://www.shopbot.ca/pp-microsoft-windows-7-home-premi... <------ Windows Home Premium 64bit 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.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=10370AC2029&v... <----- additional case fan(s) for that case


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1490&v... $139.97
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5ms 50M:1 250CD/M2 HDMI VGA

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14040MN5787&v... $139.79
Samsung S22B300H 21.5IN Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5ms HDMI
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a b 4 Gaming
September 24, 2012 8:12:43 PM

If you're not CF/SLIng, get the Pro3.
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September 24, 2012 10:03:14 PM

azeem40 said:
If you're not CF/SLIng, get the Pro3.

Originally I didn't think I was but now that I have thought about it in a year or 2 I probably will, so I think it would be safer to go with an SLI capable board now so that I don't have to buy a whole new one in a year. It also isn't all that much more expensive so if I can fit it into my budget now shouldn't I? If you think differently let me know.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 25, 2012 2:10:26 AM

Personally I think SLI/Crossfire isn't always the way to go. In 2 years from now there will be GPU's that will be pretty fast and might/will be faster than 2 x GTX 670's, but that is just my opinion. It's also cheaper to support 1 GPU than 2 or more. Your PSU doesn't need to support 2 x GPU's, so you can buy a quality 450w-550w PSU that'll last you until your next complete rebuild and possibly further. Also most games haven't fully been written to take advantage of 2 x GPU's, so there can be some drawbacks to that too.

Ultimately it's up to you on what you want to decide, but personally I'd stick with a single GPU solution and save $ now and then just upgrade your GPU in a year or two, depending on what you need.
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