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First time builder here: Need a $1,100-$1,400 Gaming Computer

I'm a total newbie when it comes to PC parts so please bare with me an excuse me ignorance!

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP - hopefully within the next couple weeks.

Budget Range: ~$1.1k-1.4k including everything besides a keyboard and mouse.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing/movie watching, maybe a bit of video/graphic editing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere convenient for a Canadian.

Location: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference for anything (although I'm pretty set on my chosen CPU).

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Your Monitor Resolution: Wanting 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm looking for a computer that can run games like Borderlands 2, Starcraft 2, BF3, future Bethesda games, etc without a problem. I am more interested in a build that will give me good frames over high-end graphics (I'd love to play on high end graphics, but it's not a MUST).

Here's what I have so far for a build (just a general idea made from a build generator):

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $149.99
RAM: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $44.99
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $98.99
Solid State Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $109.99
Graphics Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $275.99
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $63.21
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 500W ATX12V Power Supply $50.13
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer $16.99

I have specific requirements for a monitor: good refresh rate, 1080p, and 21.5" or 22" screen size. I also want an HDMI port to hook up my Xbox 360 to it as well.

I want a PC that is easy to upgrade if need be: add another GPU, overclocking in future, etc. I feel like I should get a 700W PSU or something because of this. Thoughts?

Thanks for reading I appreciate any help!
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  1. OhCurtis said:

    I have specific requirements for a monitor: good refresh rate, 1080p, and 21.5" or 22" screen size. I also want an HDMI port to hook up my Xbox 360 to it as well.

    I want a PC that is easy to upgrade if need be: add another GPU, overclocking in future, etc. I feel like I should get a 700W PSU or something because of this. Thoughts?

    Thanks for reading I appreciate any help!


    Asus VH236H is 23", has a HDMI port and is also 1080p with 2ms response. if your going to add another GPU get a 700-750 watt. The case looks kind of small it could be hard to fit a second GPU in there.

    Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
  2. Best answer
    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ikjk
    It's slightly over budget, but it's one of the best builds I can offer for the money. You will not regret that extra $70.
  3. Thanks to both of you for the help.

    mastrom101 said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ikjk
    It's slightly over budget, but it's one of the best builds I can offer for the money. You will not regret that extra $70.


    Looks sick! Exactly what I need. I'm not sure how I feel about getting a Seagate hard drive though.
  4. mastrom101 has a good build, but do not get a Seagate Barracuda drive. There have been many cases of those drives failing. Get a WD.
  5. obsama1 said:
    mastrom101 has a good build, but do not get a Seagate Barracuda drive. There have been many cases of those drives failing. Get a WD.


    Will do! Thanks for the tip.
  6. http://www.directcanada.com <----- Free Shipping on orders over $50


    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC5838&vpn=CP-9020015-NA&manufacture=CORSAIR $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&vpn=GA-Z77X-D3H&manufacture=GIGABYTE $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&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=Others $219.79
    Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&vpn=RR-212E-20PK-R2&manufacture=COOLERMASTER $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&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G.SKILL $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&vpn=SH-222BB/BEBE&manufacture=Others $17.93
    Samsung SH-222BB 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM

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



    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1490&vpn=VS228H-P&manufacture=ASUS $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&vpn=LS22B300HS/ZA&manufacture=Samsung $139.79
    Samsung S22B300H 21.5IN Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5ms HDMI
  7. Best answer selected by OhCurtis.
  8. OhCurtis said:
    Best answer selected by OhCurtis.

    nbtw someone including myself forgot to inform you that you have a $150 board up there meant for dual vid cards and a psu meant for a single card. I'm not sure where you were going with that hence the reason I posted a psu that will push two of those cards.
  9. Glad I could help. Happy Gaming!
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