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September 27, 2012 3:46:28 AM

Hello,

I am new to this site but have been browsing to get ideas on my new computer build. With my budget of around 900 dollars I decided on a nice mid-range setup that will hopefully allow me to play games on medium to high (Not ultra) setting for a few years to come. Let me know what you think about the following:
INTEL i5 3470 CPU

MSI Z77A-G41 MOTHERBOARD

IN-WIN 17" ATX CASE W/525 WATT PSU

8GB DDR3 1333MHZ

500GB SATA2 HARD DRIVE

LG DVD+-RW DUAL LAYER DRIVE

1GB 550GTX PCI-E VIDEO CARD

WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64

Altogether came to $906 dollars which I am having put together at a local store in my town.

Keep in mind I live in Canada where alot of prices are different as well with availability. I a looking for constructive criticism and positive feedback. Please no flaming about " blabla MSI < ASROCk blabla AMD INTEL blabla etc. Thankyou for your time. :) 

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September 27, 2012 4:04:36 AM

Are you building this yourself? You could get a much better build for $900 if you order the parts online.
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September 27, 2012 4:11:55 AM

I am having this built for me from a store near me. I looked into buying online and anything that shipped to where i live ended up costing more.
I lack the skill, equipment and patience to learn to build my own.
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September 27, 2012 4:16:48 AM

have you already bought it?
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September 27, 2012 4:31:29 AM

strife_ff7 said:
have you already bought it?



Purchasing it tomorrow. I welcome your suggestions however am really just looking for second opinions on how long i can expect this to last.
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September 27, 2012 4:40:41 AM

If you haven't bought it you should change some things. The video card is the most important part in a gaming build. I would recommend getting an i3 2120 or i3 3220 and a better video card. You shoud save a good bit by getting an i3.

Get one of these starting with best choice then next best but all will be better than the gtx 550
hd 7850 you probably won't have enough for this
hd 6870 you might have enough for this
gtx 560
hd 6850
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September 27, 2012 4:56:14 AM

Best answer selected by Rookie_96.
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September 27, 2012 4:57:47 AM

strife_ff7 said:
If you haven't bought it you should change some things. The video card is the most important part in a gaming build. I would recommend getting an i3 2120 or i3 3220 and a better video card. You shoud save a good bit by getting an i3.

Get one of these starting with best choice then next best but all will be better than the gtx 550
hd 7850 you probably won't have enough for this
hd 6870 you might have enough for this
gtx 560
hd 6850



Thanks for taking the time to comment. I will take this into consideration and talk my options over with the techies at the store tomorrow.
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September 27, 2012 6:27:00 AM

Along with a better video card I wouldn't trust that PSU. Get a good one.
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September 27, 2012 2:37:09 PM

4745454b said:
Along with a better video card I wouldn't trust that PSU. Get a good one.


It seems i forgot to put a brand on the PSU. Wanted a Corsair however out of stock and not in much of a position to order parts. The PSU is a Cooler Master which ive heard is not terrible but not mind blowing.
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September 27, 2012 2:50:08 PM

Depends on the model. Look at the back of the PSU. If there is a voltage select switch (often red or black, selects between 120V and 230V) then pass on it. Its old junk.
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