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October 22, 2012 1:34:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1CZ
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.69 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $732.47 (not including mir's)

I don't need a hard drive or optical drive as I am re using old ones (not that old.) In the future I plan to crossfire, when I do I will upgrade my psu. (unless it is just best I get the psu now)

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October 22, 2012 1:40:34 AM

If you plan on CFX then your PSU MAY be enough. But probably not if you plan on doing any overclocking.
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October 22, 2012 1:50:31 AM

somethingfishy said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1CZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1CZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1CZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.69 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $732.47 (not including mir's)

I don't need a hard drive or optical drive as I am re using old ones (not that old.) In the future I plan to crossfire, when I do I will upgrade my psu. (unless it is just best I get the psu now)


You might as well go ahead and buy a beefier power supply right off the bat. Why spend another additional $75 for a new PSU when you plan to CFX?

FYI, OCZ is not a good company for power supplies. They have had too many QC issues, and in my opinion, are trying to deftly get around this by offering some ridiculously low prices on their products. Don't be fooled.

Get this instead: XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU - $59.99 with MIR

EDIT: Ooh! It also comes with Dirt 3 game for free!
October 22, 2012 1:57:19 AM

Updated with a better psu. With the psu aside is there any other bottlenecks ect?


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np/by_merchant/
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.69 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $752.47
(not including mir's)

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October 22, 2012 1:58:57 AM
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For longevity I would consider:
* CPU - Go with i5 3570k (OC'ing friendly)
* Mobo - I'd go with a z77 based mobo, which will allow the OC'ing and you won't also need to upgrade it over several years.
* GPU - I'd consider the 7870 if you need to fit in the i5 3570k CPU and the z77 Mobo, or just stick with the 7950 GPU.
* Case - The case is good, but I'd probably consider a case w/USB 3.0 front ports, so you can take advantage of the speed difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. I like the Antec One case on the lower end or the HAF 922 in the middle price range.
* The PSU should be fine for a single GPU setup, but I'd consider a different one if you want to X-fire later (which I don't recommend). I think if you feel the 7950 (or whatever GPU you buy) is lacking in your gaming needs, than I would just buy a GPU that you can afford at the time and sell the 7950 to afford you the new GPU.
October 22, 2012 2:01:07 AM

somethingfishy said:
Updated with a better psu. With the psu aside is there any other bottlenecks ect?


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.69 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $752.47
(not including mir's)


Great build. I guess around $800 is your budget? If so, then you're good. The recommendation above will require you to spend an extra $50-100 but will be of good value in the future if you can afford it. Definitely something to consider.
October 22, 2012 2:04:04 AM

somethingfishy said:
Are these good psu's? If not what is one that you can recommend?

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/corsair-power-supply-cm...

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/antec-power-supply-ea75...

Those are good PSU's. Like I stated above, I would consider keeping with 1 GPU and just upgrading later, if you feel you need more GPU power.

By considering build with 2 GPU's in mind you have to consider this:
* More expensive due to: Mobo, PSU, Case (mainly cooling).
* Can give you some issues during some games that aren't X-fire friendly (but shouldn't be much of an issue most of the time).
October 22, 2012 2:04:49 AM

lunyone said:
For longevity I would consider:
* CPU - Go with i5 3570k (OC'ing friendly)
* Mobo - I'd go with a z77 based mobo, which will allow the OC'ing and you won't also need to upgrade it over several years.
* GPU - I'd consider the 7870 if you need to fit in the i5 3570k CPU and the z77 Mobo, or just stick with the 7950 GPU.
* Case - The case is good, but I'd probably consider a case w/USB 3.0 front ports, so you can take advantage of the speed difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. I like the Antec One case on the lower end or the HAF 922 in the middle price range.
* The PSU should be fine for a single GPU setup, but I'd consider a different one if you want to X-fire later (which I don't recommend). I think if you feel the 7950 (or whatever GPU you buy) is lacking in your gaming needs, than I would just buy a GPU that you can afford at the time and sell the 7950 to afford you the new GPU.



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1PY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1PY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1PY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $731.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

something like this?
October 22, 2012 2:06:43 AM

somethingfishy said:
Updated with a better psu. With the psu aside is there any other bottlenecks ect?


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1Np/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.69 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $752.47
(not including mir's)

Not a big fan of XFX PSU's, but it's up to you. They had an iffy reputation the last few years, but it's up to you.
October 22, 2012 2:10:06 AM

somethingfishy said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1PY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1PY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/l1PY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.82 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $731.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

something like this?

Yeah that looks pretty good! You have good quality parts and haven't broken the bank! If you still wanted to fit in the 7950, I would drop the CM Hyper 212 for now and pick it up later, when/if you want to OC later. The stock fan will do for now, especially if you aren't OC'ing :) 
October 22, 2012 2:18:22 AM

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