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October 23, 2012 7:49:47 PM

I want to build the best possible gaming PC with a budget of $1000 (give or take a little). I will be mostly playing Guild Wars 2 and Battlefield 3 and want to be able to run them on max settings with no issues. I'm looking for input on my current build list. Let me know if there is a better alternative to a part I've listed that still keeps me at or around my $1000 price target. Thank you.


CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K ($219)
GPU - Radeon HD 7870 ($227.10)
Ram - Corsair Vengeance 8GB ($35.99)
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V LX ($123.89)
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB ($69.99)
Case - Cooler Master HAF 912 ($49.99)
PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt ($93.56)

Total with taxes: $926.06 CAD

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October 23, 2012 8:02:19 PM

That build is a good build, however, I have a couple of things that I think could be better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lcx4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lcx4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lcx4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $932.73

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The 660 is a better card for playing BF3. This build will also allow you to buy another card and throw it in with absolutely no modifications.
It also has a SSD to use as your main drive.
Any questions, just ask.
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October 23, 2012 8:21:43 PM

Thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention that I'm in Canada. I'll have to look up these parts on Canadian sites and see how the prices compare.
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October 23, 2012 9:11:04 PM

JWilks said:
Thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention that I'm in Canada. I'll have to look up these parts on Canadian sites and see how the prices compare.


It's a great build above. Here is the link with Canadian vendors and prices: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ld39

If you want, you can upgrade to the Radeon HD 7950 for another $50-60 and this will give you even better performance over the Geforce GTX 660.

Also, I included a Samsung 830 128GB SSD instead of the OCZ Vertex 4. Just something to consider. It still keeps you below your $1000 budget.

I left the 650W PSU - but if you are thinking about CFX in the future, you may want to look at 750W PSUs. If you aren't going to do it, then you can drop down to a good 500-550W PSU.

Cheers!

EDIT: Sorry - I just saw your preferred games. Technically, Battlefield 3 does favour nVidia cards. So, you may want to look into the GeForce GTX 660 or 660Ti. For most other games, though, the Radeon HD 7950 does outperform the nVidia counterparts.

Also, it's not as if the Radeon HD 7950 can't play BF3 - you'll still get very good frame rates (just a little bit better with the nVidia cards).

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October 23, 2012 9:12:03 PM

Personally I would stick with your Asus motherboard over the Asrock one that zared mentioned. Asus is a better brand.

You will need a CPU cooler if you plan to overclock your processor. If you don't plan to overclock your processor then drop down to the i5-3450 which is almost as fast as the i5-3750K, but with less overclocking potential. The 3450 is also about $30 less.

The only thing other that I see is that your using a WD Blue hard drive. The WD black drives will be faster than the blue drives. Also I'd recommend a SSD as a boot disk even if it is only 64GB. A SSD speeds up most interactions with the OS more than any other part.
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October 23, 2012 9:23:15 PM

Here's the modified build with the an MSI GeForce GTX 660Ti and a Corsair 400R case: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ld8C

It puts you slightly over-budget (about $25) but I think its definitely worth it (the 400R case is much better than the Cooler Master case, in my opinion).

Anyway, if you want to keep prices down, go for the cheaper GTX 660 that zared619 posted in his build.
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October 23, 2012 9:42:03 PM

evilqueens said:
Here's the modified build with the an MSI GeForce GTX 660Ti and a Corsair 400R case: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ld8C

It puts you slightly over-budget (about $25) but I think its definitely worth it (the 400R case is much better than the Cooler Master case, in my opinion).

Anyway, if you want to keep prices down, go for the cheaper GTX 660 that zared619 posted in his build.

The cooler master is what the OP had chosen originally. It is a good enough case.
Additionally, I would never get a more expensive case over more horsepower. A more powerful GPU is always better than a case. Sure the 400r has better cooling, but really, we aren't looking at a high end rig. Any half decent case will get the job done.
I went with the 660 and not the ti, to keep the price in the $900 range where the OP's build was. Plus, the 660 can overclock to ti levels.
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October 23, 2012 10:07:21 PM

zared619 said:
The cooler master is what the OP had chosen originally. It is a good enough case.
Additionally, I would never get a more expensive case over more horsepower. A more powerful GPU is always better than a case. Sure the 400r has better cooling, but really, we aren't looking at a high end rig. Any half decent case will get the job done.
I went with the 660 and not the ti, to keep the price in the $900 range where the OP's build was. Plus, the 660 can overclock to ti levels.


Sure - agree with you on all points. I was giving my opinion on the case, that's all. While it will do what's necessary, why not spend a little bit more (about $30) and get a nicer case? Again, it is a matter of preference, but if I'm spending $1000 on a rig, I might as well put it in something that looks/feels good (again, very subjective).

You'll notice that if the OP goes with the 660 and the 400R, prices are still only at
~$950 which is well below the $1000 budget. Essentially, it's $30 more than what you have suggested.
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October 23, 2012 10:17:32 PM

That is very true. Like you said, its personal preference. That's why it is hard to give case recommendations, which is also why I stuck with what the OP had chosen.
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October 23, 2012 10:30:54 PM

zared619 said:
That is very true. Like you said, its personal preference. That's why it is hard to give case recommendations, which is also why I stuck with what the OP had chosen.


By the way, something to consider is that the Cooler Master case does not have USB 3 front panel ports, while the motherboards all come with a USB3 header.

The Corsair case does have them. So now there's a definitive difference (again, debatable whether it's worth $30, but still a difference nonetheless).
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 10:41:12 PM

I'm not sure USB 3.0 is worth it or not, but then again, it comes down to personal preference.
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