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Gaming Build for up to 1400$

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October 26, 2012 12:56:15 PM

Hi! I'm a newbie at building PCs so I asked some advice and this is the build I ended up with. Is that good? Any way I could upgrade it? I want to play recent games, it has to be quiet, and I need monitor(s) + mouse + keyboard. All that for around 1300-1400 (maybe 1500 if I add a second monitor). Anyway I can make it better? Thanks :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.51 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($48.08 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($143.99 @ Computer Valley)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($42.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1333.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 26, 2012 1:01:30 PM

I was never a fan of PNY memory, but the rest of it looks fine. Just keep in mind that the faster the pc is the louder it gets from the fans required to keep it cool. Faster=hotter. If you want it quiet, don't build a performance PC.
October 26, 2012 1:04:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: OCZ ZS 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($40.95 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($162.97 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($42.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1407.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

OCable CPU/mobo, faster ram, cheaper but still good 7970, better SSD, cheaper PSU, and a screen less prone to ghosting.
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