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Won 1000$ giftcard for bestbuy, want to build computer!!

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November 4, 2012 6:41:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 1000$ before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Bestbuy.ca

Location: Calgary, AB Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, other than that...no preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Went to a new bestbuy opening here in Calgary and entered a contest to win a 2000 dollar gift-card, and ended up winning it! 1000 went to the finance and now I'm left with a 1000 dollars and want to build a new computer with it. I know its not an ideal site to build a computer from, but its the situation I find myself in. Now...I haven't built a PC in a VERY long time. I don't know whats good anymore, and I'm finding it hard to build this thing on my own. I ask that you give me some advice and point me in the right direction. Any and all advise is VERY appreciated.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old laptop just don't cut the mustard anymore!

So this is what I've done so far:

Cooler Master Full Tower Desktop Computer Case (HAF XM) 149.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/cooler-master-coole...

Intel Core i5-3350p 3.1 Ghz 6 MB Cache Quad-Core Processor 205.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/intel-intel-core-i5...

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Motherboard 143.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asus-asus-p8z77-m-l...

PNY NIVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB PCI-E Video Card 229.95
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/pny-electronics-pny...

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz Desktop Memory 107.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-ven...

Corsair 2.5" 120 GB Solid State Drive 139.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-2-5...

This puts me at just about the 1000 price tag im looking to shoot for and still need a power supply, psu cooling and soundcard (i think i still need one of these...again, haven't built in a long time.) I'm looking to fun games on ultra with AT LEAST 50-60fps. So if i've gone WAY overboard with this build, lets buy cheaper stuff! Again, any and ALL info is much obliged.

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November 4, 2012 7:02:15 PM

That build ain't gonna cut it, everything is overkilled, and the gpu is just crap by today's standards at that price imo, i made a build, it might not be perfect but it looks like its better than the current one you have.

Intel Core i5-3350p 3.1 Ghz 6 MB :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/intel-intel-core-i5...

Gigabyte H77M-D3H :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/gigabyte-gigabyte-h...

Diamond Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB GDDR5 :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/diamond-diamond-rad...

Seagate 1TB Internal Hard Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/seagate-seagate-1tb...

Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-4gb...

Corsair 600W PC Power Supply
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-600...

OCZ 60GB Solid State Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/ocz-ocz-60gb-solid-...

Thermaltake Versa I
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/thermaltake-thermal...

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November 4, 2012 7:20:28 PM

hitman01 said:
That build ain't gonna cut it, everything is overkilled, and the gpu is just crap by today's standards at that price imo, i made a build, it might not be perfect but it looks like its better than the current one you have.

Intel Core i5-3350p 3.1 Ghz 6 MB :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/intel-intel-core-i5...

Gigabyte H77M-D3H :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/gigabyte-gigabyte-h...

Diamond Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB GDDR5 :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/diamond-diamond-rad...

Seagate 1TB Internal Hard Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/seagate-seagate-1tb...

Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-4gb...

Corsair 600W PC Power Supply
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-600...

OCZ 60GB Solid State Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/ocz-ocz-60gb-solid-...

Thermaltake Versa I
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/thermaltake-thermal...

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Will that card be supported by everything thats in there? Seems liek the cpu will bottleneck it. Again, haven't built in awhile...so I'm probably wrong.
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November 4, 2012 7:30:12 PM

What do you mean by supported? If you mean compatible then yeah.

The cpu will not be a bottleneck at 1080p.
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November 4, 2012 7:54:48 PM

hitman01 said:
What do you mean by supported? If you mean compatible then yeah.

The cpu will not be a bottleneck at 1080p.



I just mean the whole thing seems light to support a gpu like that. BUT, I will do some research and check er out. Thank you SO much for the info. Also, why the 2 hard-drives? Wouldn't 1 160g solid state be better? I have a 2tb external sitting around here somewhere if that changes anything.
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November 4, 2012 7:57:48 PM

It is not light at all lol, people still use 7970 on 955, and they can't complain, as long as u play on 1080p and crank everything up, it should not be a problem, if you have an external drive, then remove the HDD and get yourself a better SSD, a 240gb+ should be enough for boot and some games.
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November 4, 2012 10:23:28 PM

hitman01 said:
It is not light at all lol, people still use 7970 on 955, and they can't complain, as long as u play on 1080p and crank everything up, it should not be a problem, if you have an external drive, then remove the HDD and get yourself a better SSD, a 240gb+ should be enough for boot and some games.


Well, sounds like a plan then. Thank for the input Hitman. Would like to know what the other people checking out this thread think though! Help me out guys!!
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November 5, 2012 12:07:46 AM

Noone else has any insight into this? I'd like to hear from a couple more people before I go ahead and build this computer. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLLEEAASSEE help me out.
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November 5, 2012 1:01:21 AM

3570k instead of processor believe yours is locked. If you are going to crossfire and overclock you are going to need a bigger power supply than 600w when you do.
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