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

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-cooler-master-full-tower-desktop-computer-case-haf-xm-haf-xm/10212733.aspx?lang=en-CA&pcname=&sku=10212733&path=8cfc4f5a6a13419b25fd292d6f18f17fen02

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-i5-3350p-3-1-ghz-6-mb-cache-quad-core-processor-bx80637i53350p-bx80637i53350p/10223581.aspx?lang=en-CA&pcname=&sku=10223581&path=18e5da2629930266755eeeb4127d11aeen02

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Motherboard 143.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asus-asus-p8z77-m-lga-1155-motherboard-p8z77-m/10207910.aspx?lang=en-CA&pcname=&sku=10207910&path=c3401c341acdbfe497c5b2eac4523461en02

PNY NIVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB PCI-E Video Card 229.95
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/pny-electronics-pny-nividia-geforce-gtx-560-1gb-pci-e-video-card-vcggtx560txpb-oc/10175842.aspx?lang=en-CA&pcname=&sku=10175842&path=92653cc7aadc6f4f9602f4cac1fb7289en02

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz Desktop Memory 107.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-vengeance-16gb-4x4gb-ddr3-1866mhz-desktop-memory-cmz16gx3m4x1866c9r-red-cmz16gx3m4x1866c9r/10210680.aspx?lang=en-CA&pcname=&sku=10210680&path=a099b18aebf3eb1e242979bcbb1b9d24en02

Corsair 2.5" 120 GB Solid State Drive 139.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-2-5-120-gb-solid-state-drive-cssd-n120gb3-bk-cssd-n120gb3-bk/10223782.aspx?lang=en-CA&pcname=&sku=10223782&path=534ecbbe9560d70afdf67cec70ae6880en02

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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  1. 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-i5-3350p-3-1-ghz-6-mb-cache-quad-core-processor-bx80637i53350p-bx80637i53350p/10223581.aspx?path=18e5da2629930266755eeeb4127d11aeen02

    Gigabyte H77M-D3H :
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/gigabyte-gigabyte-h77m-d3h-lga-1155-motherboard-ga-h77m-d3h-ga-h77m-d3h/10211377.aspx?path=fd7a6eec53847f40d5a9162f2d9e36b8en02

    Diamond Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB GDDR5 :
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/diamond-diamond-radeon-hd-7970-ghz-3gb-gddr5-pci-e-video-card-dmgc3g7970ghz-dmgc3g7970ghz/10225205.aspx?path=88a0ae65dcf67b92fe3f06b277d2d670en02

    Seagate 1TB Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/seagate-seagate-1tb-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003-st1000dm003/10191347.aspx?path=ed0bf1e992fe1ba852fb20391aaf67a6en02

    Corsair 4GB DDR3
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-4gb-ddr3-desktop-memory-cmx4gx3m1a1333c9-cmx4gx3m1a1333c9/10211131.aspx?path=cb263c48a32b39ce780de3b09ad45d98en02

    Corsair 600W PC Power Supply
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-600w-pc-power-supply-cmpsu-600cxv2-cmpsu-600cxv2/10190702.aspx?path=4f0a2cb6410c280c201c2941b6d6af94en02

    OCZ 60GB Solid State Drive
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/ocz-ocz-60gb-solid-state-drive-vtxplr2-25sat2-60g-vtxplr2-25sat2-60g/10218514.aspx?path=6b37b55f7b15b6380e572157d4e0cd5cen02

    Thermaltake Versa I
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/thermaltake-thermaltake-versa-i-computer-case-vo600a1n3n-black-vo600a1n3n/10220745.aspx?path=46ca20621d1ce60b7c4ea3c85b38bf23en02

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  2. 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-i5-3350p-3-1-ghz-6-mb-cache-quad-core-processor-bx80637i53350p-bx80637i53350p/10223581.aspx?path=18e5da2629930266755eeeb4127d11aeen02

    Gigabyte H77M-D3H :
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/gigabyte-gigabyte-h77m-d3h-lga-1155-motherboard-ga-h77m-d3h-ga-h77m-d3h/10211377.aspx?path=fd7a6eec53847f40d5a9162f2d9e36b8en02

    Diamond Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB GDDR5 :
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/diamond-diamond-radeon-hd-7970-ghz-3gb-gddr5-pci-e-video-card-dmgc3g7970ghz-dmgc3g7970ghz/10225205.aspx?path=88a0ae65dcf67b92fe3f06b277d2d670en02

    Seagate 1TB Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/seagate-seagate-1tb-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003-st1000dm003/10191347.aspx?path=ed0bf1e992fe1ba852fb20391aaf67a6en02

    Corsair 4GB DDR3
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-4gb-ddr3-desktop-memory-cmx4gx3m1a1333c9-cmx4gx3m1a1333c9/10211131.aspx?path=cb263c48a32b39ce780de3b09ad45d98en02

    Corsair 600W PC Power Supply
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-600w-pc-power-supply-cmpsu-600cxv2-cmpsu-600cxv2/10190702.aspx?path=4f0a2cb6410c280c201c2941b6d6af94en02

    OCZ 60GB Solid State Drive
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/ocz-ocz-60gb-solid-state-drive-vtxplr2-25sat2-60g-vtxplr2-25sat2-60g/10218514.aspx?path=6b37b55f7b15b6380e572157d4e0cd5cen02

    Thermaltake Versa I
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/thermaltake-thermaltake-versa-i-computer-case-vo600a1n3n-black-vo600a1n3n/10220745.aspx?path=46ca20621d1ce60b7c4ea3c85b38bf23en02

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

    The cpu will not be a bottleneck at 1080p.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!!
  7. 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.
  8. 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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