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November 4, 2012 11:47:58 PM

Hey guys, I'm new here and I'd like advice on what I should do. I have about 1400$ to spend on it and I don't know what I should buy. I could buy one from a store but I know I could build one that would be much better for that price. I just don't know what to get.
I'd be able to build it I just need a list of parts to buy. I don't really know what I should buy.


Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible. Like if I can, this week.

Budget Range: 1000-1500$

System Usage: Mainly gaming and netflix. Also hosting a minecraft server.

Are you buying a monitor: No.



Parts to Upgrade: None.

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any that ship to quebec in canada

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Parts Preferences: Anything that is good.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I just need it to be able to run a minecraft server and play TF2 and Dragon Age and stuff like that.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old computer fried.

Any help would be awesome, Thanks.

More about : 1400 gaming computer

November 5, 2012 3:03:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mzo5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mzo5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mzo5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.66 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1299.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Some things u might want to change on here is the cpu cooler and the case of ur choice this will also come with a 256gb ssd for fast load times :) 
also if u really wanted to u can go with a i7 3770k but it really only helps with multithreaded applications mostly like video editing and stuff like that
also i went with 16gb of ram instead of 8gb cause i heard it helps with server hosting
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November 5, 2012 3:34:38 AM

Looks pretty good. That's an awesome site. I didn't know about it.

I don't know if this is any good or if it is compatible. Tell me what you think. Anything wrong? Anything missing? Any help would be good. I want a final draft by the end of the week so I can get it as soon as possible.

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($162.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($82.80 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1428.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 5, 2012 3:41:52 AM

Um i will say theres nothing wrong with ur build but ur over spending on somethings like the motherboard and the gpu
the 7970 is a beast card at its price case is really ur own preference i think my build was overall better but u can put a i7 3770k on it if u want to make it better other then that i think mine is spot on for the money
if ur looking for benchmarks on games go here:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/618?vs=647
Also these benchmarks are somewhat wrong with the new drivers for the whole 7000 series there about 15% or so better
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November 5, 2012 3:45:42 AM

XAreonX said:
Looks pretty good. That's an awesome site. I didn't know about it.

I don't know if this is any good or if it is compatible. Tell me what you think. Anything wrong? Anything missing? Any help would be good. I want a final draft by the end of the week so I can get it as soon as possible.

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($162.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($82.80 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1428.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I (along with most people) wouldn't recommend getting an i7 for gaming. The i5 3570k is the best processor for gaming. For the memory, I don't know why 16gb was recommended. 8gb is all you need and even 4gb will do. For the ssd, I would switch to a Samsung 830 or a Crucial M4 but that's just my preference. For the video card, I would switch down to the Radeon HD7870 or up to the HD7950. Both are better from a price/performance standpoint. Plus AMD is giving out free games with their video cards, though I don't know if the promotion extends to Canada. Personally, I wouldn't spend $140 on a case.
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November 5, 2012 3:47:09 AM

And you should be able to OC 10-15% with this?
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November 5, 2012 3:57:07 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.01 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($187.62 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1356.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

How about this? Modified version of monstersti's build with your recomendations.
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November 5, 2012 3:59:06 AM

You should be able to get the 3570k to a stable overclock of 4.4 GHz +. The HD 7950 is a beast at overclocking, and you can get it to reach the performance of a 7970. The 7870 is a very nice card as well, but it doesn't have the overclocking headroom that the 7950 does.

On a side note, do you need an ssd that big? If you need more storage space, then I would recommend getting a smaller ssd. You can use the money you saved to get a hard drive.
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November 5, 2012 4:03:24 AM

I've never had an ssd before. My last computer before it fried was from 2003. Should I be installing stuff on the ssd or on the hdd? What am I putting on what? What am I running on what? If I don't need it that big I can get 128 instead.
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November 5, 2012 4:06:03 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.01 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($187.62 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1356.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

How about this? Modified version of monstersti's build with your recomendations.


Get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo instead of the Plus. It's a better aftermarket cpu cooler and it's only around $5 more. Personally, I would get 8gb of ram, but there's no harm in getting 16gb. Just keep in mind that you probably won't see any big differences between 16gb and 8gb for gaming. I don't know much about Silverstone psu's, but I do know that you want to get a quality psu for a gaming pc. Maybe someone else can chime in on your psu. Everything else looks good. The 7970 GHz edition is a beast of a card.
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November 5, 2012 4:06:16 AM

XAreonX said:
Looks pretty good. That's an awesome site. I didn't know about it.

I don't know if this is any good or if it is compatible. Tell me what you think. Anything wrong? Anything missing? Any help would be good. I want a final draft by the end of the week so I can get it as soon as possible.

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($162.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($82.80 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1428.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You don't need an i7 for gaming at all.
The only significant difference of the i5-3570k and the i7-3770k is HYPERTHREADING. You'll only ever make use of that on CPU-heavy and multithreaded tasks such as heavy video rendering.

The 7950 outperforms the 660 Ti at about everything now with Catalyst 12.11.

I would get the 212 EVO instead for a cooler.
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November 5, 2012 4:09:22 AM

Here, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($98.48 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1270.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This is a far more balanced build. I typically don't recommend i7s for gaming; however, in your case, it may be needed. You say you want to run a minecraft server...minecraft is typically more CPU intensive rather than GPU. So is the case with MMOs. I'm gonna play it safe on this one and recommend that you get the i7. You may want it in the future for video editing/rendering.

As for the GPU, the HD 7870 will handle all your needs no problem. If you plan on playing any graphically intense games, I recommend you up the GPU a bit. I'd say a HD 7950 or even the 7970 would be a fantastic choice.

SSDs decrease load times. They are pretty much just a faster Hard drive. You typically want to store the operating system and your games on this drive.

Oh, and since RAM is so cheap these days, it wouldn't hurt to put 16gb of the RAM I recommended in your system. It may even help out with your server and what not.

If you go with my case recommendation, keep in mind it only comes with two exhaust fans. One of those fans has blue LEDs. I recommend you grab a few extra 120mm case fans. Some Corsair SP120s will get the job done.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Good luck with your build!
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November 5, 2012 4:09:30 AM

XAreonX said:
I've never had an ssd before. My last computer before it fried was from 2003. Should I be installing stuff on the ssd or on the hdd? What am I putting on what? What am I running on what? If I don't need it that big I can get 128 instead.


The main difference between a hard drive disk and a solid state drive is their speed. SSD's are much faster, and do improve the performance of the system quite a bit. If an extra few seconds of loading programs doesn't bother you, then you can get a smaller ssd (maybe 64gb?) and use it as a boot disk. So you install Windows 7 on the ssd. Then, you can use a regular hard drive as your storage drive and install everything else on there.

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November 5, 2012 4:12:06 AM

Okay and what psu should I get? Know any good ones?
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November 5, 2012 4:13:26 AM

monstersti said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mzo5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mzo5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mzo5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.66 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1299.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Some things u might want to change on here is the cpu cooler and the case of ur choice this will also come with a 256gb ssd for fast load times :) 
also if u really wanted to u can go with a i7 3770k but it really only helps with multithreaded applications mostly like video editing and stuff like that
also i went with 16gb of ram instead of 8gb cause i heard it helps with server hosting


I second everything he put up here, besides the 1333MHz Ram. No way, 1600MHz is standard, and for 10-20$ more you'd be saving a possible bottleneck. Not good.
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November 5, 2012 4:14:09 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1351.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Updated from you recommendations.
Still up for more revising.
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November 5, 2012 4:15:28 AM

XAreonX said:
Okay and what psu should I get? Know any good ones?


Here's an excellent PSU:

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62224&vpn=P1750BNLG9&m...

It's 80+ silver certified and fully modular. One of the best PSUs on the market; plus it's for a fairly low price in comparison to other PSUs at it's level.

If you wish, you could drop it down a notch. This PSU would be able to handle Crossfire/SLI in the future if you so desired to have that option in the future.
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November 5, 2012 4:17:03 AM

DeusAres said:
Here's an excellent PSU:

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62224&vpn=P1750BNLG9&m...

It's 80+ silver certified and fully modular. One of the best PSUs on the market; plus it's for a fairly low price in comparison to other PSUs at it's level.


I agree with Ares, XFX makes some good psu's. Everything else from your build looks good. I want to know what kind of games you will be playing as it will help us recommend a gpu. A 7970 GHz edition may be overkill for minecraft...
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November 5, 2012 4:21:41 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1387.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Alright, Updated ram and psu. How does it stand now?
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November 5, 2012 4:32:38 AM

Looks decent to me. The GPU may be overkill though. What games do you plan on playing other than the ones you already listed?

The HD 7870 would destroy all those other games you mentioned. You really don't need a 7970 for minecraft. I'd invest the saved cash in a i7 3770k or a larger SSD. But that's just me. You may not need it for what you're doing.

Also, you could save some money by getting this HDD instead of the caviar black. Western digital is overpriced...

Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T3GRN2/?tag=pcpapi-20
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November 5, 2012 4:34:56 AM

I'll also be playing Dungeon Defenders, Team Fortress 2, Dragon Age, Skyrim, Just Cause 2, BF3
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November 5, 2012 4:39:30 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1421.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Alright. Think this should be good?
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November 5, 2012 4:40:39 AM

I gotcha. Then yes, you'll want the 7970. BF3 is a fairly intensive game. However, the 7870 can still handle it fairly well. If you wanna save some cash and meet in the middle, I'd say shoot for the HD 7950. It can be overclocked to levels similar to that of the HD 7970.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67546&vpn=GV-R795WF3-...

I keep forgetting you're from Canada; their parts are extremely overpriced. Sorry about the US links.

Updated list with Canadian links and the HD 7950...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1242.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 5, 2012 4:41:34 AM

Oh and Dark Souls. I love/hate that game. I also wanna play the next game like that. XD
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November 5, 2012 4:42:52 AM

Its okay. I'm used to everything being overpriced. It really sucks but nothing you can do.
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November 5, 2012 4:52:47 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1421.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I think this will the the final build. I'll stick with the HD 7970.
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November 5, 2012 4:58:10 AM

I wouldn't get the samsung HDDs anymore. They used to kick butt, but Seagate bought them. I have a ton of them in my 12TB RAID 6 arrays myself but the new replacements now are all Seagates and I've never liked them myself. And reliability on the replacements is signifigantly worse (so far).

As fir the i5/i7, I actually have BOTH. I built an i7 for myself because I do a lot of video editing/encoding/etc. and an i5 for a friend primarily for gaming. Honestly, there is almost NO difference between them in any games we play at all. If you're not going to do video stuff or other pure CPU work, I wouldn't bother with the i7.

I'd also personally go with the EVGA Z75 SLI motherboard ($159 Newegg after rebates) unless you're going to run two separate GPUs. It's been a good board and everything works very smoothly with tons of fan controls and the extras people need today with the RIGHT parts (Intel/Marvell). Plus, it's just EVGA. Very stout brand. I've used all of the other brands and the major players are fine but with Intel setups, I really like the EVGA boards.

With power supplies, Seasonic is my go-to brand. Some of the single-rail Corsairs have been very stout lately (also made by Seasonic, along with many other brands they supply for actually). But they also tend to be a bit pricier since they tend to keep the best for their own names. I myself am running a Corsair CMPSU 750TX in 4 different systems and it's a wonderful unit. Solid power enough to run even my power hungry 1100T with a 7970. Same supply now runs my i7 and 690 setup with ease. Just do your research. Every brand makes a lemon now and then. But a lot of em are peachy.

As for the memory, I also favor G.SKILL, and in my latest builds I've run the new Ripjaws Z Series 16GB 1866 which is recognized easily with the XMP profile and works flawlessly at CAS 8 F3-14900CL8Q-16GBZM. Don't get nice hardware and bonk yourself with budget memory. RAM is dirt cheap today. Get the best (within reason) your system can handle. Even this fast speed and low cas matched set is only $110 if you get it during a special. The sniper sticks aren't bad but not as fast as some of their products (which always seemed strange since it seems to be the one marketted towards gaming). If you get 1600 instead of 1866, go for CAS 7 with 1600's, CAS 8 with 1866... The higher overall speed, the slower the CAS tends to be, but the payoff is still better going higher. I think Tom's just had a good writeup on all of that not long ago. Unless you're going to OC like mad, the Ripjaws Z 1866 is a very stable, out of the box performer with low CAS timings. Mushkin also has some excellent choices. Those are the only two memory manufacturers I tend to look at anymore. Very stable and both have EXCELLENT customer service should a stick go bad. But I would NOT go with the Ares Series for a gaming rig. CAS9 1600 instead of possible CAS7, but still PLENTIFUL CAS8's of the same. It's a basic function memory for everyday use, not high-speed gaming, etc. memory and it can actually make a noticable difference, especially with the rest of your system being quite top notch. You don't buy a Ferrari and then put Walmart tires on it. While that's not exactly the same thing, just trying to give some sort of an example of the thought. The memory is a critical part of the whole system performance. Better/faster it is translates all the way through everything else. You're building an otherwise killer system and the 'cheapest' part of the system is what you're looking at otherwise cutting the corner on. Don't.

The 7970 is a fine GPU. Honestly if you're looking at that level of a rig, even for just 1080, it's a very good choice. And my 7970 is even faster then my 690 is some games (with less studdering also from huge texture addons due to the more memory, the 690's one bad point). However, if you do plan on going 120Hz instead of just 60, you might want to go Nvidia instead (680 would be the 7970 comparable unit, they make 4G versions of that). That was the problem I had with my 7970 and why I switched when I moved up to a 120Hz (144 actually) pure gaming monitor. Very long story. But at 60Hz, the card was just a monster and honestly, better drivers then the Nvidia has at the moment. Both are fine options though. If you want to save money, you could go for the 670 or 7950. Honestly, for a hard gaming rig, I wouldn't go much lower unless you just want something to get you buy until the next gen come out (probably early next year at least for Nvidia).
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November 5, 2012 5:00:56 AM

Dark souls is a direct console port and unmodded it is locked at 30 FPS... your build will be more than capable of running it.
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November 5, 2012 1:29:37 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($83.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1435.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Alright. Final build. Any last words to say before I go out and buy it anyone? You have until supper when I get back home. Thanks for all the help everyone.
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November 5, 2012 3:38:19 PM

DeusAres said:
You might wanna change your RAM. Some people have issues with the RAM conflicting with the CPU cooler. I'd recommend you grab this RAM...

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...(Desktop+Memory)-_-G.SKILL-_-20231606&AID=10592396&PID=3938566


Why build a killer system and nerf it with high-cas 'general' purpose memory? It's the backbone of the system. And at least on my motherboard, I don't have issues with the memory and coolers. Although I'm also not a fan of that particular cooler but. (not a fan of sleeve bearings, but the fan can be changed). But in a 'worst' case, turn it around to make it a pull fan... But don't gimp your memory just for a cooler. There's tons of cooler options out there (and far better ones at that).
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November 5, 2012 3:54:14 PM

SirGCal said:
Why build a killer system and nerf it with high-cas 'general' purpose memory? It's the backbone of the system. And at least on my motherboard, I don't have issues with the memory and coolers. Although I'm also not a fan of that particular cooler but. (not a fan of sleeve bearings, but the fan can be changed). But in a 'worst' case, turn it around to make it a pull fan... But don't gimp your memory just for a cooler. There's tons of cooler options out there (and far better ones at that).


The CAS timings are actually a bit better on the RAM I chose. As for the speed, there's virtually no difference between 1600MHz and 1866MHz. :lol: 

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is one of the best bang for the buck coolers out there; you can easily reach a stable 4.5GHz overclock with this $30 cooler. There's no need to spend more.
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November 5, 2012 8:43:13 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.26 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($90.99 @ Computer Valley)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1432.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Alright. Im gonna go with DeusAres on this one for the ram. I'm trusting that no further alterations are needed to this build. I'm gonna go ahead and buy it now.
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November 5, 2012 9:36:06 PM

Best answer selected by XAreonX.
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November 5, 2012 10:02:44 PM

Good choice. Memory doesn't have a huge impact on gaming performance anyways. The only reason why you would want high performance RAM is if you plan on working with Adobe or video editing/rendering.

Not sure where that guy gets his info, but RAM with CAS timings of 9 at 1600 MHz is today's go-to standard. You could honestly get away with just putting in 4gb of 1333 MHz. There's absolutely no need in overspending on the RAM. This cash can be put to better use elsewhere.
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November 5, 2012 10:37:54 PM

Well, I just bought all the parts. Gonna have fun putting it all together when it comes in.
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November 5, 2012 10:50:01 PM

XAreonX said:
Well, I just bought all the parts. Gonna have fun putting it all together when it comes in.


Awesome! If you can, make sure you come back to the forums and post some pics of your finished product.
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November 5, 2012 11:23:04 PM

I will.
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November 10, 2012 3:08:16 AM

The computer has been built. All pieces arrived in less than 1 week. It was awesome. The computer is awesome. I'll post pics soon.
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