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Won a 1000$ giftcard for Best Buy and want to build a computer! HELP!!

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November 5, 2012 1:12:47 AM

Hello all! First off I would like to thank you for reading this post. Im a beginer builder with little to no knowledge of how to build custom computers and thought this would be a good way to get started as its not my own money, haha. I would like it to be the best I can possible get for 1000 after gst and would like it to run games on high-ultra settings at at-least 50-60fps. I've been on bestbuy.ca for awhile now and think I have a viable build for just over 1000 and would like the experts, ie you, to have a look at let me know if I'm headed in the right direction. All I ask is that the parts come from bestbuy.ca. I have a monitor (1920x1080) keyboard, mouse etc so I dont need any of that. Also, I have a laptop that has a 250g SSD and was wondering if it could be canibalised for the new build. Any and ALL help is greatly appreciated.


Intel Core i5-3350p 3.1 Ghz 6 MB :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] 7d11aeen02

Gigabyte H77M-D3H :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] 9e36b8en02

Diamond Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB GDDR5 :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] d2d670en02

Seagate 1TB Internal Hard Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] af67a6en02

Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] d45d98en02

Corsair 600W PC Power Supply
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] d6af94en02

OCZ 60GB Solid State Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] e0cd5cen02

Thermaltake Versa I
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] 38bf23en02
November 5, 2012 1:16:24 AM

This is a new thread started after an old one didn't do so well. I'll add what I had in there as well.

pproximate 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!
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November 5, 2012 1:23:11 AM

Also the build that I came up with....actually a user on here Hitman found. I just re-read wat I wrote and called it my build...hahahaha. ALL credit goes to him on this build.
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November 5, 2012 1:41:49 AM

anon002 said:
Hello all! First off I would like to thank you for reading this post. Im a beginer builder with little to no knowledge of how to build custom computers and thought this would be a good way to get started as its not my own money, haha. I would like it to be the best I can possible get for 1000 after gst and would like it to run games on high-ultra settings at at-least 50-60fps. I've been on bestbuy.ca for awhile now and think I have a viable build for just over 1000 and would like the experts, ie you, to have a look at let me know if I'm headed in the right direction. All I ask is that the parts come from bestbuy.ca. I have a monitor (1920x1080) keyboard, mouse etc so I dont need any of that. Also, I have a laptop that has a 250g SSD and was wondering if it could be canibalised for the new build. Any and ALL help is greatly appreciated.


Intel Core i5-3350p 3.1 Ghz 6 MB :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] 7d11aeen02

Gigabyte H77M-D3H :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] 9e36b8en02

Diamond Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB GDDR5 :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] d2d670en02

Seagate 1TB Internal Hard Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] af67a6en02

Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] d45d98en02

Corsair 600W PC Power Supply
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] d6af94en02

OCZ 60GB Solid State Drive
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] e0cd5cen02

Thermaltake Versa I
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] 38bf23en02


I saw the last thread, and oh god, oh my god, so much wrong in this.

You have a 1000$ budget, screw the SSD, if you have this limited budget; buying an SSD will take alot out of the budget, get better parts now, buy an SSD later.
You need atleast 8gb of RAM, that covers everything in the gaming world.
You want a bigger power supply, 750W atleast if you are doing any crossfire/sli
That Motherboard is an indefinite no-go.
Your processor is locked, I do believe, you either want a 2500k or a 3570k.
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November 5, 2012 1:50:51 AM

Well thank you for the advise! I thought that mobo looked a little jenky for that build. And so SSD hey? Am I looking for just a 7200rpm drive, or is there something else I should be looking at? Any suggestions on what mobo I should be going for on bestbuy.ca? I was thinking:

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Motherboard 143.99
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/produc [...] 523461en02

And the PSU is locked, hey? Where do I look for that info when I'm buying one so I dont make that mistake again.
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November 5, 2012 2:14:46 AM

That motherboard is great, go for it.
Processor is locked, meaning no overclocking without jumping through some hoops lit on fire with saw blades revolving through it, you want an i5 3570k offers the best gaming performance for the price, get a Hyper 212 with it for mid-
Again, you want a Power supply that has around 750W of power, so you have an option for Crossfire/SLI,
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November 5, 2012 2:15:43 AM

Honestly, if at all possible, find someone who needs to.buy appliances or a TV at bestbuy or something and sell them the gift card for 950 bucks so you can get decent prices and parts from newegg instead of getting screwed by "best"buy
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November 5, 2012 3:34:30 AM

unksol said:
Honestly, if at all possible, find someone who needs to.buy appliances or a TV at bestbuy or something and sell them the gift card for 950 bucks so you can get decent prices and parts from newegg instead of getting screwed by "best"buy


I'd LOVELOVELOVE to be able to do that, but don't have the slightest idea of how I'd even go about that. I know for a fact that no one I know personally is looking into buying anything from bestbuy any time soon. I also thought about a giftcard trade website or something along the lines but I dont think newegg has giftcards. SO...looks like bestbuy it is. And really...I'm not spending any/much of my OWN money on this build so its not really that huge of an issue. Thanks for the idea though!!
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November 5, 2012 3:38:21 AM

Kiowa789 said:
That motherboard is great, go for it.
Processor is locked, meaning no overclocking without jumping through some hoops lit on fire with saw blades revolving through it, you want an i5 3570k offers the best gaming performance for the price, get a Hyper 212 with it for mid-
Again, you want a Power supply that has around 750W of power, so you have an option for Crossfire/SLI,


Thats the original one from the build i kind of made up in my first post. Thought it looked decent enough. NOW...what is a "Hyper 212"? Again, its been probably....10+ years since I've build a rig, so this terminology is all pretty much new to me. I know this might sound like asking allot, but do you think you could go on to bestbuy.ca and build the rig you would build for yourself for 1000? Again, I'm pretty much lost here...don't get me wrong though, I'm super excited to do this...just need some guidance. Thanks in advance Kiowa!
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November 5, 2012 5:41:58 AM

Buy a TV.........

It's not worth it when they sell a card you can get for $120 for $230.
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November 5, 2012 11:00:37 AM

You have to know that the only reason i've went with the build on top is because i thought you wanted an SSD real bad, so i invested money in it and not on the CPU mobo, and i didn't even know you wanted to crossfire. So here is my final build :

Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/intel-intel-core-i5...
K version so it can be overclocked, and it is a beast.

ASRock Z77-PRO 3 :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asrock-asrock-z77-p...
Some reviews said the ASUS motherboard is not good for major overclocking. This should be better.

Cooler Master V6 GT 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/cooler-master-coole...
A cheap 120mm CPU cooler, it might not be the best but it would do its job for some light overclocking.

Corsair 750W PC Power Supply
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-750...

Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600MHz :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/kingston-technology...

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/gigabyte-gigabyte-r...

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

Thermaltake DuraMax 120mm
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/thermaltake-thermal...

Total : 982,92

You said you had an external drive somewhere, use it then
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November 5, 2012 2:42:38 PM

Horrible PSU.
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November 5, 2012 2:53:08 PM

Dude, use gift card to buy 2 of the newest ipads and sell them on craigslist for 10% off new. Those things sell quick. Then you'll have $900 cash which can buy a killer rig with good part options at newegg or ncix.
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November 5, 2012 5:48:36 PM

amuffin said:
Horrible PSU.

I forgot about the TX 750w >.>, here is a better one included in the build :

Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/intel-intel-core-i5...
K version so it can be overclocked, and it is a beast.

ASRock Z77-PRO 3 :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asrock-asrock-z77-p...
Some reviews said the ASUS motherboard is not good for major overclocking. This should be better.

Cooler Master V6 GT 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/cooler-master-coole...
A cheap 120mm CPU cooler, it might not be the best but it would do its job for some light overclocking.

Corsair 750W PC Power Supply
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-750...

Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600MHz :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/kingston-technology...

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/gigabyte-gigabyte-r...

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

Thermaltake DuraMax 120mm
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/thermaltake-thermal...

Total : 982,92
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November 5, 2012 6:33:08 PM

That should be a good build. I'd argue it's a bit overpriced, but you are getting it all for free. Do you already have an OS license to use?

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November 12, 2012 10:09:10 PM

Best answer selected by anon002.
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