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~$1000CAD Build Advice - 1st Build

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November 11, 2012 1:18:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Nov-Mid Dec 2012

Budget Range: MAX $1100; Before Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming; Music Production; Coding; Internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, 2 if possible

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canada Computers or Amazon.ca

Location: Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel motherboard for better future-proofing. No preference on Nvidia/ATI GFX cards.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (not 100% sure on that, but I'd be happy with this res)

Additional Comments: I'd like to run every game out there without too much difficulty. I prefer steady frames over 'Ultra' GFX settings, but I'd like the machine to be able to run everything on high fairly well and be fairly future-proof, but cost-effective. I also don't need a crazy large monitor with a high resolution.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm using 2 laptops; the one I use for gaming has an i3-330M and a Mobility Radeon 5650. It's served me well but I'd like something more up-to-date. I can't really run the Witcher 2 for example. Also, I'd like to finally build a custom machine.

Parts I've selected:

Antec Three Hundred Two Premium AB All Black Gaming Series Mid-ATX w/ 1x 140mm Blue Twocool / 2x 120mm Blue Twocool -- *Canada Computers Exclusive* - $74.99
Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600 Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply - $59.99
Asus P8Z77-M PRO Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset - $129.99
Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Direct Heat Pipe CPU Cooler R2 - $34.99
Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz - $39.99
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA3 6GB/s 2.5" SSD - $104.99
Sapphire (11200-07-20G) AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 - $199.99
Samsung S22B300H 21.5" Widescreen LED Monitor (Dual Screen Bundle) - $199.98
Logitech (920-002950) MK260 Wireless Desktop Combo (Retail Box) - $24.99



Total: $1099.89 Before tax (I'd like to bring the cost down if possible)

I know there's probably a few things I need to switch around so I could really use a second or third opinion. Thanks!

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November 12, 2012 8:53:43 PM

Red Flag on memory, do not buy obsolete 4gb chips, buy 1x8gb or in case of ACAD system get 2x8GB.
Your rendering requires a good cpu, have you considered i7-3820 ? The more cores the better, i5 is low for that purpose.
Next is your graphics card and here everything is debatable, because professional ACAD does not use crappy consumer video cards and monitors. Not sure they even switched to dumbed down TV resolution monitors. 21.5" will force you to buy glasses in a few years, the vertical space on wide screens is much lower than the previous generation CRTs.
Look at the 24", highest Samsung before going TV size to 32".
Make sure monitor has DVI input, do not connect HDMI. For me ATI(AMD) always had the extra performance in every field over nVidia and the later never caught up to specs. despite higher pricing and hype.
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