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November 12, 2012 3:18:30 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:Hopefully sometime in the next month

Budget Range: 1000 to 1200, it's not a problem if it's a bit over

System Usage: Games, internet, movies/tv (mostly all at the same time)

Are you buying a monitor:No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.ca

Location:Vancouver, Canada

Overclocking: I don't have any experience, so maybe?

Additional Comments:I run two monitors (one at 1920x1080 the other at 1680x1050) using the second mostly for watching tv, or movies while I do something else on the main.

I've never actually built my own computer so I'm quite fuzzy on what I actually need out of any of the parts. This is as far as I got, which is mostly (entirely) stolen from other builds I've seen here
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/noDA
Any help would be appreciated.
November 12, 2012 3:22:19 AM

The build you see there is awesome, but if you say your going to be multi taking "System Usage: Games, internet, movies/tv (mostly all at the same time)" Then I would get 16 gigs of ram, not entirely sure about that though. Veterans, correct me if I'm wrong.
November 12, 2012 3:33:07 AM

I actually haven't had a use for my 16GB of RAM yet. I only really have 16GB because it was on sale at the same price as it would have been if I bought 8.

It might come in handy when I start using SolidWorks and CAD stuff later, but I doubt it.
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November 12, 2012 3:33:37 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1268.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 00:33 EST-0500)

There's no way you'd use up 8GB of RAM, doing that much stuff probably won't even fully use up the 8GB. You might want more threads though. At this price point, you could go with an i7.

You won't need 750W unless you were to SLI/CF, so 650W should be sufficient for your build. The PSU listed is also made by Seasonic, so it will retain the top notch build quality, longevity, and efficiency.

November 12, 2012 3:36:07 AM

The 3770K is also not really necessary in terms of gaming. I would save the money and put it somewhere else. Where? I have no idea. Unless you really want it, I'd rather have $100 in food.
November 12, 2012 3:42:13 AM

Definitely avoid OCZ. Samsung SSDs and M4 Crucials are one of the more popular and reliable brands out there.
November 12, 2012 3:56:30 AM

Good lord, I jumped out to pick up some stuff and came back to all this, thanks a lot guys.
In regards to Chessy,Deemo, and Sonicers.
I'd doubt needing 16Gb of ram, currently I'm using a six year old system with only 4GB and I don't really find myself having any problems, however while I don't really keep super up to date with gaming I'd like to be able to sick with a new build for awhile so I seems to make sense to drop 8Gb in now and need it later.
Also to cutebeans, I thought that the vertex 4 used a different architecture or something that avoided the problems they had? don't get me wrong that's something I vaguely remembered half reading, so it's not like I'm in any position to really talk.
November 12, 2012 3:57:11 AM

sonicers said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1268.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 00:33 EST-0500)

There's no way you'd use up 8GB of RAM, doing that much stuff probably won't even fully use up the 8GB. You might want more threads though. At this price point, you could go with an i7.

You won't need 750W unless you were to SLI/CF, so 650W should be sufficient for your build. The PSU listed is also made by Seasonic, so it will retain the top notch build quality, longevity, and efficiency.



Woah! you are throwing money everywhere with that build. a 7870 performs around the same as a 7950 and an i7 3770k is way overboard for a gaming rig

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1082.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 00:54 EST-0500)

if you are not intending to overclock(like a lot since they are afraid to) then get this CPU and take out the CPU heatsink i added

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53330
November 12, 2012 4:24:58 AM

Mockly said:
Good lord, I jumped out to pick up some stuff and came back to all this, thanks a lot guys.
In regards to Chessy,Deemo, and Sonicers.
I'd doubt needing 16Gb of ram, currently I'm using a six year old system with only 4GB and I don't really find myself having any problems, however while I don't really keep super up to date with gaming I'd like to be able to sick with a new build for awhile so I seems to make sense to drop 8Gb in now and need it later.
Also to cutebeans, I thought that the vertex 4 used a different architecture or something that avoided the problems they had? don't get me wrong that's something I vaguely remembered half reading, so it's not like I'm in any position to really talk.


I think so too but most of the people I've met in forums have been avid fans of Samsung SSDs and Crucials. It would be better to get the crowd favorite. I wouldn't get OCZs for now.
November 12, 2012 4:56:10 AM

@boulbox, I'm not really sure about overclocking, since I have no experience with it I don't know about the risk/rewards, while this is not really the place for talking about overclocking, in rough terms, how long does it take to adjust settings and how easy is it to melt components?
November 12, 2012 5:26:15 AM

Mockly said:
@boulbox, I'm not really sure about overclocking, since I have no experience with it I don't know about the risk/rewards, while this is not really the place for talking about overclocking, in rough terms, how long does it take to adjust settings and how easy is it to melt components?



Ocing now is tons easier with less of a risk. the only risk i had was a few BSODs but that just means to lower voltage or clock ratio.

For super easy Utilities OC you can get a MSI or Gigabyte and you can pretty much OC in a click of a button. i rarely see melted components, the only time i see one is when the heatsink is not installed properly or OCing like a madman
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