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November 27, 2012 4:41:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Not sure, no time limit

Budget Range: under 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, browsing internet

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any Canadian ones

Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe


Additional Comments: Going to be gaming on it, want to be able to play on as high as possible given my price limit, high graphics would be nice but doesn't need to be ultra. I have put together what I think is decent but it is still a little pricey, where could I downgrade to save on price?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pMGj

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current laptop doesn't cut it

More about : mid end gaming

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November 27, 2012 4:49:12 PM

No time limit really a problem.... Because if you're buying it in 2 months or more, the AMD 8 series will come out and current gen top end (7950/7970 equivalent) graphic card prices will fall by probably 10% or more...


and also: never put maybe on overclocking and SLI... always a yes or no. Because those features adds like a extra $50-100 onto the cost.

There's no reason to get a 660 TI since the 7870 performs at basically the same level and is way cheaper.




And you missed one important thing on your build. You didn't switch from U.S. pcpartpicker to Canadian pcpartpicker.
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November 27, 2012 4:52:18 PM

Great parts, but I would definitely throw an SSD in there for the system drive. A 120Gb will be perfect!

Look, hands down, an SSD will give you such a noticeably better performance that it will literally make the system you're thinking of building shine! Having an HDD, not matter how good, as the sytem drive does gross disservice to your new build. Also, be careful with getting stuck on people's recommendations. I made the mistake a few years ago and it got quite out of control. Bascially, all the parts you're ordering there are fantastic and they seem to compliment one another, so good picks. I order from NCIX.ca, BestDirect.ca and DirectCanada.com (all Canadian) and they all usually have better prices than even Newegg.com. Also pricebat.ca to compare prices, it's really good! Good luck!
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November 27, 2012 5:22:27 PM

omnimodis78 said:
Great parts, but I would definitely throw an SSD in there for the system drive. A 120Gb will be perfect!

Look, hands down, an SSD will give you such a noticeably better performance that it will literally make the system you're thinking of building shine! Having an HDD, not matter how good, as the sytem drive does gross disservice to your new build. Also, be careful with getting stuck on people's recommendations. I made the mistake a few years ago and it got quite out of control. Bascially, all the parts you're ordering there are fantastic and they seem to compliment one another, so good picks. I order from NCIX.ca, BestDirect.ca and DirectCanada.com (all Canadian) and they all usually have better prices than even Newegg.com. Also pricebat.ca to compare prices, it's really good! Good luck!



Eeehm, no.

His budget is less than 1000$, any case of buying an SSD with a budget that is less than 1000$ causes the vital parts to suffer, the GPU will not be the best model, the CPU can't be the better one that is only 10$ more, but you can't stretch it any further.

A budget with less than 1000$ will cause the build to suffer, no SSD for this build.
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November 27, 2012 5:35:50 PM

Alright thanks for the responses, ill look at the 7870, a few sites I looked at said the 660 outprformed it in a few categories so thats why I choose it. Do you think I could go a step down with the cpu? Will I lose alot of power when it comes to gaming?
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November 27, 2012 6:15:28 PM

What step down will you be taking down to?
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November 27, 2012 6:30:08 PM

well i was wondering if going with a less powerful cpu or even switching it to AMD? Will there be a significant hit to performance?
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November 27, 2012 6:34:09 PM

Highly recommend this build! If you were to overclock the GPU (GTX 670) then it would very closely match the performance of the GTX 680!
You can change the parts if you wish, but that is a very good bases for a Gaming PC.
Good luck! (=

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£82.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£306.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£33.96 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £731.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 20:33 GMT+0000)
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November 27, 2012 6:44:40 PM

Kiowa789 said:
Eeehm, no.

His budget is less than 1000$, any case of buying an SSD with a budget that is less than 1000$ causes the vital parts to suffer, the GPU will not be the best model, the CPU can't be the better one that is only 10$ more, but you can't stretch it any further.

A budget with less than 1000$ will cause the build to suffer, no SSD for this build.

Come again? His budget being less than a $1000 (which I read as up to $1000) still leaves him some room based on the parts he's selected. G.skill 120Gb is $100 on newegg.ca right now. Yes, I understand he's limited to a budget, we all are, but if he's serious about building a new system, then he must not dismiss the need (yes, need) for an SSD as the system drive. Be it included with this purchase or an impending addition ASAP. It would actually be great if it was added later, because that way he would have a relative comparison between HDD and SSD performance, and he'd thank those of us who suggested this to him...
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November 27, 2012 6:50:43 PM

RajanB said:
Highly recommend this build! If you were to overclock the GPU (GTX 670) then it would very closely match the performance of the GTX 680!
You can change the parts if you wish, but that is a very good bases for a Gaming PC.
Good luck! (=

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£144.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£82.52 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.32 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£306.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£33.96 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £731.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 20:33 GMT+0000)


This is actually almost the exact build my friend has, but hat is 1160 canadian dollars. Too expensive.
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November 27, 2012 10:04:43 PM

omnimodis78 said:
Come again? His budget being less than a $1000 (which I read as up to $1000) still leaves him some room based on the parts he's selected. G.skill 120Gb is $100 on newegg.ca right now. Yes, I understand he's limited to a budget, we all are, but if he's serious about building a new system, then he must not dismiss the need (yes, need) for an SSD as the system drive. Be it included with this purchase or an impending addition ASAP. It would actually be great if it was added later, because that way he would have a relative comparison between HDD and SSD performance, and he'd thank those of us who suggested this to him...


I don't suggest it because people get overexcited and end up blowing money out on it when you can get way better parts, You can do better with 1000$, indefinitely.
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