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Gaming Computer for ~1000$

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December 4, 2012 11:45:50 PM

Hey, my current computer is around 4 years old and has been having some issues, such as clicking, blue screens, freezing and being slow. Regardless of the causes of these issues, I decided it was time to get a new computer. I heard that building a computer is more fun and can be more cost-efficient, so I decided to do that. The issue is, I don't know much about computer parts and what makes one better than another, so I need some helping picking some. I read through some of the posts on this forum that go over how to pick computer parts and such, so I have put together a list of the parts that I am looking at. I want to keep the price around 1000$, lower if possible.

I hope that link works, and I forgot to mention, but I am Canadian.

For the CPU cooler I couldn't decide between the Zalman CNPS9500 AT or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO/PLUS. For the motherboard I couldn't decide between the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH. The memory I had no clue about. I have a Radeon card right now, so I decided to go with another one of the same make, but I have no qualms about getting a Geforce one, I just don't really know the difference between the two types. I read that picking the PSU is an important part, did I pick a good one? Is it possible to get one cheaper and not endanger my build?

Anyway, thank you in advanced for all the help and advice. I am sorry if I forgot any important information.

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December 4, 2012 11:57:40 PM

Looks good to me
December 4, 2012 11:59:45 PM

Is there anything that I could cut down on, then?
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December 5, 2012 12:02:42 AM

Very noce build can i suggest a better psu that is $15 cheaper?
December 5, 2012 12:03:21 AM

get a cheaper psu. a xfx 550w is a little less efficient(bronze vs platinum) but will save you fifty bucks. You could upgrade to hd7950. link for xfx psu:

Oh yeah. been a while since I compared cooling performance between a zalman like that and a hyper 212, but the hyper 212 is probably better cooling per dollar than the zalman. At least for the cpu you are getting.

Edit:I mean save 40 bucks on the psu. You could get a hd7950 and stay under 1K:
December 5, 2012 12:05:48 AM

You can also get a corsair tx 650 for that price more wattage good brand
December 5, 2012 12:12:16 AM

Alright, thank you for the advice. Is the memory fine? What about the differences between the two motherboards? Also, what are the benefits of getting a modular power supply?
December 5, 2012 2:25:31 AM

The memory is very good. Not sure about the difference in mobos, just that the asrock z77 extreme 4 is pretty popular. Modular supplies avoid having all the extra unused cables obstructing airflow(or diminishing a tidy appearance if a windowed case). Many better cases(like the haf 912 and antec 300 2) have cable management features that can hide extra unused cables when housing a non modular supply. Here are a few tweaks to your build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $988.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 23:18 EST-0500)