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December 6, 2012 4:43:42 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this week

Budget Range:1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming,Surfing The net

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any trusted site!

Location: Kingston,Ontario,Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel,GTX

Overclocking:No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: i am going to be using these to play games like DayZ,WarZ,Arma 2/3 on high settings !

More about : build gaming build

a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 7:30:28 PM

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 TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($389.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($389.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ Computer Valley)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($14.89 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1614.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 16:30 EST-0500)
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December 6, 2012 7:34:01 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/repj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/repj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/repj/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($144.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1546.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 16:37 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 7:39:43 PM

I prefer techdude9's build. I don't trust Sandforce SSDs, and I cannot ethically recommend someone buy ANY Crappermaster products, regardless of quality, because the company is provably dishonest.
He also did not exceed the budget, even by a little.
I don't think even a good 650W PSU can handle a pair of GTX680s. Finally, the WD Black drive is the only series to have retained a five year warranty.
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December 6, 2012 7:57:27 PM

And also even though your preferred parts are gtx the Sapphire Radeon 7970 ghz is alot better for the price and it outperforms the 680 with the new drivers
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 7:59:03 PM

Since you mentioned no overclocking or sli/cf here i did a build for you.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.51 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1390.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 17:01 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 8:00:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.51 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($247.47 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.07 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.98 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1437.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 17:27 EST-0500)

As a note I like big's build as well. I added a couple more expensive items then he did. Namely case, power supply (love corsair power supplies), and the new samsung 840 professionals which are wicked fast. Totally missed you didn't need overclocking first read through my bad >< you can go with the little bit cheaper option that big has in his build was just trying to get you a little closer to your budget :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 8:08:55 PM

oops!You prefer NV here fixed

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.51 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.07 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1299.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 17:08 EST-0500)
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December 6, 2012 8:28:11 PM

Still say sapphire 7970 ghz is better :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 8:32:57 PM

In some areas yes but this isn't (AMD v. NVIDIA) this is something he has asked to have included in his build.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 8:47:04 PM

bigshootr8 said:
In some areas yes but this isn't (AMD v. NVIDIA) this is something he has asked to have included in his build.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 11:38:24 PM

The only thing I'd change in bigcyco1's last build is to use a WD Black drive instead of the Spinpoint F3. The latter has had its warranty cut to a miserable one year. That suggests they've changed their methods or materials in a manner that does not inspire confidence.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2012 12:14:24 AM

Onus said:
The only thing I'd change in bigcyco1's last build is to use a WD Black drive instead of the Spinpoint F3. The latter has had its warranty cut to a miserable one year. That suggests they've changed their methods or materials in a manner that does not inspire confidence.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.51 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.78 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.07 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1309.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 21:13 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2012 12:29:59 AM

Ok then, and comfortably under budget too. You could add another HDD for RAID1, and/or add a UPS, or nice peripherals (gaming mouse, keyboard, headphones, etc).
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