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December 12, 2012 9:53:58 PM

Hey guys, yeterday I posted a thread asking for advice on a 1000$ gaming PC. But my budget changed quite quickly.

What I need is a $1300 gaming PC, I want it do be as powerful as possible so skip any fancy or more expensive cases please. Also, I am going to need a monitor I would prefer on over 22" if possible.

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Approximate Purchase Date: A few months.
Budget Range: 1300$ Can go a bit over, but not by much.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, Skype. That is all it will be used for.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
I live in Canda

Don't need mouse or keyboard.

I am no computer expert so if people could list some possible builds, that would be great!

Thanks.

More about : 1300 gaming needed

December 13, 2012 1:55:53 PM

This will be all at newegg. (they ship to canada go to newegg.ca ;American prices sorry)

Intel i5 2500k - $215
radeon 7950/ gtx 650ti - $300 (7950 comes w/ 4 free games! AC3, FC3, MOH, Hitman!)
G.Skill 8gb ram - $40
AS Rock z77 mobo - $130
raidmax 650watt psu - $50
1tb hdd - $80
Corsair 240gb ssd - $200
LG 22" led monitor - $130

total:$1080; (1061.42 - candian)
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December 14, 2012 2:25:05 AM

I appreciate your help, but if you could be a bit more presice that would be nice. Plus, you aren't really talking advantage of my 1300$ budget with only a 1000$ build.
I still do need help, so if anyone could give me a more in depth build, that would be a big help! Thanks for you help anyway.
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December 14, 2012 3:14:56 AM

7970 GPU - $370
8 GB RAM - $40
CPU 3570K - $215
Good CPU Cooler - $65
good quality SSD - $170
cheap storage, some internal 3.5 inch on sale - $65
Solid Case - $60
Solid PSU - $70
27 inch 1920 x 1080 monitor - $250

This list is purposefully vague, because you can find many quality parts at these prices, fitting the bill (pun intended). I am happy to provide specifics if you would like, but this what I would do with the money.
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December 14, 2012 4:24:27 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sqom

Minus the monitor, I hope to build this for myself in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Hope this helps.

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99 Amazon

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 Amazon

Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $134.99 Amazon

Memory
Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $37.99 NCIX US

Storage
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 Microcenter

Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $79.99 Newegg

Video Card
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $299.99 + $7.56 = $307.55 Newegg

Case
Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 -$20.00 = $44.99 Microcenter
$20.00 mail-in rebate

Power Supply
XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $87.99 Amazon

Optical Drive
Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer $18.99 Newegg

Monitor
Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor $309.99 Amazon


Base Total:
$1334.88
Mail-in Rebates:
-$20.00
Shipping:
$7.56
Total: $1322.44


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December 15, 2012 12:41:51 AM

I have taken in all the adivice I was given and I made a build on PCPartPicker.
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sxfh

Is this build any good? Also, I have some money left over, should I get a small SSD?
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December 15, 2012 2:20:38 PM

iRiskFTW said:
This will be all at newegg. (they ship to canada go to newegg.ca ;American prices sorry)

Intel i5 2500k - $215
radeon 7950/ gtx 650ti - $300 (7950 comes w/ 4 free games! AC3, FC3, MOH, Hitman!)
G.Skill 8gb ram - $40
AS Rock z77 mobo - $130
raidmax 650watt psu - $50
1tb hdd - $80
Corsair 240gb ssd - $200
LG 22" led monitor - $130

total:$1080; (1061.42 - candian)


im pretty sure the 650ti isnt 300$
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December 15, 2012 3:53:42 PM
December 15, 2012 6:03:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sD1L
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sD1L/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sD1L/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.73 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($154.31 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1260.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 15:02 EST-0500)

This is the PC you will need, 120gb SSD, 7950, 3570k overclockable with the aftermarket cooler. I also put a HDMI 23" monitor. This is the PC you asked for.
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December 15, 2012 7:45:00 PM

Thanks for the help, but before I switch to another build, can anyone tell be if this is a good build?
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sxfh

Like I said before, I have 50-70$ remaining, should I add anything? I could up grade the 670 to 4GB for only a few dollars, but is that any different?
(P.S: I would like to have an nVidia card)

Thanks for your help
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December 16, 2012 12:53:32 AM

NitrogenPapaya said:
Thanks for the help, but before I switch to another build, can anyone tell be if this is a good build?
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sxfh

Like I said before, I have 50-70$ remaining, should I add anything? I could up grade the 670 to 4GB for only a few dollars, but is that any different?
(P.S: I would like to have an nVidia card)

Thanks for your help


You can put the GTX 670, but you will have to get rid of the SSD, so its your choice.
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December 16, 2012 1:58:51 AM

I changed the 670 2GB to a 4GB for only 20$, don't think I really need an SSD so I will skip out on that.
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sHbY
Do you think this will be a good build, because I am leaning towards buying it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2012 2:02:26 AM

The biggest upgrade to your rig and noticeable speed performance will be an SSD, it will make it feel fast.
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December 16, 2012 6:07:49 PM

NitrogenPapaya said:
I changed the 670 2GB to a 4GB for only 20$, don't think I really need an SSD so I will skip out on that.
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sHbY
Do you think this will be a good build, because I am leaning towards buying it.


Definitely do not skip the SSD, it makes you day to day computing experience so much nicer. Speeds up everything, once you go SSD you will never go back, do not skip.
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December 16, 2012 6:40:00 PM

I would get a 7950 and a SSD over a GTX 670 and no SSD. Get a Vapor-X 7950 as it has amazing cooling and can easily be overclocked to equal a GTX 670 for much cheaper. For your SSD, get a 120/128GB bare minimum. If you get 64GB you will have like 10GB after OS for games, files, etc.
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December 16, 2012 9:09:09 PM

camohanna said:
I would get a 7950 and a SSD over a GTX 670 and no SSD. Get a Vapor-X 7950 as it has amazing cooling and can easily be overclocked to equal a GTX 670 for much cheaper. For your SSD, get a 120/128GB bare minimum. If you get 64GB you will have like 10GB after OS for games, files, etc.


You might want to check out the build I posted, it has what you said.
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December 16, 2012 10:21:21 PM

loresr97 said:
You might want to check out the build I posted, it has what you said.


I looked at your build, but it had a Radeon card, I would like an nVidia card. From what I know an SSD will not improve peromance in FPS so I don't want to drop my 670 4GB for an SSD, plus in maybe 2 or 3 months after I buy, I am sure I will have enough to get a good SSD. I could still get a very small 30GB SSD now, but that's not even worth it.

I don't want to overclock any of my parts to compensate for something.

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sHbY

^ Build I want to get (1272$).
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December 16, 2012 10:26:57 PM

NitrogenPapaya said:
I looked at your build, but it had a Radeon card, I would like an nVidia card. From what I know an SSD will not improve peromance in FPS so I don't want to drop my 670 4GB for an SSD, plus in maybe 2 or 3 months after I buy, I am sure I will have enough to get a good SSD. I could still get a very small 30GB SSD now, but that's not even worth it.

I don't want to overclock any of my parts to compensate for something.

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sHbY

^ Build I want to get (1272$).


I changed the memory because the heatspreaders of the corsair one will bother the aftermarket cooler.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.67 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($398.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($159.74 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1271.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 19:26 EST-0500)
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December 16, 2012 10:44:31 PM

loresr97 said:
I changed the memory because the heatspreaders of the corsair one will bother the aftermarket cooler.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.67 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($398.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($159.74 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1271.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 19:26 EST-0500)


So you think that is a good final build? Also the 4GB version of the GTX670 was 1$ less than the 2GB, so I got it.

Thanks alot for your help!

Updated PartPicker link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/sPoD
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December 16, 2012 10:57:07 PM

Yeah its a final good build.
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December 16, 2012 11:39:40 PM

Best answer selected by NitrogenPapaya.
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