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New $1000-1100 Gaming Build | Need some advice

Hello, I had a post like this a while ago and I decided that It would be better to post it back up when the sales are started so I can save money. I would like to buy my parts from Newegg, NCIX and Amazon. I'm from Canada also.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers) (PURCHASED DURING BLACK FRIDAY)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ DirectCanada)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.74 @ DirectCanada) (PURCHASED DURING BLACK FRIDAY)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Canada Computers)
OK so I need to know what GPU to get during sales, if there are any on sale that are really cheap now please tell me.
Price range- 350-430
Cards I am looking at-

670
EVGA FTW- http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71941&vpn=02G-P4-2678-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1285

ASUS Direct CUII- http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71705&vpn=GTX670-DC2-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1285

HD 7970
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68755&vpn=HD7970-DC2-3GD5&manufacture=ASUS
Any other really good ones that are on sale and are good cards?

EDIT- Games I will play- Bf3, Skyrim, Some Racing games, GTA 4, TF2 those kinds of games.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.88 @ Canada Computers)

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)

Total: $1030.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 11:53 EST-0500)

Thanks for reading this and taking your time to help me! :love:
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  1. couldnt agree more :)

    you miss this one Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
    i believe you wanted 212 EVO not 212 plus :)

    670 vs 7970 depends on what game you play. some games favor only one of them
  2. Choosing which GPU u want would require us to know what games you play like the above posted said it varies from game to game. You can go look up the benchmarks if you want to see
  3. dude, be smart and wait till 6pm pacific or 9 pm eastern. ncix is having their boxing week sale tonight. a gigabyte windforce 670 is going to go for 299.99 after mir

    ill temporarly recommend something
    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/tUQo

    -black hard drives are useless. no speed gain

    go here
    http://i48.tinypic.com/ajpcab.jpg

    get the adata ssd, the ud3h motherboard, and the msi gtx 670
  4. ^ it will be a steal

    you are lucky if you get it :) lol
  5. TheBigTroll said:
    dude, be smart and wait till 6pm pacific or 9 pm eastern. ncix is having their boxing week sale tonight. a gigabyte windforce 670 is going to go for 299.99 after mir

    ill temporarly recommend something
    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/tUQo

    -black hard drives are useless. no speed gain

    go here
    http://i48.tinypic.com/ajpcab.jpg

    get the adata ssd, the ud3h motherboard, and the msi gtx 670
    Ok, thanks for telling me about that gpu going on sale, Ill try and jump on that. Could you update me with things that are on sale at 6pm and edit that build you made?

    Why that gigabyte Mobo? and the A data ssd? Haven't heard anything about that SSD.
  6. Techguy1 said:
    Ok, thanks for telling me about that gpu going on sale, Ill try and jump on that. Could you update me with things that are on sale at 6pm and edit that build you made?

    Why that gigabyte Mobo? and the A data ssd? Haven't heard anything about that SSD.

    i think you already had a good build on the first post... in addtion, the GPU advice from ncix boxing day

    it suits your taste and dont botther with anything else :) ^ thebigtroll maybe want to help you cheap out in some places
  7. I am looking at this case, the rosewill blackhawk is it any better than the haf 922? Should I get that one instead?
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107
  8. choosing case somewhat depends on you taste, seriously

    case does not add performance to your system. it is about taste :)
  9. because gigabyte motherboards dont have a 35 dollar MIR. a asrock at 154.99 + tax and then - the mir ends up costing more than a gigabyte board at 134.99 + tax -minus 10 dollar MIR

    the adata is cheap right now and performs pretty well according to toms. i put that in there just for a blank space. obviously there will be cheaper SSDs tonight at ncix.

    id say the fractal is a better case. solid steel (lots of it), is silent without a large increase in temps, while having tons of cabling space and gromments
  10. TheBigTroll said:

    -black hard drives are useless. no speed gain


    5 year warranty on black, vs 3 year for blue/green. Black drives have a lower intitial failure rate than blue/green.

    No 7200 RPM HDD is going to have a noticeable speed gain over any other.
  11. i have WD drives that fail and not seagate. depends on your experience with them. id say they are equal, just the price is not
  12. Unfortunately, all we have to go on with HDD reliability is personal experience, as any manufacturer independent study of HDD's so far has had to omit manufacturer and model identification from the data to avoid being sued. - why the HDD manufacturer's can get away with suing someone for releasing that data is beyond me.

    Personally, I've had 2 seagate barracuda's fail on me consecutively (the first HDD and the under-warranty-replacement both failed, the second within 2 months). only the second one was kind enough to spit a SMART error first.

    However, given the lack of non-anecdotal information, I'm going to go with the HDD that has the longest warranty.
  13. Ill update this thread tonight when things are on sale!
  14. I suggest you get the scout 2
    Because its better best bang for buck
  15. its never on sale in canada
  16. Ok one more question, I think i might pick a different motherboard I haven't heard good things about that asrock. Give me some suggestions

    I would like to go with asus

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830

    or

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

    Tell me what you think.

    Thanks
  17. TheBigTroll said:
    its never on sale in canada


    What ever is, besides moose jam?

    <3 canada :)
  18. I don't know about that particular board, but in general, Asrock boards are excellent.

    Between those two Asus boards, I'd suggest the P8Z77 (Unless you want a micro ATX case so you can fit the machine in a smaller space)

    While the voltage regulator on the maximus is massive (8+2+2 phase), I find that the current fluctuations on a board with a 6 phase regulator, such as the P8Z77, are small enough that the overclocking difference between the two boards is minimal. The ATX Board will run cooler, has slightly more expansion options, and is, of course, cheaper.

    good luck!
  19. TheBigTroll said:
    dude, be smart and wait till 6pm pacific or 9 pm eastern. ncix is having their boxing week sale tonight. a gigabyte windforce 670 is going to go for 299.99 after mir

    ill temporarly recommend something
    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/tUQo

    -black hard drives are useless. no speed gain

    go here
    http://i48.tinypic.com/ajpcab.jpg

    get the adata ssd, the ud3h motherboard, and the msi gtx 670
    Have the sales on ncix started yet? Nothing new on my end.
  20. they have started, but servers just exploded
  21. I would recommend you get one of these mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128558#top

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819#top

    mobo:MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660#top

    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545#top
  22. TheBigTroll said:
    they have started, but servers just exploded
    Do you mean I just have to wait a bit? and were did you hear about that gigabyte 670 on sale from?
  23. by any chance if you want something for a laptop, a seagate momentus xt is a great option, give its 39.99
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53491&vpn=ST95005620AS&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1033
  24. UPDATED BUILD FOR THE SALES

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/tZ2g
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/tZ2g/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/tZ2g/benchmarks/

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.03 @ DirectCanada) (Will wait)

    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($118.24 @ DirectCanada) (Will buy this during sales)

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada) (Might wait)

    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($341.89 @ DirectCanada) (Will buy during sales)

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.88 @ Canada Computers) (Will wait I think)

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX) (Will buy)

    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers) (Will wait)

    Total: $729.01
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 22:07 EST-0500)
  25. dude, change the cooler the noctua d14. for 50 bucks, its a total steal

    canada computers has the gigabyte z77x-d3h for 104.99 after MIR. a better deal

    i can get a 2tb seagate for that price

    the fractal define r4 window is 79.99. a total steal

    LG burner is 10 bucks.


    did you even read my post?
  26. TheBigTroll said:
    dude, change the cooler the noctua d14. for 50 bucks, its a total steal

    canada computers has the gigabyte z77x-d3h for 104.99 after MIR. a better deal

    i can get a 2tb seagate for that price

    the fractal define r4 window is 79.99. a total steal

    LG burner is 10 bucks.


    did you even read my post?

    Sorry missed that post you made, What do you recommend buying right now I have $500 to spend right now and once I meet up with family ill have more. (Meeting with family tomorrow) Will sales still be up?
  27. I jump on the deals TBT told you about canada computers gigabyte z77x-d3h for 104.99 after MIR.
    and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 those cheap prices will not last long.
  28. the sales will go down if you dont snatch those deals. hurry up

    @bigcyco: more stores have it. if you dont mind hitting those wrap-around-the-mall lineups.

    or for the heatsink, if you dont mind those lines, you can get a noctua u12p-se2 for 36.99 in store, but no guarantees
  29. heres the instore specials. worth taking a look around
    http://www.ncix.com/promo/promosale.php?webid=BoxingDay2012InStore&sn=5754
  30. Quote:
    the sales will go down if you dont snatch those deals. hurry up

    @bigcyco: more stores have it. if you dont mind hitting those wrap-around-the-mall lineups.

    or for the heatsink, if you dont mind those lines, you can get a noctua u12p-se2 for 36.99 in store, but no guarantees

    Going to buy the 2 big items first. MOBO and GPU

    Buying the gigabyte gtx 670 oc from NCIX- http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&promoid=1285

    and the Motherboard, I am wondering what one to get the
    cheap $120 gigabyte z77x-d3h or the gigabyte z77x-UD3H $134 (Seen better things about this one) whats the difference and whats better?


    Wont mind paying around $15 more.

    Will wait till tomorrow night I think when I get some extra cash to finish off with the small stuff.

    Missed that case sale that night for the Fractal R4 on ncix :/
  31. the case is still on sale just saying. the cooler isnt, which is kinda your biggest loss

    there isnt much difference between the xd3h and the ud3h other than the arrangements of the usb ports

    the case
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=75045&vpn=FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL-W&manufacture=Fractal%20Design&promoid=1033
  32. TheBigTroll said:
    the case is still on sale just saying. the cooler isnt, which is kinda your biggest loss

    there isnt much difference between the xd3h and the ud3h other than the arrangements of the usb ports

    the case
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=75045&vpn=FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL-W&manufacture=Fractal%20Design&promoid=1033

    I have $410 now to buy everything else.

    Need

    Hard Drive - Either Seagate, or WD Caviar Black 1TB
    Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
    Case - Fractal R4 w/window
    CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 Plus
    PSU - XFX 550w psu
    DVD Drive for booting windows - ??


    Don't have enough money left to buy the Samsung 840 120gb ssd thats on sale. :(
    Also on NCIX should I bother with the expressRMA??
  33. dont bother with a 840 non pro. they suck

    i have VIP membership. dont need it. its a warranty that covers 30 days after purchase where if something dies, you can ship it back to them (or id just go to their store), and then they will swap it for a fresh one, no hassle

    you dont have to get windows 7 on a dvd drive. you could just download the windows iso file, get a usb and format it so that you can install windows off of it. you still need a serial key if its to be made legal
  34. TheBigTroll said:
    dont bother with a 840 non pro. they suck

    i have VIP membership. dont need it. its a warranty that covers 30 days after purchase where if something dies, you can ship it back to them (or id just go to their store), and then they will swap it for a fresh one, no hassle

    you dont have to get windows 7 on a dvd drive. you could just download the windows iso file, get a usb and format it so that you can install windows off of it. you still need a serial key if its to be made legal

    Ok I dont think that I will get a SSD right now. But if I do what should I get? (OS and some slow loading games and programs) Whats a good cheap performance SSD.

    For my Hard Drive what should I get that's on sale right now? You said not to bother with the Black Caviar drives because there are cheaper HD's. I would like to get a fast Hard Drive that is $100 or less.

    When I get an SSD how would I go about getting my OS on to it if it's already on a Hard Drive? Do I have to re-install Windows?

    Thank you soooooo much for helping me threw this :love: :D
  35. Best answer
  36. TheBigTroll said:
    if you have windows on a hard drive, you need to reinstall on the SSD and do all the file transfers

    this hard drive does the job
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70854&vpn=ST1500DM003&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1033

    this ssd does it
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69894&vpn=SDSSDX%2D120G%2DG25&manufacture=SANDISK&promoid=1033

    but if you want a lot more value, get this
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69895&vpn=SDSSDX%2D240G%2DG25&manufacture=SANDISK&promoid=1033

    About the Hard Drives, It says they are bare drives or OEM drives, Doesn't that mean that It only comes with the drive itself without any cables? What cables would I need and do they come with the PSU?
  37. comes with nothing but bubble wrap and the drive. the psu has power connectors and the motherboard comes with sata cables. you are covered
  38. TheBigTroll said:
    comes with nothing but bubble wrap and the drive. the psu has power connectors and the motherboard comes with sata cables. you are covered

    Okay, so I think I figured out what to get for the rest of my build and I am going to order tonight, Let me know what you think.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    (Or this one, I want speed for gaming, since this is a gaming pc) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66010&vpn=ST2000DM001&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1033#CustomerReviews

    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $399.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 21:09 EST-0500)

    Everything is cheaper on NCIX right now.
  39. dude, the cooler. you can still go to a store and get the u12p -se2. its worth it
  40. hard drives make no difference in gaming performance, only in load times. but for load times, its negligible between 7200rpm drives. only on ssds where you will find the largest differences.

    also, adding a ssd to a sytem is a lot harder than adding a hard drive
  41. TheBigTroll said:
    hard drives make no difference in gaming performance, only in load times. but for load times, its negligible between 7200rpm drives. only on ssds where you will find the largest differences.

    also, adding a ssd to a sytem is a lot harder than adding a hard drive

    What do you think about that samsung hard drive is it fast and a good hard drive? Heard lots of good things about it.
    I dont know what hard drive to get, I would like to have money left to get a good 120gb ssd.

    About that cooler in store. What store is it in, NCIX?
    The problem is that I have no NCIX stores around me.. I live in Alberta
    And is my build good to go and should I order it tonight? Really excited :kaola:

    If I were looking into getting a SSD what one should I get for a good price and very good performance?
  42. the 840 non pro isnt good while the 840 pro is about the best you can get, thats why you see a huge price gap

    if you dont want to pay for shipping, you could do some price beats at memory express. just not on boxing day.

    if you cant get the cooler, the hyper 212 should be sufficient

    this ssd
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69894&vpn=SDSSDX-120G-G25&manufacture=SANDISK

    but if you want value, id get the 240gb.
  43. TheBigTroll said:
    the 840 non pro isnt good while the 840 pro is about the best you can get, thats why you see a huge price gap

    if you dont want to pay for shipping, you could do some price beats at memory express. just not on boxing day.

    if you cant get the cooler, the hyper 212 should be sufficient

    this ssd
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69894&vpn=SDSSDX-120G-G25&manufacture=SANDISK

    but if you want value, id get the 240gb.

    Sorry, I was talking about the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive is it fast and better than the seagate or caviar black?

    Build - I think I am ready to order everything else I just need some input on a hard drive.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    (Or this one, I want speed for gaming, since this is a gaming pc) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku= [...] merReviews
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)

    Total: $399.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 21:09 EST-0500)
  44. About the case..
    Should I get the R4 w/window (Is it a really good case??) or get the HAF 922 they are about the same price.

    What will be better if I plan to OC my CPU and GPU?
  45. the samsung is a older drive. just get the seagate. its a tad faster

    R4 in my opinion just wins everything except temps. it will be a tad hotter than the 922 (3c at most), but thats irrelevant since canada is freezing cold most of the time.

    its more silent as well
  46. TheBigTroll said:
    the samsung is a older drive. just get the seagate. its a tad faster

    R4 in my opinion just wins everything except temps. it will be a tad hotter than the 922 (3c at most), but thats irrelevant since canada is freezing cold most of the time.

    its more silent as well

    Ok, I am going to stick with the R4 w/window.

    Could you provide me with a link for that seagate that I should get, Can't find the right one.

    Going to order everything after I pick out the hard drive.
  47. Ok I am ordering everything now.

    Thanks to
    TheBigTroll
    BigCyco
    and everyone else

    Finished my first gaming build! :)
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