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First $700 Budget Gaming Build

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December 24, 2012 6:37:05 PM

Hey, guys. I'm looking to build my first gaming rig on Boxing day in Canada. I need help with the parts and stuff.
I would like a quad core cpu, 8gb ram, 1tb HDD, A good graphics card compatible with the build all for under $ 700.
The case, dvd drive, decent motherboard and psu could be w/e compatible with the build.
Please not that I want it around $700 and companies from Canada. (Preferably from NCIX) Thank you!
a b 4 Gaming
December 24, 2012 8:19:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $699.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 17:19 EST-0500)
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December 24, 2012 8:50:38 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $699.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 17:19 EST-0500)


Should I get a HD 7870 instead?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 24, 2012 9:28:35 PM

if you are planning to play bf3 and planetside 2 get the gtx , if not get the 7870
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a c 287 4 Gaming
December 24, 2012 9:58:37 PM

I'd go for the 7870 but I would *NOT* purchase a Zalman Z9 - there's far better cases out there.

I'd get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $712.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 18:58 EST-0500)
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a c 287 4 Gaming
December 24, 2012 10:01:08 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $699.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 17:19 EST-0500)


OP is in Canada, that build isn't going to work. Besides, if you were going to this would be like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.82 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $835.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 18:59 EST-0500)
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December 24, 2012 10:37:58 PM

g-unit1111 said:
OP is in Canada, that build isn't going to work. Besides, if you were going to this would be like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.82 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $835.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 18:59 EST-0500)


That is a bit over my budget. Would I be able to get i5 3570k in it?
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December 24, 2012 10:41:42 PM

Do you already have a copy of Windows7?
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December 24, 2012 10:43:50 PM

beware123 said:
Do you already have a copy of Windows7?

Yes, I do. I have the monitor and mouse/keyboard also.
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December 24, 2012 11:55:26 PM

Could you guys recheck NCIX and help me with the build? The Boxing day sale is starting.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
December 25, 2012 12:13:55 AM

ichikara said:
That is a bit over my budget. Would I be able to get i5 3570k in it?


No. On a sub $700 build I'd recommend going with an AMD FX-6300. It provides better performance than the i3-3225 and unlike the i3 is very overclock friendly.
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December 25, 2012 12:51:27 AM

g-unit1111 said:
No. On a sub $700 build I'd recommend going with an AMD FX-6300. It provides better performance than the i3-3225 and unlike the i3 is very overclock friendly.

The i5 Is only $199.99.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 25, 2012 7:48:02 AM

g-unit1111 said:
OP is in Canada, that build isn't going to work. Besides, if you were going to this would be like this:

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December 25, 2012 9:39:06 PM

I bought my computer with a i5 3570k, 16 gb ram, HD7870 under $700. Thanks for the help anyways. Even though it did not help at all. :) 
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