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December 25, 2012 9:52:31 PM

Been a while since I made a computer and kinda researching whats all out there now as well as bang for buck. Been running a late 2011 imac for photoshop past little bit but wanna get back into games and wanting to build a machine. so far looking around am at around 2500 bucks canadian. ill post what I found and tips on making it cheaper with still a ton of performance would be a great help.

Inwin Dragon Rider case about $196
inwin 1200w power supply about $219
asus P9X79 pro Motherboard about $306
I7 3930k 6 core about $575
nvidia GTX 680 $mb about $580
sound blaster sound card about $200
Hard drive around $120-400 (depending how many and speeds I want)
corsair 16GB RAM 2133mhz around $250 (only need 8GB I know but RAM isnt to much plus maybe slow the speed down)

Any tips on all these or a change to any to help with price would be nice looking for games like planetside 2 BF3 on ultra settings with no problems. Am in canada and all these are best buy prices and seem cheaper then newegg.

Thx

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December 25, 2012 10:10:09 PM

Rabid07 said:
Been a while since I made a computer and kinda researching whats all out there now as well as bang for buck. Been running a late 2011 imac for photoshop past little bit but wanna get back into games and wanting to build a machine. so far looking around am at around 2500 bucks canadian. ill post what I found and tips on making it cheaper with still a ton of performance would be a great help.

Inwin Dragon Rider case about $196
inwin 1200w power supply about $219
asus P9X79 pro Motherboard about $306
I7 3930k 6 core about $575
nvidia GTX 680 $mb about $580
sound blaster sound card about $200
Hard drive around $120-400 (depending how many and speeds I want)
corsair 16GB RAM 2133mhz around $250 (only need 8GB I know but RAM isnt to much plus maybe slow the speed down)

Any tips on all these or a change to any to help with price would be nice looking for games like planetside 2 BF3 on ultra settings with no problems. Am in canada and all these are best buy prices and seem cheaper then newegg.

Thx


Hello Rabid07,

I have put your computer together at PcPartPicker and I have made some adjustments and recommendations, here it is:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/u6J2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/u6J2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/u6J2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 PRO ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($295.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($414.99 @ CompUSA)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Phoebus 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($187.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Inwin Dragon Rider ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Inwin Commander II 1200W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.80 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1868.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 19:07 EST-0500)

You should have alot of Breathing room for upgrades, even in CAD. I would recommend upgrading the HDD or possibly adding an SSD. SSD's are the future. And I don't think a Sound Card is necessary, but if you really want one then be my guest.
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December 25, 2012 10:18:31 PM

For gaming you will not benefit from going X79 - it's too expensive for not a lot of difference in performance. The above build includes a 680 and a sound card - neither of which are really necessary.

Here's how that money should be spent:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.88 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($229.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.82 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $2003.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 19:17 EST-0500)

I downgraded to Z77 since you won't see much benefit from purchasing the 3930K, included a better case, better power supply, and have room for 3-way SLI = where you will really benefit.
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December 25, 2012 10:20:58 PM

Rabid07 said:
Been a while since I made a computer and kinda researching whats all out there now as well as bang for buck. Been running a late 2011 imac for photoshop past little bit but wanna get back into games and wanting to build a machine. so far looking around am at around 2500 bucks canadian. ill post what I found and tips on making it cheaper with still a ton of performance would be a great help.

Inwin Dragon Rider case about $196
inwin 1200w power supply about $219
asus P9X79 pro Motherboard about $306
I7 3930k 6 core about $575
nvidia GTX 680 $mb about $580
sound blaster sound card about $200
Hard drive around $120-400 (depending how many and speeds I want)
corsair 16GB RAM 2133mhz around $250 (only need 8GB I know but RAM isnt to much plus maybe slow the speed down)

Any tips on all these or a change to any to help with price would be nice looking for games like planetside 2 BF3 on ultra settings with no problems. Am in canada and all these are best buy prices and seem cheaper then newegg.

Thx




That power supply is garbage.


"The In Win Commander II 1200W is a 1200W power supply and barely one at that. The power allocation on the unit is bad with an anemic 12v capacity, the 12v layout is annoying, the documentation is wrong, and like most of the Andyson units we see the efficiency numbers are pulled from Fantasy Land. If it wasn’t for the fact that this unit was surprisingly quiet, and not because it was dead though at times I figured that was probably why it was quiet, this unit would be almost completely without merit. Though, to be entirely fair to In Win it is not for anything the company actively did to the unit (except for the power label), this is just what happens with Andyson units when anyone but BFG is standing over the design team the entire time it seems. Poor ratings, efficiency shenanigans, and just all around corner cutting seems to be the normal operation from Andyson units. It is just unfortunate that In Win switched to a less conscientious supplier than its previous supplier for the new Commander II 1200W. "


Get something from a good manufacturer, corsair, seasonic, antec, xfx etc, don't cheap out on the most important part of your PC.


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December 25, 2012 10:23:49 PM

g-unit1111 said:
For gaming you will not benefit from going X79 - it's too expensive for not a lot of difference in performance. The above build includes a 680 and a sound card - neither of which are really necessary.

Here's how that money should be spent:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.88 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($229.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.82 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $2003.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 19:17 EST-0500)

I downgraded to Z77 since you won't see much benefit from purchasing the 3930K, included a better case, better power supply, and have room for 3-way SLI = where you will really benefit.



THIS is a gaming machine.
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December 25, 2012 10:28:35 PM

maxalge said:
THIS is a gaming machine.


Amen.
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December 25, 2012 10:59:10 PM

Ok thx all looks good and great feedback ill look more into all of this. I do do a lot of photoshop and after effects which is one reason for the i7 but not as much as I used to which is why I am trying to go for mostly gaming now.
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December 25, 2012 11:06:35 PM

Rabid07 said:
Ok thx all looks good and great feedback ill look more into all of this. I do do a lot of photoshop and after effects which is one reason for the i7 but not as much as I used to which is why I am trying to go for mostly gaming now.


If you do a lot of Photoshop then take the build I posted and upgrade the CPU to the i7-3770K.

But really stay very far away from In Win.

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THIS is a gaming machine.


That it is. :lol: 
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December 26, 2012 1:10:33 AM

g-unit1111 said:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.88 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($229.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.82 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $2003.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 19:17 EST-0500)

I downgraded to Z77 since you won't see much benefit from purchasing the 3930K, included a better case, better power supply, and have room for 3-way SLI = where you will really benefit.


This looks pretty good probably go this route unless anyone thinks there are other benifits.
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December 27, 2012 5:20:59 AM

What's the differance between the 2 gigabyte cards with 2gb the windforce with 3 fans and a higher speed or the standard with 2 fans? Can't find much on google and most results are just the windforce version which is a bit cheaper
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December 30, 2012 8:30:56 PM

Best answer selected by Rabid07.
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December 30, 2012 9:55:45 PM

Rabid07 said:
What's the differance between the 2 gigabyte cards with 2gb the windforce with 3 fans and a higher speed or the standard with 2 fans? Can't find much on google and most results are just the windforce version which is a bit cheaper


Check out this roundup: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...
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