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School/Gaming Build w/ Potencial Upgrading

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December 29, 2012 11:37:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Before new years day

Budget Range (after shipping, taxes, rebates, etc...): 750-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Schoolwork (heavy use of excel and word), gaming, internet stuff, netflix

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: These are the parts I need and some that I have selected: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/uuHK

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like newegg.ca for content but I much prefer ncix for pricing and will most likely purchase from them.

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus,

Overclocking: In the future I will look into overclocking.

SLI or Crossfire: nah

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I do understand the necessities of a video card for gaming. I plan to purchase one on a later date when money is not as heavy a restriction.

Please help with the build by giving comments, suggestions, etc... so I can make the best purchase possibile.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer is shared amongst 3 people and was built in 2005. I am in need of an upgrade.

Thanks for any help.
December 29, 2012 12:18:13 PM

GPU: A nice HD 7850 would supplement that build.

Also if you are going to overclock in the future you'll want to invest in a CPU cooler. The Hyper 212 Plus is cheap yet efficient.
December 29, 2012 12:55:19 PM

songoku619 said:
GPU: A nice HD 7850 would supplement that build.

Also if you are going to overclock in the future you'll want to invest in a CPU cooler. The Hyper 212 Plus is cheap yet efficient.


It's funny how I was looking at the exact same card earlier. I do plan to add that on in the near future :D  .

If I do plan to overclock, will the mobo/other parts be able to handle it with the added cpu cooler you mentioned? Will all my parts be compatible with each other (with the added parts)?

Thanks,
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December 29, 2012 1:07:23 PM

Everything should fit nicely.

You may want to get the low profile Corsair Vengeance Ram as those heat spreaders may be slightly too big and come into contact with the CPU Cooler. Search for the low profile versions. It's the same thing without the tall heat spreaders.

The HD 7850 is a very good card even with high resolutions and should future-proof you for quite some time :) 
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December 29, 2012 1:30:51 PM

If you just want it all, then you will like this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970XE ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($51.96 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $787.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 09:36 EST-0500)

The processor isn't that good at stock, but when overclocked gets faster than a Core i5, for what you're doing. (15% worse at stock and 15% faster when OC'd)
That's why i included a motherboard suited for overclocking.
It also has a high capacity, moderetly fast SSD, a good mid-range graphics card (more than good enough for casual gaming).
It also features a very good case and a high quality power supply.

Or if you don't need an external graphics card right now, go with this one instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: EVGA 130-SB-E685-KR ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Antec DF-35 ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.88 @ 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 ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $775.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 10:30 EST-0500)
December 29, 2012 5:55:17 PM

Thanks for the tips everyone!
December 29, 2012 6:01:14 PM

This is what I plan to buy.
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/uQfM

I plan to order a video card (HD 7850) at a later date in the near future as well.

Are all of my parts compatible (Do I have enough connectors? Is my power supply good enough? etc...)? Do I have all the equipment needed to build a computer properly?
December 30, 2012 8:30:12 AM

All looks well although refer to my earlier posts concerning:

1. CPU Cooler for OC
2. Low profile Ram (Corsair vengeance low profile is available)

Other than that your build looks solid.
!