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January 3, 2013 4:45:00 PM

Hello,
I would like to make a new computer build. I watched a video about it and I want to copy it because it seems like decent build for me. I play a lot of high graphic games (Minesweeper) and want to get good performance for a good amount of money. Not too much, but a good amount. The system I'm planning on getting is about $600 CAD. It consists of an Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155, Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan, MSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr, Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMMs, SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD), OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom, Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Windowed Computer Case and a Sony DVD Burner. Also, I was wondering if I could import my old 1TB Western Digital 7200RPM SATA with Windows 7 and other things I like. Or would I have to spend $200 extra for a new harddrive and Windows 7?

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January 3, 2013 5:01:52 PM

SHORYUKEN said:
Hello,
I would like to make a new computer build. I watched a video about it and I want to copy it because it seems like decent build for me. I play a lot of high graphic games (Minesweeper) and want to get good performance for a good amount of money. Not too much, but a good amount. The system I'm planning on getting is about $600 CAD. It consists of an Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155, Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan, MSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr, Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMMs, SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD), OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom, Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Windowed Computer Case and a Sony DVD Burner. Also, I was wondering if I could import my old 1TB Western Digital 7200RPM SATA with Windows 7 and other things I like. Or would I have to spend $200 extra for a new harddrive and Windows 7?


You can import the HDD without issue. However if your Windows 7 is the OEM version its license is going to be tied to your previous motherboard and won`t work in your new system.

I wouldn`t suggest investing in a previous generation GPU. The 560Ti was a nice card, but the 660 offers better performance for the same price and runs cooler and on less power.

I`m also not sure about that PSU. I know some here recommend certain OCZ PSUs, but I`m not sure on that specific model. I would suggest sticking with Seasonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair. This tiered list may help http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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January 3, 2013 5:07:19 PM

Avenged7x said:
You can import the HDD without issue. However if your Windows 7 is the OEM version its license is going to be tied to your previous motherboard and won`t work in your new system.

I wouldn`t suggest investing in a previous generation GPU. The 560Ti was a nice card, but the 660 offers better performance for the same price and runs cooler and on less power.

I`m also not sure about that PSU. I know some here recommend certain OCZ PSUs, but I`m not sure on that specific model. I would suggest sticking with Seasonic, XFX, Antec or Corsair. This tiered list may help http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx


Thanks for replying.

1. I'm trying to import that 560 Ti from this computer that I'm using and I don't know how to sell it to get my money back.

2. I chose that PSU because I wanted a modular one and it was the first one I saw so I decided to see if it was worth something. Can you suggest a PSU that's good for something like this and is modular at the same time?
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January 3, 2013 5:15:22 PM

1) No problem to import that GPU, its still a decent card so you can keep it for now and upgrade later.

2) Modular will add cost, but I`ll check for you. Are you planning to overclock or use dual GPUs in the futureÉ
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January 3, 2013 5:26:30 PM

Avenged7x said:
1) No problem to import that GPU, its still a decent card so you can keep it for now and upgrade later.

2) Modular will add cost, but I`ll check for you. Are you planning to overclock or use dual GPUs in the futureÉ


Mostly planning to overclock, but I may or may not do SLI. I probably won't.
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January 3, 2013 5:37:14 PM

No SLI suggestions
a) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/pc-power--cooling-power...
b) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/seasonic-power-supply-m...
c) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/seasonic-power-supply-s...

I prefer the Seasonics they are a bit more expensive, the PC P&C is cheaper but its white. The third one is Gold rated.

SLI suggestions
a) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/corsair-power-supply-cm...
b) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750b...

Note: XFX PSUs are Seasonic made.

I have an XFX non-modular, and although I did wish I had bought a modular when trying to conceal all those extra wires, now that my case is closed up its a non-issue the extra $25 or so I saved is of greater value to me.

PS. I`ve had good luck ordering stuff from Direct Canada and they offer Free Shipping and are 2 for 2 on getting stuff to me quicker than NCIX who charged for the shipping.
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January 3, 2013 5:46:13 PM

Avenged7x said:
No SLI suggestions
a) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/pc-power--cooling-power...
b) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/seasonic-power-supply-m...
c) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/seasonic-power-supply-s...

I prefer the Seasonics they are a bit more expensive, the PC P&C is cheaper but its white. The third one is Gold rated.

SLI suggestions
a) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/corsair-power-supply-cm...
b) http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750b...

Note: XFX PSUs are Seasonic made.

I have an XFX non-modular, and although I did wish I had bought a modular when trying to conceal all those extra wires, now that my case is closed up its a non-issue the extra $25 or so I saved is of greater value to me.

PS. I`ve had good luck ordering stuff from Direct Canada and they offer Free Shipping and are 2 for 2 on getting stuff to me quicker than NCIX who charged for the shipping.


That 550RM is awesome, but is it modular? Also, should I delete Windows off this harddrive, install the harddrive and then install a different Windows 7 or will that not work?
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January 3, 2013 5:53:02 PM

SHORYUKEN said:
That 550RM is awesome, but is it modular? Also, should I delete Windows off this harddrive, install it and then install a different Windows 7 or will that not work?


Yes its fully modular.

If your Windows 7 is OEM (ie. you bought the OEM version and installed it yourself or if you bought a PC with it pre-installed) your Windows activiation key will be linked to your motherboard. Even if you format the harddrive and install it in the new system Windows will recognize that activation key doesn`t match the new motherboard.

If you have a retail version of Windows 7 you can de-activate it on your old system and do a fresh install on the new system.
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January 3, 2013 6:03:45 PM

Avenged7x said:
Yes its fully modular.

If your Windows 7 is OEM (ie. you bought the OEM version and installed it yourself or if you bought a PC with it pre-installed) your Windows activiation key will be linked to your motherboard. Even if you format the harddrive and install it in the new system Windows will recognize that activation key doesn`t match the new motherboard.

If you have a retail version of Windows 7 you can de-activate it on your old system and do a fresh install on the new system.


How would I de-activate it? Also, if I doesn't work or I change my mind, is there a way to activate it again?
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January 3, 2013 6:12:06 PM

Once your certain you have a retail copy you could just format that drive and do a fresh install. You may also be able to just simply swap the HDD from the old system to the new, but a formatted fresh install always seems to do some good.
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January 3, 2013 6:22:14 PM

before you pull your old system parts use a few usb sticks and back up any of your personal data that you dont want lost.
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January 3, 2013 6:42:44 PM

Oh yeah I also forgot that I'm using a Gigabyte Z77X Motherboard.
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