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January 13, 2013 2:46:26 PM

Hey guys,

I'm building a budget gaming PC. Prices are a little higher here in Canada, so here's what I managed to build for about $800:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($218.48 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($86.23 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.24 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Crucial V4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.87 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($258.73 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.25 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.73 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.74 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $837.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 12:06 EST-0500)

I was wondering if someone could have a look over it and let me know if there's anything I could improve about it. I already have a 1.5 TB Caviar Blue that I'll add in there for additional storage, so don't worry about that.

For the record, I was planning to order within the next week. I have Windows 8 ready to install. The system will be used primarily for gaming, but I might also use it for software development.

Thanks for your help
a b 4 Gaming
January 13, 2013 3:17:54 PM

i'd recommend Crucial m4 over v4

also not sure why your price here is 837, but when i opened pcpartpicker link is says 723
January 13, 2013 3:20:50 PM

Make sure it's pcpartpicker.com/ca (Canada), otherwise it'll give you prices for these parts in the US.

Here's the permalink it gives me: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/xnVh

The Crucial m4 is almost $30 more than the v4. Is it worth that much? Does it make a large difference? What is that difference?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 13, 2013 3:34:23 PM

whats ur total budget?

January 13, 2013 3:35:34 PM

Quote:
whats ur total budget?


As I said, about $800, though the build I've posted is pretty close to the maximum I'm ready to pay.
a b 4 Gaming
January 13, 2013 3:45:35 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.47 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.53 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($247.48 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $776.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 12:45 EST-0500)

:)  and within ur budget mate

a b 4 Gaming
January 13, 2013 3:49:07 PM

both of those arent that great, the build i made u nxvd is more solid and the 840 series smokes the competition :) 

January 13, 2013 3:50:27 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.47 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.53 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($247.48 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $776.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 12:45 EST-0500)

:)  and within ur budget mate


I didn't include CPU Cooler in my previous build. Is it necessary? Will it make a sizeable difference?
January 13, 2013 3:56:53 PM

CPU - Intel i5 (Ivy Bridge) 3470 - 199.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard - ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP - $119.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (8 Cas Latency) - $48.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Storage - ADATA S510 Series (120GB) - $99.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video Card - XFX Radeon HD 7870 - $220.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Case - Antec 300 ATX Mid Tower - $49.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply - CORSAIR CX500 - $64.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Optical Drive - LG 24X DVD Burner - $13.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total w/ Rebates - 798.92
a b 4 Gaming
January 13, 2013 3:57:12 PM

yes, if u wanna overclock :) 

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