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January 18, 2013 1:34:03 AM

Hello, I am relatively new to PC hardware as i have been using a gaming laptop until now so I have not had to worry about how parts fit together and stuff. Ive been enjoying 30 fps gaming on high settings but now I would like to get a desktop and enjoy 60 fps on max and a more future-proof PC. My budget is around as said in the title but i would be most comfortable keeping it around 1300.

NOTE: I live in Canada, so use the canadian version of the PC part picker website if possible. http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/

GPU: I think i want to stick to Nvidia as it seems to have less problems associated with it. Ive been torn between the 670 and 680 (is the latter worth the extra money?)

CPU: From looking around, it looks like the Intel Core i5-3570K Processor is the most cost-effective but what do I know?

RAM: 8 GB sounds like enough but considering the relative cheapness of RAM, 16 GB seems worth it possibly.

HDD: A solid state would be nice as well as 1.5-2 TB of HDD storage.

Past that, I dont know much so Im hoping the kind people of toms hardware can help me out? Do any of you guys have a good build that matches what Im talking about?



PS: I want to run all the latest and greatest (and upcoming games) at around 60 FPS (or more would be nice obviously) at 1920×1080 (eg. Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Bioshock Infinite, and all the other typical games).

More about : 1000 1500 build

January 18, 2013 2:23:19 AM

I'll go with something like this.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($216.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.63 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.85 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1228.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 23:17 EST-0500)

1. Considering that you will overclock with that budget.
2. As your an nividia fan, you can go with a 670 instead, at 1080p, it is even still overkill at this time. You won't need a 680, You might waste money since you'll be experiencing same gaming experience with both. But it is up to you if you want a hardcore pc and your willing to spend a lot of cash.
3. If you want to sli in the future, better up the psu to 750w. If not, it can be as is.
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January 18, 2013 2:29:44 AM

GTX 670 is better as overclocking it will achieve the power of a GTX 680. Also most games are maxed by the 670 stock, no need to overclock it. 8GB is enough, if you want more just add it later, but I don't think you'll ever use it on gaming.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($216.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1306.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 23:28 EST-0500)
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January 18, 2013 2:53:49 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($216.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($28.88 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cougar Evolution-W (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($83.08 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($102.50 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1119.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 23:51 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1212.36
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Total: $1142.36


cheap and effective quality parts only gaming pc :) 

7950 overclocks to 7970s level and equals a gtx 680 and at times beats it.

so best bang for bucks.

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