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January 25, 2013 4:52:36 PM

Hi all,

you can call me ouss. I m trying to build in the next days a pc around 1000$ that will work great for 2 main purposes:
1- Work/University : must perform well with Matlab-Simulink and similar tools (that s why i need a good cpu and lots of ram)
2- gaming : i would like to be able to play some modern games on pc to have a better sensation than my ps3 (i m into many various games: fps,rpg,sports,classics,...)

Though my first priority is for work/university, so if 1000$ is not enough (i can exceed a bit the budget), i may downgrade per example the graphic cards or other components related to gaming but i would like to keep the possibility to upgrade later anytime for the gaming purpose once i m done with my university project (6-9months).

Can you advise me what bad choices i have to done or how to save some dollars.


Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work/University, Gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Do you need to buy OS: Yes (win 7 preferably, dont know if win8 remains compatible with my tools)

Location: Montreal,QC,Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel for cpu (it performs better for matlab-simulink)

Overclocking: Maybe (probably not as i m afraid that overcloking in a simulation could corrupt the computation)

SLI or Crossfire: Whatever

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or better (not important)

Additional Comments: possibility to get a ssd much later but not now.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: need performant desktop pc for work/university, and also i always wanted a good gaming pc.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($98.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.01 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1180.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 13:47 EST-0500)


Please give me your precious advice for the pc build (it s my first build so forgive me in advance if i make noob mistakes or bad configurations).

Thanks!! ;) 
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 4:57:31 PM

Your build seems fine, but it's better to have a dual channel kit of 16GB ram, instead of quad channel, like this one : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/gskill-memory-f31600...

You might want a 660 ti, it's just about the same price as that 660 gtx : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/pny-video-card-vcggt...
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/zotac-video-card-zt6...

Also an ips monitor might suit you : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/lg-monitor-ips231pbn

You power supply is fine : http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-P...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 5:10:28 PM

Altogether, you have a pretty good build. I will put up a couple small changes I would make.

RAM- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233280&AID=10592396&PID=3938566

MOBO-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU- http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=76163&vpn=GV-N660OC-2...

PSU- http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&...

Here are my reasonings.

1. Dual Channel RAM is better, and this is low profile because RIPJAWS cut it really close with the 212 EVO. (I have both)

2. Asus makes very good boards, and you don't really need the Extreme4.

3. Same great 660, just cheaper. Gigiabyte makes great cards. I have one.

4. XFX makes high-quality PSU's and they are more reliable than OCZ.

If you have any questions, just ask.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 5:17:22 PM

Here is what I came up with for $1000CAD if you really don't want to overclock. The 7870 is a better choice, IMO. You don't need 16GB of RAM either. OCZ does not have very reliable PSUs. It would be nice to get that IPS monitor that djangoringo suggested :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.99 @ Computer Valley)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($218.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1002.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 14:13 EST-0500)
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January 25, 2013 5:43:12 PM

djangoringo said:
Your build seems fine, but it's better to have a dual channel kit of 16GB ram, instead of quad channel, like this one : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/gskill-memory-f31600...

You might want a 660 ti, it's just about the same price as that 660 gtx : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/pny-video-card-vcggt...
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/zotac-video-card-zt6...

Also an ips monitor might suit you : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/lg-monitor-ips231pbn



yes you re right for the RAM. It can even let me free slots for a further upgrade to 32gb if i m not satisfied.
for 660 ti, i will think about it but you re right the price diff is small.

why is the ips monitor better ?
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January 25, 2013 8:10:18 PM

thanks everybody for your valuable inputs!!

I like cball1311 proposition, it saves me lots of bucks (why is there no CPU Fan?).

So based on the initial build on my first post :

-Downgrade to i5-3750 (i dont think i ll overclock)

-the ram changed for a dual 16gb ( CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB)) - i think Matlab/simulink will drain a lot of ram specially for the big models that i might simulate.

-the motherboard why is the extreme 4 not useful for me? There isnt that much difference in the price with the ones that you all suggested me (Gigabyte boards or Asus B75) that dont have SLI : i would like to keep the possibility of having a better game machine later, maybe dual GPUs.

-I ll switch to Radeon 7870 (still hesitating for the GTX600 TI) : i ll decide on price if i find any good deal at the moment.

-case : switch to corsair 200r

- PSU: switch to XFX
- monitor : switch to LG IPS231P-BN

I ll get home soon and check it out on the stores how much it ll cost.

thank you again everybody.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 8:16:31 PM

oussbf2 said:


I like cball1311 proposition, it saves me lots of bucks (why is there no CPU Fan?).



No CPU fan because you are not overclocking so stock cooling will be fine.
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January 26, 2013 12:14:16 AM

djangoringo said:
Your build seems fine, but it's better to have a dual channel kit of 16GB ram, instead of quad channel, like this one : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/gskill-memory-f31600...

You might want a 660 ti, it's just about the same price as that 660 gtx : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/pny-video-card-vcggt...
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/zotac-video-card-zt6...

Also an ips monitor might suit you : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/lg-monitor-ips231pbn

You power supply is fine : http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-P...



Alright I ve made the changes based on all your recommandations here my final setup, i might start buying parts this weekend, please tell me if there is something wrong in the setup.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($268.46 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.01 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: LG IPS231P-BN 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1153.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 21:12 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 12:23:45 AM

I made some changes, the i5-3470 has the same performance as the i5-3570, for those cpus a h77 mobo is more adequate no need to spend more for a z77 : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zB6w
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