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Notebook/Laptop vs Prebuilt Desktop vs Custom.

Approximate Purchase Date: In a couple of weeks.

Budget Range: $1200 before shipping for the notebook, $1000 for a custom and $1100 for a prebuilt.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > streaming > surfing > video + photo editing > everything else.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I have 2.

Parts to Upgrade: Not upgrading, rebuilding or buying.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: canadacomputers.com, bestbuy.ca, newegg.ca, ncix.ca and amazon.ca

Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Parts Preferences: Intel, NVidia and MSI.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I have a 560 Ti already so maybe.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 and a 1440x900

Additional Comments: Would like a cool casing, maybe with LED if it fits into the budget.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I need to get a better computer than this bottlenecking GTX 560 Ti + Pentium combo.


I am currently looking at this notebook:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=710_577_371&item_id=050944

This prebuilt:
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asus-asus-essentio-cm6340-gaming-pc-intel-core-i7-3770-128gb-ssd-2tb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-8-cm6340-ca002s/10227760.aspx?path=9d5e600e5f529bba8eb4f4a46306ccd5en02

And this custom:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vSbD

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560 Ti and 2 TB Caviar Black.
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  1. The laptop isn't that good for gaming, a 660m is not good for 1080p gaming, the prebuilt the same with a 7670, it's not good, both will perform less that the card you have, the 560 ti.
    Get the custom pc, pick the parts and make a good pc, you have already good ideas, i just changed some things. for like a cheaper mobo, but with SLI support, 8GB ram, a 660 ti, a psu for SLI, a larger ssd, since you have already a hdd, no need for another one, just a large ssd.
    My suggestion : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zC0B
  2. If you can spend the $1200, this is what I'd get (keep in mind that I'm leaving out the storage drives since it seems like you already have them): http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zCrj

    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: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($110.52 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($341.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Total: $1149.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 23:31 EST-0500)
  3. djangoringo said:
    The laptop isn't that good for gaming, a 660m is not good for 1080p gaming, the prebuilt the same with a 7670, it's not good, both will perform less that the card you have, the 560 ti.
    Get the custom pc, pick the parts and make a good pc, you have already good ideas, i just changed some things. for like a cheaper mobo, but with SLI support, 8GB ram, a 660 ti, a psu for SLI, a larger ssd, since you have already a hdd, no need for another one, just a large ssd.
    My suggestion : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zC0B


    Thanks but I already have a 560 Ti so that 660 is just making my 560 go to waste. I don't know what to do about it. But I do like that build.
  4. JMer806 said:
    If you can spend the $1200, this is what I'd get (keep in mind that I'm leaving out the storage drives since it seems like you already have them): http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zCrj

    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: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($110.52 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($155.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($341.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Total: $1149.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 23:31 EST-0500)


    Yeah I don't have that much storage and I already have some Corsair 8 GB RAM. But that's a nice build, just a bit more than my $1000 for a custom.
  5. djangoringo said:
    The laptop isn't that good for gaming, a 660m is not good for 1080p gaming, the prebuilt the same with a 7670, it's not good, both will perform less that the card you have, the 560 ti.
    Get the custom pc, pick the parts and make a good pc, you have already good ideas, i just changed some things. for like a cheaper mobo, but with SLI support, 8GB ram, a 660 ti, a psu for SLI, a larger ssd, since you have already a hdd, no need for another one, just a large ssd.
    My suggestion : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zC0B


    Also:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_BsTuuxY2g

    I'm mainly looking for high settings set.
  6. You can ditch the card, and use the 560 ti, and wait for newer generation cards that will come this year.
    But the 660 ti is a upgrade from a 560 ti : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/images/perfrel_1920.gif
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/images/bf3_1920_1200.gif

    That's a recent benchmark with several cards, the 660 ti gets 60 fps in BF3 at ultra settings @1080p.
  7. djangoringo said:
    You can ditch the card, and use the 560 ti, and wait for newer generation cards that will come this year.
    But the 660 ti is a upgrade from a 560 ti : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/images/perfrel_1920.gif
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/images/bf3_1920_1200.gif

    That's a recent benchmark with several cards, the 660 ti gets 60 fps in BF3 at ultra settings @1080p.


    Alright, do you know anywhere where I can sell the card? Because I kind of don't want the newer generation cards as they probably will be expensive.
  8. Check the link i gave it has the 660 ti with all the shops in canada.
    The cheapest one is this http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=75322&vpn=VCGGTX660TXPB&manufacture=PNY%20Technologies%20Inc&promoid=1338
  9. djangoringo said:
    Check the link i gave it has the 660 ti with all the shops in canada.
    The cheapest one is this http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=75322&vpn=VCGGTX660TXPB&manufacture=PNY%20Technologies%20Inc&promoid=1338


    Alright but I still kind of want a laptop. I found one with a GTX 670MX 3GB RAM + 3630Q for 1110. Should I get that?
  10. Even the 560 ti is better than that mobile gpu see here : http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-670MX.82603.0.html

    Also if you check the that mobile card, it doesn't reach more than ~20 fps in BF3 @ 1080p ultra settings, the 660 ti does 60 fps.
  11. djangoringo said:
    Even the 560 ti is better than that mobile gpu see here : http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-670MX.82603.0.html

    Also if you check the that mobile card, it doesn't reach more than ~20 fps in BF3 @ 1080p ultra settings, the 660 ti does 60 fps.


    sigh. I guess I should get that build you suggested. Is the 560 Ti SLI better than the 660 Ti?
  12. Two 560 ti is on par with a 580 gtx, a 660 ti is better than a 580 gtx, it will be better than two 560 ti.
  13. djangoringo said:
    Two 560 ti is on par with a 580 gtx, a 660 ti is better than a 580 gtx, it will be better than two 560 ti.


    Alright, final question, do you think I should try to sell my 560 Ti and get another 660 + a better PSU?
  14. Best answer
    A single 660 ti is fine for 1080p, no need for two 660 ti for now, just sell the 560ti to cut down the cost of the 660 ti.
    I think you've seen the link that i put a few post above, that i made some changes, the psu is a xfx 750W, it's of good quality and more than enough for two 660 ti, also that mobo supports sli : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zGLg
  15. djangoringo said:
    A single 660 ti is fine for 1080p, no need for two 660 ti for now, just sell the 560ti to cut down the cost of the 660 ti.
    I think you've seen the link that i put a few post above, that i made some changes, the psu is a xfx 750W, it's of good quality and more than enough for two 660 ti, also that mobo supports sli : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zGLg


    Alright thanks for all of that.
  16. Best answer selected by SHORYUKEN.
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