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February 2, 2013 6:57:23 PM

I'm looking to get these parts sometime this week with the budget of $1000:

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B3NL

I already have the monitor, OS, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.

Yes, the estimated wattage is 366W. I'm not familiar of whether that's a good thing or bad thing, but I was told it's pretty low. Any insight as to whether I can change a part for the better is much appreciated.

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February 2, 2013 7:03:03 PM

You will need minimum 500w for this rig.
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February 2, 2013 7:07:50 PM

The ssd you chose is sata II..i've also included a case and also take a look at the gigabyte 7870oc..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B4pk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B4pk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B4pk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($156.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.80 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($234.47 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.81 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $980.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 16:06 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 2, 2013 7:13:08 PM

Don't you need a case ?
My suggestion : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B4vd

Includes a good psu, some changes, made it cheaper, but as good as the parts you had, with a 7950.
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February 2, 2013 7:18:24 PM

I would just go for the 7870 XT (Tahiti LE) if you are going to spend that much money on a gpu. It has the same set as the next model up and was one of the best gpus for the money according to Tom's. I added a case and a better psu for the power of the build.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B4zq

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B4zq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B4zq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B4zq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($156.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($242.76 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $983.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 16:21 EST-0500)
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February 2, 2013 7:33:38 PM

Doug, take a look at this build. It is right with your original budget from the once you linked in your first post.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B4Hk

Basically, I got you a little more quality for the money.
-2013 version of the Corsair H60 (I have it, it works VERY well and it has a 5-year warranty)
-Changed your motherboard out for an ASUS that is cheaper, same specs, same 3-year warranty
-Swapped to less expensive Crucial memory, same speed, same amount (lifetime warranty)
-Bumped your storage to 1.5TB
-Changed your SSD to a more reliable/trustworthy Samsung 840
-Changed your PSU out for a modular, high-quality Rosewill CAPSTONE 550W PSU (5 -year warranty, manufactured by SuperFlower, who makes some of the best stuff right now)

Let me know if you have questions.
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February 2, 2013 7:39:38 PM

djangoringo said:
Don't you need a case ?
My suggestion : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/B4vd

Includes a good psu, some changes, made it cheaper, but as good as the parts you had, with a 7950.


giving him a new antec 25 P280 (he's a friend of mine)

and i'm not sure if he didn't or did mention all orders are from Canada

thanks so far for the input guys
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February 2, 2013 7:42:25 PM

Took the case out of mine per mbooth.
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February 2, 2013 7:50:25 PM

Best answer selected by doug94.
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February 2, 2013 7:58:27 PM

Just a few notes : the samsung 840 isn't more reliable or better than the ssd you had or the a-data, it has tlc nand which is inferior to the two ssds with mlc nand, which are more reliable and faster.
The xfx 550w is made by seasonic and it's a lot more cheaper.
An aircooler is better than those closed loop watercoolers, i'd get the hyper 212 evo.
The 1.5 TB hdd is a good suggestion, you should get it, as for a card, either get the 7870 XT or the 7950, the 7870 XT is better than any 7870 and it's cheaper, the 7950 is better overall if you can pay it.
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