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February 9, 2013 2:08:20 AM

Hi all! I'm planning a new gaming build to replace my aging system.
Budget is $1,000 CAD after taxes, so like 880 before. Things are also a tad pricier here in the north :-)

Looking at

i5 3570
Radeon 7950
G.Skill 8GB 2133 RAM
120Gb SSD
DVD-RW

I have a year old OCZ ModXStream Pro 500MXSP (82% efficient), will it be sufficient or is it too borderline? Seems a like a good unit, just worry if I should up to a 600Watt.

Now I don't know much about mobos, prices seem to vary so much, is it mainly features? I don't plan any serious overclocking, only have 3 SATA devices and really only need 1 USB3.0 maybe 2 max. So I saw Gigabyte has a Z77 board for $120. Reliability is important to me.

I have 1tb WD Black I'll reuse, also reuse my old case, probably add a good fan though.

For those curious my current system is now just about 4yrs old and is:
AMD Phenom II 940 3.0 Ghz
4gb 800Mhz Kingston
Radeon 4850
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February 9, 2013 5:29:39 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $849.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 02:29 EST-0500)
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February 9, 2013 5:39:48 AM

bodeen2012 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CmXX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CmXX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CmXX/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $849.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 02:29 EST-0500)


Take note, OP lives in Canada. Try again.
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February 10, 2013 6:34:12 PM

Can no one answer my questions?
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February 10, 2013 6:56:48 PM

AlexCCCP said:
Hi all! I'm planning a new gaming build to replace my aging system.
Budget is $1,000 CAD after taxes, so like 880 before. Things are also a tad pricier here in the north :-)

Looking at

i5 3570
Radeon 7950
G.Skill 8GB 2133 RAM
120Gb SSD
DVD-RW

I have a year old OCZ ModXStream Pro 500MXSP (82% efficient), will it be sufficient or is it too borderline? Seems a like a good unit, just worry if I should up to a 600Watt.

Now I don't know much about mobos, prices seem to vary so much, is it mainly features? I don't plan any serious overclocking, only have 3 SATA devices and really only need 1 USB3.0 maybe 2 max. So I saw Gigabyte has a Z77 board for $120. Reliability is important to me.

I have 1tb WD Black I'll reuse, also reuse my old case, probably add a good fan though.

For those curious my current system is now just about 4yrs old and is:
AMD Phenom II 940 3.0 Ghz
4gb 800Mhz Kingston
Radeon 4850


AlexCCCP said:
Can no one answer my questions?


I WILL ANSWER YOU'RE QUESTIONS :bounce: 

First, better to go with 1600mhz ram because there is no fps difference between 2133mhz, don't make me pull out the benchmarks please, just trust me.

Second, the SSD you want to consider are thee OCZ Vector Series/Samsung 840 Pro/OCZ Vertex 4/Plextor M5P. This pattern is ordered from best performance to "least" performance.

Third, any GPU worth buying should have a 2-fan design, insert MSI/Asus Radeon Cards here.

Fourth, your PSU will be fine, run it in the ground before you buy a new one and when that time comes, splurge, and get a Corsair 850 gold so you're set.

And Fifth, They're only two motherboards worth buying(MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 and ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155

Reasonings:

Why MSI? Besides them being awesomelyawesome of course:

I recommend the MSI mobo models for their OC Genie, which makes OC incredibly easy and STABLE(I would bold this if I could), and their price points. Both boards are reliable buys. Just as MSI motherboards are great for OC/Stability, their GPUs follow suite. They usually come with 2 fan models, with great cooling systems, and unlocked voltage/OC stability worked into the magic of teh computer hardwares. Asus is a second alternative in the GPU category and second to none in the high-end 3-4way crossfire/sli motherboard setups.

PS: For a CPU cooler grab a hyper 212 Evo and some arctic silver 5 thermal compound.

GL on you're build

-Prax :hello: 
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February 10, 2013 7:52:17 PM

Praxeology said:
I WILL ANSWER YOU'RE QUESTIONS :bounce: 

First, better to go with 1600mhz ram because there is no fps difference between 2133mhz, don't make me pull out the benchmarks please, just trust me.

Second, the SSD you want to consider are thee OCZ Vector Series/Samsung 840 Pro/OCZ Vertex 4/Plextor M5P. This pattern is ordered from best performance to "least" performance.

Third, any GPU worth buying should have a 2-fan design, insert MSI/Asus Radeon Cards here.

Fourth, your PSU will be fine, run it in the ground before you buy a new one and when that time comes, splurge, and get a Corsair 850 gold so you're set.

And Fifth, They're only two motherboards worth buying(MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 and ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155

Reasonings:

Why MSI? Besides them being awesomelyawesome of course:

I recommend the MSI mobo models for their OC Genie, which makes OC incredibly easy and STABLE(I would bold this if I could), and their price points. Both boards are reliable buys. Just as MSI motherboards are great for OC/Stability, their GPUs follow suite. They usually come with 2 fan models, with great cooling systems, and unlocked voltage/OC stability worked into the magic of teh computer hardwares. Asus is a second alternative in the GPU category and second to none in the high-end 3-4way crossfire/sli motherboard setups.

PS: For a CPU cooler grab a hyper 212 Evo and some arctic silver 5 thermal compound.

GL on you're build

-Prax :hello: 


Thank you very much for your input, good considerations :-)
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February 10, 2013 10:34:50 PM

sorry about that thought i set it to canada

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($288.75 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($92.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $882.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 19:34 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2013 12:32:16 AM

Praxeology said:
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While I can agree with the recommendations you posted, please stop using contractions; You only got one out of four of them correct :( 
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February 11, 2013 12:39:55 AM

doubletake said:
While I can agree with the recommendations you posted, please stop using contractions; You only got one out of four of them correct :( 




On a serious note, my grammar is fine, I think you're taking this too seriously. Stop it Vader. Just stop it... :non: 
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February 11, 2013 2:18:29 AM

Best answer selected by AlexCCCP.
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