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February 9, 2013 6:28:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around February 12

Budget Range: $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing The Web, YouTube.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca

Location: Hamilton, Canada

Parts Preferences:Intel i3/i5 (if possible) AMD FX Series or Phenom Series. (Mostly want Intel because I want it to be more "Future Proof".

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to play Crysis,Day Z, Skyrim, FarCry and GTA IV.I also want it to have a playable frames at high setting or higher.

More about : 550 gaming

a b B Homebuilt system
a c 302 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 6:34:14 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($56.35 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.74 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.45 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $553.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 15:33 EST-0500)


This is as good as you will do for that budget. Should get medium/ some high settings.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 6:43:57 PM

NCIX Canada is pretty good and will price match most things

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($83.95 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Intel DB75EN Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.45 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $551.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 15:43 EST-0500)

If you're willing to spend $10 more to get significantly more gpu performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($83.95 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Intel DB75EN Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.45 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $566.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 15:50 EST-0500)
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February 9, 2013 6:48:29 PM

Okay never mind the OS, I just found a windows 7 pro.

Can you do one without os?
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 302 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 6:55:18 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.50 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $546.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 15:55 EST-0500)

No OS, 2gb 7850. i3 3220. Go for this.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 6:55:24 PM

CPU heavy one

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Intel DB75EN Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($176.42 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $544.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 16:03 EST-0500)

gpu heavy

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($83.95 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Intel DB75EN Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $532.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 16:02 EST-0500)
February 9, 2013 7:02:25 PM

Thanks a lot :D 

Basically exactly what I was looking for. But should I go with a g860 and spend a little more money on the gpu?
February 9, 2013 7:10:03 PM

Defiantly going for this build but thanks guys for helping me. :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 302 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 7:10:13 PM

What games do you want to play?
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 7:12:58 PM

that would be too unbalanced in my opinion but you could save money by grabbing the g860 over the g2120 which is think is a good way to go (unless you play online games like gf3 64 player then in which case you want all the cpu you can get)

You can also opt for a cheaper board (found this awesome p67)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.90 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $507.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 16:12 EST-0500)


This is a bit more balanced

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $558.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 16:20 EST-0500)


PCpartpicker is warning of some potential bios issues with the 3220 on a p67 so this is good too

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.93 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $558.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-09 16:20 EST-0500)
February 9, 2013 7:23:05 PM

DayZ,Crysis, crysis 2, far cry3,
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 7:33:02 PM

The titles that are dual threaded will perform about the same on the g2120 as the i3 3220/2120 while games that can do more threads will see some fps increase due to the hyper-threading

You should do fine on the g2120 or g860 with these games afaik
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 302 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 7:39:54 PM

Day Z might be rough. a pentium and a 7870 is pretty unbalanced. I would recommend an fx-6300 and a 7850. Its a much more balanced build and will be more useable in the near future as games move to 4 cores quickly.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 7:48:15 PM

Actually the Op should get a rig like your sig rig :) 

Its like the same as the i3 and 7870 build I posted above

How is it holding up?
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 302 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 7:51:55 PM

I really like it a lot. I can max most games without issue. In BF3 multilayer I sometimes get a tiny bit of lag if a lot of people are in one area due to the dual core. Its never really noticeable though. All in all, I am very pleased with my rig. Max games like skyrim no problem.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2013 8:48:28 PM

The OP should grab something similar to yours then if you're doing great and he's not into BF3 multi

He might even be able to get away with a g860/g2120
February 10, 2013 12:01:44 AM

I don't play BF3 but as long the build is fine it's good.

I gathered some parts together from a combination of you guys and will these parts work together and not have issues.

CPU:Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Socket LGA1155 3.30Ghz 3MB L3 Cache ($109.99)

MotherBoard:Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 Socket 1155 Intel P67 Chipset $(49.88)

RAM:p atriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 ($34.88)

HDD:Seagate Barracuda (ST500DM002) SATA3 6.0Gb/s 500GB 16MB Cache ($54.99

VideoCard:Sapphire (11199-00-20G/ 11199-16-20G) AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 ($219.99) (Or just give me any option that you have experience with).

PSU:Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600 Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply ($59.99)

OpticalDrive:LG (GH24NS72B) Internal 24x DVD-Writer, OEM ($13.99)

Case:Thermaltake Versa II All Black ATX Mid Tower USB3.0 ($39.99)
February 10, 2013 12:15:42 AM

Lol Sorry about that : P

So I should get the 7850 rather than the 7870?
And Is my build how you guys helped my fine?
February 10, 2013 12:27:53 AM

Alright Thank you very much for your help.

I will be ordering the parts on Monday! :D  :bounce: 

Thank you very much.

But one last thing,

If i could do future upgrades what could it be.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 10, 2013 12:34:30 AM

You could crossfire the 7870's but you might need to upgrade the PSU at the same time
or sell the 7870 and grab whatever card you need

CPU wise you can get an i5 2500k/3570k or 2700k/3770k or E3-1230/1240 v2
or lower end i5's depending on your budget

You can also add in an SSD for faster speed etc
!