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February 11, 2013 10:19:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably this month.

Budget Range: ~$1500 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Storage > Streaming > Editing > Surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All but maybe the graphics card and the RAM.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca.

Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Parts Preferences: Would like the FX8350 CPU.

Overclocking: Yes, with some help.

SLI or Crossfire: If it fits into the price range.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 + 1440x900 monitor that I may use for dual monitor setup.

Additional Comments: Window with LED would be awesome, but if it's expensive, then no. Also, I have a 560 Ti and I have no idea if I want to upgrade that.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This Pentium + 560 Ti isn't going to last very long, and I need a main computer.
February 11, 2013 11:01:06 PM

Anyone?
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February 11, 2013 11:24:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.50 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($106.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $723.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 20:23 EST-0500)

Hi this would be best. It's half your budget but if you really think 560ti is lacking then get a AMD 7950 or GTX670.

CF/SLI is not the best way to go. Hope this helps.
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February 12, 2013 12:12:39 AM

cutebeans said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.50 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($106.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $723.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 20:23 EST-0500)

Hi this would be best. It's half your budget but if you really think 560ti is lacking then get a AMD 7950 or GTX670.

CF/SLI is not the best way to go. Hope this helps.


Eh I kind of wanted something with faster storage, or more storage. I'd spend more to get more storage and preformance.
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February 12, 2013 12:19:53 AM

It has an SSD... what more do you want?

The best solution would be a 128GB ssd for the OS and games, a 64GB ssd to use as a scratch disk when recording, and a 1TB or 2TB (or two 1TB drives in RAID 0) for storage.
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February 12, 2013 12:26:29 AM

Get 2tb HDD.
256gb of 840 Pro.
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February 12, 2013 12:43:28 AM

cutebeans said:
Get 2tb HDD.
256gb of 840 Pro.


Alright thanks but do you think I should upgrade my video card to a 7950? I may be able to sell my 560.
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February 12, 2013 12:46:50 AM

It depends on you. If you are not satisfied with the performance of the 560ti then get the 7950. If you are satisfied then don't :) .
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February 12, 2013 1:27:56 AM

cutebeans said:
It depends on you. If you are not satisfied with the performance of the 560ti then get the 7950. If you are satisfied then don't :) .


How much of an improvement would it be over the 560 Ti OC Edition @1080p with 1 monitor? I play a lot of games. I get most of the newer games, and they need some serious graphics. For example, I want Crysis 3, but I can't even run it on Low.
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February 12, 2013 3:29:43 AM

That's impossible. How can you not run it on low?

7950 is a huge jump in performance and you get 2 free games as well so it's a win win
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February 12, 2013 1:34:23 PM

cutebeans said:
That's impossible. How can you not run it on low?

7950 is a huge jump in performance and you get 2 free games as well so it's a win win


Alright thanks, but can you add a good amount of storage to the build, as well as some fans? I basically only want to store some games and movies, MP4s and all that on the storage, so I don't think that a WD Green would do too bad. But I would like a bit of a higher SSD, the AMD FX8350, if you can recommend that, maybe a Blu-Ray if I run out of storage, I can always burn my movies and finally a bit better of a PSU. I would like at least bronze certification and I would like it to be quiet.
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