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February 13, 2013 12:54:24 AM

Hey folks!
I've held back for quite sometime now hoping to squeeze every bit of power out of my Dell 630i but it has been 5 years and the urge is no longer bearable.
My current setup is a Intel Q8200, 8GB DDR2 Ram, and a HD 5770. Barely able to run current games on Medium with AA.

This will be my first self-built computer.


Approximate Purchase Date: June - July 2013; able to wait a tad longer if new gen CPU's or GPU's are on the brink of release.

Budget Range: $900 Before Rebates; After Shipping (If a new monitor is recommended it would probably have to be included in the $900)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School Work, Surfing the Internet, Watching Movies

Are you buying a monitor: Most likely not.

Parts to Upgrade: I want a brand new system as my current computer is a Dell 630i and the components are absolute trash.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com, newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, memoryexpress.com; pretty much any website is fine with inexpensive or free shipping that are reliable and ships to Canada.

Location: Richmond (Vancouver), BC, Canada

Parts Preferences: No Pref, but would like best bang for buck.

Overclocking: Probably in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. As far are ATI or nVidia, no preference.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050, possible upgrade to 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Looking to play future FPS and RTS games. Possibly some MMO's. Not looking to benchmark. I would like to max out games though.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Blue Screen of Death occurs almost everyday. Freezes for 4 - 5 seconds every 5 hours or so. Can't run the games I play on High/Ultra.



Thank you for your time, help is greatly appreciated.

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February 13, 2013 1:44:45 AM

first of all... really? ... reallly? ive got a Q6600 with 5gb ram and a 450GTS 1gb vid card which can run games easily still (replacement gpu for my HD2900xt R.I.P. 500$)
yeah it wont play on ultra but still comfortably on mid... now i upgraded to 550TI cuz that 450 is trash :D  got some pretty mid/high graphics going with CPU overclocked no probs.

sounds like yours need a windows reinstall :p 




so here is a build that will fit in your budget

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Dcu3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Dcu3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Dcu3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0556 39.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($10.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.25 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $791.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 22:36 EST-0500)

sorry PLUS HDD... missed it somehow around 80$ for 1tb







here is pretty much maxed build for gaming


PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/DcBf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/DcBf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/DcBf/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 ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Thermaltake VN700M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1104.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 22:44 EST-0500)




February 13, 2013 1:49:15 AM

Here's a parts list that i think would fit your budget. Which is right on target including a GPU. If you want spend around $30 moreand get a aftermarket CPU cooler you could overclock a bit

MB:ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance LP 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram is also low profile so it wont interfere if you decide to put a aftermarket cooler on your CPU

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:SAMSUNG Black Single
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total of $907
February 13, 2013 3:06:37 AM
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