I am wanting to build my first PC. I have been using laptop's up to this point, and so I am not sure exactly what to get. I want to keep the computer to around $1000, including the 13% tax.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of weeks
Budget Range: Around $1000 CAD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video playback
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Location: Ontario, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, AMD GPU
Overclocking: No necessary
SLI or Crossfire: Not now
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I have looked through and picked out some parts that seems to be suggested often. That setup can be seen here. I will be purchasing most parts locally if possible, others I will order.
This current build is within the budget, but I was wondering if anyone would suggest different parts. In particular, I am not sure the difference between some of the motherboards, and wondered if that one is a decent board.
Hi, that psu isn't that good, the xfx is a quality psu, more important than the watts is the quality itself, the xfx 550 will be more than sufficient, included a ssd, better case, cheaper h77 motherboard, it's also a good one
I don't think that I will need to overclock my CPU. I choose that chip so it will save a bit of money. As for cooling, I may be getting a corsair H60 from a friend. As far a OSes, I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional 64bit to use.
If you aren't like 100% positive you are not going to overclock, you can buy the i5-3570 without being unlocked and use the intel heatsink and save around $50 more. If oyu like you could get the ssd or better graphics card though or psu.
2. If you are spending $200 for a 3570, you might as well spend $220 for a 3570K. The extra 10% in cost stands to buy you 25% more cpu power.
You will need a Z77 based motherboard. Most any will do, pick your favorite brand. Look at M-ATX sizes too, they are usually cheaper.
Here is one for $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. I will never again build a pc without using a SSD for at least the os and a few games.
120gb is sufficient. If you buy a 240gb unit, you may never even need a hard drive. At least, defer the hard drive until you need more room for storage.
Samsung or Intel would be my preferred brands. Ignore synthetic benchmarks; performance among all modern ssd's is remarkably similar.
4. Add a $30 tower type cooler like the cm hyper212. It will run quieter and cooler. It is easier for the novice to install; the Intel pushpins are tricky.
Thanks for the replies. I have heard about NCIX, I might end up ordering from there. I was a bit worried that the PSU would not be the best, so thanks for those suggestions.
As far as the ASRock motherboard, I don't think I need an mother board that advanced since I am not planning to overclock the CPU. I have read into that board a bit and it seems to be one of the more popular boards, but I think I can save some money by choosing a less feature filled board.