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Noob needs help with first gaming pc!

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March 8, 2013 8:58:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, but withing 2 weeks for sure.

Budget Range: I would like to spend around $800 CAD. I am a little flexible. I don't want to spend more then I have to, but I also don't want to regret a purchase 2 months down the road becasue I was to cheap to shell out an extrea $100... if that makes sense :kaola: 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, also for use in a home recording studio. If it can handle games, it will handle my recording programs...

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but I never throught about that in my original budget. I don't need it right away, so I may hold off a little while. Suggest are still welcomed :) 

Parts to Upgrade: I need everything!! :) 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: new egg, or any other Canadian site with good prices.

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Parts Preferences: I was thinking intel I5 cpu, but like the title says, I'm a noob so you guys prob know much more about this stuff then I.

Overclocking: no sure?

SLI or Crossfire: not sure??

Additional Comments: Quiet would be good for in the studio.

Why Are You Upgrading: My xbox died last week, and my 4 year old laptop is on its way out :ange: 

Basically, I'm a complete noob when it comes to current computer specs. I just need a pc that can run my favourite games such as skyrim, battlefield, cod...etc. I will also be using it in my studio, so if it can run those games, I don't see why it couldnt run Cubase 5.

Is there any info that I'm missing??


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March 8, 2013 9:32:32 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Thermaltake VG7000BWS ATX Mid Tower Case ($73.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $864.45

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 18:27 EST-0500)

CPU can be dropped to an i3 to save money, same with GPU maybe a 650 ti. might even bump the gpu to a 500w
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March 8, 2013 10:29:35 PM

Read what motorneuron posted. Click the links too.

The 7950 is a better card, but can afford the price tag?
If you can afford the cost, bump it to the 7970 for the extra $40

7870 220 87.3fps
7950 320 86
7970 360 86

Very minor difference between the cards for this game, but each one has its benefits in other games..more money is basically better performance. The 7870 is one of the best cost to performance cards out there at the moment.
March 8, 2013 10:33:09 PM

redguitar said:
knowing the little I know, that looks pretty awesome for the price.

The only thing I'm really unsure of is the GPU... I've been told to go with the HIS 7950. I was told that I would need it to0 run skyrim on max. is it wort the extra 100$?

You don't *need* the 7950 to run skyrim on max, though it will help. A 7870 will perfectly run skyrim on max with graphic mods with 60+ fps if you get an i5.
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March 8, 2013 10:43:21 PM

my gtx660 runs skyrim on max at 60fps solid with vsync on, its similar to the 7870 so a 7870 will be fine, but if you have the extra money the 7870xt or 7970 would be great and more future proof.
March 8, 2013 10:53:58 PM


i use some cases better shipping rates than newegg.
March 9, 2013 1:32:20 AM

thanks for the suggestions guys.

I think i will go with the 7870, and save a few bucks.

I'm actually a Newfie up here working haha!