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Looking To Build A Mid Range Gaming Computer, Could Use Advice & Assistance

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March 24, 2013 5:48:57 PM

Very first build, completely new to the world of computer components.

Budget Range: Willing to go to the $500-$600 Canadian range, but I can be flexible on price if its quality components.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and media

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, just not sure what yet.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, thinking of Windows 7 or 8

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca or Amazon.ca

Location: Southern Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: AMD compatible components

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, a Crossfire in the relatively near future (perhaps 6 months down the road)

Your Monitor Resolution: whatever the system is best suited for

Thus far I have a Phenom 2 x4 955 Black Edition 3,2 GHz, 8MB cache, Socket AM3 with heat sink fan, Part # HDZ955FBGMBOX (apologies, I couldn't find the proper link again)

and 2x4GB AMD Memory Performance Edition PC3-10600 1333MHz CL8, 1.5V which is it for now. I'm trying to learn as I go along but its admittedly more difficult than I had anticipated. I've run into a wall as far as mobo's, graphics cards & pretty much everything else goes.

I have gotten some opinions on another thread I started here as to graphics cards & I was told that the Phenom 2 should be able to handle a Radeon HD 7850 or 7750 so I'm going with that unless others think it'll be an issue.

My biggest question is which mobo should I get and I'd prefer it to be Crossfire capable, but its not an immediate want/need. If anyone could give me some rough build ideas within $100-125 either way of the range I specified it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!

Edit: I forgot, I also have a 1TB Western Digital hard drive & I'm also hoping someone could recommend an SSD to use as the boot drive.
March 24, 2013 7:04:31 PM

This would be my suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($178.60 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $596.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 22:04 EDT-0400)

Edit
sorry i spaced on the OS and monitor. scratch this build.
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March 24, 2013 7:11:09 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/M09l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/M09l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/M09l/benchmarks/

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.43 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Expansys US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($80.99 @ Expansys US)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($98.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $652.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 22:10 EDT-0400)
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March 24, 2013 7:14:51 PM

tenaciousk said:
This would be my suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($178.60 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $596.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 22:04 EDT-0400)

Edit
sorry i spaced on the OS and monitor. scratch this build.


No worries at all. :) 
March 24, 2013 7:16:04 PM

bodeen2012 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/M09l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/M09l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/M09l/benchmarks/

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.43 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Expansys US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($80.99 @ Expansys US)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($98.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $652.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 22:10 EDT-0400)


Thanks for the links & the benchmark link.
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