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Computer Build, Looking for opinions or advice. $1000 budget

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April 4, 2013 9:19:31 AM

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/xforlife/saved/1q5q

Keep in mind i do live in canada ontario. so shipping is a big thing i have to look out for while i try to budget out this computer.
Mostly intended for gaming and everyday use, Im thinking about adding in a cooling system because i do tend to havve my computers running extended ammount of time, my current desktop is pretty much 24/7 and with this build i feel like doing that would eventually damage the parts so i am going to keep 2 computers running at the same time, Aswell i do have a 24" monitor, but im looking into maybe upgrading my mouse and keyboard let me know.

The total ive come up with that includes all taxs and shipping is about $1045. I was wondering what you guys think of this build and wether you guys would change anything keep it still under $1100
a b 4 Gaming
April 4, 2013 9:32:21 AM

Overall it looks good except I perfer PSU from companies like SeaSonic, Corsiar, XFX or Antec; I would go wtih one of them. Also before you overclock the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K you are going to need to get a good 3rd party HSF (heatsink/fan).
April 4, 2013 9:53:10 AM

Seems like a solid build
A couple of things though...
1) you picked an NVIDIA graphics card, but your motherboard only supports crossfire, and not SLI. Not a major thing, but it will make upgrading later on more difficult.
2) as for cooling, i always recommend an aftermarket cooler. With few exceptions, they are quieter and more efficient than the one Intel gives you for free. I'm currently a fan of CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler. But at $89.99 it may be out of your price range....
For a 24/7 machine, water cooling is the best way to go.
If you want to keep your budget low, something like COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 @ $36.99 is a good deal.
3) Your Power Supply. this seems to always be the most overlooked part. If your computer is going to be running all the time, having an efficient power supply is key. the one you have chosen is only rated at 75% efficiency (aka at 100% load, 25% of the power is wasted, usually as heat).
Always look for an 80 PLUS rated PSU. This one could work COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-700 700W @ $59.99 its within your price range
As long as your computer is adequately cooled, you should have no problems running it 24/7 (accept your power bill will take a hit).

Hope this helps
Enjoy your new PC
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a c 247 4 Gaming
April 4, 2013 11:16:49 AM

The 7870 XT performs about the same as the 660ti but cheaper.
I find msi boards a bit flimsy, everyone would recommend a gigabyte board over msi.
Cheaper ram.
Were you planning to SLI later? If so, I put in a xfx 750w (more reliable than thermaltake, modular, 80+gold) so you can crossfire the 7870xt later.
Put in a hyper 212 plus

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.00 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $908.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-04 14:15 EDT-0400)

Not sure how much shipping would cost.
April 4, 2013 11:23:22 AM

Yeah forsure ive looked into changing a couple parts around an because im no where near experienced with this stuff i would much rather get experts to kind of guideme to a better system aswell as giving me knowledge that would further assust me in the future if i do upgrades or anything. Literally i have no clue about the hardware aspect of things, so sli/crossfire isnt really something i know about. Just kind of put this build together, im thinking it would only cost about $30 more for shipping and im going to look over some small stuff and put another build up for you guys to check out.
a b 4 Gaming
April 4, 2013 12:01:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $920.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-04 14:59 EDT-0400)

changed heatsink to evo because ivy bridge loves direct heatsinks
That mobo will not allow for a 2 way SLI/CFX the second pcie slot is 2.0 running at 4x

If wanting to go a bit over on budget grab an SSD, you will love it
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-d...
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