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Looking for advice on my first build (gaming) trying to aim around $1200

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April 14, 2013 11:13:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month or so. I may get more busy after that.

Budget Range: 1200 approximately. Before rebates. They're a hassle I dislike. I'm willing to go a few hundred higher if there's a huge jump in value for my dollar.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most important and primary function is gaming. Sometimes running a game on one monitor, movie on the other, sometimes running two games at once, flipping between the two. I am a short attention spanned, alt tabbing maniac.


Are you buying a monitor:
No, I have a 27 inch and a 24 inch.



Parts to Upgrade: May re-use the GTX 570 in my old PC, but that's it. I'd prefer to keep my old one intact.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Windows 7 preferably, unless someone can give me a really good reason to upgrade to 8.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I used ncix for my current PC, but I am not locked down to them. I do love their price matching though. Saves me from ordering from a bunch of different retailers.

Location: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Parts Preferences: This is all very new to me, so I am not a strict brand adherent.

Overclocking: Maybe, I'm very new to it and I don't want to overheat anything.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if the cost/benefit ratio wins out.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 on the 27 inch, 2048x1152 on the 24 inch.

Additional Comments: I am really new to this. I've had PCs built by others before, after researching the parts best I could, but I'd like to do better, expand my options. I really need to know all the 'little' things I might forget to buy, all the useful extra bits and tricks for organizing and keeping things clean.

Oh. And the less LEDs the better. I do like to run media off my PC onto my TV sometimes, and if I shut off all the lights, a bright glow from the tower is very annoying.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 1. I have finally reached an upper limit in Skyrim graphical mods where I get slowdown. 2. I need a project, and I want to learn something that will be useful to me, and to others for a long time. 3. My current PC is running on DDR2, so eventually I'll reach a point where piecemeal upgrading it just won't cut it.
a b 4 Gaming
April 15, 2013 12:37:08 AM

I agree with the above for one strong 7970ghz.

Overclocking is a piece of cake for a -k chip, it doesn't take any skills, just follow a guide to changes a couple settings and your done.

There's no reason to not use 8. Once you install Start8 or Classic shell it will basically feel like a faster and lighter Windows 7 with no metro.

This is the PCpartpicker list for Canada and as you wanted under 1200 without rebates:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.00 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($396.66 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1139.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-15 03:49 EDT-0400)
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April 15, 2013 3:33:55 AM

Made a few tweaks from the link in the last post.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($107.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($178.25 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($350.00 @ Vuugo)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1302.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-15 06:31 EDT-0400)

I want a -lot- of storage, as I am tired of uninstalling and reinstalling games constantly, I figure the extra ram's worth a few bucks too, and sometimes I'd just like to watch a blu-ray on my PC.

Thoughts?
a b 4 Gaming
April 15, 2013 4:32:28 AM

id get this
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/QPIh

-16gb is unnecessary. if ram prices were lower though, it would have been fine to have 16gb
-you definitely dont need 4tb. its not like you have 100 games and 200 more movies to store
-you need a SSD to keep the system running fast. you can install some key games and the OS on this drive
-better 7970
-way better case
-same psu but under different branding
-different blu-ray drive

avoid buying from newegg. shipping costs will kill you
a b 4 Gaming
April 15, 2013 11:59:50 AM

Alright since you don't want to keep reinstalling games I've adjusted your list:

16Gb is overkill like mentioned above.
Asus 7970 is discontinued I believe.
If you want a blu-ray drive okay.
If you like that case more okay.
A SSD may be a good idea since you want to keep all games installed on a drive so I added a good one.

It's not showing newegg canada for the GPU, but if you order from newegg you get several awesome games free, but it will cost a bit more, but worth it for the game pack:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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 ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.50 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.87 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.85 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($396.66 @ DirectCanada)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1318.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-15 14:55 EDT-0400)
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