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Building a gaming pc need advice on the parts I've picked

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May 24, 2013 6:01:39 PM

Hey guys I know I made a thread not to long ago but I though I'd make another since I've narrowed down a few parts but I need a second opinion. I'm wanting to spend 1500 dollars Canadian and that has to include a monitor keyboard and mouse. Price can vary slightly though it can go over by 100 and I wouldn't mind. The links I'm providing aren't me searching around for best price but rather just to show what I'm thinking about right now.

So for my mother board I was going to go with a ASUS Intel Z77 Express Motherboard. http://

Thing is though I think it's a little expensive and I don't need the integrated graphics. Is there another assus mother board without integrated graphics and with hd sound still on board that is overclockable? That link is a little expensive and I found one for 199 that I think isn't advanced but still has the integrated graphics chip which I don't need.

For a processor I was going to go with an Intel Core i7-3770K Processor http://

I've been told it's not worth it over the I5 series but I don't really want a computer that will lag behind in a few years because I went the cheap route. Is their a significant difference or is it just a waste of an extra 100?

Ram I wasn't sure about but that itself I'm sure doesn't really matter as much as all the other parts. If I can find a deal two 8gigs would be nice but two 4 will do.

For the GPU I really want to go with the new GTX 780. http://

I know it's a little expensive but I'd rather be future proof with a decent single GPU rather then a couple. I'm thinking since this is my first real build a single GPU should be the way I go so I don't want any problems or little hiccups.

For a hard drive I was going to go with a solid state drive but I'm not sure what the good brands are any help here would be great. I plan on adding a TB sata drive later on as a redundant drive but I'll hold off on that for now till later down the line to cut down on price.

I was also thinking the Thermaltake G10 case. Though I don't think it's released yet and is bound to be at least 300 something which really sucks. Though I could go with the all ready release thermaltake level 10 gt snow edition but I like the early better I hope it's out before I build this pc. Any suggestion on what you guys think is cool/affordable would be great.

I'm still undecided on the Monitor and keyboard and mouse haven't delved that deep. But what do you guys think about what I have so far I know I left the power-supply out too but I think the average 650w one goes for 200 something. So let me know guys what you think of it so far any advice on changes or the stuff I haven't included would be much appreciated. Thanks in Advanced.

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May 24, 2013 6:33:25 PM

So I looked around this site and I revised what I had to this I'll post links and prices. I just went of the newegg price but I will look around for deals.

Motherboard-http:// 149.99 But I don't need the integrated graphics. Price is $144.99

CPU-http:// $219.99

Ram-http:// $68.99

GPU-http:// $650

Powersupply-http:// $59.99

Moniter-http:// $119.99

Harddrive-http:// $139.99

So far thats what I have and it's got me at 1400 Any advice on changing things to maybe cut price or make it better?




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May 26, 2013 10:37:52 AM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: SilenX EFX-12-12 44.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.54 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-201 Wired Standard Keyboard ($5.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Microsoft SideWinder X5 Wired Laser Mouse ($16.98 @ PCM)
Total: $1374.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 13:28 EDT-0400)


Core i5 is the sweetspot. The reason it is, is because when you go higher, you do get a performance

increase in a sense, but the amount it costs isn't really something that justifies it. It's good if you either have

deep pockets or have to do some very heavy lifting (think 3D stuff for example) due to the added cores you get.

You also only need 8GB for comfortable gaming. Again, depending on your uses, you could use more. Generally not.

You're also correct in your assertions that a single GPU will offer more stability and reliability of a multi-GPU setup.

However the future-proofness you mention is a bit iffy. If you only use word and surf a few websites, then a GTX 780

is insanely, stupidly, superbly future-proof. However if you always want to play the latest AAA games, then sure it'll

last a long time, but not as long as the previous example. It also depends on what settings you're okay with playing at.

If you're fine with medium settings in games or even low, then that card will last for very very long indeed. But then you could

just have gone with a lesser, cheaper card too. The reasoning for cheaper mid-range cards, is that they're in the same boat

as the CPUs. It's the mid-range ones you get the most performance to cost ratio out of.

For the amount you're spending, you should definitely include both an SSD and HDD as I've done.

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