PC Build check - june 3 2013


I am currently building a computer for my girlfriend, I used to be a more experienced with this type of thing, but have been busy with school for a while and been out of the loop for the last 3-4 years.

Price range : 1000$ CDN
expected use: productivity (report writing, internetting, etc), gaming (skyrim, tomb raider, etc), ideally would like to use this as a gaming rig for the next 3+ years (no need for ultra setting for future releases, but medium-high would be preferred)
plans to be connected to a monitor and 40ish inch TV

salvageable parts from previous machine
- HDD (green, 2tb seagate)
- optical drive
- monitor, keyboard, mouse
- wireless card (although computer will have a wired connection)

current build (June 3, 2013)
Motherboard: asus p8z77 pro
Cpu : i5 - 3570k
ram : 2 x 4gb corsair vengeance low profile blue
Vid card : asus gtx 660
power supply: cx 600m corsair
cooling : cooler master hyper 212 evo
case : nzxt phantom 410

at the moment that comes up to around 900$ cdn

Depending on her need I may consider getting an additional HDD or SSD (likely not ssd)

Hopefully I didnt make any glaring mistakes, or completely miss a part or something.

any input would be much appreciated

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  1. If you're going to be paying $1K or over for a rig, you should definitely get current hardware. Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
    Total: $1054.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 13:02 EDT-0400)
  2. Thanks guys, the help is much appreciated

    I didnt realize the spec I went with was so dated

    I notice that both specs are similar but with different manufacturers

    motherboard asus vs gigabyte
    vid card evga vs galaxy

    I am not too concerned with over clocking, however cooling is a bigger issue, with that in mind are there any substantial differences that a casual user would notice/take advantage of? or is it personal preference/what is cheaper and available

    Appreciate the help!
  3. the galaxy card will run much cooler than the evga card. as for the CPU cooling, they are the same. and as for the motherboard, id say the ud3h is supierior due to higher end mosfets and caps
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