Gaming pc build (Help me choose the parts)

Hi guys,

I am planning to build my own desktop since my old laptop is starting to fall apart. (I am in Canada)

It will be use mainly for gaming and browsing (no rendering or video editing)

Budget is at $1500 - Just for the parts only, and another $500 for the OS, and monitor (I do not need keyboard and mouse)

I will hopefully purchase the parts by the end of this month ( due to Black Friday) or whenever I see a good deal somewhere.

Here is the specs that I want


Motherboard: I would like it to be either from ASUS or Gigabyte (preferably ASUS)

CPU: is the i5 4670k decent enough ??

CPU Fan:

Desktop case - Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case (Is this all right in terms of ventilation ?)

Memory: 8GB or 16GB ?

GPU: Really considering the GTX 770 (2Gb or 4Gb ??) I prefer Nvidia brand if possible since I am more familiar with that one.

Power Supply:

SSD: one of those 256 Samsung one I think. I mainly use my external drive to store data

HDD: 500GB +-

Monitor: Any good monitor for gaming ?

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate (Will install it myself)


That pretty much it. I would request that you guys give me a few builds just in case I cannot find the parts for whatever reason.

Many thanks guys
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  1. you dont need to spend that much :)
    NVIDIA did a huge price drop recently

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.79 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($185.00 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.30 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.68 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Total: $1161.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-03 10:10 EST-0500)
  2. Hi many thanks for the respond.

    As I am really not familiar with the hardware market and I based my brand preference solely based on friends who are more experience than me, I was told to avoid Asrock and MSI brand when it comes to motherboard. ASUS being the best brand with Gigabyte coming second. With that, Is it possible if you change the motherboard to something that will be compatible that is ASUS brand perhaps ?

    the same goes to the Gpu if possible.
  3. There is NOTHING wrong with MSI or ASRock. That is purely people having favorite brands. This is your friends trying to sound like they know what they are talking about. None of what they said about brands is true.

    That MSI 770 is one of THE BEST 770s on the market right now. I would take it over any other one.
  4. I'd go with Asus for the mobo, might want to look at the Gryphon, Pro or Hero....I'm with the folks saying don't touch MSI mobos - I (and most of the builders and It folks I know) refuse to build on them due to their poor QC, I get more mobo problem calls on MSI than any 2 other mobo brands put together (and remember I don't build on them, so these are all referral calls). Also for the Z87/Haswells, Asus seems to have the best handle on them
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