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Old March 7, 2012, 09:58 AM
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Thumbs up <--Complete newbie! Please help advise on a new build :)

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Some gaming- namely, to play World of Warcraft. (I know WoW isn't THAT demanding, but I do want a pretty decent machine that can be used for WoW and more!)
Word processing...lol

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
preferrably between $1000-$1300 (NOT incl monitor/mouse/keyboard..) I'm hopin to stick to as close to $1000 as possible!

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Canada- would prefer to buy locally in Vancouver! I will need to pay someone to put the build together :)
(i.e. memoryexpress.com or ncix.ca, Future Shop, BestBuy.. etc)

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
Atypically.. I would LIKE to have an i7 desktop, but I know Intel is pricier than AMD... (I would settle for AMD, to fit within the pricerange.. would prefer an i7 tho. lol)
Harddrive: would like to have an internal SSD as well as a regular internal HD, which brands for each of these would you recommend???


5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
NONE.. current desktop is about 6 yrs old now, lol

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Erm... not yet.. will do so after this post, & modify this post accordingly... lol

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
default!

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
whenever- it'd be nice if I could buy the parts when they're on sale..

9. What resolution do you use?
HD would be nice
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Old March 7, 2012, 10:11 AM
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For board, cpu, and memory something like this would work.

i5 2500K, Z68X-UD3H-B3, 8GB ripjaws $459

Just need a gold rated psu ~600 W would be more than adequate, seasonic, corsair, xfx, antec, etc

For the video card you could get a 560Ti, or 6950, or maybe one of the 7xxx cards from AMD, whichever is within your budget.

You can get ncix to build the computer for like 50 bucks i think. And dont forget to pricematch if you buy from ncix.

Oh, this crucial m4 ssd is on sale
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Old March 7, 2012, 12:30 PM
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dande's pretty much got everything covered. You could also save money and just assemble it yourself if you have the time and patience, pretty sure the guys here at HWC are more than willing to help if you have any problems. Dare to be bold!

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Old March 7, 2012, 05:04 PM
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"i7" does not mean "rebinned xenon" anymore.

The i5 will do you just as good as the i7 for WoW.

Dande gives wise advice.
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Old March 7, 2012, 05:56 PM
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Given your needs and wants I would say i5 2400 (since your not going to OC anyway and an i7 is a complete waste for your uses), an H67 based motherboard (again since you will not OC it will save some cash), a 600w seasonic/antec/corsair/xfx PSU, 8gb 1600mhz ram of your choosing, gtx 560Ti (or wait out for an equivalent new graphics card when the new ones are released), and as mentioned above get NCIX to price match and build for you for $50.
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Old March 7, 2012, 09:29 PM
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dande's pretty much got everything covered. You could also save money and just assemble it yourself if you have the time and patience, pretty sure the guys here at HWC are more than willing to help if you have any problems. Dare to be bold!

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Just make sure you read the motherboard installation instructions before actually doing anything, and more importantly, install your motherboard standoffs!!!! Had a few guys one here fry their motherboards by skipping that step!

Other than that, Dandelion's build looks pretty solid. Have fun!
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Given your needs and wants I would say i5 2400 (since your not going to OC anyway and an i7 is a complete waste for your uses), an H67 based motherboard (again since you will not OC it will save some cash), a 600w seasonic/antec/corsair/xfx PSU, 8gb 1600mhz ram of your choosing, gtx 560Ti (or wait out for an equivalent new graphics card when the new ones are released), and as mentioned above get NCIX to price match and build for you for $50.
Seconded..
If you would like to look into OC'ing then follow the first post
If you are really never looking to oc and don't play more demanding games then the above will be plenty..


Just drop the largest GPU you can afford on it and work away. 7850 / 70 will last you a good few years.. If your not in a rush it may be worth holding for the new range from Nvidia (Due to be released in the coming few months)
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Just make sure you read the motherboard installation instructions before actually doing anything, and more importantly, install your motherboard standoffs!!!! Had a few guys one here fry their motherboards by skipping that step!

Other than that, Dandelion's build looks pretty solid. Have fun!
And use some thin nylon washers (might be included) on the motherboard screws. Honestly not necessary as the board makers keep traces away from the mount points, but it gives peace of mind.
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Old March 18, 2012, 05:32 AM
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Building your own computer will save you the 50$ and gain you a good skill, on the other hand 50$ for full build with OS install is cheap. The i5 is a great choice, I wouldn't say gold rated is necessary, I've done a lot of single gpu builds around the 600w Corsair Builder series psu but the better you buy the more future proof your going to be.

If you do go a build it yourself feel free to PM me any questions you may have.
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