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Old January 3, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Default New Build - advice on 4 components

Greetings all; hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years.

Have most of the parts, need advice with: CPU, M/B, SSD, GPU.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
Primarily gaming - Guild Wars 2 (and games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, World of Tanks, etc); I have a smaller system for general purpose computing, surfing, etc. and eventually will replace that with a low end dual core system.

2. What YOUR budget is:
500 - 600 approx

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from:
Canada - primarily NCIX

4. IF YOU have a brand preference - see below

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

Parts on hand (previously purchased on sale intending to build a new system early last year, but could not afford to finish it at the time).

Case: HAF 912 (new)
PSU: Corsair TX 650W modular (new)
Cooler: Hyper 212 (new) see question below
Memory - either Muskin (2 x4) 9-9-9-24 DDR3-1333
or Corsair (2 x 4) 9-9-9-27 DDR3-1600 which ever matches M/B best
OS: Win 7 Home Premium
HD - Hitachi 1 gig (basic storage and weekly backup) (new)
keyboard, mouse, etc.
monitor: Dell 2209WA (used)

Looking for input on the following:
CPU - Intel - considering i5-3570
M/B probably MSI - other than USB 3.0 & SSD, no special needs
SSD - no idea, never had one before - probably 200 gig
GPU - possibly MSI/Nvidia based on past experience, but open to suggestions

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
No O/C

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Within the next 2 months

9. What resolution and settings do you use?
Dell 2209WA @1680 x1050

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?

Note: The CM Hyper 212 Plus package shows LGA77/1156/1366 but not the 1155 socket, but the current listing for it on NCIX includes the 1155 - anyone know offhand if there’s a difference? Or is the 1155 about the same size as the 1156?
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Old January 3, 2013, 11:55 AM
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My System Specs


It will fit 1155. 1155 is the same as 1156, but missing 1 pin.

Here is what I would get:

Asus P8Z77-V Lk ATX Motherboard - $140
Intel Core i5 3470 3.2Ghz Quad Core Processer - $189.99
XFX Radeon HD7850 Core Edition - $189.99
Crucial M4 128GB SSD - $112.98

Total: $632.96

I like ASUS, but if you wanted to save a little money, you could alternatively pick:

MSI Z77A-G45 ATX Motherboard - $89.99

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;

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Old January 3, 2013, 12:37 PM
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My System Specs


I second Abyss, With a recommendation of the OCZ Vertex 4 SSD as well though.
I do know there are some possible issues with installing Windows 8 on it though, heads up!
Other than that I have a Vertex 4 128GB SSD, love it.
"what's that black fan at the back of the case for? I never see it on."
"Well it's REALLY loud, but it's 5500 RPM and moves a TON of air."
"Why do you have it though?"
"Well... It's the "Oh s**t!" fan."
"What do you mean?"
"Well what do you say when your graphics card hits 90c?"
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