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Old February 4, 2013, 08:01 PM
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Hey guys, I'm new here having just discovered HardwareCanucks From one of NCIXTechTips videos, and I'm excited to be here, I hope my stay here will be welcome despite that I really don't know much about Tech(:
So let's get down to it, I'm wanting to build a gaming computer with a budget of 700, which is roughly 1100 USD / Canadian Dollars. The computer use would be light gaming, light being MMORPG games such as WoW and RuneScape, and some FPS games like Soldier Front and GunZ. I have an Xbox 360 For games like Battlefield, Call of Duty etc, and I prefer those on Xbox tbh. And also watching Full 1080p HD Films/Videos on Netflix and YouTube etc. However I mainly download my Films, but I don't necessarily need huge storage seeing as I don't play that many games, The games I do play aren't exactly very demanding, and once I watch a Film I delete it. And I know the GPU's I listed below maybe overkill For the use, but yeah.. I'm open to all suggestions. The SSD is mainly For The OS and other things so my computer can maintain Fast boot up times and so that applications/programs will remain to load quick.
All Feedback positive or negative is greatly appreciated and if anyone wants to suggest parts that I should use or if any of you want to build and link me an entire new computer I'll be more than grateful.

The parts I've chosen are:

Intel Core i3 3220 Or an Intel Core i5 3330, or perhaps even a i5 3470 If I can get one For a reasonable price.

Or an AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core CPU, or any other AMD CPU's within the price range of the others

MSI B75MA-P45 Intel B75 Motherboard (Don't really know about Motherboards) = 45.30

GeForce GTX 660Ti (Probably a Palit seeing as they're the cheapest) Or a Radeon 3GB 7870 / 7950 (Probably a Sapphire / Tahti Le)

Corsair Memory Vegenace 8GB RAM = 42.96

Seagate 1TB HDD = 53.63

Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD = Guessing 80-100

Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 650W PSU = 70.38

Corsair Carbide 200R = 49.99 (If I have enough then maybe a 300R case)

Please note that I can't afford an Intel i5 with a 660Ti or a 7950, I preferably need something like The Intel i3 with a 660Ti / 7950 or The Intel i5 with something like the standard GTX 660 / 7870 If you know what I mean, and given the needs, I really don't know what to chose as my knowledge isn't yet sufficient enough.

Please also note that I don't need an OS.
Thanks guys, much appreciated!

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Old February 4, 2013, 09:20 PM
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Refer to this page for CPU comparison:

AMD FX-8350, FX-8320, FX-6300 and FX-4300: All Vishera Processors in One Review!. Page 6 - X-bit labs

Refer to this page for Intel 7 series comparison:

Intel Z77 'Panther Point' Chipset Overview > Z77, Z75, H77, and more - TechSpot

In some games, the i3 can match the AMD FX series. Sure it can't break 60fps consistently, it's still acceptable by some people. Personally, I wouldn't pick Palit but I don't really have any reference to a good brand since I'm using used video card here (Galaxy / KFA).
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Old February 5, 2013, 12:46 AM
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30 over BUT it's a 3570k on z77, 7870 2GB, 8GB ram, 250GB SDD, WD 1TB HDD, Decent case, Seasonic based 550W Bronze PSU(xfx)

Mileage may vary on where you buy it from.. but thats about as good a build as I could make you on that budget without sacrificing quality.
If you want to buy it all in 1 place, get a bit more expensive mobo/GPU etc you can drop the SSD to a 128gb, the HDD to 500GB and the processor to an i3.
(I would drop down on th hdd and processor first before the ssd, 7870 should be good for your usage but 50 will get you a 7950)

This will leave you more room in the budget and allow you a drop in upgrade with full features when you need/want a beefier CPU (3770k will be nice second-hand in 2 - 3 years and will plug and play)

500GB should be plenty for you if you don't need huge storage and with your OS, main programs and games on the SSD there is even less need for a big HDD

Not spec'd a cooler in there at all BUT drop in a CM hyper 212 if you want it.. cut as many corners as I could :D

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Old February 7, 2013, 05:19 AM
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hmm... http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/BZvI

Base Total: 683.11
Shipping: 8.00
Total: 691.11

- 8 CPU Cores
- 8 GB RAM
- Nice CPU Cooler
- Nice motherboard for OC'ing (what I have to get my 1100T at 4.4Ghz)

Upgrades I'd have over this?
- 16GB RAM
- CPU Water cooler
- Better case
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Old February 7, 2013, 11:58 AM
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Good suggestion above but I think he'll get better performance from an i3 for his needs as it will beat the AMD in single tread stuff (very very little / no in multi-core stuff mentioned in his usage)

Just a note, there is only a single exhaust fan on that case, grab another for a front intake.
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Old February 16, 2013, 05:19 AM
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As you said reasonably priced gaming computer and dont do anything demanding, a core i5 is deffinately overkill already. Same thing with those gpus. preferably to save you money, look at your local classifieds (like craigs list or kijiji) for someone selling an older rig; probably with a socket 1366 i7 processor, 8gb ddr3 ram, and either a radeon hd 5770, 5850, 6770, 6850, 6870, 7770, 7850 or a geforce gtx 280/285, 460/465, 470, 480, 560ti, 570, 660, 660ti.

You could also go with AMD, if you arevplaying games like runescape and gunz, its highly unlikely that you will notice a difference. well there wasnt much of a difference between the fx vishera models and sandy bridge to complain about. Money wise, go for a phenom II x4 955/965 which you can overclock, or go for a fx 4300/6300 along with a 970/990x/990fx motherboard. or you can go with the fm2 socket choosing an a10-5800k (or was it 5700k) and an fm2 motgerboard. Just to be different try a Biostar hi-fi a85w motherboard, i havent heard anything bad about them thus far. If not try an ECS or ASRock, just to be different.
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Old February 16, 2013, 06:30 AM
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For your uses I actually think your initial picks a quite good. If it was my money I would go with your choices, but I would get the i5 3470/gtx 660. As you mentioned you don't do extreme graphics gaming, so the 660 is definitely more than adequate, while allowing you the faster CPU that will net you gains and be a better long term purchase. What I would change is the motherboard. The b based motherboards lack features. Try to find a budget z77 based motherboard if you can.
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Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
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Old February 16, 2013, 06:48 AM
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For a gaming platform I would go with the highest clocked i3, 8GB RAM (16GB is overkill) as for video card I would look for a used GTX 570, tremendous value. Single rail 80+ Bronze PSU and a nice case (I would go Corsair 400R or Cooler Master HAF 912). ASUS P8Z77-V LK mobo seems a good choice and a reasonably priced 120/240 GB SATA III SSD.
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