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Old February 18, 2013, 12:19 PM
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Default Building my first PC! Could use some tips, recomendations etc

My PC will be used mainly for gaming..I'll also be just doing internet browsing with it.
Budget I don't really want to go over $1300..I'd say 1350 would be Max. Of course any areas to lower cost is always a good thing!
Live in Canada
First time builder so I probably won't be over clocking (I know I can't with this set up anyways)
I would just like it to be able to play games for the next few years..I don't need to play them on ultra high settings. I'd be happy with good fps on med-high graphics.

I'm new this this and have spent a lot of time reading and doing research. I could use a look over what I have for any advice or recommendations (nothing is set in stone, and I'm open to changing any parts)

CPU-Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (BX80637i53470) - PCPartPicker Canada
Motherboard- ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (Z77 Pro3) - PCPartPicker Canada
Memory- Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (CMV8GX3M2A1600C11) - PCPartPicker Canada
Storage- Seagate Momentus 5400.6 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (ST9320325AS) - PCPartPicker Canada
-Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (SH103S3/120G) - PCPartPicker Canada
GPU- Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (11196-02-40G) - PCPartPicker Canada
Case- Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (200R) - PCPartPicker Canada
PSU- Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (RG630-S12) - PCPartPicker Canada
Monitor- Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor (VS239H-P) - PCPartPicker Canada
Keyboard- Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard (JQD-00001) - PCPartPicker Canada

Just getting a basic optical drive, and I have for the build I put Windows 7...but I may get 8 need to do more research in this area.

Full build here: Intel Core i5-3470, Sapphire Radeon HD 7950, Corsair 200R - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada

Any help advice etc would be greatly appreciated!

Thank in advance
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Old February 18, 2013, 01:33 PM
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Looks like a decent setup except for the hardrive... part you have listed is a 5400 rpm laptop drive. I'd go for a larger capacity 7200 rpm desktop drive...
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Old February 18, 2013, 01:34 PM
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I didn't OC for the longest time, and even now I'm only using the AI suite tool which using presets to achieve a 4.2ghz over 3.4 stock. For me it's a no brainer to spend $40 to have the option of spending literally 5 minutes to see a decent gain in performance potential, even if you don't use it you have resale...not too many people want a second hand locked mid-range processor from what I've seen.

Also, swap that PSU out for something from a more reputable company like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX
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Old February 18, 2013, 01:37 PM
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You've picked a slow laptop drive. Get a 7200 RPM 3.5" drive for your storage.

I'm not familiar with Rosewill PSU's. I'd really recommend going to a Corsair or Seasonic if they fit your budget.
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Old February 18, 2013, 01:48 PM
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Overall solid picks. The only thing I would for sure change is the hard drive. It's a laptop hard drive. I would go for a wd black, but if its just for storage you could go for a blue or a green (that get slower in that order).
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Old February 18, 2013, 01:52 PM
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7200rpm HDD better,BE QUIET or Corsair PSU

tips: install the cpu and cpu cooler first so you can grab the motherboard by the CPU cooler to put it in the case.

touch the back of the case to discharge static electricity,don't work on synthetic cloth but cotton,careful there is static on the antistatic bags but not inside,put the motherboard on the motherboard box to install CPU ,ram and stuff...

You can overclock that graphics card as hell without any problem,as long as its fresh and stable.But its a different subject...
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Old February 18, 2013, 02:26 PM
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Overall solid picks. The only thing I would for sure change is the hard drive. It's a laptop hard drive. I would go for a wd black, but if its just for storage you could go for a blue or a green (that get slower in that order).
What he said. Go for a SSD for your OS and progs, and use whatever HDD for storage.
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Old February 19, 2013, 12:10 AM
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Intel Core i5-3570K, MSI Radeon HD 7950, Corsair 200R - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada

Little more expensive ($1316 vs $1234 on yours), over double the storage on the HDD and it'll be faster and double on the SSD too. And a 3570k..
This will give you the option to oc in a few years once you need a boost in performance and make your rig last you longer..
it's really easy to do, you can get a bit on the stock cooler but drop in a after-market one when you want to oc.
I have nothing against the Asrock boards, I've built 3 solid machines with them But MSI could be a good choice for you too with a RMA center in Canada (also why I picked MSI GPU)


As a general rule don't touch Windows within the first year of release. Also tend to do a good a bad good bad and they are on a bad with win8 so far(metro interface)

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Old February 19, 2013, 06:22 AM
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I didn't OC for the longest time, and even now I'm only using the AI suite tool which using presets to achieve a 4.2ghz over 3.4 stock. For me it's a no brainer to spend $40 to have the option of spending literally 5 minutes to see a decent gain in performance potential, even if you don't use it you have resale...not too many people want a second hand locked mid-range processor from what I've seen.

Also, swap that PSU out for something from a more reputable company like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX
Where do you get the $40 from? I'd have to go up to the i5-3570K priced matched with Memory Express still about 35ish difference, plus I'll need a cooler. If I can OC it for under 1350 though I'd consider it..never done it but there are enough guides on the Internet I'm sure to figure it out.

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You've picked a slow laptop drive. Get a 7200 RPM 3.5" drive for your storage.

I'm not familiar with Rosewill PSU's. I'd really recommend going to a Corsair or Seasonic if they fit your budget.
Yeah i just sort pf picked the harddrive because it was cheap..I have a terabyte external, and will be using the SSD for windows and a few other things. So I figured I could save a few bucks getting a smaller cheaper one. But I will be changing it to a faster one.

Also yeah I do agree best not to cheap out on the PSU.


Looking at DZZOPE build looks pretty nice. But why the change in the GPU card? Also, would that PSU be enough for gaming and Ocing?



Again thanks for all the help guys!
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Old February 19, 2013, 09:21 AM
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Looking at DZZOPE build looks pretty nice. But why the change in the GPU card? Also, would that PSU be enough for gaming and Ocing?
Because MSI is at the top of their game right now, they have some fantastic products, and awesome customer service!
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