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Old May 21, 2013, 03:53 PM
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Hey,
So I'm going to ordering the parts for my computer this week and would like to hear some final suggestions. My budget is around 1500$, and the computer will mainly be used for gaming.
Here are the parts:



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.00 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.90 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.00 @ Vuugo)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.40 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.03 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($281.32 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1537.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Old May 21, 2013, 04:31 PM
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You chose your components wisely for a gaming rig. In other words, no money will be spent on premium items that won't get you any extra performance in games. Great spec!

My only suggestion might be to reconsider your monitor choice. In particular, take a look at the ASUS VG248QE, which is 144hz and has exceptional motion handling. It's the best thing going for games right now. Besides, 27" monitors don't look that great at 1920x1080, at least at normal sitting distances. Of course, that's also just my opinion.
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Old May 21, 2013, 05:09 PM
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If possible, take advantage of MemoryExpress' price beat policy. You can save a bundle. You simply provide a link to the website with the part, and then they'll match the price and, in addition, beat the difference by 25%.

Like YukonTrooper said for the monitor, at least get one that's capable of the motion blur reduction with your video card. I belive it's only the Samsung 120hz that are capable with Radeon cards. They can be had, right now, for ~$320 from NCIX or MemEx.

And at the very least, you can price match the things MemEx doesn't carry, at NCIX. Saves a bundle when you don't need to purchase from multiple vendors.

My only other suggestion is for the power supply. Newegg has the Seasonic 550w G series (80+ gold) for $90. Your load power consumption for the system is going to be around the ~275w range, which is the perfect spot for PSU efficiency.
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Old May 22, 2013, 03:13 PM
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You've convinced me about the monitor; I'll be getting the ASUS VG248QE since its almost identical in price to the one I originally chose.

I also decided to get the following video card instead of the Gigabyte one: Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

I chose this card instead of the Gigabyte one since I heard that Sapphire cards have very good cooling. Would you be able to confirm this?
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Old May 25, 2013, 12:17 AM
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PCPartPicker part list: Intel Core i5-3570K, Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950, Corsair 500R White - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada
Price breakdown by merchant: Intel Core i5-3570K, Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950, Corsair 500R White - System Build - Price Breakdown By Merchant - PCPartPicker Canada
Benchmarks: Intel Core i5-3570K, Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950, Corsair 500R White - System Build - Benchmarks - PCPartPicker Canada

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.00 @ Vuugo)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.40 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.03 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.20 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.00 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus PB238Q 23.0" Monitor ($223.92 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1480.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-25 02:10 EDT-0400)

Few changes I made;

CPU Cooler - The Hyper 212 is just a base suggestion, and even at that, is not a very good cooler. I bumped this up to the Phanteks 120mm cooler to offer better cooling performance for overclocking and quieter operation.

Motherboard - If you're looking to overclock, this is one of the go to boards. Although the asrock's are cheap, they're not made with the quality components that are offered on this gigabyte board. (Ref http://sinhardware.com/images/vrm.jpg)

PSU - 95 bucks is a bit steep for a bronze rated semi modular power supply... IMO i'd bump it up to get a gold rated fully modular for just over 100, or the silverstone strider plus is a great psu, and is fully modular too for much less.

OS - Upgraded this to Windows 8. If you're paying for an OS, there's no reason you shouldn't get 8.

Monitor - I caution you not to buy a 27" monitor unless it's a 1440p. The pixel density on the 1080p 27" monitors are terrible. I picked out a very nice 23" IPS monitor for less. This one is a professional grade monitor that's had it's colors pre calibrated by the manufacturer. It also has the option to pivot the monitor to portrait if you're doing any coding work. If these aren't options you really care for, I'd suggest you pick up a pair of cheaper 23/24 inch IPS monitors for $150 each.
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Old May 25, 2013, 02:46 AM
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Exclamation a point against 500R; save money go w/ 300R

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Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.03 @ DirectCanada)
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I don't know how set you're on getting that case, but allow me to chime in with my 2 cents and make a case again the 500R.

First of I like Corsair products, but in my experience the 500R was a big disappointment, mainly from the price perspective and the supposed build quality.

When I got my 500R I had a 'few' problems:

  • one of the two front fans did not work (easy enough...after Corsair sent me the 200mm side fan as a replacement, the first time around...and I don't even use the side fan, since I neatly plugged the opening)
  • 3 of the 9 motherboard standoffs were internally stripped, so the mo'bo screws would just spin in place
  • the case has custom 3-pin fan controller connectors, so you cannot just connect any old fan to it or connect them directly to the mo'bo...unless I am missing something, I could not - very few reviews ever states this little gem
  • and my biggest disappointment (of which I even knew ahead of time and) Corsair even states this as a marketing point, is the recessed motherboard tray (but I did not think that it would be a problem). I had problems running Corsair's own AX750 PSU 8-pin mo'bo power cable through the back and be able to neatly close the back door. And forget about trying to do a neat cable-management job on the back of the 500R (and this last one applies to 400R and 200R).

Whatever you decide is obviously up to you, but I wish I went with the 300R. Good luck with your build and gg.

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Old May 25, 2013, 02:54 AM
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There is a large reason you shouldn't get 8...
It's crap and still has some major problems as far as certain drivers are concerned not to mention the shitty interface.
That said, I wouldn't pay full retail price for 7 considering how old it is.. Find it cheaper.

Hyper 212 is a great performing cooler for the price, but hey whatever

Not had any problems with ASrock as of yet.. Gigabyte on the other hand I've had nothing but problems with (for motherboards)
My suggestion is to pick a brand that makes it easy to return a board if it's faulty.. Thats to say, if your in Canada go MSI or Asus, with MSI being better value these days.

I do not trust seagate with my data.. Far to many failures and far to short a warranty, stick to the blue WD.

Agree on the PSU, 95 is a bit steep for a bronze unit when you could have a gold seasonic for not much more.
If your good with bronze the one above is good, or look at Corsair and xfx as they are built by seasonic (xfx tends to be the cheapest)
SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (SSR-550RM) - PCPartPicker Canada
Would be my pick for your build. bump to 650 is you want loads of overhead but 550 will run your machine without a hitch.

Nothing wrong with gigabyte coolers as long as they aren't stock.. Again MSI would be my pick buy they are very similar in performance so go for the cheaper / the one that allows easier returns.
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Old May 25, 2013, 03:07 AM
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Very close to perfect choices. Differences of opinions will be just that, opinions. I for one do not see any difference between TN panels so I always get the cheapest. any thing north of $200 should be ISP. The two monitors I linked seem similar but one is more gamer oriented with the thinnest bezel if you want to add more, the other is a complete multimedia package.

Monitor:
ASUS VX238H Black 23" 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 80,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers - Newegg.com
Newegg.com - ASUS VN247H-P Black 23.6" 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 80,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers

PSU:
SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
Antec EarthWatts Platinum Series EA-550 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Power Supply - Newegg.com
Newegg.com - SSP-550RT 550W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Gold Certified Active PFC Power Supply -- OEM - Power Supplies

If you plan on overclocking the CPU and video card, upping 100W extra is a good idea

Newegg.com - SSP-650RT 650W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Gold Certified Active PFC Power Supply -- OEM - Power Supplies
SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

Watch video reviews of the cases you're considering. I'm not a fan of Corsairs air-cooling, though they are one of the best when it comes to water-cooling.

Case:
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Newegg.com
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