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  BranX

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OP  8/05/13 11:18:54 AM#1

Looking to buy and build my first computer, need suggestions on pretty much everything.

Won't be overclocking but might in the future.

I'm in Canada and prefer if you'd link me to Newegg.ca or tigerdirect.ca

Budget $1500 looking to get 8-16gb ram. Everything else has to be good but mainly trying to focus on a really good CPU/GPU.

Thinking of:

Processor: Intel core i7? I know AMD has cheaper processors but are they as good? why/whynot?

Graphic card: GTX 770? It's $400, but is there any other card that's better for the same price or a bit more?

CPU cooler: evo 212 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&Tpk=evo%20212

  jdnewell

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8/05/13 3:28:07 PM#2

Here are a few ideas

Optical drive- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

Case- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352031

HDD for storage http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

Memory- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

CPU - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

OS- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416550

CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193

GPU - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121770

Mobo- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980

Total - $1492

You may can hunt around for cheaper prices or bargains on a few items if you so choose.

I picked a samsung 840 pro 256g SSD. I personally use samsung ssd and so to me they are worth the extra money. I picked an Asus GPU ( 770 ) and Asus Mobo. You can choose different manuf, if you want and go up or down on price point.

An I-5 instead of an I-7, 8gb of DDR3 1600 is also what I picked out.

 

  BranX

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OP  8/05/13 3:43:32 PM#3
Thanks for the ideas, what do you think about the intel i7-4770k?
  stayontarget

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8/05/13 3:54:54 PM#4

Why build a Tower when you don't need all that wasted space, build a MATX instead. Total cost: $1,191

 

Case:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182  $109.00

Mobo:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294  $139.00

Cpu:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501  go with the 3770 if you don't plan on OC.  $340.00

Ram:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144  $74.00

Video Card:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404  step it up to a better card if u got the budget.  $260.00

SSD:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192 might be better one's out there!  $129.00

Power Supply:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031  $99.00

Heatsink:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099  $36.00

 

 

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  Quizzical

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8/05/13 4:20:47 PM#5
Originally posted by jdnewell

Here are a few ideas

Optical drive- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

Case- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352031

HDD for storage http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

Memory- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

CPU - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

OS- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416550

CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193

GPU - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121770

Mobo- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980

Total - $1492

You may can hunt around for cheaper prices or bargains on a few items if you so choose.

I picked a samsung 840 pro 256g SSD. I personally use samsung ssd and so to me they are worth the extra money. I picked an Asus GPU ( 770 ) and Asus Mobo. You can choose different manuf, if you want and go up or down on price point.

An I-5 instead of an I-7, 8gb of DDR3 1600 is also what I picked out.

 

You're completely missing a power supply.

  Quizzical

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8/05/13 4:23:28 PM#6
Originally posted by stayontarget

Why build a Tower when you don't need all that wasted space, build a MATX instead. Total cost: $1,191

 

Case:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182  $109.00

Mobo:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294  $139.00

Cpu:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501  go with the 3770 if you don't plan on OC.  $340.00

Ram:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144  $74.00

Video Card:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404  step it up to a better card if u got the budget.  $260.00

SSD:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192 might be better one's out there!  $129.00

Power Supply:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031  $99.00

Heatsink:  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099  $36.00

Why make things more cramped than you have to?  Also, there's no OS license, no optical drive, and no hard drive there.  While those omissions can be justified in certain situations, you'd better have a good justification for doing so.

  stayontarget

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8/05/13 4:31:37 PM#7
Originally posted by Quizzical
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Why make things more cramped than you have to?  Also, there's no OS license, no optical drive, and no hard drive there.  While those omissions can be justified in certain situations, you'd better have a good justification for doing so.

Because I don't know the OP's situation.  Storage HDD's and optical drives are super cheap so its not worth my effort looking it up and linking it.  The OP may or may not have a Boxed OS, again i have no idea,  but then again he does not need a recommendation for an OS.

I have built quite a few Matx's over the years, and yes some can be cramped but with the case i linked that is not an issue.

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  jdnewell

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8/05/13 4:32:18 PM#8
Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by jdnewell

Here are a few ideas

Optical drive- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

Case- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352031

HDD for storage http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

Memory- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

CPU - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

OS- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416550

CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193

GPU - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121770

Mobo- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980

Total - $1492

You may can hunt around for cheaper prices or bargains on a few items if you so choose.

I picked a samsung 840 pro 256g SSD. I personally use samsung ssd and so to me they are worth the extra money. I picked an Asus GPU ( 770 ) and Asus Mobo. You can choose different manuf, if you want and go up or down on price point.

An I-5 instead of an I-7, 8gb of DDR3 1600 is also what I picked out.

 

You're completely missing a power supply.

Ah so I am. Had a phone call in the middle of looking up stuff and just forgot it I guess o.O.

Can either drop the HDD or drop down to a 128gb SSD and add a PSU

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

Should still be close to the stated budget. I would get the 128gb SSD instead of the 256gb one to save the money and stick to $1500 or close enough.

128gb SSD http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192

 

With those changes total is $1481

But they are having a shellshocker deal on the SSD right now, so that price will go up on that SSD soon.

  Quizzical

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8/05/13 4:36:18 PM#9
  jdnewell

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8/05/13 4:40:30 PM#10
Originally posted by BranX
Thanks for the ideas, what do you think about the intel i7-4770k?

IMO the I5 is a great cpu, and all you need for gaming and everyday needs. Unless you have specific needs or just want an I7 then an I5 is the way to go.  Especially considering the cost of an I7. If your going to put it to good use then its money well spent. If your going to play games, watch movies, stream, ect. then its overkill.

IMO

  BranX

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OP  8/05/13 5:16:30 PM#11

I think I'm going to get a full tower case, just so I have 0 trouble with space, can anyone recommend one?

 

So far:

CPU: i7-4770k Haswell: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116901

 

Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling GTX 770 2gb 256bit GDDR5 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130921

 

CPU Cooler:  Corsair H100i  -  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032

 

RAM: 16gb G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 240-pin 2133 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231619

 

Case: Thor v2 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147158

 

Mobo : ASUS Z87-Plus Lga 1150 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980 

 

SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128gb - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192

 

Hard Drive: 1tb Western Digital: - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 650w - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031

 

Also now how easy it looks I'll be overclocking the ram and processor.

These look good?

 

  Quizzical

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8/05/13 5:31:33 PM#12
Originally posted by BranX

I think I'm going to get a full tower case, just so I have 0 trouble with space, can anyone recommend one?

 

So far:

CPU: i7-4770k Haswell: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116901

 

CPU Cooler:  Corsair H100i  -  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032

 

RAM: 16gb G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 240-pin 2133 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231619

 

Case: Thor v2 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147158

 

Mobo : ASUS Z87-Plus Lga 1150 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980 

 

SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128gb - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192

 

Hard Drive: 1tb Western Digital: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

 

Also now how easy it looks I'll be overclocking the ram and processor.

These look good?

 

Unless you're going to feed integrated graphics from it, clocking memory higher than about 1600 MHz doesn't matter.

Also, that puts you at $1179.  Once you add a video card, power supply, OS license, and optical drive, you're probably going to be way over your stated budget.

  BranX

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OP  8/05/13 5:35:37 PM#13
Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by BranX

I think I'm going to get a full tower case, just so I have 0 trouble with space, can anyone recommend one?

 

So far:

CPU: i7-4770k Haswell: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116901

 

CPU Cooler:  Corsair H100i  -  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032

 

RAM: 16gb G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 240-pin 2133 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231619

 

Case: Thor v2 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147158

 

Mobo : ASUS Z87-Plus Lga 1150 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131980 

 

SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128gb - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192

 

Hard Drive: 1tb Western Digital: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

 

Also now how easy it looks I'll be overclocking the ram and processor.

These look good?

 

Unless you're going to feed integrated graphics from it, clocking memory higher than about 1600 MHz doesn't matter.

Also, that puts you at $1179.  Once you add a video card, power supply, OS license, and optical drive, you're probably going to be way over your stated budget.

Oh well, then I won't overclock the ram. Also I can do like $1800 max.

 

Added Gtx 770 evga and this PSU : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031

will 650 w be enough?

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8/05/13 5:56:01 PM#14

A case is just a matter of preference really. Just pick one you like and fits in the budget and buy it.

It would be really hard to screw up buying a full tower case o.O

And you might as well get this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 . Its $119 after rebate and is a better 750w PSU. If your going to build a big badass PC then might as well not skimp on a power supply of all things.

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8/05/13 6:22:10 PM#15

If you're overclocking anyway, then you might as well save some money by getting a Core i7-3770K with an LGA 1155 motherboard rather than a Core i7-4770K with an LGA 1150 motherboard.  The former overclocks better than the latter, which makes up for being clocked less aggressively at stock speeds.  That might save you $50, as older LGA 1155 motherboard are cheaper just because they've been around longer and vendors may be trying to get rid of them.

There's really no point in paying so much for 2133 MHz memory.  Saving some money there is pretty easy to do, even if you insist on 16 GB.

While Corsair's TXM series is decent, on your budget, I'd get a higher quality power supply.

And 120 GB of SSD space can fill up fast.  On a huge budget, there's no need to skimp and refrain from doubling that capacity.

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OP  8/05/13 6:49:36 PM#16
Originally posted by Quizzical

If you're overclocking anyway, then you might as well save some money by getting a Core i7-3770K with an LGA 1155 motherboard rather than a Core i7-4770K with an LGA 1150 motherboard.  The former overclocks better than the latter, which makes up for being clocked less aggressively at stock speeds.  That might save you $50, as older LGA 1155 motherboard are cheaper just because they've been around longer and vendors may be trying to get rid of them.

There's really no point in paying so much for 2133 MHz memory.  Saving some money there is pretty easy to do, even if you insist on 16 GB.

While Corsair's TXM series is decent, on your budget, I'd get a higher quality power supply.

And 120 GB of SSD space can fill up fast.  On a huge budget, there's no need to skimp and refrain from doubling that capacity.

Thanks for the help, I'll be sticking with the asus z87 motherboard and the i-7 4770k. Switching the corsair H100i to evo 212 though. I am going to take your advice and just buy 1600 mhz ram, 2133 seems to be a waste.

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8/05/13 10:23:29 PM#17
Originally posted by jdnewell

A case is just a matter of preference really. Just pick one you like and fits in the budget and buy it.

It would be really hard to screw up buying a full tower case o.O

And you might as well get this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 . Its $119 after rebate and is a better 750w PSU. If your going to build a big badass PC then might as well not skimp on a power supply of all things.

Totally disagree with you there,  there are some very horrid cases out there.  Don't buy a case only to come to hate it down the road.  You need one that is easy access to remove the HDD's and have a mobo tray,  also a case with pre-built in filters will save you lot of time cleaning the dust bunnies out of your case.  Also a case that has inlet and outlet ports for the PowerSupply separate from the case will reduce over heating of the PSU and housing.

 

A full tower case with an atx mobo is a mistake if you don't need it.  You are paying a premium price for that extra space if its only going to be used as a gaming computer and not going to be overclocked or just mildly overclocked.  I would bet most of his pci slots will go unused and his heat footprint will be the same as an matx .  lol

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8/06/13 3:31:20 AM#18
Originally posted by stayontarget

 

A full tower case with an atx mobo is a mistake if you don't need it.  You are paying a premium price for that extra space if its only going to be used as a gaming computer and not going to be overclocked or just mildly overclocked.  I would bet most of his pci slots will go unused and his heat footprint will be the same as an matx .  lol

Going to have to agree with stayontarget on this one.  While airflow is generally speaking less of an issue in most full tower cases when compared to some Micro ATX centric ones that is not universally true. And there are in fact some excellent "mATX" cases such as the one listed by stayontarget which offer outstanding airflow compared to the majority of full towers.  My own wifes system (can be viewed under my profile, white system) is based on the cheaper version of that same model.

Standard ATX based builds tend to be overkill for the majority of gamers to include a lot of unused hardware and thus so are most cases build around them as they tend to cost more.  And while Mini ITX boards will generally offer enough functionality if you are serious about OCing these boards tend to fall quite a bit short of their slightly larger cousins, mATX.

Obviously there is a matter of personal preference when it comes to building a new system and that is part of the joy in it.  I just see WAY too many people think they need a full tower and standard ATX which simply isn't the case for the majority of gaming systems unless SLI or Xfire is a priority. 

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8/06/13 9:20:49 AM#19
Originally posted by stayontarget
Originally posted by jdnewell

A case is just a matter of preference really. Just pick one you like and fits in the budget and buy it.

It would be really hard to screw up buying a full tower case o.O

And you might as well get this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 . Its $119 after rebate and is a better 750w PSU. If your going to build a big badass PC then might as well not skimp on a power supply of all things.

Totally disagree with you there,  there are some very horrid cases out there.  Don't buy a case only to come to hate it down the road.  You need one that is easy access to remove the HDD's and have a mobo tray,  also a case with pre-built in filters will save you lot of time cleaning the dust bunnies out of your case.  Also a case that has inlet and outlet ports for the PowerSupply separate from the case will reduce over heating of the PSU and housing.

 

A full tower case with an atx mobo is a mistake if you don't need it.  You are paying a premium price for that extra space if its only going to be used as a gaming computer and not going to be overclocked or just mildly overclocked.  I would bet most of his pci slots will go unused and his heat footprint will be the same as an matx .  lol

I had actually recommended a mid tower case to the OP. I personally do not see the need for a full tower case for most people. But its his money and his build.

He should do some looking and see what case fits his needs. If he cant look up and pick a decent case for himself then he probably should not be building anything anyways.

A case really is a matter of preference. If you buy a full tower case and totally screw up so bad with the purchase it effects the functioning of the PC by overheating then you will have to have actually tried to fuck up.

I can pull up a list of 20 full tower cases right now that would fit anyone who wants a gaming PC needs. Does he need a full tower case IMO? NO,... His dime and his build tho.

Personally a midtower or smaller with good fan placement and airflow would be better. Its not my build tho.

 

edit:

To OP here are a few cases that may / may not fit your needs for a full tower

-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213

-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245

-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352030

-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235014

Those are just a few options. There are many more good full tower cases if you want to go that route.

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OP  8/06/13 10:57:55 AM#20
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