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First off thanks everyone who comes here to help me, I appreciate it. This will be the very first computer I've ever built and I'm looking for tips and perhaps better parts.

My budget is roughly $1100 but I can go a bit over for shipping. This is going to be a heavy gaming computer that can hopefully play most at high-max setting for a little while.

Here is the build I've put together: Planned Build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.61 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.79 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.79 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Keyboard: AZIO Levetron Wired Gaming Keyboard ($21.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1040.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 23:02 EST-0500)

My plan so far is to wait a little bit until black Friday possibly Christmas and hopefully get some good sales to reduce the prices.

I also don't plan to buy a video card right away seeing as the Intel I5-3570k has the HD 4000 built in. I only included it on the list to show my initial plans, however I'm now considering either saving up a bit more before buying it or holding off until the Radeon 8000 series is released (hear the Radeon 8000 series is going to be great so...).

Like I said before, this is my first time doing this so any advice, or tips on things to watch out for would be helpful. Thanks.
Edited by Frozenkuma - 11/14/12 at 8:04pm
post #2 of 20
Build looks good. Wondering why you went with a full tower over a mid? Do you plan on adding a loop later? If not, I would go with a mid tower that cools better and has better cable management.

My recommendation: Bitfenix Shinobi window $65 + $10shipping (versus $80 + $19shipping on the Antec)

Also, on to cables - for the $$ you should be able to get a modular psu that is still good quality.

Oh, and you don't need Win7 Pro. You will be fine with Home Premium 64bit for $40 less.
Edited by Badwrench - 11/14/12 at 4:54pm
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7950 please...
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Originally Posted by Badwrench View Post

Also, on to cables - for the $$ you should be able to get a modular psu that is still good quality.

The Antec BP-550 is a modular PSU - if that's the same one he linked. The Rosewill Hive 550W is another option at that price range though.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Badwrench View Post

Build looks good. Wondering why you went with a full tower over a mid? Do you plan on adding a loop later? If not, I would go with a mid tower that cools better and has better cable management.
My recommendation: Bitfenix Shinobi window $65 + $10shipping (versus $80 + $19shipping on the Antec)

Also, on to cables - for the $$ you should be able to get a modular psu that is still good quality.
Oh, and you don't need Win7 Pro. You will be fine with Home Premium 64bit for $40 less.

I had chosen a full sized tower because I didn't know how much room all the parts were going to need. I've heard many stories about how some video cards are quite large and figured more room might avoid the problem. I also thought the bigger case would cut down on temperatures due to the increased space (not very knowledgeable on this subject though).

I have changed to that Bitfenix Shinobi Window case, I unfortunately won't be able to get while its on sale (ends in a little more then an hour from now) but the case did look nice.

The Antec Basiq 550w that I included was indeed modular and the estimated voltage that PCpartpicker had given was 386w (with a Radeon 7950) so 550w should be more then enough.

On the Win7 pro, yep your right. I wasn't entirely sure if it would be better or not, but after checking a comparison it didn't really have anything I would need.
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Originally Posted by Makyl View Post

7950 please...

Taken under consideration, Its looking like I might be able to afford it so I'll add it in for now.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

The Antec BP-550 is a modular PSU - if that's the same one he linked. The Rosewill Hive 550W is another option at that price range though.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131

The Antec BP-550 is indeed the one I had linked if I'm not mistaken. I'll stick with it for now as it has free shipping from DirectCanada.
post #6 of 20
Seems a good build, would try to get a 7950 in there tough and I agree you don't need Win7 Pro, HP is good enough as long you have 16gb of RAM or under.
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Originally Posted by Badwrench View Post

If not, I would go with a mid tower that cools better and has better cable management.
My recommendation: Bitfenix Shinobi window $65 + $10shipping (versus $80 + $19shipping on the Antec)

While the Antec 1100 is bad for water cooling, I'd argue that the cooling (air) performance is excellent and the cable management is great if not better than the Shinobi. I'd suggest going to the Shinobi XL if he wants a better case than the 1100.
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The Antec BP-550 is a modular PSU - if that's the same one he linked. The Rosewill Hive 550W is another option at that price range though.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131

Yeah, I typed that thinking it was one of the original Antec basic psus. I thought I had deleted that comment. But.....good find on the Rosewill. The Hive series have been reviewed quite well.
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Seems a good build, would try to get a 7950 in there tough and I agree you don't need Win7 Pro, HP is good enough as long you have 16gb of RAM or under.
While the Antec 1100 is bad for water cooling, I'd argue that the cooling (air) performance is excellent and the cable management is great if not better than the Shinobi. I'd suggest going to the Shinobi XL if he wants a better case than the 1100.

My main problem with air cooling in the Antec elevenhundred focuses on the fact that the hdd bays are rotated so that the front fans are hitting the side of the bay. No straight path for the airflow.
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post #9 of 20
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I also forgot to ask, what kind of part would I need to be able to use wireless internet? I'm not really able to move my modem/router (whatever it is) around, so wired internet isn't possible.
post #10 of 20
Best bet is probably a PCI (or PCIe) wireless adapter card. You could use USB, but that introduces additional latency.

Something like this, but I have no idea what a good one would be:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166047
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166054
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