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Old 10-10-2012, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, i have been trying to figure out a good build for around 700-800 canadian and am having a really hard time with it. The computer will be used for gaming, mostly RTS and FPS (battle field and total war series mostly) I need the help of you pros on this as i havent made a build in a long time. So far this is what i have come up with alter and tweak it as much as you can to help me out :P.

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX-79.99 NCIX on sale

MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard - 129.99 NCIX on sale

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 4GB 2X2GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit-66.98 NCIX

Intel Core i5 3550 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail- 209.98 NCIX on sale

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card -229.99 newegg

Corsair Professional HX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120mm Fan- 109.99 NCIX

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM-74.99 NCIX

So this total comes to 901... i dont need windows or anything.. Whats a better build for around 700-800? How are the MSI mobos, it was between that and the ASRock both had bad reviews on bent pins though. Also should i drop the 660 down to a 570ti for cost whats the performance difference like?
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For just games, you really only need a i3. A Nehalem i5 would be more than enough power for you. Maybe even getting a cheaper case should be an option if you want to save all the money you can.

I'm not sure about the performance between those two nvidia gpus (I don't keep track of these video cards) but this might help:
http://www.hwcompare.com/category/gpu-comparisons/
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You can drop the i5 for an i3 3220 if this is strictly for games so you can get a 660ti and 8GB of RAM.

The 660 and 660ti are both faster than the 570 and mostly the 580 as well.
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Ya the computer will be 50 percent games 50 percent streaming a movie or internet via HDMI. Not looking at video or picture editing or anything like that i just want a stable good machine that maybe i can drop 300$ in to 5-6 months down the line to get more up to par. How is the Mobo? Any preferences in that price range?
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You might be able to find a cheaper ASRock Z77 board.
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