Gaming machine help

By GrifterViper
May 27, 2012
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  1. Hi all!

    I am looking to build a new system, mainly to play D3 but also for image editing and longevity/"future-proof" (hoping to have it running for 4-5 yrs as my main system with only minor upgrades). Have a maximum budget of $1,600 CAD, including any shipping & taxes, minus any instant rebates (mail in rebates don't count as some times they don't come through). I am open to online shopping as well, if it's a cheaper price for the same item, including shipping & tax.

    Some things to keep in mind:
    1. Want to have a SSD for the OS, apps, games, etc;
    2. I already have a 1TB WD Green 7200 RPM SATA 3 drive to store data.
    3. No monitor required.
    What I've gathered so far as some options (however am open to your suggestions around the full build):

    Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ATX Full Tower Black USB3.0 (VN300M1W2N) - $156.99 @ Canada Computers.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Quad-Core Socket 1155, 3.1Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm (Retail Boxed) Gen3 (BX806237I53450 / BX80637I53450) - $199.99 @

    GPU: Asus HD7850-DC2-2GD5 AMD 7850 Chipset (870Mhz) 2GB (4840MHz) GDDR5 Dual DVI/Dual Mini DisplayPort/HDMI PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card - $269.99

    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W 80PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply (CMPSU-750TXV2) - $94.99 @ Canada Computers

    Optical Drive: LG CH12LS28 12X Blu-Ray Reader & Lightscribe DVD Writer Combo Drive - $59.99 - NCIX

    Any help is much appreciated. Want to try to have this new system up and running ASAP.

  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    If you're only looking to play D3 a 7850 will be overkill, even a GTX 460 will get you 60fps at 1920x1080. If you're also playing more demanding games then it's a decent choice. When it comes to GPUs forget about future proofing, graphics cards depreciate very quickly and if you're only playing D3 now then grab a GTX 460/560 and upgrade when you need more power.

    The rest of your build looks good but you've left out the mobo and the RAM. For the SSD get either the Crucial m4 or Samsung 830 drives.
  3. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Yes, video cards do depreciate in value like a new car, once you drive it off the lot...., but I would still get a a bad *** video card if I could afford one. I bought an HD5870 a few years ago, and it's still going strong. It'll probably make it into my next build too, but will be replaced within a year or so after that with another equally bad *** video card.
  4. Sucoi

    Sucoi TS Rookie Posts: 29

    I dont know if the price are right, I checked all in NCIX canada. Dude if u have 1,600 cad budget u can go further, I mean to future proof ur pc. This is what I recomend.

    case: Coolermaster Storm Trooper EATX Full Tower Case Black 140,00
    cpu: Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB 238,00

    gpu: Galaxy gtx 670 420,00
    psu: OCZ FATAL1TY 1000W ATX 12V 80+gold ( I went with this because for me the psu is to much important and I like to go with a nice 80+gold big wattage) 190,00SSd: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 120,00
    Memory: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 58,00
    Mobo: Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H 165,00
    Cpu cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo 35,00

    total: 1235 cad + ur optical driver = $1295 cad

    Some notes: I put the cm storm trooper cause is one of the best cases out there and get a nice cooling. The cpu a chose this one cause if u want to overclock in the future with this one one will be possible. The gtx 670 will grant u a nice 3~4 years with max setting games( u can even buy a 680 but I dont think its worth it). This is a good mobo that provide a sli in the future if u want so. And the aftermark cooler will provide a nice cpu temp if ur not going to oc, if u are I recomend u a noctua or a close loop hydro sollution.Hope this helped.

    Ps: This build will guarante u a nice future proof for games like bf 3, but if u want to just buy a pc to play diablo 3 then u rig I more than good =).

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