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#1 Jessyjack10


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:27 PM

Hello everyone, I really don't know much about computers and need some help. Below is a summary of what I need , and lowwer is a quote that a store here in montreal, Canada made me. If you have any changes to suggest to what the store offered me, please let me know. :)

My budget for the new computer is: 1200$ - 2000$

What are the primary uses for this computer: Gaming with 3 screens ( eyinfinity ).

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Either Windows 7 or 8. I was told that windows 7 looks more like my old xp and that it could be a good option

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Mostly WW2 games like COD waW, red orchestra, rising storm, etc

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? a lot running

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? quite a few pics and videos


Here is a set up proposed by a computer store for a total of 1765$ before taxes :

System No 2 INTEL 1150

Tower box ATX CORSAIR CARBIDE 400R NOIR NOPS 1 chg chg

PROCESSoR INTEL CORE I5 4670K 3.40G/6M/S1150 1 chg chg

Harddrive SATA3 1.0TO SEAGATE 7200.14 64M ST1000DM003 1 chg chg

Motherboard S1150 ATX MSI Z87-G43 Z87 1 chg chg



Power supply 750W ATX THERMALTAKE SMART SP-750M 1 chg chg


Graphic card GIGABYTE PCIE GF GTX780 OC REV2.0 3072M BTE DDR5 1 $599.00

Hard drive 2.5 SATA3 120.0 SAMSUNG SSD 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW

What do all think ??

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 05:20 PM

right on with the 780 and  the i-5 haswell. i wouldn't recommend a seagate hd. the case and cooling apparatii is another topic.


 the asus extreme and maximus boards get quite a few sweet reviews on the socket 1150 front. i don't know much about the msi boards, so can't comment. but make sure that the board has ample space for adding components to the PCI slots.


    the ssd is quite popular for lightning fast OS boot-times, but the larger capacity ones start climbing in price. intel and samsung are the two OEMs that are tried and true in that realm.


 the 8gb ram is a great start until you see how your system is handling multiple processes. i see alot of users going over that and justify the expense as future proofing. but until you see how the platform is using the 8gb, why go over?  I have 16gb in my win7 machine, but i have yet to go over 4gb usage, even during animation routines with multiple apps running.


 the thermaltake psus are worth a research campaign. hardocp is a review site that i see users recommend. i have a thermaltake 430w in my xp machine, and it just keeps taking beating after beating for almost 5 years. i have three hard drives and a 65nm 110 watt 9800gt and a 90nm p4 cpu sucking on it. it is still running fine. it is dual rail with 15 amps per +12v rail.  so personally i like the thermaltakes, but other users frown on them..  most gamers prefer the corsair and seasonic OEM psus. be sure to check out the amp rating on the +12v. i think the corsair tx-750watt is rated at 65 amps on +12v which is healthy for a demanding PC.


 also, the windows 7 64 bit is the most popular because the windows 8 went diving for popularity points and never resufaced. supposedly, the windows 8.1 is doing great rectifying the UI.


 if you are going to be using three displays, you might want to research the 3gb 780 for sli. more screen space requires more vram, which can only be throttled with the sli function. unless you go the way of the 4gb 690, which is combining two 670s in one card. but the 690 and 780 are about the same in performance, you get 1gb more vram with the 690

Edited by synergy513, 04 January 2014 - 05:33 PM.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:42 AM

Thanks synergy !

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:36 AM

Hi, since your from Canada, i strongly recommend purchasing a pre-built system from NCIX as they pride in their craftsmanship and probably will do a better job then the computer store plus that system uses a cheap power supply. The system called the NCIX 501-IA is awesome rig for its price but i have customized it and added a even more powerful graphics card, the GTX780TI with a better motherboard and power supply.



System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

Hi Jessyjack10 and synergy513


True that a SSD is more expensive, However They can be a help for getting things going faster.

I only use SSD boot drives. 120Gb from a couple of years ago in a laptop up to a 1Tb in this Desktop. Since this system only holds one Hard drive I went to the big guy of SSD drives. I Use Intel and Samsung myself. I wanted reliable more than the Max Speed.


Things I have noticed using SSD drives.

Windows starts fast.

Programs Load fast.

Programs install fast.

Virus and Malware scans are fast.

Anything that Uses Virtual memory is fast, especially compared to a hard drive.

Windows shuts down fast.

Hibernating Windows is fast.

Silent and Vibration free.

Can not be damaged by Impact.


To put it another way, once I used my first SSD I felt the need to change everything over to SSD boot drives.


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