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#1 Ewon

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

As the title indicates, I am looking to buy myself a new gaming PC. I do not have much knowledge in building a PC or picking the parts for one.

My current thought is to pick something from http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc_new/ gaming section.

I'm looking to spend about $2,000 Canadian, unless of course that is overkill to get a good machine.

Some notes that may need to be taken into account:
Dual Monitors
Multiple Games running
Recording Games
Possible streaming (not sure about this one yet)
Video Editing
3D Rendering (not too conserned here, just if I bring my work home)

Would the following PC with a few changes be a good choice?
http://pc.ncix.com/n...AF949AA-4742315

Possible change the video card to GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E 3.0?
Is it worth it to get windows 8?


Would anyone be able/willing to help me pick what I should be ordering?

Edited by Ewon, 20 December 2012 - 09:25 PM.


#2 Virdiana Sovari

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:05 PM

http://pc.ncix.com/p...3248-1-0|7843-0
You should be aiming for something like that.
You may remove sound card and throw 8 gb of ram instead of 16 if you want to save some cash, but i don't recommend it if you want to run multiple games (especially gw2 if it's possible) at once.
For good performance with multiple games you can take dual radeon 7950 instead of gtx 670, but it'll perform worse in guild wars 2 for example.

Some good guy in computers check if i havent made any utterly stupid thing like not compatibile elements....i'm not sure about this Case (but there should be no problem with putting everything in there).

Edited by Virdiana Sovari, 20 December 2012 - 09:07 PM.


#3 Ewon

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:25 PM

Currently looking at getting one of the built one with a few changes here, link below, rather than building it.
http://pc.ncix.com/n...categoryid=1003

I have one suggested in my first post

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:19 AM

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Edited by Zerk2012, 21 December 2012 - 01:37 AM.


#5 Quaker

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

http://pc.ncix.com/n...1E4F258-4744518

Or something along those lines..... which is to say, for what you want, an i7-3770K (or you could use a 3570K without much difference), 16Gigs of RAM,  a high-end video card such as GTX-660 Ti or HD7870 or better, an SSD - 128Gig or bigger, and a good quality power supply - 550watts or more. The rest is "to taste" so to speak.

Edited by Quaker, 21 December 2012 - 04:47 PM.


#6 Ewon

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:02 PM

View PostQuaker, on 21 December 2012 - 04:41 PM, said:

http://pc.ncix.com/n...1E4F258-4744518

Or something along those lines..... which is to say, for what you want, an i7-3770K (or you could use a 3570K without much difference), 16Gigs of RAM,  a high-end video card such as GTX-660 Ti or HD7870 or better, an SSD - 128Gig or bigger, and a good quality power supply - 550watts or more. The rest is "to taste" so to speak.

A few quick questions:

This would be the first machine I get with liquid cooling. Is that something that requires much maintenance, and if so, is it something easy to do?

Would this system last a few years? Obviously things will improve, and games will require more, but is this a system that will quickly become outdated, or will it last several years?

I might buy 2 monitors separately, but from the list available with this build, is there anyone you would suggest?


Thanks for the help guys. It's been a while since I bought a tower PC, as I have been using a macbook pro for quite some time. I just want to make sure I am buying the correct thing for what I need. It was much easier when i was just picking from 1 of 3 models with only a few changes in parts ^^

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

1. The newer all-in-one liquid coolers don't require much maintenance. If it goes belly up, the simplest thing to do is to replace it with a good air cooler such as the CM Hyper TX or 212 series - those small all-in-one coolers don't actually work any better. (Unless you go to dual-rad designs) Frankly, I don't know why an air cooler isn't an option with those systems.

2. Any system using an i5-3570K or i7-3770K will last for many years.

Here's a thought for you, since you are a Mac user. You might want to consider getting a system with a compliant motherboard, etc, that allows you to use a separate hard drive or partition, to dual-boot into a "Hackintosh" (a non-Apple PC running OSX). There's some good sites on the web that can explain how and what components work best.
http://www.tonymacx86.com/home.php
http://www.hackintosh.com/

Edited by Quaker, 23 December 2012 - 05:04 PM.


#8 Ewon

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

I attempting to order the Vesta 6350 but every power supply listed is discontinued and removed once added to the checkout. Kinda annoying so i guess I wont be bothering with this one




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