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Posted 3/2/17
So my other PC got old and i was thinking of building another one. My budget is around 4500CAD.

My planned parts list is here: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/ncNYhq

Well the thing is it amounts to 4374, which is within budget. But when you account for the 13% tax in Canada it goes over $4900. Is there anyway I can lower the cost without sacrificing performance?

Just in case you need help with the math (which you prob don't) a cost of 3982 would get you a total of $4500 including taxes.

Also the monitor cannot be changed.
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Posted 3/9/17
Get rid of that SSD, get a smaller one and an HDD instead. Also, unless u want to OC that chip to 70000 GHz, you can get an air cooler.
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Posted 3/9/17
You could also get a cheaper case.
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Posted 3/9/17 , edited 3/9/17
processor is irrelevant for gaming, get a cheaper i5 instead.
unless you really want it, consider replacing the 1tb ssd with a cheaper 128-256gb ssd
do not buy a gtx 1080. a gtx 1080 ti is coming soon, and it's superior and (expected to be) cheaper
pc world article on gtx 1080 ti
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Posted 3/9/17

namealreadytaken wrote:

processor is irrelevant for gaming, get a cheaper i5 instead.
unless you really want it, consider replacing the 1tb ssd with a cheaper 128-256gb ssd
do not buy a gtx 1080. a gtx 1080 ti is coming soon, and it's superior and (expected to be) cheaper
pc world article on gtx 1080 ti


That i7 is going to be better for that high resolution tho. i5 is too weak for a 1080
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Posted 3/9/17

martin12165 wrote:


namealreadytaken wrote:

processor is irrelevant for gaming, get a cheaper i5 instead.
unless you really want it, consider replacing the 1tb ssd with a cheaper 128-256gb ssd
do not buy a gtx 1080. a gtx 1080 ti is coming soon, and it's superior and (expected to be) cheaper
pc world article on gtx 1080 ti


That i7 is going to be better for that high resolution tho. i5 is too weak for a 1080


i remember there was an article comparing the gaming performance between computers running the same configuration except with different processors. a faster processor does help, but a gain of maybe 2 fps or so at a cost of additional $200 just doesn't make sense.
also note that it's the gtx 1080 (ti recommended) that will actually do the heavy work. not the processor.
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I only play CS:GO so I can't really talk about other games, but CS needs a powwahhhfull CPU. Also, when u spend that kind of money, you might as well get a proper CPU unless you want to upgrade next year. I'll get Ryzen next month...
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the i5 is still decent for everyday tasks as well, unless you want to do photoshop in a virtual machine or something
or need to edit 4K videos. or your work just requires a powerful processor.
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Posted 3/9/17
Don't speak, i7 is the right choice.
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If you're only gonna do gaming, an i5 is plenty since most games are GPU bound. Also, make use of that M.2 drive and buy an NVMe SSD for boot and a HDD for storage instead of wasting money on a single 1TB SATA drive.
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Posted 3/9/17
Ultimately it depends on the game you play, but some are very CPU intensive, like BDO.

Also, the way I run my hard drives is. 2 SSD's (simply because I had one then bought another later on, you could run 1) 1 for my OS and 1 for my games, then another 3tb regular hdd for any storage that I need. Also I just heard about this http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/1/14774550/geforce-gtx-1080-ti-fastest-nvidia-card-ever

Looks good though, hope you enjoy!
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Posted 3/10/17 , edited 3/10/17
I would never spend much more than 5 to 6 hundred on a computer. I could get a previous gen i7 or i5, run the os off a much smaller ssd with a 1tb hdd as well, pop in a decent budget gpu like a gtx 1050 ti, 8 gb RAM (potentially 16). Decent budget case and a good PSU. Then I'd probably buy a cheap activation key for windows 8 (found some legit cheap ones somewhere and I've been dying to it out). I think its a decent os for gamers and potentially better than 7 because it will be supported longer and with classicshell it can be functionally identical to 7.

I'd probably be gaming most new titles on high for years. No sense in breaking the bank all at once, since bottlenecks tend to just be your GPU these days, which is an easy upgrade.
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Posted 3/10/17 , edited 3/10/17
Everything looks pretty good imo.
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Posted 3/13/17 , edited 3/13/17
Get an i5 7600, unless you plan/are a content creator. The PSU is a bit much you could get a 650W and be just fine. Wait for a 1080 Ti, its expected to be roughly the same price I believe. You don't really need a water-cooler unless you're going to be an overclocker, air-cooling is fine. Honestly, you could get a 500 GB SSD and still get a 1TB HDD and still save money (the jump from 1TB to 500 GB on the SSD is 200$ on newegg.) I would find a different motherboard, either by just downgrading to something cheaper while keeping the chipset (z270) or just go with a z170 board. Especially since you'll only have one thing in your PCI slots. I'd find a different case though. Seems a bit costly considering it just holds everything inside.


martin12165 wrote:

I only play CS:GO so I can't really talk about other games, but CS needs a powwahhhfull CPU. Also, when u spend that kind of money, you might as well get a proper CPU unless you want to upgrade next year. I'll get Ryzen next month...


But... does that really make your opinion that valid though? Your advocating him on getting the most expensive consumer CPU available because you think all games need it for the high resolution, a job that is mostly, if not entirely, focused onto the GPU. And even if it was you'd get barely noticeable frame improvements. The CPU is more important for things that involve AI like Cities Skylines. Its not even like CS is that good looking a game compared to like Battlefront/Field Crysis or Destiny. Yea I view it as overhyped even though it is always top 10 most watched game during the day but then again I've never been the biggest fan of PvP so...

MMOs are so nice... not nearly as many people rage at you for having a bad time.
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Posted 3/14/17

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Get an i5 7600, unless you plan/are a content creator. The PSU is a bit much you could get a 650W and be just fine. Wait for a 1080 Ti, its expected to be roughly the same price I believe. You don't really need a water-cooler unless you're going to be an overclocker, air-cooling is fine. Honestly, you could get a 500 GB SSD and still get a 1TB HDD and still save money (the jump from 1TB to 500 GB on the SSD is 200$ on newegg.) I would find a different motherboard, either by just downgrading to something cheaper while keeping the chipset (z270) or just go with a z170 board. Especially since you'll only have one thing in your PCI slots. I'd find a different case though. Seems a bit costly considering it just holds everything inside.


martin12165 wrote:

I only play CS:GO so I can't really talk about other games, but CS needs a powwahhhfull CPU. Also, when u spend that kind of money, you might as well get a proper CPU unless you want to upgrade next year. I'll get Ryzen next month...


But... does that really make your opinion that valid though? Your advocating him on getting the most expensive consumer CPU available because you think all games need it for the high resolution, a job that is mostly, if not entirely, focused onto the GPU. And even if it was you'd get barely noticeable frame improvements. The CPU is more important for things that involve AI like Cities Skylines. Its not even like CS is that good looking a game compared to like Battlefront/Field Crysis or Destiny. Yea I view it as overhyped even though it is always top 10 most watched game during the day but then again I've never been the biggest fan of PvP so...

MMOs are so nice... not nearly as many people rage at you for having a bad time.



I do not understand why you recommend the most powerful single GPU on the market and then tell them to get a shitty CPU. I know, most games can be played with that lower end trash i5 but most games can also be played with an i3. If you are going to drop 4k (money) on a PC you might as well get something to last you a long time.

I find it difficult to explain why I think I am right but most of the times I am right.

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