New Desktop Computer Under $1000cad windows

Hey all.

I was wondering if someone could help me woth customizing a desktop conputer.
My requested specs for $1000cad or less:

Quad-core i5 or i7 or other processor?

1Gb graphics card. Gtx 560? No integrated plz eg intel 4000 also ability to upgrade in 1-2 years to a gtx670/680
8-16gb ram most likely 8

Windows 7 64bit

It would mainly be used to run X-Plane 10, a modern powerful flight simulator.
From X-Plane recommended specs:

a 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors),
4 GB of RAM,
a DVD-ROM, and
a DirectX 10-capable (DX11 preferred) video card with 1 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM.
X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum
settings. Both are canadian/ us works also if another site is better


Hmm ok Ka i’ll get right on that. I’l check back in maybe like… a while. But does it matter which computer I start with before customizing?

EDIT: Been looking for a while now, got some leads. Just a sec… but there aren’t like specifics about the motherboard.

No any base would be fine :slight_smile: and if it goes slightly over thats alright. Thanks for doing this btw.

Ka I got this. Give me a bit. BTW the GTX7xx series is coming soon, the GTX780 is supposed to surpass the GTX680 by 50%, so a 150% gain in performance. A stopgap GPU like the GTX660 or lower is fine. A 660 could later be used as a PhysX GPU technically but that doesn’t make too much sense.

Are you fine with building a computer? And fine with Windows 7 and not 8? I’ll be using Newegg.can for sure, will cross check prices with NCIX though.

I can build, to an extent (youtube tutorials :P) and Windows 7 is fine :slight_smile: If it can beat the GTX680 is the v/ram like 6GB D: or sticking to 4?

And thanks :slight_smile:

VRAM doesn’t matter all that much unless you are driving multiple high resolution displays, while playing the newest games. Even 2GB is fine for most everything, maybe less.

Building isn’t really that hard, the motherboard manuals usually go over everything fairly well. I can help a bit too.

Thanks <3 When I was talking about vram I meant the gtx7xx series. (sorry if that was not clear) . How much v/ram is it estimated to have?

Probably the same or a little more.

I threw a real quick build together so this can be revised easily.

Case: Fractal Design Core 3000
Power Supply: Seasonic M12II 650W
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
CPU: Intel i5-3570k
RAM: 8GB Samsung DDR3
SSD: 64GB OCZ Vertex 4
HDD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
CD/DVD: Some Lite-On
OS: Windows 7 OEM

Give me a sec to put prices in, but that comes out to $1027CAD

I’ll put prices in and modify it to fit budget a bit better tomorrow.

Looks great thank you :slight_smile:

EDIT: The processor has an integrated graphics card. Does that effect the GTX 650Ti?

Nope. I wouldn’t get that CPU if you won’t overclock it. It would be a waste of money. I can easily bump that down to one that’s still quad core and no integrated, but either way integrated shouldn’t matter if you plug into the GPU.

No I’ll stick with the GTX650Ti just wondering as on newegg the i5 has an integrated card so I was wondering how that worked with an alternative card…

EDIT: I see just disregard my lack of knowledge :stuck_out_tongue:

EDIT 2: For the CD/DVD drive is it this one? [size=78%]LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

First time I built a computer, I went off with no tutorials/instructions, just a few diagrams in the manual. And I did fine, the only thing i screwed up on was the motherboard risers, but hey, it worked :stuck_out_tongue:

Those specs posted by sip look pretty good.

With the motherboard you could probably look at the Asus p8h77-m. It is probably the cheapest H77 motherboard out there, and is good if you don’t plan to overclock your CPU. This is a microATX board so it is small, so the Gigabyte one sip mentioned is good too. Its $85 over here but Newegg seems to have it for $116.

I would stay away from anything OCZ for SSDs. They had a lot of problems with their sandforce controllers, which caused lots of blue screens of death. I know they have fixed it in their newer models, but their reliability is still not as good as the other brands. I would get a 120gb SSD as a minimum, as you’ll quickly use up your SSD space faster than you think. A Samsung 120gb SSD is about $100 and is well worth the money. Intel SSDs are probably the best out there, if you can pay the extra $10-$20.

With your 3.5’ hard drive, I would bump it up to 1TB, and consider a good performance drive like a Segate 1TB SATA3.

If you want to save some money on the OS, I would buy the Windows 8 upgrade, and install a spare copy of Windows 7 first. I know people don’t seem to like it, but it isn’t that bad once you get used to it.

For the DVD drive there is a cheap Samsung one for about $20 which is pretty good.

With the CPU I wouldn’t buy the K version of the core i5 unless you do plan to overclock it.

I have no idea about graphics cards at the moment as I haven’t looked into them for a while.

I put that specific board in for SLI, and was looking at other board without SLI, but with dual PCIE slots, and that’s probably what I would do.

The Vertex 4 is not Sandforce based and is supposed to be more reliable. Maybe change that to a Samsung 830 from NCIX, but that’s a bit more expensive.

You can always buy and upgrade copy of Windows 8 (for $40 mind you), and do a double install… I’ll leave the OEM in for now. Anything with a star next to it I changed

Case*: Fractal Design Arc Midi
Power Supply*: Corsair TX650M
Motherboard*: Gigabyte Z77-D3H
CPU*: Intel i5-3350P
RAM: 8GB Samsung DDR3
SSD: 64GB OCZ Vertex 4
HDD*: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
CD/DVD: Some Lite-On
OS: Windows 7 OEM

This has brought it down to $967.90 without Shipping & Handling. There are also $20 of rebates not accounted for in that final price, so it’s more like $947.90 if you choose to mail those in.

I think then there are two upgrades to consider. A bigger different SSD, or more RAM. I think going with the bigger SSD makes more sense, because upgrading RAM is easy and cheap. I put in a Plextor M5S 128GB for the upgrade SSD. I have a Plextor M3 and it is fantastically reliable. You could change out the RAM, but read the reviews on the one I picked, they are incredible.

heh heh sorry K. I started on the customizing, but have a science project due in 3 days and i haven’t started. :stuck_out_tongue: Really sorry. But looks like sip got it. Again, sorry.

Here is the list so far… Does it look good?

Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115233
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128546
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 01G-P4-3650-KR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130838
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-64G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820227801
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04
Item #:N82E16827106276
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 3 Fans
Item #:N82E16811352010
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Server Memory Model M393B1K70DH0-CH909
Item #:N82E16820147174
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W Semi-modular Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817151106
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Grand Total: $1,051.88

I think I might also need a cooler after reading some feedback about the i5 gaming over several hours and the temperatures. Suggestions?

Thanks to everyone for their feedback. If I screwed something up please tell me!

Wrong RAM. It should be more like $40 not $70. Maybe go with a case with USB3.0 on the front, like the Fractal Arc Midi. I believe its also cheaper.

Now minor suggestions.

That power supply will probably last you forever. SeaSonic makes the best around as far as I know. You could go with a slightly lower model, but that will work great for a long time.

Motherboard is great. Maybe a bit expensive as well, but if you probably won’t do SLI then it may not be worth spending that much. But for $20 less is it worth it? I don’t know up to you really.

Similar with the CPU. You will get a tad bit extra performance because it is higher clocked but do you need that extra clock speed? Depends on who you are.

As for a cooler, with the newer Ivy CPUs they tend to get a bit warmer.Coolermaster Hyper212+ is good and like $20.

When I built my new rig, I discovered I NEEDED a different cooling system. I would put it as a requirement!

I am pretty happy with my 64 gig SSD. It may be small, but most of what I put on there is just the essentials. I usually have about 30 gigs to use for games I want to make really fast. Everything else can install on a different Hard Drive.

Sorry bout waiting so long to reply – but here is what CJ spec’d for me. Its ~$1300usd.

Price: $1312usd
Case: Fractal Arc Midi 110
Power Supply: Seasonic M12II 620W
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
CPU: Intel 3450
RAM: 16GB F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL
HDD 1TB Caviar Black
SSD: Plextor m3 128GB
Optical: Cheap Samsung Drive
Monitor: ASUS VH232H
Heatsink: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus

Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans
Model #:FD-CA-ARC-BL
Item #:N82E16811352007
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$108.99 -$29.00 Instant $79.99
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-Z77X-D3H
Item #:N82E16813128546
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card
$145.99 $145.99
EVGA 01G-P4-3650-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Model #:01G-P4-3650-KR
Item #:N82E16814130838
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$149.99 $149.99
SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power …
Model #:SS-650AM
Item #:N82E16817151106
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$119.99 $119.99
Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 …
Model #:BX80637i53570
Item #:N82E16819115233
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
$214.99 -$6.02 Instant $208.97
SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
Model #:MV-3V4G3D/US
Item #:N82E16820147096
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$38.99 $38.99
OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-64G 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:VTX4-25SAT3-64G
Item #:N82E16820227801
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$89.99 -$14.00 Instant $75.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST1000DM005
Item #:N82E16822152185
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$99.99 -$20.00 Instant $79.99
LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
Model #:iHDS118-04
Item #:N82E16827106276
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$19.99 $19.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986
Return Policy:Software Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$109.99 -$10.00 Instant $99.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 “Heatpipe Direct Contact” Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel …
Model #:RR-B10-212P-G1
Item #:N82E16835103065
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$39.99 -$5.00 Instant $34.99
Subtotal: $1,054.87

Thats the final version. See any errors or issues?