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October 24, 2010 8:40:24 PM

Good day all, I've been lurking and researching here for a while and I think I'm finally ready to take the plunge. Any help with deals out there or the compatibility and quality of what I have so far would be greatly appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: This coming week

Budget Range: I would like to keep it as close to $1000 cdn as possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net, some photoshop. Will be playing WoW xpac, sc2, Diablo 3, and maybe crisis just to check out the graphics and push this rig a bit :D 

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca seems to have the best prices... I would go with anyone reputable if they were cheaper.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: See below

Overclocking: My thoughts were to OC in a year or two when I have the time to research it and need the extra horsepower.

SLI or Crossfire: Again I was thinking this could be a good option for expandability?


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Here's what I've put together with my limited knowledge, I'm a real newb when it comes to hardware.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible 99.99 + 20.00 USD MIR
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM 19.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 239.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK 80.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750 381.99
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131621
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
(also 10% promo on mobo)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM 79.99 + 34.99
TuneUp Utilities 2010 - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...


Total $1,072 before rebates. $1,052 after.

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October 24, 2010 10:47:54 PM

Good catch Rolli! I've updated the totals (a little higher than I'd like now sadly ). How have I done with the PSU size? Overkill? Not enough?
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 25, 2010 4:27:12 AM

Intel Core i5 760 - $195.99
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/230098/Intel/BX80605I...

MSI P55A-G55 - $122.88/$107.88
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8807&v...

G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 - $79.99
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42746&vpn=F3%2D1...

Antec Three Hundred - $53.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&promoi...

Coolermaster Haf 912 - $55.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=55583&vpn=RC...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB - $59.79
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/214535/Seagate/ST3100...

Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM - $18.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42349&vpn=SH...

XFX 750W Black Edition Single Rail Modular - $119.99 /$99.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48568&promoi...

Antec Truepower New 650W Modular - $109.99/ $84.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36263&promoi...

XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular -$94.99/ $74.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=55601&vpn=P1...

Gpu - Ncix will pricematch any instock item in Canada that's for any component

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM - $93.79
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/MICROSOFT/GFC_...

Ncix's current sale features $5.99 shipping for the entire order.
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October 26, 2010 12:07:39 AM

That is amazing Davcon! I don't totally understand how the price match works though...
I started by requesting a price match on a mobo. They sent me an email saying it was fine and gave me a reference number and user ID. I don't understand how to use it though.

Do I need to price match request everything at once or something? I googled this but what I'm finding is not clear.

What am I missing??
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2010 1:13:55 AM

finnagann said:
That is amazing Davcon! I don't totally understand how the price match works though...
I started by requesting a price match on a mobo. They sent me an email saying it was fine and gave me a reference number and user ID. I don't understand how to use it though.

Do I need to price match request everything at once or something? I googled this but what I'm finding is not clear.

What am I missing??

I'll be honest i'm not sure since they have implemented a new pricematch system in the last week.
I've never used the new system.I'm pretty sure you have to do it for each item and they'll e-mail you.
I'll make it easier for you though if you just want to use Ncix prices for the same components.
The price difference isn't much maybe $10 at most.
Pick a gpu and maybe just pricematch the OS and cooler for sure.

Here's a cooler.
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - $25.22
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&v...



NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core & MSI P55A-G55 CrossFire DDR3 USB3 Motherboard - $324.99/$309.99
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54941&manufactur... Deals&promoid=1209

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB - $62.99
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37232&vpn=ST3100...


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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2010 1:26:24 AM

finnagann said:
That is amazing Davcon! I don't totally understand how the price match works though...
I started by requesting a price match on a mobo. They sent me an email saying it was fine and gave me a reference number and user ID. I don't understand how to use it though.

Do I need to price match request everything at once or something? I googled this but what I'm finding is not clear.

What am I missing??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX7fUF1H0_E
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October 26, 2010 1:45:52 AM

hmmm, it looks like it may be only for in store purchases, as you have to give your code to a store rep.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2010 1:59:05 AM

finnagann said:
hmmm, it looks like it may be only for in store purchases, as you have to give your code to a store rep.

It's definitely not for instore only purchases.
I used the old pricematch system for two online ordered builds.
They probably changed the old system because it most likely required full-time people verifying links all day long.
I think you're making it more complicated then it is.
Pricematch each cheaper component from competitors.
wait for e-mail confirmation.
it's all copy and paste from then on when you're filling the cart.

ok i just did a dry run and the old pricematch system is still intact.
look at the whole page! Pricematch
pick the item from NCIX add it to your cart and pricematch it with the links i provided.
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October 26, 2010 12:28:30 PM

I think what's wiggin me out is that they do not update your "new" price on the site, so you have to calc yourself and also trust that they will put the right price in. I may try phoning in the order.
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October 31, 2010 12:45:21 PM

So I did manage to sort things out with NCIX. I managed some upgrades for about the same price as newegg. Thanks for your help guys!

Here's what I ended up with.

1. We have approved your price match request for Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty* and we'll match the competitor's $59.79 price you submitted. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product. Please use reference number 18 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product.

2. We have approved your price match request for Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 900MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI 2XMINI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E Video Card and we'll match the competitor's $241.99 price you submitted. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product. Please use reference number 16 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product.

3. We have approved your price match request for ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI SLI CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA 6GB Motherboard and we'll match the competitor's $179.49 price you submitted. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product. Please use reference number 15 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product.


4. We have approved your price match request for OCZ Alchemy Series Elixer USB2.0 Gaming Keyboard With 10 Macro Keys and we'll match the competitor's $22.99 price you submitted. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product. Please use reference number 14 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product

5. We have approved your price match request for Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box and we'll match the competitor's $195.99 price you submitted. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product. Please use reference number 22 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product.

6. We have approved your price match request for Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU and we'll match the competitor's $89.69 price you submitted. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product. Please use reference number 21 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product.

7. Unfortunately, we have not approved your price match request for Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan, but we'll offer a price of with $75.30 (100.30) after MIR.. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product.

Please use reference number 20 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product

8. We have approved your price match request for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM and we'll match the competitor's $93.79 price you submitted. This request is valid for 48 hours at any NCIX location with inventory of this product. Please use reference number 19 UserID:1596004 when you come in to purchase this product.


G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 Core i5 Memory Kit 79.99
Web Only
NCIX.com SURPRISE SPECIALS!
Available in limited quantities only, with a limit of 2 per customer. Hurry! No rainchecks or Price Matches for these items are available after limited quantities are sold out. Note: Your order for these items are counted only after you've completed your purchase.

Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM 18.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
NCIX.com SURPRISE SPECIALS
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November 2, 2010 12:21:15 AM

Best answer selected by finnagann.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2010 1:24:15 AM

finnagann said:
Best answer selected by finnagann.

nThanks for the BA!
nNice build enjoy!:) 
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