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July 3, 2011 8:58:06 PM

I finally decided to pull the trigger on my new build to replace my aging C2D E8400


Approximate Purchase Date: Probably today, sorry for the delay
Budget Range: ~1000$CAD incl. tx and shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (General like Fallout, Crysis, GTA IV, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3), Web surfing, development
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Samsung 226BW, 1680x1050), speakers, OS (Win7 Ultimate 64 bits), Casing (HAF X), PSU (Corsair 850TX). HDD (Seagate 7200.11 500GB ST3500320AS, Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB HD204UI), CPU cooler (Xigmatek HDT-S1283)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, but don't mind switching if the end result is better value (better performance and/or lower cost)
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: I really don't care as long as the brand is reputable (ex: no Rosewill PSU :p )
Overclocking: Most certainly the CPU, probably not the GPU
SLI or Crossfire: I don't mind if it end-up being better value, but I do prefer the simplicity of single card setup
Monitor Resolution: Right now 1680x1050, but want to switch to 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (ideally)
Additional Comments: I like a quiet PC; I don't mind the sound of air flowing, but I do hate the sound of fan buzzing.


Here is what I had in mind so far:
Intel Core i5 2500K (209.99$)
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 (152.99$ after MIR) (looking for alternatives/suggestions/deals)
Xigmatek ACK-I5361 (9.99$ after PMing NCIX)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 2X4GB (54.99$ after PMing MemoryExpress)
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (199.99$ after MIR, makes the whole order ship free, a ~11$ value)
LG GH24NS70 24X SATA Internal DVD Writer (19.99$, still had an old PATA drive)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 900MHZ 1GB (204.99$ after PMing NewEgg and 30$ MIR)

TOTAL: 994.27$ = 904.93$ + 13.99$ shipping + 47.35$ tx

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July 3, 2011 10:00:11 PM

Zenthar said:
I finally decided to pull the trigger on my new build to replace my aging C2D E8400


Approximate Purchase Date: Probably today, sorry for the delay
Budget Range: ~1000$CAD incl. tx and shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (General like Fallout, Crysis, GTA IV, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3), Web surfing, development
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Samsung 226BW, 1680x1050), speakers, OS (Win7 Ultimate 64 bits), Casing (HAF X), PSU (Corsair 850TX). HDD (Seagate 7200.11 500GB ST3500320AS, Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB HD204UI), CPU cooler (Xigmatek HDT-S1283)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, but don't mind switching if the end result is better value (better performance and/or lower cost)
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: I really don't care as long as the brand is reputable (ex: no Rosewill PSU :p )
Overclocking: Most certainly the CPU, probably not the GPU
SLI or Crossfire: I don't mind if it end-up being better value, but I do prefer the simplicity of single card setup
Monitor Resolution: Right now 1680x1050, but want to switch to 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (ideally)
Additional Comments: I like a quiet PC; I don't mind the sound of air flowing, but I do hate the sound of fan buzzing.


Here is what I had in mind so far:
Intel Core i5 2500K (209.99$)
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 (152.99$ after MIR) (looking for alternatives/suggestions/deals)
Xigmatek ACK-I5361 (9.99$ after PMing NCIX)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 2X4GB (54.99$ after PMing MemoryExpress)
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (199.99$ after MIR, makes the whole order ship free, a ~11$ value)
LG GH24NS70 24X SATA Internal DVD Writer (19.99$, still had an old PATA drive)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 900MHZ 1GB (204.99$ after PMing NewEgg and 30$ MIR)

TOTAL: 994.27$ = 904.93$ + 13.99$ shipping + 47.35$ tx

Jesus Zenthar...did you score on some deals or what? Nice! :sol: 
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July 4, 2011 12:24:40 AM

Why_Me said:
Jesus Zenthar...did you score on some deals or what? Nice! :sol: 
Actually, there was even an additional 30$ off the motherboard, but the amount on sale sold-out already ...

Found a few extra/better price matches, now down to 979.06$ all in., but with 80$ worth of MIR to receive.
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July 11, 2011 2:04:53 AM

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