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September 17, 2011 10:20:24 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next month or so

Budget Range:1000- 1300 $

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video, web browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger direct.CA

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (eventually)

Monitor Resolution: As of now 1366x768. Looking to get a new monitor(1080), but is not top priority.

Additional Comments: Just looking for sheer performance, looks and sounds dont matter to me.

Specs so far

Mobo: ASUS P8P67-M Pro B3

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2

RAM:Vengeance 8GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM


GPU: GeForce GTX 570 EVGA

looking to be able to get another and SLI them in the future.

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K


CPU fan:Hyper 212 cooler master


DVD/CD/RE:Sony Optiarc


case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB


HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3


Total on tigerdirect: $1,217.74

This is my first PC to be built by yours truly. Any problems with this build would be greatly appreciated, as would general suggestions toward money savers and pure performance gains for little or no extra cash.

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September 17, 2011 10:54:05 PM

Everything looks fine. You've got a good, traditional high-end build. Watch your url syntax :D 
For whatever reason, the Spinpoint is only $60, $10 less, on the Egg. Or does tigerdirect.ca give you $CAD prices?
Looking some more, it would seem so.
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September 17, 2011 11:07:46 PM

Also check the spacing on that Asus micro ATX you have up there. It's not a board you want if you plan on running dual vid cards in the future.
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September 17, 2011 11:33:53 PM

I would suggest NCIX.com. You can price match online and get great discounts. TigerDirect can be pricey on certain things. Plus, if there is a store nearby you can arrange in-store pickups to save shipping.

That being said, great build. Very similar to what I'm planning to build in a few days. Good luck!
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September 17, 2011 11:42:20 PM



Thanks for replies all, I changed my MOBO of choice to the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68, to hopefully provide more space, also saved me about 20$. And thge PSU was upgraded to 850W (CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850) .

I will check the prices out at NCIX.com, the only reason i choose tiger direct was beacause there was one near my location, i will gladly switch to NCIX if the prices are good and there is one nearby.

again thanks for the help
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September 17, 2011 11:46:46 PM

waysideconker said:
Thanks for replies all, I changed my MOBO of choice to the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68, to hopefully provide more space, also saved me about 20$. And thge PSU was upgraded to 850W (CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850) .

I will check the prices out at NCIX.com, the only reason i choose tiger direct was beacause there was one near my location, i will gladly switch to NCIX if the prices are good and there is one nearby.

again thanks for the help

Did you check out those links I posted? It's free shipping. That means you pay nothing for shipping, not to mention both of those retailers have NCIX beat on most of the prices. NCIX has to do price match for the fact their prices are a total hose job as are newegg.

I'm not sure how many Canadians are hip on this, but the Canadian dollar is killing the US dollar.
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September 18, 2011 12:27:59 AM

All right, Im sold on DirectCanada and best direct. Free shipping and great prices compared to tigerdirect. Taking into account my new MOBO choice and PSU, does this seem like a decent build for this budget or are there some obvious changes that should be made to increase performance at the same coin.
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September 18, 2011 1:12:51 AM

Here's a few idea's. 850w psu is ideal for dual 570's.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234784/SGC-1000-KWN1/... $82.50 MIR $74.50
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25EXT 6X3.5INT Front Audio USB *No PS*

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/236580/P1850SNLB9/XFX... $105.44
XFX 850W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4863&v... $122.70
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD1817&v... $159.69 MIR $149.69
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K... $208.79
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/218427/RR-B10-212P-G1... $24.20
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $48.05
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233111/ST31000524AS/S... $49.79
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/DRW-24B1ST%20B... $16.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/GFC-00599/MICR... $93.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

*** additional fan for that case.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/228326/R4-LUS-07AR-GP... $11.00
Coolermaster Megaflow 200MM Red LED Case Fan 700RPM
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September 18, 2011 1:13:16 AM

Not really. You could go down with the CPU on a single-card setup, but then it wouldn't be able to handle SLI.
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September 18, 2011 1:45:57 AM

Oh wow, with a quick review of the options u added why, my total comes to under 800$ after taxes. With the spare cash i could upgrade my system to even greater amounts. thanks alot for quick and efficent responses
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September 18, 2011 1:52:20 AM

waysideconker said:
Oh wow, with a quick review of the options u added why, my total comes to under 800$ after taxes. With the spare cash i could upgrade my system to even greater amounts. thanks alot for quick and efficent responses

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/235121/CSSD-F120GB3-B... $178.01
Corsair Force 3 Series 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 6GB/S Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Sandforce SF-2200
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September 18, 2011 2:10:24 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/235121/CSSD-F120GB3-B... $178.01
Corsair Force 3 Series 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 6GB/S Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Sandforce SF-2200


would this replace my current hdd?, or simply be just another HDD in my computer for additonal space . im unfimilar with this kind of drive, maybe im too old school.
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September 18, 2011 2:46:29 AM

waysideconker said:
would this replace my current hdd?, or simply be just another HDD in my computer for additonal space . im unfimilar with this kind of drive, maybe im too old school.

SSD = Solid State Drive. They are super fast. If you plan any games where your loading up maps...it's like nothing you could imagine. Check this...it includes that nice mobo and video card.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234784/SGC-1000-KWN1/... $82.50 MIR $74.50
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25EXT 6X3.5INT Front Audio USB *No PS*

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/236580/P1850SNLB9/XFX... $105.44
XFX 850W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD1817&v... $159.69 MIR $149.69
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K... $208.79
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/218427/RR-B10-212P-G1... $24.20
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $48.05
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233111/ST31000524AS/S... $49.79
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/DRW-24B1ST%20B... $16.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD1893&v... $339.92
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB 3.8GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI Video Card

Total: $1,035.17 Not including tax and rebates

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/GFC-00599/MICR... $93.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/235121/CSSD-F120GB3-B... $179.79
Corsair Force 3 Series 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 6GB/S Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Sandforce SF-2200

*** additional fan for that case.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/228326/R4-LUS-07AR-GP... $11.00
Coolermaster Megaflow 200MM Red LED Case Fan 700RPM
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September 18, 2011 2:54:01 AM

Generally, people put their OS and as many games as they can fit on their SSD, and leave stuff like documents and media on their larger HDD. This is because SSDs are very expensive.
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September 25, 2011 3:48:22 PM

Best answer selected by waysideconker.
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