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October 12, 2011 3:15:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferable this week (though depends on parts)

Budget Range: 800ish before Rebates (though trying to cut costs despite my ideal build below)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: K&M, Optic Drive, Monitor, Network card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.Newegg.ca and http://canadacomputers.com/

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No (doubtful)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I don't tend to upgrade my computer that often, so looking for parts that last. Considering how Bulldozer is doing in reviews/benches it looks like an Intel system is my best bet (especially since AMD is planning to change off AM3+ for their next generation anyways).

So what I'm looking at:
CPU / Mobo combo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
-Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge
-GIGABYTE GA-Z68X (main draw to this mobo are the USB3 connectors)
$362

RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
$55

Video Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
-SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870
$170 (after coupons), $150 after rebate

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
-OCZ Fatal1ty 550W
$70, $40 after rebate

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
-Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3
$70

Hard drive: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_21...
-Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
$80

total = 807 before rebates

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October 12, 2011 3:45:12 PM

You want a 2500K and not a 2500 so that you have the option to o/c.

FREE SHIPPING

These two retailers (Direct Canada & Best Direct) are affiliated, both use the same shipping addy out of Richmond, BC, and both offer free ground shipping.

http://www.directcanada.com/contact/

http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/
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October 12, 2011 3:53:37 PM

That's a good build. Since you are looking long term, I would get the 2500K processor. This will allow you to overclock down the line, since you mentioned you might. It's very easy. The difference in price is ~$5. The motherboard seems like a good choice. USB 3.0 shouldn't be a huge draw, as not a lot of devices are really using them.

I would also look at a better video card too, if you plan to run BF3.
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October 12, 2011 3:54:48 PM

+1 to Why_Me. Canada shipping is kinda f-ed up.
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October 12, 2011 4:05:10 PM

hmmmm the 2500k doesn't have any good combo's or deals :S. Will have to see what other sites have for those
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October 12, 2011 6:14:47 PM

Potential of a 2500K @ 4.5+ Ghz and the freedom to choose your own motherboard outweighs savings of $13.

Just my opinion. :p 
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October 22, 2011 12:39:26 AM

Best answer selected by wizuriel.
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