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Help with first time build <1200 CAD - Need help!

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October 17, 2011 9:24:21 PM

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Approximate Purchase Date: This week if possible

Budget Range: $1000 - 1200 CAD Before Rebates

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

Parts Not Required: Need everything... Complete new PC.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference (except Corsair 400R case)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: See Below

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Hi All,
This will be my first build, I have upgraded lots of parts over the years but I wanted to get out from under the prebuilt PC's this time around.

The only games I really play are WoW, League of Legends, Civilization and Diablo 3 (when it comes out). Other than that this will only be used for internet and encoding the occasional movie (as well as MS Office type stuff). I would like to build a system that will last a number of years. My current PC is a q8200 with a gts250 512mb card. This PC works fine but with my teenage kids there is too much competition so I need another PC.

This is what I have so far:

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 3600 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Price before rebates is $1136.88 and with taxes and shipping is $1348.15. This is a little more than I wanted to pay so this is why I am here; to ask for help!

The RAM and CPU are a bundle deal as is the case and PSU.

Where can I save a few bucks? Keeping in mind that I don't want to have to upgrade for a few years.

Thanks for your help!

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October 17, 2011 9:59:17 PM

Wow, excellent choices for the most part! The only thing I'd do is use a Sapphire card instead of a Power Color, but that's just my preference (also their Flex technology makes it really easy to setup multiple displays if need be) .

If you can squeeze it in your budget, you should try to get a 64GB SSD like the Crucial M4 to really round out the system - just store everything on your secondary.

And even if you don't plan to OC, the 2500K is currently one of the best CPUs that Intel makes - it should only be a few bucks more than the 2400. I'd also add a cooler like the Hyper 212 since the stock coolers that Intel includes are generally crap to begin with (I think they do that on purpose :lol:  ).
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