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October 30, 2011 7:54:39 PM

Alright so I was shopping and adding things to my cart and was almost finished until I realized that I was shopping on Neweggs American website :(  So now im on Canada's newegg site and I finished my build. At first I was hoping to keep it under 700$ but with shipping I bumped it up to 800$

Not sure if all these components will work together and that's why I need your peoples help.

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W

Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s ATX

Case: COOLER MASTER CM 690 II Advanced nVidia Edition

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Processor: Intel Core i5-2320 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz

Asus DVD Burner

120 GB Hard Drive (already own this, don't want to upgrade because of price)

There is currently a combo deal for the Powersupply and Mobo which knocks off 20$. Will these components work together? Thanks!

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October 30, 2011 8:04:07 PM

Intel processors like the sandy bridge only fit in intel socket 1155 motherboards . They cant be fitted to an AMD board of any kind .

There is advice at the top of the forum about how to ask for advice . Then we know best how to help you . Right now we dont even know what you want to use your computer for , and what parts you might already have
October 30, 2011 8:14:35 PM

Sorry, I will be using it for mostly Gaming and occasional video editing. I don't have any of the above other than the Hard Drive which I already listed.

Which would be a better Motherboard for this build around the same price area? Any suggestions?
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October 30, 2011 8:34:00 PM

thesnappyfingers said:
asrock gen3 extreme3.


That sounds pretty extreme, Ill check it out

edit: The price is decent, but will this for sure work with everything else?
October 30, 2011 8:36:24 PM

hmm, cost a lot more in Canada, I will look for more suitable boards.
October 30, 2011 8:41:04 PM

No, no man I'm reading up on reviews for that mobo and I'm loving what Im seeing. The price is actually good compared to others I've seen. Plus it still keeps the build under 700$, so technically its doing its job :) 
October 30, 2011 8:45:25 PM

i5 2400 $190
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD5176&v...
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 $122 ($10 MIR)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4863&v...
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1333 $43
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD8579&v...
Gigabyte 560 Ti OC $241 ($30 MIR)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD9294&v...
OCZ ZS 750 $86 ($15 MIR)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC2351&v...
LG DVD Burner $20
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12600BD5031&v...
HAF 912 $55
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0700&v...
Total: $757

Direct Canada = Free shipping ground for all orders over $50 so it's a solid buy.
October 30, 2011 8:45:42 PM

I have the gen3 extreme3 and the gigabyte in terms of hardware features, meaning usb 3.0/2.0 ports, sata 6gbs/3gbs, and or other on board connectors appear to be the same.

The extreme 3 does look better though...They both are good boards.

Edit- +1 to aznshinobis build
October 30, 2011 8:48:31 PM

Just to add, the build I stuck in will give you the ability to SLI in the future (The PSU and Board) the Board is solid and gives you 3 PCI slots, plus giving you pretty good features.
October 31, 2011 1:57:19 AM

aznshinobi, your build is good but I have never heard of Direct Canada before. Whats the reputation on that? I like my build right now and don't want to swap everything. I don't like traveling into unfamiliar grounds in terms of brands, I like EVGA, ASUS, Crossair, Nvidia, Intel, Cooler Master, Thermaltake and a few others. I do not know why...

Also I do not care much for overclocking but If I can I guess it is something I can learn.
October 31, 2011 2:01:59 AM

Direct Canada is pretty good. Also, if you don't plan to be flexible with brands, you're going to have a hard time getting the best parts for your buck. Anyway what aznshinobi listed is pretty good.
October 31, 2011 2:09:34 AM

marketing, thats why.

Gigabyte is well known for making great motherboards, I currently have a gigabyte gpu, but it is only like four days old. EVGA are great cards though.

the haf 912 is made by cooler master, both the 690 and the haf 912 are great cases, I believe the 912 has more room in the side panel for cable management. It is also a wider case, and thus can have taller heatsinks.

The ram he selected is great, but so is your, I assume yours is 1600?

Take what you want and discard what you don't, the board is a great value for all the features though.

October 31, 2011 2:24:02 AM

Which board are you talking about?
October 31, 2011 2:27:27 AM

The one that was suggested by aznshinobi and I (after I discovered how expensive the asrock was in Canada).
October 31, 2011 2:45:24 AM

Ah I see. Yeah I think i will swap the asrock for the Gigabyte, although those color's wont match haha
October 31, 2011 2:49:11 AM

Many THG members recommend Direct, I.E Why_Me and another. The build I list has a compatible motherboard, not like the one you started. You also get much more ram, a better CPU, better GPU (By a long shot) and more power. All at similar pricing.
October 31, 2011 2:51:43 AM

I'm not completely sold on Canada Direct though. It looks just a tad bit sketchy and I think I'm going to go with my gut feeling and not purchase from them sorry. Plus they don't have the case I wanted.
October 31, 2011 3:01:29 AM

Go NCIX and match prices if you don't trust Direct Canada.
October 31, 2011 3:10:10 AM

K hold on here. Lets all stay on the Newegg.ca website please. Before this gets anymore confusing. Right now I have my original build but instead of the Asrock board I replaced it with the GigaByte board. The DVD Burner I'm going to buy at a local store.

Right now including shipping it comes to 775$. I think that Aznshinobi's build is a great build but I like to have brand name stuff that I'm familiar with.
October 31, 2011 3:31:44 AM

+1 to aznshinobi build too

except no need for 8 gig of RAM.
use 2 x 2 gig of 1600 MHz RAM rated for 1.5 volt .
October 31, 2011 4:21:19 AM

NCIX is a legit retailer, I have purchased from their US site and have had no problems, (just bought an i5 cpu, a70 cpu cooler, and a dvd drive). NCIX was actually started in Canada, and has recently moved their retail operation to US.

However, if you are more comfortable with newegg than go with that, and if you are more comfortable with familiar name brands than thats ultimately your choice too.

Ram is pretty cheap, so most new build especially in the 700-800 range go with 8 gigs. You probably should just opt for the 8 gigs, as spending 30-40 dollars on 2x2 gb ram only to later upgrade doesn't make to much sense to me.

Also which specific ram are you considering, so long as it is 1.5 volt, like outlander suggested, you should be fine.

In terms of "will my build work", yeah you are good to go, but aznshinobis is a better build.
October 31, 2011 4:39:05 AM

Hunter... The parts I suggested ARE brand name, many of us at THG use them or suggest them. In fact the things I've recommend are all solid things I've read reviews for not junk.
October 31, 2011 4:53:14 AM

It's his choice to not get the best bang for buck. If he's happy with his sub par build then be it.
October 31, 2011 2:58:12 PM

Im not say there not brand name or junk I'm just saying that I'm more familiar with these brands and I trust them. I will read up more on the products you listed though, so thank you.
October 31, 2011 6:14:57 PM

Hey hows the ASRock z68 Pro3 Gen3? Its only 15$ more than the Gigabyte one.
October 31, 2011 6:38:55 PM

The gigabyte is better and cheaper, it supports sli or xfire. The asrock pro3 version is a slightly stripped down asrock extreme3.

I would go with the gigabyte, gigabyte well know for great motherboards. It shouldn't disappoint.
October 31, 2011 6:42:02 PM

k thanks man. Also whats this Intel Sandy Bridge motherboards I'm hearing about everywhere?
October 31, 2011 6:52:57 PM

sandy bridge is a type of CPU, manufactured by Intel. Sandy Bridge is a codename, like AMD's Bulldozer.

Sandy bridge motherboards are motherboards that support Sandy Bridge CPUs (intel).

The I5-2500k is an example of a Sandy Bridge CPU.

The next line of Intel cpus are codenamed Ivy Bridge.
November 1, 2011 3:22:38 AM

^ Exactly.
November 1, 2011 4:16:48 PM

K good to know thanks. Im tempted to downgrade to a I3-2100 and buy the asrock gen3 extreme3 then upgrade to an I5 or I7 somewhere down the line. From what I've been reading the I3-2100 is a great processor other than the absence of Overclocking but I don't plan on doing that anyways. With that build would I be able to run lets say BF3 or GTAIV on high settings?
November 1, 2011 10:11:11 PM

It will serve you fine, but it is not a quad core cpu. Most games only utilize 2 cores at the max anyways. However, GTA 4 and I believe BF3 utilize and recommend quads. Quads will increasingly become more important as time continues.

You still should be able to run gta 4 and bf3 fine with the dual core.

Ivy bridge I believe is coming out sometime next year, so purchasing the i3-2100 and the gen3 extreme3 is a viable upgrade path. (your saving about 50.00 by opting for this option??, correct me if im wrong)

It would be good to see your "revised" build (preferably in links form, in your first post) so we can see the total cost and your selected components.
November 1, 2011 11:55:36 PM

Yeah I was thinking the same thing, as Ivy Bridge is coming out and the Board is supposed to support that from what I hear. Right now I believe I have figured everything out for my build. Not sure if you meant to put my revised build to replace my first post or to just list it now lol but here it is anyways

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel (I changed it from the Nvidia one)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W

Mother Board: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Superclocked 1GB

Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB DDR3

Total Cost (including Shipping) = $760.75
November 2, 2011 2:35:51 AM

Also will that case (Corsair Carbide Series 500R) be able to fit everything nicely? I checked out newegg tv's review on it and I'm pretty sure it will but I thought I should just clarify that.
November 2, 2011 2:42:35 AM

IT will fit everything just fine. I prefer the Haf series, but cases are largely personal preference. You could save alot of money by buying the haf 912. Then you could upgrade your cpu to a quad, or you could upgrade you gpu to a 560.

I don't exactly know Canadian prices though, so all this price stipulation is based off of memory of cases, gpus, and cpus, in America.

The haf 912 has great cable management as well
November 2, 2011 2:46:35 AM

The price's technically should be the same as our dollars are pretty much equal as of now but unfortunately that's not the case. I would go into the states and buy all this stuff but there's a 400$ cap on purchases when I come back :( 
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