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December 9, 2011 4:55:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two weeks
Budget Range: around 750
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Spread sheet programs, internet surfing, audio playing and recording, word processing, betting/trading software
Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.ca, newegg.com
Country: i'm in Canada
Parts Preferences:no preferences
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Hello everyone. First time builder who's searched throughout this site for advice on choosing what specs I want and what components i'll need.

Firstly, let me just say thanks to all who contributed to the excellent guides on this site for choosing components and first time builders. I've read through a lot of the info and I think i've made my decisions on all the components I need.

In regards to what I want/need... I want to build a good quality system that will last 4+ years. I will look to upgrade in the future and i'm going to use the latest ubuntu for os. I'll be using spreadsheet programs, betting/trading software, football manager, some sound recording for bass/guitar, and i'm an audiophile so will want a nice sound coming out of the system. The only game I play is football manager so can't imagine i'll need more than the embedded graphics on the motherboard, at least for now. The system is fairly decent quality and may be deemed unecessary by many of you but I have the money and want a good workstation that will last a few years.

Here are the components i'm thinking of:


ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX

Western Digital WD3200AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 320GB

Intel Core i5-2400 BX80623I52400 Processor - Quad Core

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance LP Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB)

Ultra ULT40069 Mid-Tower ATX Case - Lightweight Aluminum

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Apevia Java 500-Watt Power Supply - SATA-Ready



There are a couple of questions I have in regard to getting all of the above.

From research, I think the i5, the memory and the motherboard should all be compatible with one another. I might not need such an expensive motherboard but it seems to be a very good one. Are there any others I should be considering?

Are there any other cases or power supplies forum members can reccommend? I reckon these one's will be fine but if there is a better/cheaper alternative i'm open to suggestions.

I don't know what cables I will and won't get with these components, though i'd imagine I should have everything I need to set a system up. Are there any other wires/plugs etc that I need to buy along with the above?

There's one thing I don't know outright, and that is regarding the sound setup. I am guessing the sound on the motherboard will be fairly basic so can you guys reccommend a cheap-ish but fairly decent sound card. I'm not looking for crystal clear sound but decent enough for a guy who likes his jazz and classical.

Hope you all can point me in the right direction for advice, thanks in advance.
December 9, 2011 6:52:56 PM

Avoid the PSU. Go for one of the usual suspects: Antec, Corsair, XFX, PC&C etc.
Look for 80+ Bronze (minimum) - not a guarantee in itself but indicates quality of power delivery. You may need to spend a little more,
but save on the mobo.

For the mobo, remember you're on Linux and a lot of the 'features' are software based. Some cash to be saved here. (Maybe. It's even cheap in the UK.)
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December 9, 2011 7:48:25 PM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD2247&v... - $145.80
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Motherboar

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/Intel/BX80623I... - $219.79
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/218427/COOLERMASTER/R... - $22.55
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5798&v... - $41.69
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN DIMM Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR7068&v... - $17.93
Samsung SH-222BB 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&v... - $97.20
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59617&vpn=P1... - $92.99 - $25 Rebate
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/230752/COOLERMASTER/R... - $54.45
Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound

Total: $692.40 - $25 rebate

this allows you to overclock and sli/xfire.

onboard sound should be fine. you can add a dedicated card later if you are not satisfied.
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February 16, 2012 10:55:25 PM

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