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January 13, 2012 8:46:08 AM

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Approximate Purchase Date: soon - possibly early next week

Budget Range: Hoping to stay $1300 or under after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (likely TOR, Diablo III, possibly others more graphic intensive), web browsing, word processing, movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, ncix.com (using price match)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, 23-24" monitor, case - not flashy!

Overclocking: Unlikely, but possibly in the future I suppose.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe..

Monitor Resolution:

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Hi guys,

Thanks in advance for any help. This will be my first build, and I have not bought a new desktop in a REALLY long time so my knowledge about all parts is very limited. I have been looking to a friend for advice on parts but I thought more opinions would be helpful. As you can see above, the everyday demands for this computer will not be too great, but I also want the computer to last at least a few years so trying not to skimp too much on anything. I've been comparing prices mostly between the 3 sites listed above, and (as advised by my friend) plan to purchase from NCIX and use their price matching offer. The links are the best prices I had found on what I picked.

Below is the build I had picked out on my own. I would appreciate advice on compatibility, whether any piece is overkill/not a good choice, and any other points that might be relevant. If I've made any bonehead mistakes in terms of choice or compatibility, please bear with me!

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Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
($225)

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
($160)

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
($44)

Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
($100)

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
($18.50)

Seasonic M12II 520W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX PFC 80+ Bronze Modular Connectors 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52175
($77)

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
($250)

NZXT H2-001-BK H2 Classic Silent Mid Tower Case
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
($100)

ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD 300 cd/m2 50000000:1
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
($190)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
($100)

TOTAL = $1264.50 before tax

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Thank you in advance for any advice!


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January 13, 2012 10:20:34 AM

Hi. If you plan to SLI laterz consider to buy a little better psu (with 4x6+2 pcixpress connectors) like Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 for 18$ more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
Also a good deal atm is Galaxy 56NKH3HS4GNK GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores at 19$ more than 560ti, but offers better performance with only 19$ more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
Even if you dont want to spend more on gpu, MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti is superior and its at the same price after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
An other Z68 alternative for you mobo if you want asus is ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 with 179$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
The other products you choose are great choices, imo. :) 

ps: Oh about the case check also those 3 at same price:
SILVERSTONE Precision Series PS06B-W Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

edit2: Yeah, I just noticed that you want the parts from newegg.ca. The prices are the same or like 10$ more. :p 
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January 13, 2012 10:55:06 AM

My recommendation would be this:

Case Fractal Design R3 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

CPU I5 2500K - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD Hitachi Deskstar - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Memory PNY XLR8 8Gb 1600mhz DDR 3 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Motherboard P8Z68 Pro/Gen3 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Graphic Card EVGA FPB 560ti - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply Seasonic 620W - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Monitor VH232H 23" - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The main change is the motherboard its pretty much the same board except it has PCIe 3.0 support which gives you a bit of furture proofing and its a z68 chipset over the p67. the board itself is really stable i put one in a friends pc a few months back and its been no trouble at all.

The case is more of a suggestion and more of a personal preference as i own the define xl which is the r3's big brother and its great the case is so well made and i've managed to fit everything inside it no problem 2 6950's and a asus sound card. But as i said above cases are personal preference so find something well made you like the look of but make sure you check it will all fit made that mistake the first time i built something.


good luck with the build,

Elliott.
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January 13, 2012 10:55:10 AM

My recommendation would be this:

Case Fractal Design R3 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

CPU I5 2500K - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD Hitachi Deskstar - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Memory PNY XLR8 8Gb 1600mhz DDR 3 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Motherboard P8Z68 Pro/Gen3 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Graphic Card EVGA FPB 560ti - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply Seasonic 620W - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Monitor VH232H 23" - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The main change is the motherboard its pretty much the same board except it has PCIe 3.0 support which gives you a bit of furture proofing and its a z68 chipset over the p67. the board itself is really stable i put one in a friends pc a few months back and its been no trouble at all.

The case is more of a suggestion and more of a personal preference as i own the define xl which is the r3's big brother and its great the case is so well made and i've managed to fit everything inside it no problem 2 6950's and a asus sound card. But as i said above cases are personal preference so find something well made you like the look of but make sure you check it will all fit made that mistake the first time i built something.


good luck with the build,

Elliott.
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January 13, 2012 11:02:39 AM

ughh double post damn work proxy
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January 13, 2012 6:56:52 PM

Best answer selected by jd87.
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January 13, 2012 7:30:22 PM

Thanks for the tips guys.
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