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January 27, 2012 9:28:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 months

Budget Range: around 1000 or cheaper if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multi Tasking, Gaming, Movies, skype, internet browsing with 15+ tabs open

Parts Not Required: Case - Haf 922
HSF - CM 212+ will consider a new one if I can get significant improvement for under $50
Speakers/Headset -PC 330D and logitech 2.1
Keyboard/Mouse - Microsoft
CD/DVD Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canada Computers, (anything in Canada, I like to go to the actual store though)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel but will consider AMD I just dont know much about them, Any good bang for buck items is what I am looking for no brands in particular

Overclocking: Yes, not right away though

SLI or Crossfire: Depending on GPU

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Parts:

PSU - Don't know a ton about these but I want a modular one any recommendations would be appreciated - This one seems decent to me

Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX850M 80PLUS Bronze Certified 850W PSU (CP-9020004-NA)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

or

Corsair Professional Series Gold AX750 Fully-Modular 750 Watt 80 PLUS Gold Certified Power Supply (CMPSU-750AX)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

CPU - Either i5 or i7 or an AMD recommendations and thoughts on these would be great really in the air leaning towards i7 though

Ram - I would like 16gb is 4x4 or 2x8 any different in performance?

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 16GB (2x8GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 16GB (4x4GB) Quad Channel Kit (F3-10666CL9Q-16GBXL)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

GPU - This is a tough decision with GTX 6XX on the horizon, Would it be best to wait for the new ones and buy a middle of the road ie 650 or 660, or wait until the 6XX series comes out and buy a reduced price 570 or 580? or even look at Radeon. As well is it more efficient to go with two 100-150 dollar cards in SLI or buy a nice 560ti? Sorry for all the questions but this is really where I need the most input.

Mobo - Open to any suggestions, really depends on the CPU that I go with, and I want to spend around 150 -300 on the mobo

Drives - Hopefully a 120GB or 240GB SSD and eventually a 1TB Velociraptor or 2 500GB in Raid, Doesnt have to be immediately as I have a 500GB drive currently

Mobo + CPUs im Looking at:
Option 1: -$440
Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.30Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I52500K) - 240
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset - 200
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Option 2: - $540
Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.40Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I72600K) - 320
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset - 200
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Option 3: - $590
Intel Core i7-2700K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.50Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623i72700K) - 390
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset - 200
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Option 4: $610
Intel Core i7 960 Quad-Core Socket LGA1366, 3.2Ghz, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80601960) - 280
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

Asus Rampage III Extreme Socket 1366 Intel X58 + ICH10R Chipset - 330
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Any other Mobo + CPU suggestions or comments on these options would be great.

Build Price would be any of the above 4 options plus:
130 or 160 for PSU
Roughly 100 for RAM
And Around 220 for GPU

Bringing the Build Price to 900 - 1060 plus taxes
The PSU and RAM may not be needed immedietely as I have 6gb of DDR2 Ram and a 550w Thermaltake PSU in my current rig so if there is a better option for the CPU, Mobo or GPU I will hold off on buying those parts.

Sorry for the messy post but hopefully I will be able to narrow it done with some help.
Thanks,
Chris







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January 27, 2012 10:31:30 PM

Sorry, One more question, That 200 asus board is Micro-ATX does that make a big difference in performance/cooling? I barely have any experience with Mico-ATX and all my builds in the past have been ATX boards
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January 27, 2012 10:55:39 PM

chris2341 said:
Sorry, One more question, That 200 asus board is Micro-ATX does that make a big difference in performance/cooling? I barely have any experience with Mico-ATX and all my builds in the past have been ATX boards




Micro atx limits the amount of available pci-e slots so in moat cases you have only two full length x16 pci-e slots. There is also a limited amount of fan connectors on the motherboard and overall the best option is a full atx board. The micro atx is usually for small cases.
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January 27, 2012 11:13:29 PM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
$159.99
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 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$53.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$339.99 and a $10 mail in rebate makes it $329.99

The above total comes to $923.95 and if you were wanting to add a 120gb SSD then that would add $184 to this total.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$214.99 and a $30 mail in rebate makes it $184.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Of course I did all my shopping at Newegg Canada and you could shop around for these parts for a cheaper price or not use them ay all.



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January 28, 2012 1:28:59 AM

Thanks for clearly up the ATX vs Micro ATX

And is the i7 2600k worth the extra $100?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Is there any differences between the PSU you suggested and the ones I was looking at? I have none set in stone and any differences would help me pick.

And is the G.Skills ram I choose not faster at 1333 compared to the corsaur at 1600? and it is only a few dollars more per GB, Is there a difference for OC'ing?

I know this board is significantly more but it seems as though it has some future proof features compared to the other boards.

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

btw, I really like red Mobo, black is decent and I dont mind the blue asus boards, I'm trying to get a nice black/red theme in my HAF 922
Thanks for all the input!


That SSD looks like a good deal, especially with the MIR, nice find.
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January 28, 2012 1:52:40 AM

As well these two boards seem worth a look:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And this GPU With 2GB of memory for half the price, I know it wont be the same performance but it will be a step up from the 8600GT I Currently have.
EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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January 28, 2012 2:17:53 AM

As well all these GPU's should drop in price with the launch of 6XX series so I could hold out with the 8600 until then...
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January 28, 2012 2:42:17 AM

The 2600k is generally not worth the extra $100 unless you were going to make use of the hyperthreading feature of that cpu.
The difference between the psu I listed and the one you did is the company that makes it , Seasonic is a power supply making company and they actually make the guts of the psu's for other companies yhat turn around and put thier name on it. That's not to say that Corsair is not good it's just that Seasonic is better.
The Fatal1ty board is a p67 chipset and the one I suggested is a z-68 chipset which is newer and better. What features were you refering to? I do think that the Fatal1ty board is a good board and it matches the red/bnlack theme but is it worth more than double the price and it doesn't have the pci-e 3.0 slots like the one I listed.
I would not get the 550Ti video card , you will not be happy with the performance and there is a reason for it being half the price.
Bottom line is when it come to building your Pc you can put in what you want for components since you are the one paying for it but the parts that I listed are very good and you would have a solid gaming , multitasking and web surfing Pc.
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January 28, 2012 3:49:45 AM

The board you suggested seems to be the best option, sorry for the confusion as I havent been reading on Mobos/CPU's in quite some time.
Am I correct about the RAM speeds, do you think it is worth the extra few dollars?
The 570 is double the price of the 550ti and has half the memory but twice the threads, obviously the 570 performs better, but what kind of comparison is there for the 550ti? I will probably upgrade to a 6XX by Q1 of 2013
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February 1, 2012 9:47:15 PM

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February 1, 2012 10:21:50 PM

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