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February 19, 2012 2:05:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor and Case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, Corsair, Asus

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: This is my first time building i'm not really sure what parts would make this build work, but i mainly just need it for gaming. My budget is $2000 but im all in for a build that would cost me less and run magnificently!

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This is what i've come up with so far...


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core OR Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... OR ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU FAN: Need suggestions, was thinking - CORSAIR H100

Video Card Need suggestion, maybe gtx 570? 580?

Ram: Need suggestions!

HDD: Could go with 1TB for now but should i get a Seagate? or western digital?

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

DVD: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
February 19, 2012 2:11:56 AM

I5 > i7 for gaming.
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February 19, 2012 2:31:49 AM

asus maximus IV extreme mobo
intel i5 2500k cpu
cooler master hyper 212 evo cpu cooler
sapphire amd radeon hd 7970 video card
western digital 1.5tb hhd
corsair force series 3 60gb ssd
corsair ax850 psu
g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb 1600 ram
lg black 12x bd-rom
total price: 1726$
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February 19, 2012 2:52:00 AM



xtremegamer2da-max said:
asus maximus IV extreme mobo
intel i5 2500k cpu
cooler master hyper 212 evo cpu cooler
sapphire amd radeon hd 7970 video card
western digital 1.5tb hhd
corsair force series 3 60gb ssd
corsair ax850 psu
g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb 1600 ram
lg black 12x bd-rom
total price: 1726$



This is a good start, just make sure the ram is 1.5v. Sandy Bridge doesn't get along with high voltage ram very well. Be warned that Air coolers are large and heavy, they usually work better than closed loop liquid cooling. If you want to save the stress on your motherboard, and leave some room in your case, and not have to worry about buying low profile ram, get something like the corsair cwch60. That's mostly preferential, though. Don't get me wrong, the hyper 212 is an outstanding cooler for the price.

Edit: What case do you have? The asus maximus probably wont fit in a mid tower.
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February 19, 2012 3:20:27 AM

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February 19, 2012 5:29:38 AM

FREE SHIPPING for this entire order. These two retailers (Direct Canada & Best Direct Canada) are affiliated and both ship out of the same warehouse in Richmond, BC.

That psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all mid and upper tier Corsair psu's. This build includes a 240GB SATA 3 SSD, 7950, etc...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC1911&v... $118.12
XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6381&v... $189.69
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI USB3.0 SATA3

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... $209.69
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $27.58
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232563/F3-12800CL9D-8... $45.79
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/227170/WD1002FAEX/Wes... $148.50
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2463&v... $265.93
Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $19.24
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/239971/GV-R795WF3-3GD... $453.91
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 Windforce 900MHZ 3GB 5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

Total: $1,478.75 *not including tax

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $98.70
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 Dvd Oem
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February 19, 2012 3:13:52 PM

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