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March 13, 2012 2:07:57 AM

Hi All,

Just wanted to get your thoughts on this build. Also, not sure what type of motherboard I should be going with, any suggestions? Note I am purchasing parts from a local store here called Memory Express. They price match places such as Tiger Direct, and it's obviously a lot more convenient to buy locally. They don't have as good of a selection though.

Here we go,...

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $500-700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, home theater, standard usage (internet, office, maybe some light CAD)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memory Express ( http://www.memoryexpress.com ) *Note they price match*

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: intel CPU

Overclocking: No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 - 21.5"

Additional Comments: n/a



My build:

Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35637

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX30935

Samsung DVD-R
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35753

Western Digital 500gb 7200 rpm http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32264

Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31389

Antec EarthWatts Green 500W Power Supply
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX28518

Intel i3 2120
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32498

Motherboard? Not sure, suggestions?

Would something like this ( http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32903 ) be alright, or should i be stepping up to something like ( http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35957 )

Price before price matching & rebates is about $670 including $100 for a motherboard. Not against going up in price a bit if you guys think it might be worth it.

Thanks in advance for your input & suggestions!!!
March 13, 2012 2:17:25 AM

I think newegg.ca is probably the benchmark for pricing in Canada. Either that or Amazon.
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March 13, 2012 2:51:04 AM

Anonymous said:
dude both those boards are horrible!

how about this:
ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) $109.99
www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131783
new egg.ca

i have one and love it!


That's way to much for a h67. All of the cheaper asus motherboards are 16x/4x .
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Anonymous
March 13, 2012 2:51:47 AM

I would either go for a 6870 or at least a motherboard that supports proper crossfire.
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March 13, 2012 3:03:59 AM

@ivan1984
I'd prefer to purchase from Memory Express, as they price match and they are local here in my home town.

@looniam
Good to know about the boards being horrible. As for ASUS P8H67-V, Memory Express doesn't carry that board. Want to purchase all the components from Memory Express (unless they don't have a good quality budget motherboard)

Thanks for the replies!
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March 13, 2012 3:07:03 AM

damntinnitus said:
@ivan1984
I'd prefer to purchase from Memory Express, as they price match and they are local here in my home town.

@looniam
Good to know about the boards being horrible. As for ASUS P8H67-V, Memory Express doesn't carry that board. Want to purchase all the components from Memory Express (unless they don't have a good quality budget motherboard)

Thanks for the replies!


i looked at memory express and really non of their boards looked very exciting. any chance to go to newegg for that instead?
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March 13, 2012 3:08:57 AM

Oh good catch on the HD 6870, same price as the 6850. Thanks :) 
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March 13, 2012 3:14:19 AM

Yea if the boards aren't very good @ Memory Express in the $70 - 130, I'm not opposed to going somewhere else for that. Heard lots of people on here talking about the ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3. They have it at DirectCanada.com for $135 incl. shipping. Is that overkill for this build?
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March 13, 2012 3:22:37 AM

If none of you mind could you please go to the post below this one. I need help with my first pc build!
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March 13, 2012 6:37:01 AM

damntinnitus said:
Yea if the boards aren't very good @ Memory Express in the $70 - 130, I'm not opposed to going somewhere else for that. Heard lots of people on here talking about the ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3. They have it at DirectCanada.com for $135 incl. shipping. Is that overkill for this build?


not at all, that is a most excellent board; quite a few around here rave about those.

you'll be set with any type of upgrading until after haswell later next year.
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March 23, 2012 12:01:32 AM

Best answer selected by damntinnitus.
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