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March 23, 2012 1:19:43 AM

Keep in mind I'm from Canada so I will be linking to newegg.ca
I am also considering buying all of this from NCIX as they price match and have low shipping costs (may cost about $20-30).
Now, for budget, I would say I'm aiming for about $1000 CAD. However, going over a little for a good improvement isn't horrible.
I also know that the more expensive products will generally be better, but I want the happy medium if possible.
I won't be doing too intense of things; general gaming (D3 and SC2); some photo and video editing and some recording.
Also, I have an existing soundcard that I would like to use with my new build.
Total budget excludes monitor, soundcard, and operating system.

I've listed several possibilities for most components as they are where I've been directed during my research.
Any comments or suggestions for something else is what I'm looking for.

Case:
($54.99) Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

($64.99) COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU:
($129.99) CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

($149.99) CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

($174.99) CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Motherboard:
($149.99) ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

($174.99) ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

($179.99) ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

($219.99) ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU:
($224.99) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

RAM:
($46.99) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Graphics card:
($189.99) EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

($219.99) GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

($259.99) EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Hard Drive(s): I'm not sure if this will matter much but I'm more interested in the 32mb cache and SATA 6.0Gb/s rather than 3.0GB/s. I don't think I'll use more than 500GB so that's a good starting point.

($89.99) Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

($99.99) Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

($114.99) Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cooler:
($31.99) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

($34.99) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

($39.99) COOLER MASTER GeminII S524 120mm Long Life Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge

Optical Drive(s): ($20.99) ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Soundcard: Audiophile 2496

Monitor: Currently have an LG that's a few years old. May look into: ($199.99) ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers

Operating System: going to use Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I hope this wasn't too much info. Thanks for any help! :-)

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March 23, 2012 4:54:44 AM

The rosewill challenger is a cheap case . Not worth using if you can afford a HAF or Antec 300 .

All mb's with a Z68 chipset will perform identically [ within a small margin ] . Buy the Asrock Extreme 3 gen 3 IMO

The 560ti graphics card is decent but not as good as the Radeon 7850

You dont need a sound card . The mb has that already built in .

By all means get a SATA 6 GB/s hard drive , but dont pay more for it since the speed of a mechanical hard drive is limited by the speed data can be read from the disk itself and thats way less than the older 3 GB/s standard

none of your links work for me
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March 23, 2012 5:15:22 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The rosewill challenger is a cheap case . Not worth using if you can afford a HAF or Antec 300 .

All mb's with a Z68 chipset will perform identically [ within a small margin ] . Buy the Asrock Extreme 3 gen 3 IMO

The 560ti graphics card is decent but not as good as the Radeon 7850

You dont need a sound card . The mb has that already built in .

By all means get a SATA 6 GB/s hard drive , but dont pay more for it since the speed of a mechanical hard drive is limited by the speed data can be read from the disk itself and thats way less than the older 3 GB/s standard

none of your links work for me

Remove the " and you will. :) 
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March 23, 2012 5:51:35 AM

Asus makes a damn good monitor. I have a 23.5" HD and it's great.
Outlander is probably correct about that Rosewill case. I bought a Rosewill Destroyer case on sale for $39USD and it was the most frustrating case I have ever used. The front bezel doesn't come off, or at least I didn't figure it out, and you have to push out the individual slot screens from behind, breaking the plastic grips in the process. The 3 fans are OK and reasonably quiet but I can't replace th front fan. Steel is flimsy and the holes provided for hiding the wiring are nice, but hiding extra PSU cables behind the right side panel doesn't offer much room. At least the front panel wires were plenty long. I've never taken so long just to assemble a case and it's hardware.Also, my temps are running a bit higher than my Antec 300 was.
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March 23, 2012 6:13:46 AM

-Nix the 912 with your video / photo usage and pick something with a front USB 3 port. Try and fit the Corsair 500R into ya budget

-Video editing eliminates ATI GFX from consideration .... no CUDA support.n From the choices listed, I'd get one of these.....make sure ya pick one with 7 or more VRM phases if ya want it to handle big OC's

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

Keep in mind, the 680 exploded onto the GFX seen today with a huge slam dunk...... The 660 Ti isn't far behind.

-MoBo - If ya want industry standard 3 year warranty,m that eliminates ASrock. The Maximus is a micro ATX board, so that leaves the Asus ..... do ya need the Pro version ?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|13-131-792^13-131-792-TS%2C13-131-790^13-131-790-TS

-video / photo editing will benefit from HT ..... that means 2600k / 2700k

-RAM -
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

-Cooler - Hyper 612 PWM

-HD - I'd take the 1 TB Seagate
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March 23, 2012 6:31:14 AM

Pick up a Radeon 7850 or 7870 now. That way you don't have to wait for the 660Ti.

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March 23, 2012 8:12:03 AM

If you are certain that you are not going to SLI, the 650 watt PSU will be more than adequate.

I'd recomment the Corsair TX650V2:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

It is not modular, but you will have, at the most, only 3 cables leftover. And with a decent case, you can hide them behind the motherboard tray. But if you really want a modular PSU, there's the TX650M for about $10 more.
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