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March 28, 2012 6:55:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within few weeks; as soon as GTX 680 becomes available - out of stock -

Budget Range: $1500~1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly heavy gaming/internet browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor & OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: neweggs.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Mid tower ATX. Full Tower would be too big to fit under my desk.

Overclocking: Maybe but leaning towards no. I probably won't need to OC for better performance.

SLI or Crossfire: No, but I would keep SLi option open for later upgrades.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: below

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Hello everyone. I am not completely new to building PCs, but this would be my very first time building expensive rig right from scratch. So, I just want to make sure everything is perfect with professionals before I proceed to check out.

Here are some parts that I picked out.

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

PSU: 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
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Case: 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
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

VGA: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

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

I don't feel need for SSD or after-market CPU cooler; they will probably included in later upgrades. How does everything look? I'm concerned with the case a bit. Is there a better case that I should be looking at? I just picked that case since it got recommendation from Tom's ;)  but if I have spare $, I would like to upgrade the case first.

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March 28, 2012 6:59:04 AM

Be sure to use Turbo Boost until the aftermarket cooler is bought.
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March 28, 2012 7:16:57 AM

So am I good to go with this list? Sweet.
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March 28, 2012 7:44:45 AM

I've had a Rosewill Challenger case for two months. Got it because of Tom's Hardware recommendation and using it for my wife's build. My humble advice... it's not a good case if you live in a dusty climate or have fuzzy animals in your computer room. The main problem is the side panel is full of vent holes covering a very large area. If you enjoy installing extra filters, then you'll probably love the case.
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March 28, 2012 7:49:04 AM

+1 to spankmon.

try out antec 300 or the haf 932 or soemthing but for a mid tower look for some nice NZXT chassis, the nzxt source is good for the money too. specially if you want to customize it and put more holes. or fractal design core 3000
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March 28, 2012 8:17:06 AM

Thanks for all the good case recommendations guys.
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March 28, 2012 9:15:03 AM

Nobody knows what the benchmarks for PCI-E 3.0 will be until the release of Ivy Bridge which is due out April 29th along with the new Z77 and Z75 boards.

Personally I would wait a month for it all to be on the shelves. I mean you waited this long so what's another 3 -4 weeks?

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.

Also take advantage of FREE SHIPPING. If your Canadian then newegg is going to hose you on the shipping charges. This site down below along with it's sister company (Best Direct Canada) offer free shipping and usually 9 times out of 10 it beats neweggs prices. Here's a few items to take a look at.

This case down below hasn't been on the market all that long but it has all the bells and whistles. 200mm side fan, multiple fan controllers, dust filters, SSD cage, front 3.0 USB ports, etc....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6196&v... $113.56
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black

or....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&v... $86.52
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair HX you have linked in the OP. 850w so you have some headroom if you decide to SLI two of those cards.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8651&v... $135.65
XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

gtx 680 of course....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... $497.71
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $97.79
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Sata 6GBPS 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - Oem

Here's a nice fast 120GB SATA 3 SSD at a decent price...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5419&v... $134.72
Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5

An inexpensive yet proven cpu cooler that comes with great thermal paste...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $29.69
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

That cooler up above is set up to add this fan to it for a "push - pull" affect to bring the temps down even more...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC6691&v... $8.05
Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $49.93
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Those are Asrocks Z77 and Z75 board line up so far...although they are going to add more boards here soon. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI also have their boards ready to go. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.
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March 28, 2012 10:47:29 PM

Best answer selected by Sinabro.
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