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$1100 build, need help with GRAPHICS AND CASE

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March 28, 2012 1:50:26 PM

Hello everybody!

I have to build a new PC because my old machine blew up a couple of days ago.
Because I haven't built a new desktop in 4-5 years, I am not up to date regarding the newest hardware trends.

My user preferences are: surfing, multi tasking (2 displays, many things running the same time) and gaming (love gaming, but don't need a high end card).

I did quite a bit research and came up with these parts so far. I live in Canada and would appreciate links that make sense.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ($235) - I want a good MB and USB3.0 is important to me

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k ($235) - Best value CPU right now?

Memory: 16 gigs of something (2x8 ideally) ($125) - looking for 2x8 so I can add another 16 down the line (ASUS has a 32GB RAM limit)

Video Card: I have a budget between $150-200

HDD: Best available under $100

Cooler: Best available under $50

Case: Best available under $100

Optical Drive/burner: Cheapest for $20 (LG)

PS: Corsair TX650 V2 650 W ($80)

I have issues finding a good case for under 100$. I want USB 3.0, ideally in the front.
I also have no idea what video card would be best value under $200.

I don't care about the HDD, Optical drive and Cooler....I can figure those out when I order.

So far the I have around $900 allocated without a video card (and taxes and shipping). I don't need a mouse, keyboard, monitors or anything else.

What would be the best value video card under $200?

What case under $100 is best value and wasn't released too long ago (want USB3.0)?

If anybody has some input or helpful comments (also regarding the selected parts), please don't hesitate. I really need help!

THANKS! :) 
March 28, 2012 3:34:59 PM

based on your usage, i' just get 8gb of ram instead of 16gb, since theres no difference in gaming, and its doubtful you'll be running enough stuff to exceed 8gb ram.
note that you need win7 professional/ultimate to use more than 16gb of ram
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March 28, 2012 4:43:54 PM

Thanks for the help guys. The rams are a personal preference and I don't want to have to upgrade in the near future. I do use Win 7 ultimate and dual screen multi task all the time. :) 

Still looking for more variety.
Cases under 100$
GPU under 200$

Thanks again

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March 28, 2012 4:58:41 PM
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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.

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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC2351&v... $86.77 MIR $61.77
OCZ ZS Series 750W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN ATX SLI Ready 80PLUS Bronze Performance Power Supply 135mm Fan

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6381&v... $179.69
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... $233.18
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

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

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

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

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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5564&v... $253.34
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 860MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6... <----- A better look at that motherboard. SLI, front 3.0 USB header, etc...
March 28, 2012 5:23:56 PM

Why_Me said:
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.

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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC2351&v... $86.77 MIR $61.77
OCZ ZS Series 750W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN ATX SLI Ready 80PLUS Bronze Performance Power Supply 135mm Fan

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6381&v... $179.69
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... $233.18
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

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

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

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

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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5564&v... $253.34
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 860MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6... <----- A better look at that motherboard. SLI, front 3.0 USB header, etc...


Thank you so much for taking the time. This is really helpful. I might just order everything there like you suggested.
The GPU is a bit more expensive than what I was hoping to pay. Do you think it is worth it? Do you have another good value GPU for around 200?

Thanks again
March 28, 2012 5:31:51 PM

gbuilder said:
Thank you so much for taking the time. This is really helpful. I might just order everything there like you suggested.
The GPU is a bit more expensive than what I was hoping to pay. Do you think it is worth it? Do you have another good value GPU for around 200?

Thanks again

It's hard to suggest another vid card seeing how your running dual monitors. You want the xtra VRAM like that AMD card provides. If you drop the SSD from that build (you can always pick one up at a later time) that should put you well within your budget.
March 28, 2012 5:35:31 PM

yes the gpu is awesome and you might end playing on high settings or even ultra at a lower resolution.



March 28, 2012 5:55:35 PM

I wasn't planning on getting a SSD anyways...forgot to mention that in the original post. They aren't big enough yet for my liking and too expensive. If I'm correct, I can just upgrade later with this motherboard. Thanks again for the help!
April 4, 2012 11:09:05 AM

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