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March 28, 2012 7:32:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Have to be up and running for may 15 (Diablo 3 release)

Budget Range: between 1000-1500$, everything inclued

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly for Diablo 3, also running multi instanced game using Adobe Air technology (wich is purely base on CPU usage and memory (8 instance using 300-400mb ram each) Also open for new game for upcoming 5 years, So might be good idea to keep room for futur upgrade

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, or wherever Canadian can order from

Country : Canada

Parts Preferences: I already did fix the GPU : GTX680, CPU i5 2500 (2500K if O/C real deal) (can be better CPU depending on budget), Mobo will be ASUS, just not sure wich one exactlty

Overclocking: Never did it, no clue about it, and I dont want over heating which ll require more cooling => then more noise. But, if can be done simply w/o generate too much heat, I could

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Computer room right next to baby room. Realy need a quite build, w/o overheat and many fancy fan. Bother me also spend over 150$ on computer case I want minimum 8gb Ram, SSD HD ~64gb should be plenty enought.

Could consider going on i7 if it still in budget. Got not clue on mobo selection and computer case. Want certified power supply (silver) got some power spike at home. (Already have UPS unit)

I did read march system builder, and i still in deep fog even reading thoses build heh...
March 28, 2012 8:06:43 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $149.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $46.99
SilverStone Raven 3 $169.99
ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 $499.99 out of stock so good luck
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 $114.99
Intel Core i5 2500k $224.99
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 124.99
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound $9.99
Noctua NH-D14 69.99 canadacomputers

Total 1411.91
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March 28, 2012 8:19:36 PM

Here you go:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $104.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3h - $149.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $94.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 1TB - $109.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99

Total: $1,337.89

If you get the GTX 680 that will put your build at about $1500 even.
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March 29, 2012 2:08:17 PM

What about ASUS board such P8Z68 or P6T series? Thoses lsited are they as good as ASUS one, or better, know issue with them. never hear from AsRock (last time i did build a PC as over 5 years ago)

Did like to take a look on these 2 case u guys put in build, might try to drive around em and see what I like

These CPU cooler are they realy needed for that CPU? or a most only for O/C? Will it do more noise or less than brand one with CPU

redeemer , GTX 680, you think even for mid may it ll still hard to get?

Thanks alot for litle help!
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March 29, 2012 6:30:59 PM

marssius said:
What about ASUS board such P8Z68 or P6T series? Thoses lsited are they as good as ASUS one, or better, know issue with them. never hear from AsRock (last time i did build a PC as over 5 years ago)

Did like to take a look on these 2 case u guys put in build, might try to drive around em and see what I like

These CPU cooler are they realy needed for that CPU? or a most only for O/C? Will it do more noise or less than brand one with CPU

redeemer , GTX 680, you think even for mid may it ll still hard to get?

Thanks alot for litle help!


The P6T is based off the aging Intel X58 platform - it's now 3 generations old and not worth seeking out anymore. If you're going to go a step above Z68 then the X79 platform is what you should be looking at, not X58. The Gigabyte board I linked to and the Asus board are two good ones - take your pick.

The CPU cooler is needed if you plan to overclock. If not then you could actually downgrade to the i5-2400 which does not have an unlocked multiplier and can save you some money - which you could use to upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7950 or GTX 680.
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March 30, 2012 2:57:00 AM

Thank g-unit1111, that kind information I was looking for. So next generation after Z68 is X79, but with i7 socket only. Which mean about ~250$ more $ to switch from a i5 2500k/P8Z68-M Pro (220+125=345) to a i7 2600k/P9X79 (324+260=584) (newegg price)

As for i5 case, that Asus board look cheaper than Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3h and ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68, is there any concern about how good it is? I saw some bad feedback depending on which model... Was use to get only asus board in past, and look like I should change

I m also reading different mobo spec to find wich one plaise me well, but I m kinda lost with all spec and so many diff board in Z68 brand (Pro, V, V-LE, V-LX etc..)

Also, many build on this forum seem to alway use AsRock for i5 build, what tend people to all chose this particulary board?

I also read some review on Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, look like it s very quiet, is it more quiet than brand one ship with CPU

Thank again for tip, realy appreciat it
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March 30, 2012 3:05:01 AM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

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.

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.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- full review with benchmarks



http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock... <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




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. 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 30, 2012 3:26:04 AM

marssius said:
Thank g-unit1111, that kind information I was looking for. So next generation after Z68 is X79, but with i7 socket only. Which mean about ~250$ more $ to switch from a i5 2500k/P8Z68-M Pro (220+125=345) to a i7 2600k/P9X79 (324+260=584) (newegg price)

As for i5 case, that Asus board look cheaper than Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3h and ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68, is there any concern about how good it is? I saw some bad feedback depending on which model... Was use to get only asus board in past, and look like I should change



The 2600K won't work with the P9X79 - you will need the i7-3820: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as the motherboards go - if people will find something to complain about - they'll complain about it. I was skeptical about buying the Gigabyte board that I did - and I was fully aware of the boot loop issue that exists - but as long as you leave it alone and don't try to push it to its maximum extent then you'll be fine.

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March 30, 2012 5:38:22 PM

To save money go for i5 2500k

intel i5 2500k
noctua nh d-14 cpu cooler
asrock z68 pro3 gen3
Corsair vengence 2x 4gb 1600mhz ddr3 low profile ram.
Evga gtx 680 2gb
Seasonic 620w 80+ bronze psu
Seagate 3tb 7200rpm hdd
crucial m4 128gb ssd
asus 24x dvd writer
cooler master storm sniper


buy some pheripherals like monitor or headphones or gaming mouse and keyboard or just pocket it
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March 30, 2012 5:43:04 PM

So here what I got so far :

Newegg.com

Wish list

Detail :

Case: SilverStone RAVEN Series RV03B $141.99
mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $121.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $219.99
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $34.99
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver $149.99
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 $114.99
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III $127.99
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB $509.99

Total $1,421.92 (discount in) + ~$60 shipping canada (exclude GPU since was N/A) = 1481.92

DirectCanada

Case: SilverStone RAVEN Series RV03B $138.12
mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $139.69
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $227.93
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $29.69
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver $112.64
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Black 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 $132.64
SSD: Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 $134.72
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB $497.71

Total $1298.42 (Shipping free)

I did try to keep part pretty much same between both website. Some item are cheaper on newegg and other on directcanada, but still look better going with directcanada. Not sure where else i could seek cheaper price or deal.
I m not sure about SSD, one from newegg was lot costly but had 72$ discount, not sure sure if kingston one is realy less good than Mushkin one. Could actualy order some part on newegg and other on directcanada.

I think Case, mobo, CPU, GPU, Cooler are those I ll go on.

I still doubt about PSU/RAM/SSD

PSU: maybe 950W a bit over kill, did stick with that one cause it had some "silencer" label on... and Silver certified.

RAM: All i know is i want 2x8gb, so i can double later on with 4 slot on mobo. Are these correct? would they run full speed?

SSD : I m not sure about SSD, one from newegg was lot costly but had 72$ discount, not sure sure if kingston one is realy less good than Mushkin one.


I might actualy order some part on newegg and other on directcanada if I do saving.

Also, I didn t try to browse to seek for combo or special discount, I did took what i found on people suggeestion and other build from tomshardware forum.

Since GTX680 is not in stock, i ll need to wait to order, or should i order now discount item and other part later on?


Any better idea/upgrade are more than welcome!
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March 30, 2012 5:44:34 PM

I have the Thermaltake FRIO. its not quiet when its on 100% but they say its one of the most quiet in comparison to its power. so i dont know how you decide from that....
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March 30, 2012 6:14:57 PM

Dont buy other parts now you can wait for ive bridge and z77 mobo.

Youade a wise choice choosing that psu.

It aint overkill as 2 gtx 680 needs 78 amps and 850w psu can supply only 70 max it is perfect for you also it has 5yrs warrenty and silver rated.

Gust change the ssd to crucial m4 128gb ssd it is for 154 bucks on mewegg and is way reliable.

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March 30, 2012 6:30:37 PM

Why_me says Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

Will avaibility ll be good to get it before may 15? Wont price start litle up at release such GPU?

Does z77 ll stick with 1155 socket so I keep on my i5 2500K on it?
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March 30, 2012 6:33:59 PM

Yes, Z77 will still use LGA 1155.
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March 30, 2012 6:44:50 PM

think to use full potential of Ivy bridge, i ll need to switch CPU to i5-3750K
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March 30, 2012 6:48:11 PM

No, you will just need the MOBO for that.
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April 3, 2012 7:40:54 PM

Just ordered gigabyte GTX 680 on newegg :D 

Wonder If I ll be able to wait until end of month for Ivy Bridge Mobo...
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April 3, 2012 7:50:06 PM

marssius said:
Just ordered gigabyte GTX 680 on newegg :D 

Wonder If I ll be able to wait until end of month for Ivy Bridge Mobo...

Lucky for me I have a connection in Australia who's going to hook me up with that Asrock Z77 board if it's a dog fight trying to get one from newegg or superbiiz.


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa... <----- They are already selling some of those Z77 boards in Australia.

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April 3, 2012 8:06:31 PM

azeem40 said:
No, you will just need the MOBO for that.

Any 1155 board will run an Ivy Bridge cpu, but only an Ivy Bridge cpu will allow for PCI-E 3.0.
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April 4, 2012 12:23:32 AM

Oh I see, so it s the CPU that ll upgrade for Ivy Bridge, i5 2500K ll have to upgrade so something like 3XXXK not sure wish one ll be equivalent to 2500K
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April 4, 2012 1:27:14 AM

marssius said:
Oh I see, so it s the CPU that ll upgrade for Ivy Bridge, i5 2500K ll have to upgrade so something like 3XXXK not sure wish one ll be equivalent to 2500K

That one is the equivalent to the 2500K

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview
Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz
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April 4, 2012 3:18:44 AM

So here what i got to for now

Case: SilverStone RAVEN Series RV03B $138.12
mobo: Waiting on AsRock Z77
CPU: Waiting IB i5 3570K
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $27.69
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver $112.64
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Black 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 $124.28
SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB $157.20
GPU: Already bought, Gigabyte GTX 680

So the question, do you guys think i can fit my GTX 680/Case/PSU with my curent old AMD 3500+/ASUS A8N-SLI in mean time Z77/IB get out

OR if it delay real bad, I could instead go back with Z68/i5 2500K

Whats the point waiting to buy other part (Case, PSU, Cooler, RAM, SSD) when mobo/CPU get release. I mean, there some good deal atm, they could wear off in mean time, and some other can pop out. We are in a 1month windows range.
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April 4, 2012 3:48:58 AM

marssius said:
So here what i got to for now

Case: SilverStone RAVEN Series RV03B $138.12
mobo: Waiting on AsRock Z77
CPU: Waiting IB i5 3570K
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $27.69
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver $112.64
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Black 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 $124.28
SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB $157.20
GPU: Already bought, Gigabyte GTX 680

So the question, do you guys think i can fit my GTX 680/Case/PSU with my curent old AMD 3500+/ASUS A8N-SLI in mean time Z77/IB get out

OR if it delay real bad, I could instead go back with Z68/i5 2500K

Whats the point waiting to buy other part (Case, PSU, Cooler, RAM, SSD) when mobo/CPU get release. I mean, there some good deal atm, they could wear off in mean time, and some other can pop out. We are in a 1month windows range.

One thing that's a given is that day by day hard drives and SSD's go down in price.
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