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$3000 CAD Budget Gaming Rig

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April 3, 2012 9:44:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before May

Budget Range: $3000 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (MMOs, occassional LoL/SC/Battlefield, and I want super ultra amazing super de dooper graphics for Diablo 3), business tasks (general office), music/videos.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse not required. Speakers can be optional - can include in budget but don't need to.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I do need to order in Canada, so TigerDirect.ca, Newegg.ca, or NCIX.com (Canadian version).

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel and nVidia, slight bias to Samsung/LG/EVGA but am not requiring anything but Intel/nVidia.

Overclocking: I don't do any extra OC after I have it bought/built. Looking for stable, preferrably long-lasting hardware.

SLI or Crossfire: Will consider, as long as it enhances overall performance and doesn't open me up to reduced reliability.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 at the moment.

Additional Comments: I have a dual monitor setup, with no interest in getting more monitors. I will however upgrade my current 23" monitors if it can be put into the budget without sacrificing other components.


I've sort of been living under a rock for two years now since graduating university and moving into the real world. I don't know best in class components anymore, and the last time I bought a high end card was when I bought my 9800GTX+ several years ago. I'm looking to get some solid build advice from all of you. If I can build a kickass system for less than my budget, I'm all ears.

I appreciate all the advice! :) 
April 4, 2012 6:51:01 AM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa... <----- Z77 boards already for sale in Australia. In the past few years the Aussies have been getting the goodies a month ahead of the US and Canada including Sandy Bridge and the 1155 boards. The Aussies have already pulled some of the 1155 Cougar Point boards (H61/H67/P67/Z68) from their site. In fact a lot of those boards are no longer for sale on that site compared to last month.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview <----- Line-up of Ivy Bridge desktop cpu's to date.

Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0

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 <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Inte... <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=... <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date.

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%201155%20(Intel%20i3/i5/i7) <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date.

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



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




FREE SHIPPING!!! These retailers are affiliated and both offer free shipping. They are located in Richmond, BC.

http://www.directcanada.com

http://www.bestdirect.ca

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

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX and mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

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.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... $160 CAD +/- $10
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

or...

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... $300+
ASUS P8Z77 WS (4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 dual x16 or x16, x8, x8 or quad x8)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview $215 CAD should be a close guesstimate
Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $27.69
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... $48.99
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=14120DR5445&v... $111.30
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Sata 6GBPS 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - Oem

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2463&v... $235.87
Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/GFC-02050/MICR... $109.20
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM


http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- a better look at that case
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