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April 11, 2012 5:07:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow.

Budget Range: $1500ish (with shipping it'll come up $200 ish more)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, minor video editing.

Parts Not Required: Case. I have an Antec 902 case.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe?

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like to run all newer games on ultra with at least 40fps, or as high FPS as possible. BF3, Mass Effect 3, etc. Of course want the gtx-680 included.

Any input is really appreciated as I expect to buy tomorrow!
April 11, 2012 5:25:54 PM

Anything? :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 5:40:26 PM

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=15180AC2961&v... $60.81
XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD0903&v... $128.48
ASUS P8Z68-V LE Z68 LGA1155 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 Audio Video Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... $209.69
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

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

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=30170DR2160&v... $119.69
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... $496.72
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $111.30
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 Dvd Oem

$1,332.36 CAD *not including mail in rebates
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a c 276 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 6:14:19 PM

Try this:

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77XP-UD3H - $169.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99 (sub in i5-3770K when available)
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333Mhz 1.5V - $40.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $89.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2431WM Glossy Black 23.6" Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Total: $1,564.89
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 6:16:59 PM

The above goes against your belief of not buying a part twice. If he gets the i5-2500k and later wants an IB CPU, he will have to sell it then buy the 3570k.
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April 11, 2012 6:18:04 PM

Why_Me said:
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=15180AC2961&v... $60.81
XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD0903&v... $128.48
ASUS P8Z68-V LE Z68 LGA1155 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 Audio Video Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... $209.69
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

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

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=30170DR2160&v... $119.69
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... $496.72
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $111.30
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 Dvd Oem

$1,332.36 CAD *not including mail in rebates


Thanks for the input. Can I get a 2nd opinion on this build here? Just before I buy.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 6:22:22 PM

azeem40 said:
The above goes against your belief of not buying a part twice. If he gets the i5-2500k and later wants an IB CPU, he will have to sell it then buy the 3570k.


What I meant by that is you can reuse the whole build but instead of buying the 2500K to buy the 3770K when it's available instead.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 6:25:58 PM

But then he'd have an unusable PC.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 6:44:47 PM

azeem40 said:
But then he'd have an unusable PC.


That's not what I meant. I meant when the 3770K is available that same build will look like this:

Try this:

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77XP-UD3H - $169.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i5-3770K - $230
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333Mhz 1.5V - $40.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $89.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2431WM Glossy Black 23.6" Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Total: $1,564.89

Instead of this:

Try this:

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77XP-UD3H - $169.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99 (sub in i5-3770K when available)
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333Mhz 1.5V - $40.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $89.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2431WM Glossy Black 23.6" Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Total: $1,564.89
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 7:27:36 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That's not what I meant. I meant when the 3770K is available that same build will look like this:

Try this:

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77XP-UD3H - $169.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i5-3770K - $230
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333Mhz 1.5V - $40.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $89.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2431WM Glossy Black 23.6" Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Total: $1,564.89

Instead of this:

Try this:

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77XP-UD3H - $169.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99 (sub in i5-3770K when available)
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333Mhz 1.5V - $40.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $89.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2431WM Glossy Black 23.6" Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Total: $1,564.89

Now figure in shipping cost and Canadian Provincial tax and the OP is looking at well over $1,700+.
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April 11, 2012 7:47:12 PM

So is it worth waiting for Ivy Bridge? I heard that for gaming it doesn't make much difference.. only video editing, etc..
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 8:06:44 PM

lucbax said:
Hi. For the first build you made for me:

1) http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD0903&v... (mobo)

2) http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... (Video Card gtx 680)

Aren't available. Could you find me the best alternative on directcanada?

Lucas

The gtx 680's sold out everywhere after the first week of their release. What you can do is use the on-die graphics (HD3000) on the cpu until they come back in stock. See if direct canada will let you pre-order those cards, if not just keep checking on here and newegg, direct canada, etc... all the retailers should get those cards in stock at the same day, but when that day comes is anyone's guess.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD9683&v... $148.04
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Z77 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard

Seeing how your waiting for those gtx 680's to come in stock, I would suggest waiting until April 29th for the release of Ivy Bridge to see if that's worth purchasing. Some of those Z77 boards meant for Ivy Bridge cpu's are already in stock at the retailers including Direct Canada, and by the time that cpu is released more will be on the shelves. That way you have a chance to see the benchmarks/reviews to know what choice to make in regards to what build to go with. Ivy Bridge builds are the same price as the Sandy Bridge builds...no real difference.
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April 11, 2012 8:28:54 PM

Why_Me said:
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=15180AC2961&v... $60.81
XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD0903&v... $128.48
ASUS P8Z68-V LE Z68 LGA1155 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 Audio Video Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... $209.69
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

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

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=30170DR2160&v... $119.69
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... $496.72
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $111.30
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 Dvd Oem

$1,332.36 CAD *not including mail in rebates


Why_Me said:
The gtx 680's sold out everywhere after the first week of their release. What you can do is use the on-die graphics (HD3000) on the cpu until they come back in stock. See if direct canada will let you pre-order those cards, if not just keep checking on here and newegg, direct canada, etc... all the retailers should get those cards in stock at the same day, but when that day comes is anyone's guess.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD9683&v... $148.04
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Z77 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard

Seeing how your waiting for those gtx 680's to come in stock, I would suggest waiting until April 29th for the release of Ivy Bridge to see if that's worth purchasing. Some of those Z77 boards meant for Ivy Bridge cpu's are already in stock at the retailers including Direct Canada, and by the time that cpu is released more will be on the shelves. That way you have a chance to see the benchmarks/reviews to know what choice to make in regards to what build to go with. Ivy Bridge builds are the same price as the Sandy Bridge builds...no real difference.


Gotcha! I think I'll wait unti the ivy bridge comes out and more gtx 680s show up on CanadaDirect thanks a lot for all your advice I appreciate it.
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a c 276 4 Gaming
April 11, 2012 8:29:04 PM

Why_Me said:
Now figure in shipping cost and Canadian Provincial tax and the OP is looking at well over $1,700+.


Yeah I always forget about tax on foreign builds - the nice thing about UK and EU builds is that the VAR tax is included. But they usually don't quote shipping rates in most stores outside the US.

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So is it worth waiting for Ivy Bridge? I heard that for gaming it doesn't make much difference.. only video editing, etc..


Ivy's biggest selling factor despite a 15% increase in speed will be the unlocking of PCI Gen 3 - and if you plan on using a 680 - you won't want it watered down.
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April 11, 2012 8:29:13 PM

Best answer selected by lucbax.
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