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April 14, 2012 6:10:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: May 5th 2012

Budget Range: $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, screen video capture while gaming, video/music editing, movies, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Monitor and operating system

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: memoryexpress.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: keeping the case I have chosen along with mouse and keyboard, I would like to keep the motherboard aswell unless you can convince me not to get it.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes for future

Monitor Resolution:1280x1024

Additional Comments: So as this is my first build ever I am not to sure if all of these parts will work together, is my PSU good enough? I also would like to know your opinions on how I can make the build cheaper without cutting the quality of the build. Also where can I find some red led sticks or whatever to give my case a stronger red glow?

Case:
ANTEC Dark Fleet DF-85 Case

PSU:
ANTEC True Power New 650W Power Supply w/ Quad +12V, 120mm Fan

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Dual Gigabit Lan, Dual Band WiFi, SLI / 3-Way CrossFireX

Processor:
INTEL Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache

Graphics card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI

RAM:
PATRIOT Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Edition DDR3 16GB (4 x 4GB) PC3-12800 Enhanced

Hard drive:
SEAGATE 3TB Barracuda 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

CPU fan:
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler

Side fan:
COOLER MASTER 120mm Long Life Case Fan, Red LED

CD/DVD drive:
SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22x SpeedPlus™ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, OEM

Speakers:
LOGITECH LS21 2.1 PC Stereo Speaker System

Keyboard:
THERMALTAKE Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard

Mouse:
THERMALTAKE Black Gaming Mouse 4000dpi w/ Tuning Weight

Total cost, $1471

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April 14, 2012 6:23:39 PM

Is this build for gaming, video editing...? When do you plan on purchasing, do you have a monitor, do you need an o/s, and is this US, Canadian, or Australian dollars?
April 14, 2012 6:58:51 PM

Why_Me said:
Is this build for gaming, video editing...? When do you plan on purchasing, do you have a monitor, do you need an o/s, and is this US, Canadian, or Australian dollars?

I edited my post to anwser those questions and follow the posting guidelines.
Really need some help here :) 
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April 14, 2012 7:55:06 PM
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Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

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




FREE SHIPPING for this entire build. 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=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... $86.60 MIR $61.60*
OCZ ZS Series 750W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN ATX SLI Ready 80PLUS Bronze Performance Power Supply 135mm Fan

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241881/GA-Z77X-UD3H/G... $164.35
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225 USD
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/240822/BLS2KIT4G3D160... $44.07
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/DRW-24B1ST%20B... $16.79
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=10530BD5693&v... $349.44
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN6442&v... $153.81 MIR $143.81
ASUS ML228H 21.5IN Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 2MS 10M:1 HDMI DVI-D VGA

Total: $1,182.33 *not including mail in rebates



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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2160&v... $130.25
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR8182&v... $139.92
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/240821/BLS2KIT8G3D160... $127.56
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/235861/CML16GX3M4A160... $100.29
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/239421/F3-12800CL9Q-1... $102.23
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $332 USD
Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.5Ghz

http://www.directcanada.com/category/?minorcatid=1046 <----- Keyboards @ Direct Canada

http://www.directcanada.com/category/?minorcatid=1373 <----- Mice @ Direct Canada

http://www.bestdirect.ca/category/?minorcatid=101 <----- Keyboards @ Best Direct

http://www.bestdirect.ca/category/?minorcatid=102 <----- Mice @ Best Direct
April 14, 2012 8:14:56 PM

Diablo3fanatic said:
Approximate Purchase Date: May 5th 2012

Budget Range: $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, screen video capture while gaming, video/music editing, movies, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Monitor and operating system

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: memoryexpress.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: keeping the case I have chosen along with mouse and keyboard, I would like to keep the motherboard aswell unless you can convince me not to get it.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes for future

Monitor Resolution:1280x1024

Additional Comments: So as this is my first build ever I am not to sure if all of these parts will work together, is my PSU good enough? I also would like to know your opinions on how I can make the build cheaper without cutting the quality of the build. Also where can I find some red led sticks or whatever to give my case a stronger red glow?

Case:
ANTEC Dark Fleet DF-85 Case

PSU:
ANTEC True Power New 650W Power Supply w/ Quad +12V, 120mm Fan

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Dual Gigabit Lan, Dual Band WiFi, SLI / 3-Way CrossFireX

Processor:
INTEL Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache

Graphics card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI

RAM:
PATRIOT Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Edition DDR3 16GB (4 x 4GB) PC3-12800 Enhanced

Hard drive:
SEAGATE 3TB Barracuda 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

CPU fan:
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler

Side fan:
COOLER MASTER 120mm Long Life Case Fan, Red LED

CD/DVD drive:
SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22x SpeedPlus™ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, OEM

Speakers:
LOGITECH LS21 2.1 PC Stereo Speaker System

Keyboard:
THERMALTAKE Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard

Mouse:
THERMALTAKE Black Gaming Mouse 4000dpi w/ Tuning Weight

Total cost, $1471


That looks good to start with - I'd ditch the expensive peripherals for now and put that money into the GPU. Get a Radeon 7870 or wait for the GTX 670 - those will be better choices in the long run than the 560TI will. You could also scale back the case and ditch the extra side fan to the Antec 1100 and that will save you about $100 - you could put that into getting a 7950 or upgrading your PSU to a 750.

Also I'd get a different CPU fan and primary drive - you will most likely never use 3TB and on a gaming system that will be a major bottleneck - go for a 1 - 2TB and an SSD for your primary - that will make a huge difference in load times.

I'd suggest this build:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-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: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $89.99
HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,378.90

I never include peripherals on builds as that's entirely personal preference but I would honestly rather put that money in the GPU.
April 14, 2012 8:16:49 PM

Its gonna suck to spend $1400 on a build and have all the desktop work be slow because of the hardrive... ;-)
April 14, 2012 8:49:43 PM

Im confused, how does a 3TB hardrive "bottleneck" my PC? I thought if you have a near full hardrive thats when it starts to effect performance, I also want 3TB because I will be saving ALOT of large iso files (7-15Gb each) and a ton of music.
What is the difference between Radeon 7870 and GTX 670? How much longer will the Radeon 7870 or GTX 670 outlast the GTX 560ti?
April 14, 2012 9:10:22 PM

Diablo3fanatic said:
Im confused, how does a 3TB hardrive "bottleneck" my PC? I thought if you have a near full hardrive thats when it starts to effect performance, I also want 3TB because I will be saving ALOT of large iso files (7-15Gb each) and a ton of music.
What is the difference between Radeon 7870 and GTX 670? How much longer will the Radeon 7870 or GTX 670 outlast the GTX 560ti?

No idea on the gtx 670...it hasn't been released yet and as far as I know there hasn't been any benchmarks for that card yet. The 7870 sits in between the gtx 580 and gtx 570 yet uses way less power than either of those cards. It's a new generation card like the Nvidia Kepler cards.


If you look at that build I posted...and both of those sites have 3TB h/d's on them, you can squeeze in that h/d and the 120GB SSD while getting a new monitor. That monitor I posted has a low response time of 2ms and it's LED back lit...makes for a nice picture.

Really you can't beat free shipping. I mean if you add up what newegg canada charges for shipping on each item it adds up to a total hose job and then some.

Z77 board + Ivy Bridge cpu + new generation card (AMD 7xxx series cards or Nvidia 6xx series cards) = PCI-E 3.0

btw you do not want a P67 board for editing video. Z68 board if you go with Sandy Bridge, or the new Z77 boards for Ivy Bridge. quick syn, lucid virtu, etc... P67 boards have nothing coming to them when it comes to anything more than gaming.
April 16, 2012 6:42:38 PM

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