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April 30, 2012 2:43:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime Next Month

Budget Range: $1200 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Minor photo-editing, occasional video-editing, Internet etc.

Parts Not Required: None, Would like a good gaming mouse, keyboard etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Have a good experience with newegg, and I have a Canada Computers nearby. but am open-minded

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: None, would like a boot-drive ssd

Overclocking: Yes, I'd really like to learn how to

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, Most likely not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 would be the ideal monitor resolution I'm assuming

Additional Comments: I would like a really nice case with perhaps a window, Quiet would be nice, it doesn't matter as long as there isn't too much noise. I'm thinking of making a hackintosh with this build to compete with the cheapest $1200 iMac at Best Buy.
Current products I've choosen -

(Hope it works)

I'm wondering if the new Kepler cards will be out by the time I buy this. I need to know which graphics card to go with, Case and if Ivy bridge is worth the extra $25.

Thanks in advance

EDIT: fixed the link

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April 30, 2012 2:55:22 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2012 6:39:04 PM

Get the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 for $15 less. It has the same features pretty much. Get a Mushkin, Crucial, or Samsung SSD instead. They are cheaper and more reliable.
April 30, 2012 6:46:49 PM

How's this Mushkin SSD? It's another $7 but has better speeds.

Is the ASRock Extreme 4 worth the extra $25 over the Pro 3?

Would you recommend

This ASRock -
Or this Gigabyte -

And what graphics card and case would you recommend?

I was thinking a 7850 -


CM HAF 922 -
a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2012 6:49:16 PM

If you're CF/SLIng, yes. Otherwise, no.

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a b 4 Gaming
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May 3, 2012 1:23:52 AM

Would you recommend any other cases? I don't really want a plain case, but the USB 3.0 is a nice feature.
a b 4 Gaming
May 3, 2012 1:33:22 AM

jason_1234 said:
Would you recommend any other cases? I don't really want a plain case, but the USB 3.0 is a nice feature.

Cooler Master HAF 922. It has two 200mm red LED megaflow fans and a mount to add a third one. It doesn't have the front USB 3.0 ports, but for $12 you can add them on later on.
May 3, 2012 9:40:57 PM

Best answer selected by jason_1234.
May 3, 2012 9:48:41 PM