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May 10, 2012 3:39:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range:1500 but is flexible, what I really want is the best parts for the money on what I need.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Pure Gaming PC - preferrably 3D with best settings. Min res 1920X1200 or 1920X1080 24inch

Parts Not Required: I do not need a harddrive as I have a 600 GB on my old PC. I do not need a powersupply as I have a 600-650 Watt Corsair one from 3 years ago (unless you guys recommend I get a bigger one). Keyboard, mouse, and tower. I currently have a Antec 900 that I can use. My monitor is a 24 inch dell however, I would need a 3d monitor if I plan on going 3d.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Memoryexpress.com , newegg.ca , tigerdirect.ca or pretty much any reliable Canadian site.

Country:Canada

Parts Preferences: Prefer Nvidia video card, and the new ivy bridge CPUS, I also prefer a gtx 680 with the ability to upgrade to SLI GTX 680 in the future, so I would need a motherboard that supports pci e 3.0 at 16x? (not sure but I want the best slots for the cards)

Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Yes - need a mobo with best pci e 3.0 16x slots (dont rly know much about this)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 also in 3d mode - I prefer a 24inch monitor or higher.


Here is what I am currently looking at:

http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?...



Now the reason why I picked that board is because it has 3 Pci e 3.0 16x, however I am not very knowledgeable on how SLI works or what is the best SLI configuration for the future. So please recommend any other board that is better regarding this. Thanks in advanced!

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May 10, 2012 4:07:36 PM

what you have already is pretty much what you need i would most likely change the Ram to something less expensive like g.skill sniper series if you want to keep low voltage

you mobo will do its job for you if you plan on changing you can go for a Asus z77 boards or MSI z77 as they tend to be the best out there other than gigabyte

i would also add a SSD in the build for good measure it will make your system boot pretty fast and it seems you have about $300 extra to spend i can say for got a 256GB SSD about 1:1 ratio of GB to money so it will be the best for your system

you can put a lot of games inside an boot them all up pretty darn fast
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May 10, 2012 4:23:20 PM

Not sure about the shipping to canada but I always order quite a bit from Micro Center, http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
here they have the same processor for $60 less. Sometimes it is easier ordering everything from the same site. I do agree with others in stating to add an SSD, it'll be the icing on the cake. Also dont forget about a cooler for your CPU.
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May 10, 2012 4:30:04 PM

oh wow thats pretty cheap, but it looks like that item is available in store only.
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May 10, 2012 5:47:38 PM

Ok so far I have:

Video card: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 - $519
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) - $249.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model - $54.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MOBO: MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - 189.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SANDISK Extreme 120GB SSD - Was from Tomshardware list of best ssd for the money April 2012 $139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total Price $1,153.96

- Any suggestions for changes or additions?
- I would like to overclock the processor to a safe 4ghz (not sure how but I am sure I can figure it out) - Would my mobo and ram combo work doing this?
- Also I will be using a 3 year old samsung 600GB harddrive 7600 or 7800 RPM cant remember - would this bottleneck my video card and cpu?
- Also will my corsair 600 or 650 watt be good enough for future SLI?

If you suggest another mobo can you make sure it supports pci e 3.0 16x for the slots as I want to grab another gtx 680 down the line.

Thanks so much in advanced, appreaciate it!

I may also consider the GTX 670 since Ill save alot more, what do you guys think?
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39375

Would the above card be a good choice?
And if I want to SLI in the future, do I have to stick with the MSI manufacturer for the 2nd card? or does any mfg work as long as it is a 670?

Thanks.
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May 10, 2012 6:11:01 PM

an Antec or Corsair water cooler for your CPU would be helpful for overclocking, I'd also think about a blue ray player/ recorder as you can pick one up for about $100. As far as the power supply if you're going to SLI 2 680's I would think your power supply would not be strong enough, also make sure your PS can even do SLI ,although I suppose you could always buy adapters. But if your not prepared to spend a couple hundred on a quality PS you can always wait and buy it later when you buy your other 680. Lastly you should note that you're going to sit on this build for a while because the 680's are impossible to keep in stock right now.
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May 10, 2012 6:22:27 PM

Any order over $50 at Direct Canada is free shipping. Any order over $80 at Best Direct Canada is free shipping.

http://www.directcanada.com
http://www.directcanada.com/contact/

http://www.bestdirect.ca
http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/

Technically a 750w psu will push two of those 680's in SLI but a 850w psu gives you a bit of headroom for over clocking, extra drives, fans, etc... This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's (TX/HX/AX).


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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $227.79
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD6646&v... $188.84
ASUS P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=28220BD9613&v... $171.56 MIR $151.56
MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $47.59
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

If your looking for a really high overclock then look no further than this cpu h/s down below...which is new on the market btw

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC2901&v... $64.26
Coolermaster Tpc 812 Direct Contact 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA775/1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM Fan

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- review on that h/s done with a single fan configuration

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- top 5 list for intel coolers

If your not looking for such a high over clock then look at this one...

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

This fan down below clips onto the backside of either of those CM h/s up above to form a "push - pull effect" to help bring cpu temps down even lower.

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/search/?kw=gtx%20680 <------ there's some gtx 680's on this link, good luck finding one in stock atm.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2160&v... $110.48
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive
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May 10, 2012 6:22:42 PM

I have a 680 on hold right now, but now I am leaning towards a gtx 670 which seems to save me a lot more for the performance difference.

Now another decision im faced with :??: 
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May 10, 2012 9:22:18 PM

Best answer selected by bcatibog.
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May 10, 2012 9:31:07 PM

ok i have just placed an order for everything that you said. i found a gtx 680 locally. so now to patiently wait for the rest... thanks for everyones help.

My order:


CPU-Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail - $227.79

MOBO - MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 (I KNOW I WENT FOR THE GD 65:) - $190.74 w 20 MIR

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory - $47.59

PS - XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver - $135.65

HP/HS-Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM - $31.05

Fan-Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM - $8.05

RAM-Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive - $110.48

GFX card-ASUS GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort - $529.99

Total Price: $1,281.34

With MIR: $1,261.34

Total with taxes: $1,324.41

Again thanks for everyones help and let me know if I am mising something please! I have a monitor, harddrive and case that I can re use.

Thanks



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