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May 31, 2012 7:15:18 PM

I am looking into buying a new gaming computer as I am giving the old one to the girl to play Diablo and Guild Wars 2 with me. I am also getting these parts at cost +6% so I am not sure what is marked up a lot or not; so I was hoping I could get some help on picking parts and as to what would be more worth it with the discount.
This will be a gaming rig, so just need performance and some future compatibility in case of SLI in the future.
I’ll be purchasing everything from Memory Express in Calgary.
Here is what I have so far:

Approximate Purchase Date: when decided.
Budget Range: $1300-$1700
System Usage: Gaming, Movies
Preferred Website for Parts: only
Country: Canada
Overclocking: Light duty

SLI: Maybe far future

CPU: i5-3570K $250

Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower White $160
NZXT Phantom Full Tower White

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H $175 (not sure if I should get more or less on the motherboard, or get ASUS)

HDD: Seagate or WD 7200rpm 64MB Cache 1GB (Whichever is available)
Western Digital

EDIT: Crucial M4 128GB $120 (reviews put this as the more reliable choice)
Crucial M4 128GB
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB $110
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB

RAM: GSKILL Ripjaw 1600MHz 2x4GB 9-9-9-24 $55
GSKILL Ripjaw 1600 8GB

Video Card GTX 670 EVGA Or Gigabyte OC $400-$425 (whichever is available, if ever lol)
eVGA GTX 670
Gigabyte GTX 670 OC
EDIT: Also added Asus cards to the possibility. Will rank 1)Asus 2)eVGA 3)Gigabyte in the order that I am willing to get them. Whichever is available I will grab.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $35
Hyper 212 EVO

CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X $25 (honestly don’t care, whatever is available at the time)
Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x

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a b 4 Gaming
May 31, 2012 7:41:49 PM

CPU+MOBO:i5 3570k and ASrock Extreme4

SSD:Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MX MKNSSDCR120GB-MX 2.5" 120GB

HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Burner:LG DVD Burner

CPU cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

GPU: a 670 of your choice i like ASUS, GIGABYTE, and EVGA brands

CASE: all personal for you i really like 500R white
fits in places full towers can't and has just as much space as a full tower
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a b 4 Gaming
May 31, 2012 7:42:25 PM

memoryexpress is cheaper.
May 31, 2012 11:33:22 PM

I want to stick to Memory Express as that is the place I am able to get the cost+6% price tag.
I changed the SDD to the M4, seems to be the more reliable choice. Thanks for the input!
How are the ASrock motherboards in comparison to the Gigabyte one I selected on the website?
Anything else I should take a look at?
June 1, 2012 12:46:42 AM

replace the EVGA or MSI GTX 670 with the Asus GTX 670. (399$ at NCIX) It's as fast as the reference GTX 680 and it has much better cooling.
June 1, 2012 1:07:42 AM

I added Asus to the mix; I think whichever is available I will grab as stock is always pretty much gone.
June 1, 2012 2:27:42 PM

I guess my last questions are what power supply should I use? Modular would be best but if cost is a lot better on a regular one I'm willing to grab that.
I'm considering:
Corsair TX750M
What is the alternative to the M4 SSD if it is not available?

Edit: Also, is there a real difference between these 2 motherboards? Why should I get one over the other?
AsRock Z77 Pro 3 w/ DDR3, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX / SLI $145

GA-Z77X-UD3H w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX / SLI, HDMI, DisplayPort $175
June 1, 2012 4:47:06 PM

Can anyone give me a few opinions? Just need these answered and I'm good to build.
a b 4 Gaming
June 1, 2012 6:42:04 PM

The TX750 V2 is a better PSU.