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$1500 Gaming/Rendering PC. Please help me finalize my build

I've done a lot of research on this awesome forum to come up with this build. Please help me finalize everything. I've been using my mac mini for 5 years and gaming on it is just god awful. =(

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1500 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, rendering 3D animation, photoshop, web surfing, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, sound card, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: intel, nVidia

Overclocking: a little

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC


CPU - Intel Core i7 3770K Unlocked Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge 8MB Retail $380
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70540&vpn=BX80637I73770K&manufacture=Intel

MOBO - ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard $185
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70902&promoid=1027

CPU FAN - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM $35
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&vpn=RR-212E-20PK-R2&manufacture=COOLERMASTER

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $50
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G%2ESkill&promoid=1027

CASE - NZXT Switch 810 Full ATX Steel Case 4X5.25 6X3.5 2XUSB3.0 Audio and Mic Input - Black $170
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=68600&vpn=CA-SW810-B1&manufacture=NZXT

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 1006MHZ 2GB 6.2GHZ GDDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DP HDCP PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card $470
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71941&vpn=02G-P4-2678-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1067

PSU - XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU $105
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59617

HDD - Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive $100
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62873&promoid=1027

STORAGE - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $110
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=50895&promoid=1027

OPT DRIVE - ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $20
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1027

grand total = $1625 before rebates
$1545 after rebates


Any suggestion/advice to improve or reduce costs is much appreciated!

Thank you for your time.
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  1. Best answer
    You've made some great choices there. Here are some things that I would change to improve it:

    Maybe get 16 Gb of RAM. It will help you with rendering.

    I think your case is pretty expensive for your budget, not to mention, really big. You don't really need a full ATX tower. A mid tower would be just fine. If you like Nzxt cases, take a look at Nzxt Phantom. I personally like the Corsair Carbide 500R.

    I would opt for the WD Caviar Blue right now especially since HDD prices are still inflated. You're only using this drive as a storage anyway. Take a look at these models as well and see which one is cheaper: Samsung Spinpoint or Seagate Barracuda.

    NCIX also does price-matching. When I bought my parts there, they price-matched every single item without any fuss. It will be worth it. Check out these websites and see where it is cheaper: Directcanada.com, Bestdirect.ca, or Newegg.ca.

    Happy Building! :)
  2. Yep, your case is too big and too expensive. Personally I would go for a Cooler Master HAF 912. Make sure you find a case that you like yourself, not just one that people say is good!

    A few of the parts are cheaper on Newegg.ca.
  3. l0v3rboi said:
    You've made some great choices there. Here are some things that I would change to improve it:

    Maybe get 16 Gb of RAM. It will help you with rendering.

    I think your case is pretty expensive for your budget, not to mention, really big. You don't really need a full ATX tower. A mid tower would be just fine. If you like Nzxt cases, take a look at Nzxt Phantom. I personally like the Corsair Carbide 500R.

    I would opt for the WD Caviar Blue right now especially since HDD prices are still inflated. You're only using this drive as a storage anyway. Take a look at these models as well and see which one is cheaper: Samsung Spinpoint or Seagate Barracuda.

    NCIX also does price-matching. When I bought my parts there, they price-matched every single item without any fuss. It will be worth it. Check out these websites and see where it is cheaper: Directcanada.com, Bestdirect.ca, or Newegg.ca.

    Happy Building! :)


    I'll upgrade to 16gb RAM in the future, I don't think it's ncessary right now. =)

    So I checked out the 500r and I think it's a very nice case for a cheaper price. I decided to go with it. I guess the nzxt switch is kind of overkill.

    I'm switching the WD Caviar black for a Seagate Barracuda 1TB because it's $15 cheaper.

    I've price matched all my items with those 3 websites you've provided and I'm waiting for approval right now.

    Thank you very much for your suggestions l0verboi! Are all my switches good? Any last changes?
  4. nafoni said:
    Yep, your case is too big and too expensive. Personally I would go for a Cooler Master HAF 912. Make sure you find a case that you like yourself, not just one that people say is good!

    A few of the parts are cheaper on Newegg.ca.


    I'm personally a fan of the Switch 810 - I love that case and I would have got it for my build had it been available at the time.

    The rest of that build looks great - there's not a whole lot I would really change.
  5. jaseon said:
    I'll upgrade to 16gb RAM in the future, I don't think it's ncessary right now. =)

    So I checked out the 500r and I think it's a very nice case for a cheaper price. I decided to go with it. I guess the nzxt switch is kind of overkill.

    I'm switching the WD Caviar black for a Seagate Barracuda 1TB because it's $15 cheaper.

    I've price matched all my items with those 3 websites you've provided and I'm waiting for approval right now.

    Thank you very much for your suggestions l0verboi! Are all my switches good? Any last changes?


    Sounds good. Like I said earlier, you've made some great choices. Happy Building! :D
  6. 1: use this great cheap combo
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=72062&vpn=3570K%20%26%20P8Z77-V%20LK&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1027
    2: the modular version of the xfx isnt that much more on ncix and that the power supply that you picked comes with a lot of extra cables
    4: the switch is a bit big so i would have gotten something like the phantom 410 or a 600t
    5:it is true that evga has a better warranty, but the card has a much better cooler. get a gigabyte windforce 670. it has waaay better cooling
    6:wait out on the ssd. ncix usually has a extreme deal of the day for ssds and they are dam cheap. like for example, yesterday you could have gotten a sandsik extreme for 99.99 with free shipping


    should be good now
  7. Best answer selected by jaseon.
  8. Why the gtx 670 over the gtx 770 when the 770 is better and cheaper? >.>
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