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June 27, 2012 1:39:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly WoW)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, nvidia GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: In the future, maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: None.

Case: Please recommend. Something with 3-4 fans and bottom load PS.

HD: Please recommend. I'm looking for around 500 GB.

OS: Windows 7 OEM

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III - For OS and a couple games.

DVD/CD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz - Not going to overclock, so didn't choose K.


GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

PS: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V

Current total without the case and HD = $1220.29 + $35 in rebates.

For a case, I'm looking at the Rosewill CHALLENGER ( or the Antec Three Hundred ( I don't need something with handles or anything like that...just a case with some fans and good air flow. I have no experience with Rosewill, but the price seems right. Can anyone comment on its quality? I'd like to keep the case under $100 if possible, but if a better case is recommended, I can budge! As for the hard drive, I have no idea.

If you think I'm paying too much for a component and can recommend something better at a lower price, please do! Recommendations are appreciated! Thanks for your assistance/advice on this build!

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June 27, 2012 2:09:59 AM

Get the i5-3570k @ 3.4 ghz. that way you can overclock.
June 27, 2012 2:19:57 AM

Guess you missed the part where the OP is not going to be overclocking...

Build looms solid. Without overclocking I would drop the 212 and drop the PSU to the 500w version and then use that money towards upgrading the gpu to the 7850.
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June 27, 2012 2:22:20 AM

Oh I did not see that do what Pezcore27 said.
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