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June 29, 2012 1:38:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 72 hours

Budget Range: around 2200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming at 1920x1080 at max settings with 60fps plus

Parts Not Required: speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: canadacomputers.com they will price match any authorized Canadian online retailer or brick and mortar

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Asus mobo, parts that color match

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want this build to last me 5 years and do what i said in system usage. I want a case that air cools my parts extremely well. After 3 years I will only be replacing my GPU and maybe add more ram if needed. The parts also need to be extremely reliable and with good warranty. Do you have any tips for a first time builder?(I will assemble it myself). Thank you.

Corsair Carbide Series 500R BLACK Mid Tower Case (CC-9011012-WW): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6... (99.99$)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... (24.99$)

Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.4Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm (Retail Boxed) Gen3 (BX806237I53570K): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... (249.99$)

Noctua NH-D14 Six Heatpipe Dual Radiator CPU Cooler for Intel Socket LGA1366/1156/775 & AMD Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8... (84.99$)

Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMM (996995): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... (44.99$)

Western Digital RE4 (WD5003ABYX) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 64M Buffer (OEM): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1... (99.99$)

Corsair Vengeance K90 MMO Performance Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (CH-9000003-NA): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... (I want a mechanical keyboard with MX red switches) (129.99$)

Razer Deathadder Black 3500 High Precision 3.5G Infrared Gaming Mouse (RZ01-00152400-R3M1): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... (44.99$)

Asus VG236HE, 23" 3D 120Hz LCD Monitor, 1920x1080, 2ms, 100000:1(DCR), Dual DVI-D, HDMI: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... or PLANAR SA2311W Black 23" 2ms 3D 120HZ Full HD Swivel Height Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I want a 120hz monitor for 2d gaming) (294.88$)

Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset Dual channel DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 GLAN 8-CH High Definition Audio 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 4x SATA 6.0Gb/s 6x USB 3.0 10x USB 2.0 Display Prot/HDMI ATX: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... (249.99$)

Seasonic X-760 Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold 760W PSU (SS-760KM Active PFC F3): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... (134.99$)

Plextor M3 Series 128GB 2.5" SATA3 6GB/s Solid State Drive (SSD), Read: 510MB/s, Write: 210MB/s (PX-128M3S): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1... (149.88$)

MSI N680GTX Lightning GeForce GTX680 (1110Mhz, Boost Clock:1176 MHz) 2048MB DDR5 (6008Mhz) DVI/HDMI/Dual Mini Display Port PCI Express x16 3.0 Graphics Card: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... (639.99$)

Total: 2249.65$ give or take if I can price match some items if I find them cheaper.




June 29, 2012 2:43:40 AM

There's a lot of things I recommend there but I personally think you're spending way too much on peripherals. Also the hard drive isn't a good choice as it's made for servers and not gaming / general systems.

Here's what I would get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1620.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add your choice of monitor and whatever keyboard and mouse you want and you're good to go.
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June 29, 2012 3:08:18 AM

g-unit1111 said:
There's a lot of things I recommend there but I personally think you're spending way too much on peripherals. Also the hard drive isn't a good choice as it's made for servers and not gaming / general systems.

Here's what I would get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1620.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add your choice of monitor and whatever keyboard and mouse you want and you're good to go.



That memory has useless heat spreaders and will have clearance issues with the cooler. I was not sure about the hard drive I picked but i've read that people are using it as a normal/gaming hdd. I have no need for a blu-ray. The power supply that I listed will last me through several builds. Not so sure about the Corsair one. The Nzxt switch is made for watercooling, which I won't do, so I think that the 500r is better for my needs. The Plextor SSD has a 5 year warranty, as well as the Asus sabertooth and since i want to keep my build for 5 years, I think that those extra dollars are worth it. As for the GPU, well once the new afterburner with unlocked voltage will be released, the 680 lightning is going to blow that 670 out of the water.
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June 29, 2012 4:01:13 AM

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That memory has useless heat spreaders and will have clearance issues with the cooler.


Oh I must have used the wrong one by mistake, I never recommend tall heat spreaders when working with a fan like the D14. This is the one I meant to recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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I was not sure about the hard drive I picked but i've read that people are using it as a normal/gaming hdd.


Personally I wouldn't trade speed for space but that's just me - if you have a fast SSD as your primary it won't affect or be affected by the performance of the secondary at all.

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The Nzxt switch is made for watercooling, which I won't do, so I think that the 500r is better for my needs.


Just because it's made for it doesn't necessarily mean you have to use it, I include this case because it's there when you want it but big enough that it can house the biggest motherboards (XL-ATX rated where the Carbide 500R isn't) and the biggest fans, heat sinks, GPUs, you name it.

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The Plextor SSD has a 5 year warranty, as well as the Asus sabertooth and since i want to keep my build for 5 years, I think that those extra dollars are worth it


That's debatable. I really like Plextor drives and I hear good things about the M3 - I've had an M4 in my work PC and have had 0 issues with it. I'm not a fan of the plated design of the Sabertooth, I think it's a bit excessive, but that's just me.

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As for the GPU, well once the new afterburner with unlocked voltage will be released, the 680 lightning is going to blow that 670 out of the water.


That remains to be seen - it did wonders for the 7970. I don't know if NVIDIA is going to follow suit or not or whether or not the 670 will have the same update or not.
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