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July 5, 2012 2:10:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month

Budget Range: ~$1200 USD Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Productivity, rarely video editing

Parts Not Required: Software, Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Micro Center

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: First complete build (some experience upgrading individual components), just want to double check my parts list.
Intel i5 3570K $189.99 (Micro Center bundle)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H $99.99 (Micro Center bundle)
Corsair Carbide 300R $69.99
Crucial m4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB SSD $69.99
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB $99.99
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB $399.99 (First nVidia product)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $46.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W $99.99
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive $57.99
Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader $9.99
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack $13.99 (because, why not?)

Not sure how much Micro Center will charge me in tax or S&H (probably none since it's an in-store pickup) but total should be ~$1213.20 USD.

Any improvements? I'm pretty satisfied with the features each provides, so if you want to change my mind you'd better provide a damn good reason :) 

Edit: Also, do I need to do anything different when using an SSD as a primary drive? AHCI mode, etc?
July 5, 2012 2:21:40 AM

yes set the SSD in ahci mode for max performance
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July 5, 2012 2:24:54 AM

Why the Bluray drive? You'll need bluray software to do anything other than use it as a regular DVD drive, and it won't write DVDs/CDs either (need at least a combo drive).

I personally would go for an EVGA GTX 670 because their customer service is better IMO. Other than that, the GPU/CPU choice is great. Running a 2600K/670 combo and it destroys games like none other.

You may want to invest a bit more into the SSD if you can. The 128GB models are only $30 more, and having used a 64GB SSD for 2 years now I can say that it is a VERY tight squeeze. I actually have an SSD coming in the mail since I upgraded to a 128GB.
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July 5, 2012 2:26:03 AM

TheBigTroll said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bpjH

get something like this. 550w is enough for a single GPU system.


Pretty good PSU for the money - have one in my brother's gaming rig right now (no GPU currently, but it could run a GTX 670 easily).
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July 5, 2012 2:34:05 AM

it could run any new single GPU card out there right now. the only thing it cant power is a 480 system
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July 5, 2012 2:39:02 AM

I'm pretty sure the Asus drive was capable of writing DVDs and CDs. I'd like the Blu-Ray read capabilities, and yes, I know it doesn't come with software (OEM).

Nice find on the PSU! Thanks for bringing that up

Thanks for the advice! I know NCIX is big in Canada, but I don't know much about them.
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July 5, 2012 2:43:46 AM

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I'm pretty sure the Asus drive was capable of writing DVDs and CDs. I'd like the Blu-Ray read capabilities, and yes, I know it doesn't come with software (OEM).

My bad - it will handle writing DVDs. They got cheaper!

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Thanks for the advice! I know NCIX is big in Canada, but I don't know much about them.

NCIX is managed in Canada, but they now have a USA branch. From what I've heard, they're a pretty good retailer, but it never hurts to do any research ;) 
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July 5, 2012 2:49:33 AM

its almost dumb not to buy from ncix in canada.

-they can build your PC for 50 bucks (comes with windows 7 premium)
-awesome customer service
-shipping promos (5 bucks for any order nder 100 pounds last week)
-weekly sale on wedsnaday
-extreme deal of the day (like shell shocker from newegg)
-online price matches (sometimes they beat it even)

the messed up thing is that

-the website is pretty confusing for people who just went on.
-their prices are slightly higher than newegg so you have to price match
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July 5, 2012 5:04:58 AM

Directcanada has free shipping on orders over $50.
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July 5, 2012 12:02:38 PM

i find it weird. once you go click on an item, the price doesnt appear. makes price matching a pain
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July 5, 2012 2:35:37 PM

...he's in the USA...why are we looking for parts in Canada again? ;) 
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July 5, 2012 2:55:58 PM

LOOLOOOOL didnt notice
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July 5, 2012 3:02:49 PM

Very nice pc mate. Two things though:

If you plan to use your SSD for anything other than just a windows drive I'd recommend a bigger one.

Check the latest benchmarks for the 7970 with 12.7 drivers, if you can find one cheap you'll get better performance. 670 is a great choice all the same.

Enjoy :) 
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