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July 6, 2012 5:55:02 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible, hopefully within a month.

Budget Range: ~$1000 CAN before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, watching movies, surfing.

Parts Not Required: Case, optical drive, keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca or nxic.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference, just want the best for the price.

Overclocking: Probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quieter is better, it's in a bedroom. It will be replacing a very old Intel Core 2 Duo E6420, GeForce 9600 GT, 3.5GB RAM, Windows XP machine, so almost any update will be huge in performance.

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I started with the latest $1000 Enthusiast PC build and did some tweaking based on what I already had, and what I feel I need/want.

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL (With video editing, I want the extra RAM)

Graphics - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Used the $500 Gaming PC card, since the Radeon HD 7970 or the GeForce GTX 670 are out of my price league)

Hard Drive - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (I have two 2TB hard drives for storage, so this is for speed of booting and loading programs.)

Power - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


Basically, I could use advice on whether these parts (especially the ones I've changed from Tom's list) will work together, and if there's anything I should change for better performance for dollar value. Thanks in advance. :) 

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July 6, 2012 6:55:45 PM

The problem with the enthusiast builds is the out of date motherboards and the junk cases being used on the lower-end builds.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.00 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($266.36 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $937.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

This includes far newer hardware and a better GPU. Add OS license and you're good to go.
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July 6, 2012 7:04:41 PM

id go with g-unit1111's build but if you do not plan on crossfire in the future, id suggest getting a xfx 550w power supply instead

for the case, you can go to ncix and find a antec 302 for 54.99 after MIR. if you dont like the non-painted interior, just go to canadacomputers.com and get the antec 302 AB

for the graphics card, you can get the asus 7850 for a little bit cheaper. still has a awesome cooler

for the hard drive, you can get a seagate barracuda 1tb 64mb cache for 89.99 i believe at ncix. you lose 2/3 years of warranty but i personally dont think that 20 dollars for more warranty is worth it
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July 6, 2012 7:08:03 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id go with g-unit1111's build but if you do not plan on crossfire in the future, id suggest getting a xfx 550w power supply instead

for the case, you can go to ncix and find a antec 302 for 54.99 after MIR. if you dont like the non-painted interior, just go to canadacomputers.com and get the antec 302 AB

for the graphics card, you can get the asus 7850 for a little bit cheaper. still has a awesome cooler

for the hard drive, you can get a seagate barracuda 1tb 64mb cache for 89.99 i believe at ncix. you lose 2/3 years of warranty but i personally dont think that 20 dollars for more warranty is worth it


The Corsair has better cable management and front USB 3.0 where the Antec 302 doesn't.
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July 6, 2012 7:15:22 PM

actually there is usb3 on the antec 302. the 300 didnt
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July 6, 2012 7:15:37 PM

theres a full inch of room in the back
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July 6, 2012 7:26:06 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199)

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ($121)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48)

Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM ($79)

Video Card: MSI Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB ($296)

Case: Cooler Master CM690 II ($69)

Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO550W ($73)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.79)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($34)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OEM ($109)

Total: $1054
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July 6, 2012 8:32:59 PM

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