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July 13, 2012 1:58:01 AM

I'm going to get my computer next weekend, starting July 20th. I will buy from CanadaComputers.com since they price match and also I can go at the store since I live close and get the components so I don't pay for shipping. Here is their price match policy http://www.canadacomputers.com/PriceMatch_Policy.php. Here is my final build:

Case: CoolerMaster Storm Stryker (It will be available starting July 17 according to CoolerMaster site)

DVD drive: 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...

CPU: 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...

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio CLP0564 CPU Cooler for Intel Socket 1366/1156/775 & AMD Socket AM3/AM2+/AM2, http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8...

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

HDD: Western Digital Red (WD10EFRX) 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Buffer NAS Hard Drive(OEM), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...

Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/Backlighting Gaming Cluster(Cherry Brown) (SGK-4010-GKCM1), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Mice: Logitech (910-001260) G500, 5700dpi Gaming Laser Mouse (Retail Box), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Monitor: 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...

MOBO: Asus Maximus V Formula Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset Dual channel 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3DDR3 2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 GLAN SupremeFX IV built-in 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio 2x SATA 3.0Gb/s 6x SATA 6.0Gb/s 1x eSATA 3Gb/s 1 x mini-SATA 3Gb/s 6x USB 3.0 8x USB 2.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n Bluetooth V4.0/Bluetooth V3.0+HS DisplayPort/HDMI Extended ATX, http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

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

SSD: 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...

GPU: Asus GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Chipset (1201Mhz) 2GB (6008MHz) GDDR5 Dual DVI/DisplayPort/HDMI PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card, http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 64-Bit - 1 PC License and Media - OEM English (GFC-02050), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...

I want this computer to be both performing and quiet. The only thing I'm not sure on is the CPU cooler, keyboard and mice. I want the components to go with my color theme, which will be white, black and red. Thank you for the help.
July 13, 2012 2:49:19 AM

LonelyMan said:
I'm going to get my computer next weekend, starting July 20th. I will buy from CanadaComputers.com since they price match and also I can go at the store since I live close and get the components so I don't pay for shipping. Here is their price match policy http://www.canadacomputers.com/PriceMatch_Policy.php. Here is my final build:

Case: CoolerMaster Storm Stryker (It will be available starting July 17 according to CoolerMaster site)

DVD drive: 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...

CPU: 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...

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio CLP0564 CPU Cooler for Intel Socket 1366/1156/775 & AMD Socket AM3/AM2+/AM2, http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8...

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

HDD: Western Digital Red (WD10EFRX) 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Buffer NAS Hard Drive(OEM), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...

Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/Backlighting Gaming Cluster(Cherry Brown) (SGK-4010-GKCM1), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Mice: Logitech (910-001260) G500, 5700dpi Gaming Laser Mouse (Retail Box), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Monitor: 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...

MOBO: Asus Maximus V Formula Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset Dual channel 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3DDR3 2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 GLAN SupremeFX IV built-in 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio 2x SATA 3.0Gb/s 6x SATA 6.0Gb/s 1x eSATA 3Gb/s 1 x mini-SATA 3Gb/s 6x USB 3.0 8x USB 2.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n Bluetooth V4.0/Bluetooth V3.0+HS DisplayPort/HDMI Extended ATX, http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

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

SSD: 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...

GPU: Asus GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Chipset (1201Mhz) 2GB (6008MHz) GDDR5 Dual DVI/DisplayPort/HDMI PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card, http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 64-Bit - 1 PC License and Media - OEM English (GFC-02050), http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...

I want this computer to be both performing and quiet. The only thing I'm not sure on is the CPU cooler, keyboard and mice. I want the components to go with my color theme, which will be white, black and red. Thank you for the help.



Pretty solid selection of components - I really like the Storm Striker, that's a sweet case. However I'd ditch the Frio and Maximus V (you'll limit expansion options with this motherboard) and drop the 680 for a 670 and invest the difference in getting a second 1 - 2 TB hard drive to complement that M3.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.99 @ Computer Valley)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($143.27 @ Amazon Canada)
Hard Drive: Plextor PX-M3S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.19 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1618.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Sub the case with the Storm Striker and you're good to go.
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July 13, 2012 3:17:07 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Pretty solid selection of components - I really like the Storm Striker, that's a sweet case. However I'd ditch the Frio and Maximus V (you'll limit expansion options with this motherboard) and drop the 680 for a 670 and invest the difference in getting a second 1 - 2 TB hard drive to complement that M3.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($71.99 @ Computer Valley)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($143.27 @ Amazon Canada)
Hard Drive: Plextor PX-M3S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.19 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1618.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Sub the case with the Storm Striker and you're good to go.



Limit expansion options?It has everything I need or will ever need. The wifi mobo of the one you listed is only 50$ cheaper, so i'd rather get the asus one for superiority in everything, especially uefi. The Frio got a 97% on frostys cooler review site and beats the noctua at sound when in low rpm while being only 5 degrees c hotter; plus the noctua ruins my build theme. I'd rather stick with the mushkin ram since it has more reviews and is highly rated. Seasonic are the best, period, and for that price, it's a steal I think. The reason I chose that particular GPU is for it's amazing minimum frate rates, cooling efficiency and sound, and the only other GPU that comes close is the lightning, but I ain't supporting MSI no more. Finally, I already have a blu-ray player for my tv so no need for it. The DVD-writer I chose has tons of reviews and is highly rated so I doubt I need to change it with another one. Thank you for your help. I know your build is 500$ less expensive, but hell, I'll keep this computer 5 years, so might as well get what I want while maintaining top notch performance without overspending too much :)  . PS: is a 128gb ssd enough for the os and programs?I will be putting my Steam games on the HDD, so if you know of another sata 3 7200rpm 1tb hard drive that is better then the red wd, pls specify it.
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July 13, 2012 3:22:35 AM

LonelyMan said:
Limit expansion options?It has everything I need or will ever need. The wifi mobo of the one you listed is only 50$ cheaper, so i'd rather get the asus one for superiority in everything, especially uefi. The Frio got a 97% on frostys cooler review site and beats the noctua at sound when in low rpm while being only 5 degrees c hotter; plus the noctua ruins my build theme. I'd rather stick with the mushkin ram since it has more reviews and is highly rated. Seasonic are the best, period, and for that price, it's a steal I think. The reason I chose that particular GPU is for it's amazing minimum frate rates, cooling efficiency and sound, and the only other GPU that comes close is the lightning, but I ain't supporting MSI no more. Finally, I already have a blu-ray player for my tv so no need for it. The DVD-writer I chose has tons of reviews and is highly rated so I doubt I need to change it with another one. Thank you for your help. I know your build is 500$ less expensive, but hell, I'll keep this computer 5 years, so might as well get what I want while maintaining top notch performance without overspending too much :)  . PS: is a 128gb ssd enough for the os and programs?I will be putting my Steam games on the HDD, so if you know of another sata 3 7200rpm 1tb hard drive that is better then the red wd, pls specify it.


I'm just not a fan of mATX - and if you're using that huge case you'll have a bunch of space that's not being used. There's only like 1 - 2 FPS difference between the 680 and the 670 so you could get the 670 and save some money there.


I do like Seasonic PSUs however. The one thing I don't like doing is paying $150 for peripherals when that's a bit excessive to me and you could spend that elsewhere.
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July 13, 2012 3:29:10 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I'm just not a fan of mATX - and if you're using that huge case you'll have a bunch of space that's not being used. There's only like 1 - 2 FPS difference between the 680 and the 670 so you could get the 670 and save some money there.


I do like Seasonic PSUs however. The one thing I don't like doing is paying $150 for peripherals when that's a bit excessive to me and you could spend that elsewhere.


The Asus Maximus V Formula is E-ATX and is highly praised. The asus 670 top has performance problems, so 680 it is for me. And mechanical keyboards ain't cheap, no way around it.
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July 13, 2012 3:39:03 AM

The thing with Canada Computers is that they will add shipping charges to the price match. So if's it $79.99 and there's a $10 S&H fee, the price match will be $89.99 (even if it says free shipping on $$$ limit or anything else; they will not consider it). Which is why I deal with NCIX when price matching. If it's $79.99 it's price matched to $79.99 regardless of delivery fees. They do an awesome job at price matching compared to Canada Computers. They only turned down one price match for me, but only because rebates were present. They still remained competive with the rebate considered and I still got it cheaper than any competitor in the end with the rebate.

But I guess it depends on if you have NCIX near you too. The other thing I like is I can order everything online (I can't order an item online in Canada Computers if it's in-store only) and have it all prepared/shipped to the store I want everything picked up.

Some sites I look at when price matching:
www.tigerdirect.ca
www.newegg.ca
www.directcanada.com
www.canadacomputers.com
www.ncix.ca
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July 13, 2012 3:46:10 AM

neograndizer said:
The thing with Canada Computers is that they will add shipping charges to the price match. So if's it $79.99 and there's a $10 S&H fee, the price match will be $89.99 (even if it says free shipping on $$$ limit or anything else; they will not consider it). Which is why I deal with NCIX when price matching. If it's $79.99 it's price matched to $79.99 regardless of delivery fees. They do an awesome job at price matching compared to Canada Computers. They only turned down one price match for me, but only because rebates were present. They still remained competive with the rebate considered and I still got it cheaper than any competitor in the end with the rebate.

But I guess it depends on if you have NCIX near you too. The other thing I like is I can order everything online (I can't order an item online in Canada Computers if it's in-store only) and have it all prepared/shipped to the store I want everything picked up.

Some sites I look at when price matching:
www.tigerdirect.ca
www.newegg.ca
www.directcanada.com
www.canadacomputers.com
www.ncix.ca


That sounds awesome. The only problem is I live in the country, but relatively close to Montreal and Laval, where canadacomputers is located, and ncix has warehouses only in BC and ON. But, if they do not deliver items ruined or anything, loss of paint on the case, dead pixels on monitors, etc., then I might consider them. Have you ever received something you did not like from them? Another brick and mortar store is ordicentre, but I will have to go and see if they will make me a better offer.
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July 13, 2012 4:05:18 AM

Sorry, I live in Toronto and they have nearby brick and mortar stores where I am. I never had anything delivered by them. I always do in-store pickup with all my orders. I bought a Raven 3 once and found out it was missing an accessories box. Called NCIX and they offered me a refund if I brought the case back in-store as it was not readily available for exchange at the time. I also had to get an exchange for a Roccat Kova[+] because of a defective scroll wheel. No problems with them taking it back once I showed them an email I received from the manufacturer saying to return it to place of purchase for exchange. I am quite happy with the service I received in-store from them.

Unfortunately, I can't comment on how good their shipping is as I never tried it. But I think you have to pay for items shipped back if there's anything wrong with it. :( 

I guess Canada Computers would be your best bet for brick and mortar pickups and exchange/return if there's a problem. I don't know about Ordicentre. I guess you can check with them to see how competitive they are.

Sorry I can't offer much more help.
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July 13, 2012 5:48:23 AM

LonelyMan said:
The Asus Maximus V Formula is E-ATX and is highly praised. The asus 670 top has performance problems, so 680 it is for me. And mechanical keyboards ain't cheap, no way around it.


Somehow I got that confused with the GENE-Z which is mATX. It's late, I'm tired. :lol: 
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July 13, 2012 6:12:05 PM

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