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August 11, 2012 7:59:44 PM

Hello Everyone,

I'm starting a new build and would love some help on ordering the best suitable parts. I live in Canada and have been comfortable using newegg.ca and plan to do so for this build. I am however open to using other options if I can save some money.


Budget: $1300-$1400 Canadian Dollars (prefer to keep it to $1300 but will go $1400 if I must)

Use: Primarily for online MMO gaming / FPS (Battlefield3) / Media Center

OC: I don't plan on doing any Overclocking of GPU/CPU/RAM. (hence why I went with factory OC GPU)

GPU: I don't plan on going SLI in the future, the 670 will do me fine for a few years i'm sure and I can always swap out the GPU later.

I Don't Need: Mouse/Keyboard/Monitor/speakers/soundcard/ Tower case (friend is supplying this)

I'm really having troubles picking out the proper Motherboard, I don't wanna burn money on what I don't need, at the same time I don't want to cheap out and get something crappy and possibly unreliable. None of what I have picked out is set in stone and am open to alternatives.


This is what i'm thinking of ordering:

MOBO: ??

PSU: $114.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power

CPU: $234.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000

HD: $109.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: $399.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: $45.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

SSD: $124.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OS: $104.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1311.00 (mobo obviously not included in this price)


What do you guys think? Any help is appreciated.
August 11, 2012 8:25:41 PM

Looks good.

If you don't plan on overclocking, why get an overclockable CPU? I recommend that you do dabble in the overclocking arts. You will gain noticeable performance...especially in games such as BF3.

Mobo suggestion...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

May as well get RAM that as a little flash to it; try this...
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you overclock the CPU in the future, get this CPU cooler...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could save a few dollars by getting a seagate HDD rather than WD...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't plan on doing SLI/Crossfire, there's no need for a 750w PSU. A 600w would suffice.

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 11, 2012 8:31:09 PM

http://www.directcanada.com <------ Free Shipping on orders over $50

http://www.bestdirect.ca <------ Free Shipping on orders over $80


http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233768/P1750SNLB9/XFX... $99.70
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $145.81 MIR $125.81
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/242391/BX80637I53570K... $224.69
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237385/RR-212E-20PK-R... $29.15
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $42.95
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.58
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $79.79
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241539/SDSSDX-120G-G2... $109.99
SanDisk Extreme 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 6GB/S SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/243162/GV-N670OC-2GD/... $391.80
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $97.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that Asus board along with a link to the latest bios



*** If you don't plan on over clocking your cpu then no reason to spend the extra $$ on an unlocked cpu like that 3570K. You can drop that CM EVO cpu h/s and go with this cpu down below.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD7004&v... $196.56
Intel Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.2GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
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August 12, 2012 2:42:32 PM

Thanks a million guys for your imput on my build! I'm very close to pushing the trigger. I've shipped parts to my home before and they just usually leave them on the front step. I'm going to the cottage till friday so i'm going to wait tilll I get back I think to order. Don't want anyone to steal my precious new build.

This gives me some time to finish deciding about what motherboard to get as i've had several recommendations.

I've decided to go with BestDirect solely, (thank you Why_me) also going to go with the i5-3470 and drop the cooler as suggested. I can always throw one on later if things are to hot or too loud right?

I think i'm going to go with Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/236288/CP-9020003-NA/...
This way I get the 5 year warranty a brand I know and trust. I've had MANY problems with PSU's in the past and wanna be safe.

I'm not 100% on the mobo but i'm considering this one:
ASUS P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Z77
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241959/P8Z77-V%20LE/A...

I've used asus boards in the past and they have been rock solid. I don't mind spending 20 or 30 bucks more but is there another board thats gonna give me more benefit since I'm not going to SLI and not going to OC?

Will I see any practical benifits going with the ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 ATX everyone is talking about? http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/242240/Z77%20Extreme4...
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August 12, 2012 4:58:42 PM

This mobo may be a better option for you.

ASUS P8Z77-V Lk
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/?sku=242368&kw=asus

For some reason, the ASrock board is more expensive in canada. Sorry about that. And no, you won't really see any noticeable benefits between the Asus p8z77 lk/le boards and the asrock board. Just get whichever is cheaper. They're all gonna do what you need 'em to do.

And yes, you can always add an aftermarket cooler if needed. Although, the stock cooler that comes with the cpu should keep the CPU cool enough. You won't be able to overclock the i5 3470.
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