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August 13, 2012 6:09:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably this week

Budget Range: $680

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Youtube

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Newegg.ca

Location: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, AMD gpu

Overclocking: Yes, later though.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I don't need the case, optical drive, monitor or OS. I live in Canada, but microceter is about 15 minutes away from the border, so I can just go there to get most of the parts. Most of them are cheaper than Newegg. My other concern is the motherboard because I might crossfire another 7770, or buy a 7870 at Christmas. What I have so far:

I5 3570k- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $189.99

ASUS P8Z77-V LK- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $144.99, $94.99 when bundled with the cpu.

Sapphire HD 7770 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $149.99

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $42.99

Corsair CX600- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $71.89

Seagate Barracuda 1TB - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - $89.99

Total: $672.33 (including tax)

I really appreciate feedback :) 

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August 13, 2012 6:25:58 AM

Looks good. That motherboard will support dual Crossfire/SLI properly with its 8x/8x slots.

Also, a 1TB Hard Drive for a bit less cant be bad can it?
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $80
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
If you can find the 64MB cache version, get that one instead.

Then immediatly lose that $5 saving by getting a Sapphire HD7770. Nothing wrong with HIS, bu Sapphire has a better name in the industry.
Sapphire Radeon HD7770. $145
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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August 13, 2012 6:45:21 AM

Alright, thanks. Also, that psu should be enough for two 7770's/ 1 7870, right? How would those two 7770's preform on 1920x1200?
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August 13, 2012 6:47:33 AM

Should be enough for dual 7770's or a single 7870. Though I would hesitate to Crossfire dual mid/high end cards on that PSU.
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August 14, 2012 10:04:03 PM

Best answer selected by theotherguy1.
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