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August 18, 2012 1:29:44 PM

Hello,

Due to my being further up in Canada, I can generally only buy from Canadian websites. I don't really want to pay brokerage/customs, etc. Amazon.ca, Tigerdirect.ca, and Newegg.ca are the ones I've come across so far. The parts in the US would cost around 1200. Here around 1600. And although I'm not happy about that, I'll just set my budget at around 1600 and get this headache over with.

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Here are the specs so far:

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 1600MHz DDR3, SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-Ch Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, CrossFireX/SLI
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

The GPU:
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card and NVIDIA GeForce Game Coupon: Borderlands 2 Bundle
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...

Figured I might want dual 670 SLI down, down the road. Also comes with Borderlands 2.

The Core:
Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

The PSU:
Corsair CMPSU-750AX Professional Series Gold High Performance 750-Watt Power Supply
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B003PJ6QWE/ref=ox_sc_ac...

The... Internal Bare Drive?:
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005T3GRNW/ref=ox_sc_ac...

LG DVD:
Super Multi DVD R/W 24x Sata Nonlight No Acc Inc
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00632SB2I/ref=ox_sc_ac...

SSD:
Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 128GB Internal Solid State Drive - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA III 6Gb/s, Up to 320MB/s Write and 520 MB/s Read
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

The Cooler:
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-GP Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler - 120mm, LGA 1366, 1156, 775, AMD AM3, AM2+, AM2
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Memory Kit:
Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters PVI38G160C9K 8GB Limited Edition Memory Kit - 2 x 4GB, PC3-12800, 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
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- Firstly, can someone tell me how to check for compatibility? What are the parts I should be concerned fit together, so to speak?

- I have the 750w PSU Gold up there for around 169. There is an 850w PSU Gold coming out in like 3 days... http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... ... for the same price, and I'm wondering if I should just order that instead. Can't have enough watts, can you?

- If anything stands out to you, please lemme know. I really want to make sure it's all compatible and that all parts listed are all that is necessary to build the computer.

- Is that cooler sufficient-enough? At first I was going to get the 212, but... (US: 30, CA: 60-120)... I think this one may be better anyway.


Well, that's that; hopefully I can order by the end of the weekend. Any suggested parts, online guides, etc, are very appreciated!


Thank you,



August 18, 2012 1:33:13 PM

Good build, everything is compatible. Its called Hard Drive, not Internal Bare Drive lol.

Only conflict I have is that i7. You dont really need it. Its basically an i5 with Hyperthreading :)  but if you really want that i7, Im not one to stop you.

Cooler is awesome.

Newegg has some PC building guides up over on Youtube. You might wanna check them out. :) 
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August 18, 2012 2:47:10 PM

tsk tsk tsk. ever heard of ncix? they sell stuff for sometimes cheaper than american prices (canadian here)

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/eWRB

you can get the OS from this guy
http://ca.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=71238157&mo...

the intel drive costs less. heres the link
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=67708&vpn=SSD...

the psu costs less
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=62224&promoid=1043

the case costs less
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=67326&vpn=THR...

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August 18, 2012 2:49:27 PM

dont bother with tigerdirect. they are usually rip offs
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August 18, 2012 3:16:39 PM

TheBigTroll said:
tsk tsk tsk. ever heard of ncix? they sell stuff for sometimes cheaper than american prices (canadian here)

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/eWRB

you can get the OS from this guy
http://ca.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=71238157&mo...

the intel drive costs less. heres the link
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=67708&vpn=SSD...

the psu costs less
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=62224&promoid=1043

the case costs less
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=67326&vpn=THR...



Good build, for the $1600 from your list, they could almost get the 2nd video card right off the bat.


TheBigTroll said:
dont bother with tigerdirect. they are usually rip offs


Ya, I don't really like them. We have a retail store near us for Tiger Direct and mostly everything I've bought from there failed or died shortly after purchase. I think they get B or C grade stock there or something. I went through like 4 or 5 different HD's trying to get a decent 2TB that didn't have bad sectors, freeze the PC, BSOD it, or something. 8GB USB keys that were on sale for boxing day, all died within 6 months, stuff like that.
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August 18, 2012 3:22:49 PM

where are you? toronto?
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August 18, 2012 5:23:56 PM

Hey, thanks all for the responses!

Lots of stuff to look into when I get back from work. That 670 deal on Ncix is enough to save, buy border lands 2, and still have saved some money... haha.

Their shipping is generally inside Canada, so that's good. Just need to look into rebates and see if they're convenient or not.


Also, concerning the i7... it really isn't worth it? I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to computers, but I guess 3.4 to 3.5 GHz and what else I can see... may not be worth a hundred dollars extra.


Thanks for the links and all. Gotta order before sales end D:
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August 18, 2012 5:32:33 PM

And apparently it gives Borderlands 2 for free as well. Woo!
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August 18, 2012 6:14:33 PM

Where about's are you located? If there is a CanadaComputers store near you, their prices are only a few more bucks than most of them listed by TheBigTroll but you get the advantage of being able to go in-store and buy everything instead in case you need to return something, want all your parts right away instead of ordering from 5 different places, etc.
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August 18, 2012 6:26:00 PM

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

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


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3877&v... $95.99
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... $142.41 MIR $122.41
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... $219.69
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $41.57
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/245352/SDSSDP-128G-G2... $97.90
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 128GB 2.5IN SATA3 6GB/S Solid Stat Disk Flash Drive SSD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4893&v... $388.11
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

Total: $1,114.29 *not including mail in rebates


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


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $104.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
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August 18, 2012 6:29:31 PM

getochkn said:
Where about's are you located? If there is a CanadaComputers store near you, their prices are only a few more bucks than most of them listed by TheBigTroll but you get the advantage of being able to go in-store and buy everything instead in case you need to return something, want all your parts right away instead of ordering from 5 different places, etc.


actually, ncix has a store in First Markham Place, Scarborough, downtown, Mississauga, and a Warehouse at 14th ave. the warehouse only does pick-ups though.

Canadacomputers has a tech fair but it ends at 5. killer deal was that a i5 3450 costs only 129.99
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August 19, 2012 12:38:22 AM

Awesome, thank you so much for the links.


I was wondering though, if I decided to bump the i5 processor up to a... Core™ i7-3820 Processor, 3.60GHz w/ 10MB Cache ... would I run into any issues compatibility-wise? Like would I need a different motherboard?

Cause I'm thinking 70 dollars to upgrade to an i7 with .20 GHz more and such might be a good deal?

Thanks!

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August 19, 2012 3:04:52 AM

jam wan said:
Awesome, thank you so much for the links.


I was wondering though, if I decided to bump the i5 processor up to a... Core™ i7-3820 Processor, 3.60GHz w/ 10MB Cache ... would I run into any issues compatibility-wise? Like would I need a different motherboard?

Cause I'm thinking 70 dollars to upgrade to an i7 with .20 GHz more and such might be a good deal?

Thanks!

The 3820 is an Intel Socket LGA 2011 cpu and requires an X79 board. That and the 3820 loses out to the 3570K in gaming.
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August 19, 2012 3:18:29 AM

Why_Me said:
The 3820 is an Intel Socket LGA 2011 cpu and requires an X79 board. That and the 3820 loses out to the 3570K in gaming.



Ohhh, thank you!


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August 19, 2012 3:22:06 AM

Hey, I just found a local seller... selling Gaming Series GS800 Power Supply for 100 bucks brand new. Think it is okay?
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August 19, 2012 5:20:43 AM

jam wan said:
Hey, I just found a local seller... selling Gaming Series GS800 Power Supply for 100 bucks brand new. Think it is okay?

I'm not big on CM psu's myself. Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, Enermax and PC Power & Cooling... I would look at those first.
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