Hi everyone! I am slowly easing toward buying my first desktop computer, and I have a number of questions. :bounce:

First, here is my part list:

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC 1071MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

CPU Fan: Noctua NH-D14 LGA1155/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan

Hard Drive: Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA3 Intelli Power 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro 850W Modular Power Supply SLI ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC PCI-E 135mm Fan

Memory: G.SKILL F3-1600C9D-16GXM Ripjaws X Series 16GB 2X8GB Kits 240PIN DDR3-1600 PC3 12800 Desktop Memory

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard

All right, let's move onto the questions...

1) Are these parts are compatible with each other?

2) Is it worth paying the extra $50-75 dollars to allow the "Pro's" build the computer for you?

3) I am currently living in Canada, and planning on purchasing this system this week, I have built it on
(Canadian Website) and the Total cost with tax is $1784,73.

I then built this same computer on (USA Website) and the Total cost was $1546.73, I noticed that tax wasn't taken into action because of "No sales tax: (Outside of California)". I was also able to throw in the "Additional insurance with ExpressRMA" just to insure my parts are secure, and still keep it under $1600! I can have this order shipped to "Ship Happens" ( and can do a quick run down there to pick it up!

4) The BIG question is, is I heard that 2 days after being in the USA, you can take back $800 dollars worth of items back to Canada, without paying tax. Since my price is $1600 dollars, I am wondering if they would charge me tax at the border. Bringing the cost to the same amount as on the website.

5) What do I do!?!?!

Sorry for making this so long :p
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  1. Quote:
    1) Are these parts are compatible with each other?

    Yes and good parts for the most part with a couple of suggestions: First - Cooler Master is horrendously unreliable in the power supply department, there's way better PSUs you can get for the money. This is a better one:

    And then that Green hard drive will be a massive bottleneck on your system. Drop the 680 to the 670 (they're pretty much the exact same card) and invest the difference in a good SSD, something like this:

    2) Is it worth paying the extra $50-75 dollars to allow the "Pro's" build the computer for you?

    Depends on the shop.

    3) I am currently living in Canada, and planning on purchasing this system this week, I have built it on

    PC Part Picker is your friend:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.49 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.97 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1274.26
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-25 19:36 EDT-0400)
  2. @g-unit: you gave him cl8 ram


    1: dont get the extreme4 in canada. the stupid 40 dollar MIR is not as good as the american pricing

    this is what i would get

    the d14 cooler is 49.99 this week. get it now
    most of the stuff can be price matched. find the lowest prices, find the item at ncix, throw it into the cart, then start price matching. promo codes and MIRs usually cannot be price matched unless its the same rebate
    as for the SSD, id wait since ncix sells the sandisk extreme 120gb for 89.99 a lot of the time for their extreme deal of the day. wait out for that. if the samsung gets to around 99.99, then id get it
  3. if you want ncix to build it, id get the 75 dollar version since they do a nice 24-48 hr burn in along with better cabling.
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