Finally ready to buy my new gaming pc!

Hey guys and gals, I'm looking to buy a new gaming PC and would like your advice on my choices. I'm getting the computer built at, so all the parts need to be in stock there, but they do have a price match for other Canadian websites.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple days

Budget Range: ~$1000 - $1300 (flexible) (includes MS office)

System Usage: Gaming, web, light work (eg. MS office)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: all

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website for Parts:

Location: Quesnel, B.C., Canada

Parts Preferences: Whatever is best, but aiming towards an i5 and HD 7970

Overclocking: maybe basic OCing

SLI or Crossfire: prefer single card

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be quiet, just not TOO loud. I'd prefer a cheaper/basic mobo, case and psu to keep costs down. I'll only do small OCing, so I don't need much extra cooling.

Why Are You Upgrading: Old PC is pretty much dead

Here's what I've decided on so far:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM prices matched @ 73.68

Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student English 32/64BIT Medialess Product Key Card No DVD price matched @ 68.99

Bundle: i5 3570K Quad Core & ASUS P8Z77-V LX CrossFireX DDR3 Motherboard 329.99

XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double D 349.99

LG GH24NS90 24X SATA Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW M-DISC Compatible Optical Drive Black OEM pm @ 13.73

Corsair Cooling Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler price matched @ 21.99 $2.00 after rebates!

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive price matched @ 78.98

XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze 49.99

Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio 49.99 + 10 gift card

Corsair Vengeance Blue Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Price matched @ 38.85

Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5IN SATA3 MCX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD price matched @ 99.10

Total price after rebates ~$1150

How's it look? Does everything fit? Thanks for all the help! :D
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  1. Yep, looks good. Everything's compatible and will fit.
  2. Yay! Thanks Excella and everyone else, you were a great help :)
  3. I can't find the CPU Cooler clearance for the Zalman, but by the looks of it, even the gigantic Noctua should fit.

    I would still suggest the 212 EVO over the A50 though. :P

    Happy building!
  4. Thanks! I can't resist getting a decent cooler for 2 bucks. :P If it doesn't work out I'll probably go with your suggestion.

    Take care.
  5. Best answer
    Oh, I missed that part.
    If it's for $2, it's basically a steal and you should totally grab it! :lol:
  6. Best answer selected by heaveninblack.
  7. Hey, i bought a custom PC from ibuypower in late june for $1,500 and i was looking to sell it for $1,100. [Edit with the Full stats]

    Case (NZXT Phantom 410 Gaming Case - White
    Processor (Intel® Core™ i7-3770 Processor (4x 3.40GHz/8MB L3 Cache)))
    Processor Cooling (Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155] - ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)))
    Memory (16 GB [4 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - G.Skill Ripjaws X))
    Video Card (AMD Radeon HD 7770 - 1GB - Single Card))
    Motherboard (ASUS P8Z77-V PRO))
    Power Supply (650 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 - Free Upgrade to 750 Watt Corsair
    Primary Hard Drive (120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive))
    Data Hard Drive (1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive))
    Optical Drive (24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black))
    Flash Media Reader / Writer (12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black))
    Sound Card (3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard))
    Network Card (Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)))
    Operating System (Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit))
    Warranty (3 Year Standard Warranty Service))
    Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower

    Let me know if you, or anyone else is interested.

    I can provide more information if needed


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