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November 12, 2012 6:41:22 PM

Hey everyone
So I am building my first system for myself and I have a budget of under 1000$, even though I can and will go over it if its a significant improvement for a lower increase in price. I have already bought most of my parts and needed a processor and graphics card to complete my build. I am looking for a system that will run for day to day, plus basic gaming - GTA4, COD, maybe a few others. I am not a hardcore gamer because I mostly never have time to do so but I play when I have friends or am bored. aha
Anyways these are the parts I have already bought and ordered and are on my way to me:
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case Black 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS W/ Fan Controller & Temp Display (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=57910&promoid=1230)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 700w Cable Management ATX12V V2.3 24PIN Power Supply With 120mm Fan (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=75694&promoid=1230)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=69230&promoid=1360)
RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=59431&promoid=1230)
SSD: Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5in SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive (http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=62874&promoid=1230)

I am planning to get the i7 3770 (not unlocked) for sale at 289$ , but a friend who is doing his own build at the same time said I should go for the i5 3570k because I won't get any significant increase in performance with it.. I somehow think that the i7 would run a lot faster than the i5...

For the graphics card, I was thinking about going for a Radeon GPU mostly because in compassion to Nvidia GPU's they are much cheaper with performance on par with them. Currently I have paid 466.79 for all the parts listed above.

What do you think?
Thanks for all your input.
Iman

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November 12, 2012 6:52:54 PM

-bad choice on the power supply. way better stuff out there
-i7s perform no better than a i5 in games. if you really want to blow your cash, id get a xeon e3 1225v2 since its 239.99 at newegg and its the same as the i7
-i7s do run a lot faster in workloads but not in games
-radeon cards do have the best bang for the buck in terms of price and the free games that it comes with
-bad choice on the ram as well. now you can use tall heatsinks
-not the best on the motherboard either. should have gotten a good combo deal
-not the best deal on the SSD either. there was the deluxe 240gb for 169.99 a few weeks ago and it performs much better

here you go

buy this card now. today is the last day. its a 7870 core edition for 179.99 after MIR.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69828&promoid=1146

grab this dvd burner
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=76258&vpn=SH%2D2...

grab the i5

grab either a WD blue or a seagate barracuda 1tb hard drive. whichever is cheaper

with a bit of moving around your ram, this heatsink should fit fine. just that you cant expand your ram any more
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41337&vpn=RR%2DB...

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January 10, 2013 4:33:02 PM

I kept everything as it was and it's a month after I built it.
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case Black 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS W/ Fan Controller & Temp Display (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=57910&promoid=1230)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 700w Cable Management ATX12V V2.3 24PIN Power Supply With 120mm Fan (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=75694&promoid=1230)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=69230&promoid=1360)
RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit (http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=59431&promoid=1230)
SSD: Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5in SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive (http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=62874&promoid=1230)
HDD: Seagate 3TB Barracuda
CPU: i7 3770k overclocked to 4.2ghz
CPU cooler: Cooler Master hyper 212+
Video card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 OC.
I already had a cd/dvd burner.

Like you said indeed the cpu cooler does block the last ram bay, but their seems to be enough space so if I wanted to expand the ram, I would get a low profile ram and install in the rest of the space after removing the fan from the cooler.
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