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November 18, 2012 12:21:34 AM

I started a thread before and got some help now I want some final thoughts on my picks. Any ideas to make it cheaper? Any changes you personally would make that still keep it under $1300 including accessories.

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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 ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Keyboard: Thermaltake eSPORTS Challenger Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard ($56.99 @ Computer Valley)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($20.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Other: Turtle Beach Earforce z11 ($33.99)
Other: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 ($15.99)
Other: NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Fan Controller ($32.15)
Total: $1235.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 21:22 EST-0500)

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November 18, 2012 12:31:52 AM

-skip the extreme4. terrible value in canada
-patriot intel extreem masters ram is cheaper and better at ncix
-seagate barracuda 1tb 64mb is better and cheaper
-get a 128gb SSD. 64gb is way too small. id suggest a samsung 830
-7870 is 10 bucks more
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=69828&vpn=FX787A...
-better case
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=61928&vpn=CC%2D9...
-cheaper monitor. lower screen size but same resolution=sharper image
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=56380&promoid=1209
-overpriced keyboard. pick this one up
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=75700&vpn=G80-3800LXBEU-2...
-get a wired mouse. wireless non-gaming mice tend to have a good bit of lag
-better headsets out there like the corsair vengeance 1300
-skip the extra fan and fan controller. you dont need it
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November 18, 2012 1:00:17 AM

Thanks for the advice. Do you have any suggestions on a different motherboard? thanks again!
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November 18, 2012 1:09:25 AM

the one i have in mind is not on sale. its the gigabyte z77x-ud3h
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November 18, 2012 1:30:04 AM

yeah but you cant price match it at ncix. especially the gift card

shipping at newegg costs 12 bucks. not worth it
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