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My build! Done in Canada- feedback?

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November 25, 2012 8:38:04 PM

Here's a summary of my computer build:
Used for gaming! and hopefully pictures/homework as well :) 

CPU: "Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 BX80637I53570K"
Amazon- 195.90$ + 29.39 Tax + free shipping = 225.29$
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard
Tiger direct- 109.97$ + 18.97 tax + (16.52 shipping for all tiger direct) = 145.46$
RAM- Patriot Viper 3 (8 GB; 2x4GB) Extreme Performance Black Mamba PV38G160C9K
Tiger direct- 34.97$ + 5.25$ tax + Shipping above = 40.22$
Hard Drive- OCZ Agility 4 AGT4-25SAT3-256G 256GB Internal Solid State Drive
Tiger direct- 109.97$ + 16.50 tax + shipping above = 126.47$
Video Card- XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core Ed. 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card
& bonus 1 x FREE Never Settle Performance Bundle Free Far Cry 3 Download + 20% Off Moh Warfighter *AMD Promo Only*
1 x FREE Dirt Showdown (XFX Promo)
NCIX.ca- 209.99$ + 33.47 tax + 13.15 shipping = 256.61
Power supply- Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 Power Supply - 650 Watts
Tigerdirect.ca- 74.97$ + 11.35 tax + shipping above = 86.22$
Operating system- Microsoft WN7-00404 Windows 8 Operating System Software - 64-Bit, OEM
Tigerdirect.ca- 79.99$ + 12$ tax + shipping above = 91.99$
Case- Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case (Black)
Amazon- 44.99 + 6.75 tax + free shipping = 51.74
*** Mail in rebates
Video Card- 20.00
Motherboard- 10.00
Hard Drive- 10.00
Power Supply- 30.00
RAM- 10.00
= 80.00$
Grand total= 225.29+ 145.46+ 40.22+ 126.47+ 256.61+ 86.22+91.99+51.74 = 1024$ :cry:  - 80.00$ mail in rebates :wahoo: 
=944$ :pt1cable: 

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November 25, 2012 8:59:58 PM

PSU is overkill, 500-550W is more appropriate for that system. You'll want to spend what you save there on a CPU cooler, eg. a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

You're also spending an awful lot on that SSD. Might consider a 128 GB plus a HDD.
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November 25, 2012 9:01:24 PM

oh, and tax here is 15%,
so before taxes= 820.87$
Comments- i will consider adding another HDD (prob 1-2 TB) if i quickly fill up the 256GB
- CPU cooler not needed atm, may OC, but not by a whole lot
- already have CD/DVD drive /Monitor/keyboard/mouse
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November 25, 2012 9:07:53 PM

Thanks for the feedback! Good to know where i would need improvement

PSU has 30$ Mail in rebate- prob worth it around 46$ to have the extra 100W as I can't find many 500Ws lower than 46$ +tax


As for the SSD- again, 10$ off, was less sure of this one, b/c it was 99.97 + tax = roughly 115$, I looked around and didn't find many 256GB around that price range so I thought I might as well include it as its relatively big for a SSD, and not terribly expensive

That being said, there may be deals out there I am unaware of.
Thanks again

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November 25, 2012 9:34:03 PM

you know NCIX price matches? so why don't you get all the components from there? That way you don't have to pay separate shipping. Just a thought.
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November 25, 2012 9:53:10 PM

novascotia1 said:
oh, and tax here is 15%,
so before taxes= 820.87$
Comments- i will consider adding another HDD (prob 1-2 TB) if i quickly fill up the 256GB
- CPU cooler not needed atm, may OC, but not by a whole lot
- already have CD/DVD drive /Monitor/keyboard/mouse

Hmm, if you're not going to overclock or only by a little, then you could get a cheaper CPU like the Core i5-3570 (no K). It's just as fast at stock, and still overclocks by 400 MHz. You could easily save some on the motherboard too, especially in that situation. An Asrock Z77 Pro3, at $90, is a pretty good board for modest overclocks:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Edit: A Core i5-3470 at $180 is a pretty good deal too. Only slightly slower than a Core i5-3570.
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX40053
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