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February 3, 2013 9:03:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks


Budget Range: $1200-$1300


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing Games such as Shogun 2 or Arma II (I love large battles)


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts:

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

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm

ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 980MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

Azza Hurrican 2000 Black ATX Full Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5IN 2X230MM Blue LED Fan Window No PSU

Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze

ASUS DRW-24B3ST 24X SATA DVD Writer Black Retail

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: DirectCanada.com


Location: Alberta, Canada


Overclocking: Probably at a later date


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


This is going to be my first time building a PC. I've looked around and found some parts, but I thought it would be best to get a second opinion before actually purchasing.
February 4, 2013 1:19:23 AM

Bump, just looking to verify that everything is compatible with each other.
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February 4, 2013 1:25:38 AM

Other than having just a single mechanical HDD in that rig which will be a huge bottleneck in loading times of pretty much everything, it looks very nice.
See if you can squeeze in a 120GB SSD, any will do really, even the cheapest one you can find. You can save some cash on PSU, TX650 will be plenty if you aren't going to SLI in the future.
Edit: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR1766&v... for example
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February 4, 2013 1:27:51 AM

Tassatir said:
Bump, just looking to verify that everything is compatible with each other.



Looks great, the only rub I can see is the ram might be too tall and could prevent you installing the cpu cooler/render 2 memory slots unusable.


I would look at trying to buy a low profile ram just to be safe.


Something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Also, look at downsizing the case price wise also since you don't want to CF/SLI 750w is excessive, get a 550w - 650w for overclocking headroom.



With the savings get a 128gb SSD as the primary windows drive.
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February 4, 2013 1:31:01 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1192.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 22:29 EST-0500)

Better performing build recommendation. You can switch to a 680 if you are a die hard nvidia fan and still be within your budget range on this one.

EDIT: Is it supposed to be in CAD or USD out of curiosity...
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February 4, 2013 1:32:29 AM

burritobob said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1192.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 22:29 EST-0500)

Better performing build recommendation. You can switch to a 680 if you are a die hard nvidia fan and still be within your budget range on this one.

EDIT: Is it supposed to be in CAD or USD out of curiosity...



He's in Canada.
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February 4, 2013 1:41:15 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.50 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.48 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($90.99 @ Computer Valley)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1284.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 22:40 EST-0500)

Sorry for not realizing you were in Canada :(  Here is a repost.
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February 4, 2013 2:01:30 AM

burritobob said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.50 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($468.48 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($90.99 @ Computer Valley)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1284.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 22:40 EST-0500)


Seconded, much better game wise and overclockwise than GTX 670
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February 4, 2013 2:15:50 AM

maxalge said:
Looks great, the only rub I can see is the ram might be too tall and could prevent you installing the cpu cooler/render 2 memory slots unusable.


I would look at trying to buy a low profile ram just to be safe.


Something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Also, look at downsizing the case price wise also since you don't want to CF/SLI 750w is excessive, get a 550w - 650w for overclocking headroom.



With the savings get a 128gb SSD as the primary windows drive.


I dropped the case in favor of this one I was also looking at here Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25EXT 6X3.5INT Front Audio USB *No PS*

I also changed the memory for the one you suggested Crucial Ballistix Sport BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Udimm Dual Channel Memory Kit

And added the SSD here Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5IN SSD MLC 25nm SATA3 Solid State Disk Drive Retail Maple Crest

In total it brings my total to $1,297.52

EDIT : I think I meant this memory not the other one Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1X8GB PCI-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Single Memory Module
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February 4, 2013 2:29:53 AM




Go with the 4gb x 2, for dual channel.

Nice setup. :sol: 
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February 4, 2013 2:33:34 AM

maxalge said:
Go with the 4gb x 2, for dual channel.

Nice setup. :sol: 



Thanks.

I was just wondering is the 2x4 ones were compatible with my motherboard, I'm not too experienced but it had
Intel Motherboard DZ68BC
ASUS Motherboard P7P55D LE
ASRock Motherboard 990FX Extreme3
under compatability. Will it still work with my MOBO?

EDIT : Disregard that lol, just did a bit of googling and it should be supported. Thank you for your time. :) 
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February 4, 2013 3:18:21 AM

Best answer selected by Tassatir.
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