Is this build worth it for $2000? Help!

I live in Canada so the prices are a bit higher compared to U.S. :( Anyways, here's what I'm planning to buy next month:

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What do you guys think? Is this build worth it for $2000? Any suggestions to what parts to change?

P.S. I decided to go to HYBRID DRIVE because I found SSD+HDD solution to be complicated. So please don't suggest me about getting an SSD. Thanks for looking! :sol:
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  1. $2000 for CFX 7870... why don't just cut down on the CPU and PSU and go for HD single 7970GHz? you're going to use this system for video/photo editing/ graphic design?
  2. I would do something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GKgW
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GKgW/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GKgW/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($20.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1858.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 04:13 EST-0500)

    That's about ~$1914 or so CA? I thing that build is MUCH better than what you've selected, from a gaming standpoint at least, which is what I assume you plan on doing. The 3570k is more than enough, especially overclocked. That build is also cheaper (though you'd have to build it yourself, which, to be honest, is quite easy) so you can add what you please.
  3. johnvonmacz said:
    I live in Canada so the prices are a bit higher compared to U.S. :( Anyways, here's what I'm planning to buy next month:

    http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/7258/newnewbuild.png

    Uploaded with ImageShack.us

    What do you guys think? Is this build worth it for $2000? Any suggestions to what parts to change?

    P.S. I decided to go to HYBRID DRIVE because I found SSD+HDD solution to be complicated. So please don't suggest me about getting an SSD. Thanks for looking! :sol:


    nope. you BETTER get a SSD. it would be extremely dumb of you to not get one in a 2000 dollar build. id rate it in importance well above a graphics card

    get this CPU and motherboard combo. there isnt a need for a i7 unless you are doing some rendering work
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=72062&vpn=3570K%20%26%20P8Z77%2DV%20LK&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1324

    ram
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68898&vpn=BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00&manufacture=CRUCIAL%20TECHNOLOGY

    this link for price matching
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3446&vpn=BLS8G3D1609DS1S00&manfuacture=CRUCIAL%20TECHNOLOGY

    CPU cooler. you will need a good one. no need for mx-4 anymore the stuff included is better
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=47090

    price match with this link
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JunctionCA-_-CPU+Cooling-_-Noctua-_-35608018&AID=10592396&PID=3938566

    SSD. my momentus xt boots in 35seconds. my SSD in 20 and is much more responsive right from the start. the xt has to run itself a couple of cycles to cache info on the SSD part of the drive.
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=75232

    price match using this
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR6502&vpn=PX-256M5S&manfuacture=Others

    if 256gb is enough, stick with it. if not, get this. to add a hard drive, you just have to activate it in windows, setup a partition and done
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1324

    get one of these video cards. its enough
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=79472&vpn=11197%2D11%2D40G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE

    psu 750w is enough for crossfire
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=78946&vpn=P1750BBEFX&manufacture=XFX

    case
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58475&promoid=1360

    monitor
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64579

    would not suggest blu-ray. optical media is dying fast enough
  4. do not get an extreme4 motherboard in canada. they are total scams with their 40 dollar MIR.
  5. TimeLass said:
    $2000 for CFX 7870... why don't just cut down on the CPU and PSU and go for HD single 7970GHz? you're going to use this system for video/photo editing/ graphic design?


    forgot to mention I'm going to use this for gaming the new games and I want to maintain a 60+ fps on maxed out so a single gpu is a no go for me. But at the same time, I'll be doing some video encoding like mkvmuxing and handbrake and a lil bit of picasa and photoshop.

    I really effin hate the 12% tax they put on electronic sales! My build was supposed to be just $1,700 but the $200+ tax = $2000 is killing me! :fou: :fou:
    Could you guys just make me a build with a 3770k and a crossfire/sli build that is approximately $1,600 including the monitor and no OS (as I already have win7 ultimate 64bit DVD) without the tax in canadian dollars? Thanks for helping me!!
  6. johnvonmacz said:
    forgot to mention I'm going to use this for gaming the new games and I want to maintain a 60+ fps on maxed out so a single gpu is a no go for me. But at the same time, I'll be doing some video encoding like mkvmuxing and handbrake and a lil bit of picasa and photoshop.

    I really effin hate the 12% tax they put on electronic sales! My build was supposed to be just $1,700 but the $200+ tax = $2000 is killing me! :fou: :fou:
    Could you guys just make me a build with a 3770k and a crossfire/sli build that is approximately $1,600 including the monitor and no OS (as I already have win7 ultimate 64bit DVD) without the tax in canadian dollars? Thanks for helping me!!


    its 13% in Ontario. even worse

    crossfire/SLI video cards doesnt mean its better. you just get microstuttering, frame lag, and all that junk that comes along with more than 1 video card setups. therefore a single 7970 is a better option.

    and if you are doing work like what you have mentioned above, you better get a SSD
  7. TheBigTroll said:
    its 13% in Ontario. even worse

    crossfire/SLI video cards doesnt mean its better. you just get microstuttering, frame lag, and all that junk that comes along with more than 1 video card setups. therefore a single 7970 is a better option.

    and if you are doing work like what you have mentioned above, you better get a SSD


    I read in some topics here in tomshardware forum that the microstuttering have been fixed in 7xxx amd series gpu and that it's been a year since they launched so amd have fix the early problems about the drivers and that the drivers now are better than ever. Is that true? Also I read that SSD has a horrible lifespan compared to HDD and limited writes that's what I'm scared of if I ever invest on a SSD. Again could you please clarify if this is true? And HYBRID drives are getting good reviews. Thank you so much for helping me TheBigTroll! Hope your not trolling me :D just kidding. :)
    And by the way this is my very first gaming PC if ever and I'm a laptop user for over 7 years.
  8. johnvonmacz said:
    I read in some topics here in tomshardware forum that the microstuttering have been fixed in 7xxx amd series gpu and that it's been a year since they launched and that the drivers now are better than ever. Is that true? Also I read that SSD has a horrible lifespan compared to HDD and limited writes. Again could you please clarify if this is true? Thank you so much for helping me TheBigTroll! Hope your not trolling me :D just kidding. :)
    And by the way this is my very first gaming PC if ever and I'm a laptop user for over 7 years.


    the drivers are better than before yes but they still arent at the level of nvidias stuff. therefore, id stick with a single card to avoid issues.

    SSDs have around 5000 write cycles worth of life. so go do the math. 256gb x 5000 = 1.28 million gb of data you can write to the SSD before it dies (when it dies, you just cant put more data on the drive. you can still take info out of it). lets say you write 20gb worth of data to the SSD (extreme users will write that much). the SSD still has 64000 days worth of usage. divide that by 365 and you have a lifespan of 175.342 years worth of time before the SSD dies

    my IGN is TheBigTroll.
  9. and microstuttering can affect both nvidia and amd cards. its just how much. some people dont get it though. it depends on your luck with it
  10. TheBigTroll said:
    the drivers are better than before yes but they still arent at the level of nvidias stuff. therefore, id stick with a single card to avoid issues.

    SSDs have around 5000 write cycles worth of life. so go do the math. 256gb x 5000 = 1.28 million gb of data you can write to the SSD before it dies (when it dies, you just cant put more data on the drive. you can still take info out of it). lets say you write 20gb worth of data to the SSD (extreme users will write that much). the SSD still has 64000 days worth of usage. divide that by 365 and you have a lifespan of 175.342 years worth of time before the SSD dies

    my IGN is TheBigTroll.


    Excellent info's! Right now, I'm thinking of just getting 3770k and a single GTX 670 from gigabyte. How's that? Would a single 7970 still a better choice compared to a 670? I'll be playing FAR CRY 3, BATTLEFIELD 3, CRYSIS 2 AND 3, sleeping dogs, GTA IV ON ULTRA WITH MSAA on some games MAX with 60+fps.
  11. you are better off with a 7970. but if you were to play borderlands, the 670 is the way to go.

    remember that crysis 3 is free with the amd card.

    and gta with AA doesnt improve image quality.
  12. TheBigTroll said:
    you are better off with a 7970. but if you were to play borderlands, the 670 is the way to go.

    remember that crysis 3 is free with the amd card.

    and gta with AA doesnt improve image quality.


    Thanks a lot man! I'll go with the single 7970
  13. also note if you go instore, you can do some bargaining given how much you order. the sales reps can cut 200 dollars or more off of the pc if you are insistent
  14. TheBigTroll said:
    also note if you go instore, you can do some bargaining given how much you order. the sales reps can cut 200 dollars or more off of the pc if you are insistent


    What should I say? I'm not that good in bargaining lol.. any tips to say? I'm planning to buy all the parts here in Vancouver, Canada @ NCIX store near my place. I'm browsing through their website first then pay at store.
  15. if you happen to speak chinese, you got a instant bonus. otherwise id suggest asking for if you can get a discount on some items. many ways to do it. if you see the manager, he can help out with the price a bit more
  16. PSU is overkill. Why not save 50 bucks and build it yourself (it isn't hard).

    The I7 won't give you much gain in games compared to an I5 which is quite a bit cheaper.

    Use the money saved to upgrade to a 7970
  17. im pretty sure its pc not psu.

    because, with some bargaining, that could be made free? yes, building it yourself is easy. but then if you wanna be lazy, know that everything is up to date, system is stable from stress tests, and cabling is super neat, why not? the 1 year warranty is pretty good too.
  18. TheBigTroll said:
    if you happen to speak chinese, you got a instant bonus. otherwise id suggest asking for if you can get a discount on some items. many ways to do it. if you see the manager, he can help out with the price a bit more

    Maybe I'll bring a Chinese friend haha!
    smeezekitty said:
    PSU is overkill. Why not save 50 bucks and build it yourself (it isn't hard).

    The I7 won't give you much gain in games compared to an I5 which is quite a bit cheaper.

    Use the money saved to upgrade to a 7970

    As I've said before, I'll be doing some video encodings and editing. And I'm planning to use this PC for about 2-3 years so i7 is pretty good IMO. Also, I've never built a PC and right now I don't want to Cruz this'll be my first gaming computer and I want it to be hassle free. Maybe in a few years when I'm really knowledgeable on all the parts then I might have the balls to build my own. :)
    P
    TheBigTroll said:
    im pretty sure its pc not psu.

    because, with some bargaining, that could be made free? yes, building it yourself is easy. but then if you wanna be lazy, know that everything is up to date, system is stable from stress tests, and cabling is super neat, why not? the 1 year warranty is pretty good too.

    I agree on this. By the way guys, I'm gonna post my latest build later and tell me your thoughts about it. Thanks a lot!
  19. Quote:


    As I've said before, I'll be doing some video encodings and editing. And I'm planning to use this PC for about 2-3 years so i7 is pretty good IMO. Also, I've never built a PC and right now I don't want to Cruz this'll be my first gaming computer and I want it to be hassle free. Maybe in a few years when I'm really knowledgeable on all the parts then I might have the balls to build my own. :)

    Sorry missed that. The I7 will give you some boost on video encoding.

    I still recommend upgrading the video card if you can.
  20. smeezekitty said:
    Quote:


    As I've said before, I'll be doing some video encodings and editing. And I'm planning to use this PC for about 2-3 years so i7 is pretty good IMO. Also, I've never built a PC and right now I don't want to Cruz this'll be my first gaming computer and I want it to be hassle free. Maybe in a few years when I'm really knowledgeable on all the parts then I might have the balls to build my own. :)

    Sorry missed that. The I7 will give you some boost on video encoding.

    I still recommend upgrading the video card if you can.

    It's fine man :) What GPU would you recommend? TheBigTroll recommended 7970.
  21. TheBigTroll said:
    im pretty sure its pc not psu.

    because, with some bargaining, that could be made free? yes, building it yourself is easy. but then if you wanna be lazy, know that everything is up to date, system is stable from stress tests, and cabling is super neat, why not? the 1 year warranty is pretty good too.

    Here's the latest build.. http://db.tt/iLaPamD6 I'm still thinking about the 7970 as its $75 more than gtx 670 in ncix. Idk if it's worth the extra money.
  22. The 7970 is somewhat better than the GTX670 in most cases. At only $75 more, it is probably worth it.

    Its up to your of course. Looks like a sweet build.

    And I can definitely understand not wanting two drives.
  23. It's not more expensive at all really.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67547&vpn=GV-R797OC-3GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1324
    Here is one of the finest HD 7970's on the market.
    It's quite the deal.
  24. Kamen_BG said:
    It's not more expensive at all really.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67547&vpn=GV-R797OC-3GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1324
    Here is one of the finest HD 7970's on the market.
    It's quite the deal.

    It's currently out of stock. :( I saw a sapphire one for $409, what do u think? Btw, the $75-$80 more is the GHz edition which is in stock.
  25. smeezekitty said:
    The 7970 is somewhat better than the GTX670 in most cases. At only $75 more, it is probably worth it.

    Its up to your of course. Looks like a sweet build.

    And I can definitely understand not wanting two drives.

    Thanks for your thought smeezekitty! :) I will look on more YouTube videos to see how each GPU's handle the games I'm planning to play.
  26. Better get hd 7950 price performance better then hd 7970
    You can oc it at same level as 7970
  27. the sapphire doesnt have a voltage lock like the gigabyte. go with that instead

    get the SSD

    get the fractal design case i suggested. much higher quality if you ask me

    remove the thermal paste and switch the cooler the noctua nh-d14 i suggested. it cools way better, doesnt sound like a jet plane at full load and it is possible to run passive at stock clocks. if you dont want something that expensive, this would also do. pretty good price
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47091&vpn=NH%2DC12P%20SE14&manufacture=Noctua&promoid=1382


    if you are going to get IPS, get this
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN6187&vpn=PB238Q&manfuacture=Others

    price match here
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN6187&vpn=PB238Q&manfuacture=Others

    motherboard is cheaper here. just throw it in for a price match
    http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B007R21JK4/?tag=pcp0f-20

    ram. better to get 2x8 than 4x4.
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC4764&vpn=997055&manfuacture=MUSHKIN

    price match
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71631&vpn=997055&manufacture=Mushkin%20Enhanced
  28. TheBigTroll said:
    the sapphire doesnt have a voltage lock like the gigabyte. go with that instead

    get the SSD

    get the fractal design case i suggested. much higher quality if you ask me

    remove the thermal paste and switch the cooler the noctua nh-d14 i suggested. it cools way better, doesnt sound like a jet plane at full load and it is possible to run passive at stock clocks. if you dont want something that expensive, this would also do. pretty good price
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47091&vpn=NH%2DC12P%20SE14&manufacture=Noctua&promoid=1382


    if you are going to get IPS, get this
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN6187&vpn=PB238Q&manfuacture=Others

    price match here
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950MN6187&vpn=PB238Q&manfuacture=Others

    motherboard is cheaper here. just throw it in for a price match
    http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B007R21JK4/?tag=pcp0f-20

    ram. better to get 2x8 than 4x4.
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC4764&vpn=997055&manfuacture=MUSHKIN

    price match
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71631&vpn=997055&manufacture=Mushkin%20Enhanced


    This is the one that doesn't have voltage locked right? http://ncix.com/products/?sku=79472&vpn=11197%2D11%2D40G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE

    I've been thinking about the R4 fractal windowed one.
    The IPS monitor you suggested is $50 more than what I'm planning to get. Could you please tell me the advantages of the one you suggested?
    Also, why is 2x8gb stick better than 4x4gb?
    And lastly, in ur opinion, is the mobo I chose worth the extra money than the asrock extreme4 one?

    I'm still noob in this kind of stuff but not uber-noob lol so please enlighten me. :)
  29. 2x8gb will keep more of the motherboard slots free for upgrading later.
  30. johnvonmacz said:
    This is the one that doesn't have voltage locked right? http://ncix.com/products/?sku=79472&vpn=11197%2D11%2D40G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE

    I've been thinking about the R4 fractal windowed one.
    The IPS monitor you suggested is $50 more than what I'm planning to get. Could you please tell me the advantages of the one you suggested?
    Also, why is 2x8gb stick better than 4x4gb?
    And lastly, in ur opinion, is the mobo I chose worth the extra money than the asrock extreme4 one?

    I'm still noob in this kind of stuff but not uber-noob lol so please enlighten me. :)


    advantages of that monitor and IPS overall is that it has a better picture, the monitor i suggested has a super versatile stand (height adjust, tilt, swivel, and pivot), is calibrated from the factory for the best image, and has quickfit which allows for when you ever do happen to print something, it will let you size it properly to what you want so that when you print, it appears to be the right size. if you dont need these features, id suggest moving down to a vs228h-p panel instead. its cheaper than the vs239 and has a higher pixel density (smaller screen but same amount of pixels)

    2x8 requires less energy to run (barely but still something) and lets you have somewhat of a upgrade path. and its just cheaper
  31. TheBigTroll said:
    advantages of that monitor and IPS overall is that it has a better picture, the monitor i suggested has a super versatile stand (height adjust, tilt, swivel, and pivot), is calibrated from the factory for the best image, and has quickfit which allows for when you ever do happen to print something, it will let you size it properly to what you want so that when you print, it appears to be the right size. if you dont need these features, id suggest moving down to a vs228h-p panel instead. its cheaper than the vs239 and has a higher pixel density (smaller screen but same amount of pixels)

    2x8 requires less energy to run (barely but still something) and lets you have somewhat of a upgrade path. and its just cheaper


    Is 128gb SSD + 1tb HDD enough?

    I'm planning to get this as SSD: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=77210&vpn=MZ-7TD120BW&manufacture=Samsung%20Memory%20%26%20Storage&promoid=1324

    But I heard it only has 1000 writes?? could you please confirm it? Thanks a lot!
  32. Bad link.
  33. smeezekitty said:
    Bad link.


    Here's the SSD: Try again http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=77210&promoid=1324
  34. Still no good. Can you just post the model #?
  35. smeezekitty said:
    Still no good. Can you just post the model #?

    Type this in NCIX.com's search bar: 77210
  36. The SSD is a TLC (triple level cell) SSD giving the least lifetime.
    MLC (multi level cell) or more correctly two level cell lasts quite a bit longer but is more expensive / GB.
    SLC (single level cell) lasts far longer (nearly as long as mechanical drivers >20000 writes). It it also VERY expensive.
  37. dont bother with the non pro 840. sucks big time. 1000 write cycles (that will still last a good while) and the write speeds just tank
  38. TheBigTroll said:
    dont bother with the non pro 840. sucks big time. 1000 write cycles (that will still last a good while) and the write speeds just tank


    But I heard, Samsung's one of the best SSD makers right now? What SSD would you suggest then for 120/128gb? My budget on SSD is $110
  39. smeezekitty said:


    smeezekitty said:
    The SSD is a TLC (triple level cell) SSD giving the least lifetime.
    MLC (multi level cell) or more correctly two level cell lasts quite a bit longer but is more expensive / GB.
    SLC (single level cell) lasts far longer (nearly as long as mechanical drivers >20000 writes). It it also VERY expensive.


    That sucks.. looks like I'm going back to HYBRID Drive then lol
  40. Here's the updated build as of March 03, 2013: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yp3jp9odfj6kun1/Updated%20Build%2003.03.2013.jpg?m

    Suggestions? Thanks for all the help guys! :)
  41. better SSD
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=78078&promoid=1324

    remember to price match the motherboard like i posted above and remove the thermal paste. its not needed

    at the price of a storm enforcer + a good set of case fans (the ones inside are bad), you can get a arc midi r2 which is much more superior
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=78227&promoid=1324
  42. Better? It has a rumor that it only supports 500 write cycles.

    This SSD uses MLC flash so it is rated for 3000-4000 writes. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045
  43. 1) were not american
    2)it aint very cheap in canada
    3) ordering from newegg in canada means you pay 10 bucks for shipping
    4) from what i know, kingston uses MLC nand, which always has more write cycles than TLC
  44. TheBigTroll said:
    better SSD
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=78078&promoid=1324

    remember to price match the motherboard like i posted above and remove the thermal paste. its not needed

    at the price of a storm enforcer + a good set of case fans (the ones inside are bad), you can get a arc midi r2 which is much more superior
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=78227&promoid=1324


    What's the NAND of the kingston ssd you suggested? Looks like MLC has better lifespan like Crucial M4 SSD's and Sammy SSD'S use TLC nand which has a shorter lifespan according to the link smeezekitty posted. I can't seem to find Kingston's NAND on the specs.. can you find it?

    The arc midi r2 you suggested doesn't look appealing to me.. can you suggest a better looking case (windowed) that performs the same as the midi r2 for a $90-100 budget? Thanks man!

    I'm on a tight budget so I might just get a 212 evo+ arctic mx-4 to cool the 3770k
  45. Quote:
    1) were not american

    I know that
    Quote:

    2)it aint very cheap in canada
    3) ordering from newegg in canada means you pay 10 bucks for shipping

    Ok. How about NCIX number 71318?
    Quote:

    4) from what i know, kingston uses MLC nand, which always has more write cycles than TLC

    Not the one that you linked. It uses TLC flash with very low write endurance.
  46. the 330 isnt cheap. its still 130.

    the v300 uses toggle nand on the 19nm process.
    http://hardocp.com/article/2013/01/28/kingston_ssdnow_v300_120gb_ssd_review/#.UTOx-DA4vUk

    skip the thermal paste. its not going to affect perfromance much
  47. you cant get better for the money than the arc midi. if you want an agressive looking case, the haf xm is a good choice. just that id never go that route myself
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71084
  48. I don't think you will find a MLC SSD in your budget. You will be stuck with TLC with shorter life time.

    Or $120-140
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