1st time build for gaming/light video editting ~ 1000 (preferrably ~900 if possible), advice greatly appreciated!

First off, just like to thank whoever reads this and also whoever replies to this thread. I've never built before and am pretty noob when it comes to this so please bear with me.

I'm looking to purchase this within the next few weeks - 1 month (hoping for a drop in some prices when the new Haswell CPU's come out). I'd love for the build to be as cost efficient as possible between $700-900 CAD. Mostly will be surfing, gaming (SC2), watching movies and doing some light video editing with this computer.

Overclocking: Maybe

PCPartPicker part list: http://
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/11N6K/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/11N6K/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Canada Computers)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (Purchased For $119.99)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)

Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $109.99)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $69.99)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Memory Express)

Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $34.99)

Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $17.99)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)

Total: $1031.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-01 01:49 EDT-0400)


One thing is that I get this message "Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports". I`m not sure if that will make a huge difference or not.

I'd love any suggestions on making this (a) cheaper while not sacrificing much and (b) helping me avoid any incompatibility issues I might run into.

Thanks again for looking at this.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Memory Express)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (Purchased For $119.99)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $109.99)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $69.99)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($151.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $17.99)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $922.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-01 08:36 EDT-0400)

    Better GPU, better case, cheaper CPU, more appropriate PSU.
  2. That's awesome. Thanks a lot and I will definitely give that a go. Cheers!
  3. No problemo. Have a good day.
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