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Old January 24, 2013, 06:54 AM
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If you want to build a computer and then add some fancy parts (SSD and GPU) later, go with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $633.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 09:52 EST-0500)

This build will get you up and into Windows. Don't expect to play many games on the IGP though. Later on, you can get a graphics card (GTX660Ti), CPU cooler (Corsair H80i), and an 240GB SSD (Crucial M4 or Intel 520), and then you'll have a great high end rig.
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HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Coolermaster GeminII; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI R7-260X; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 1TB WD Green, 2x 2TB WD Green; PC P&C 750W PS; Fractal Design Node 605;
Son's Rig: M5A97; 1055T; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; ASUS GTX650Ti Boost; 80GB Intel 520 SSD; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
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