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Old December 6, 2011, 06:41 PM
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Hey everyone,

First off : Glad I joined Hardware Canucks forums :D. Great forums, lots of information.

Now, let's get on my goals with this Build :


1- Primarily, I will game on this computer.

2- Budget : Around 1500$, always in to lower the price via Combo/Deals! :)

3- Ordering from Canada, live in Canada/Quebec

4- As for Brands, I have no preferences. I prefer a i5 2500k (Intel) system for now.

5 - No parts will be re-used (maybe that DVD Reader ;) )

6- Searched the forums a bit.

7- I plan to Overclock with this build

8- I plan to build it, well... as soon as I get the parts :D

9 - Resolution will be 1920X1080 (24 inch). Maybe more/Dual monitor.


Now, for the build !
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM $111.30

SSD : OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive $190.04

RAM : G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN DIMM Memory $41.75

GPU : EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card $329.69

PSU : Corsair TX850 V2 850W ATX 12V Single Rail 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze $131.57

Mobo : ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI USB3.0 SATA3 $194.40

CPU Cooler : Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM $24.69

CPU : Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB $232.45

CASE : Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 $164.70


TOTAL : 1420,59 $ CAN (P.S : ALL Parts came from Direct Canada)



I am open to any suggestions/feedback/opinions.

Thanks !

Last edited by Lazzius; December 6, 2011 at 07:00 PM. Reason: forgot to add parts price
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Old December 6, 2011, 11:00 PM
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Are you going to be reusing an HDD for storage, or did you just forget?

Or am I just blind?
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Old December 7, 2011, 01:39 AM
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Haha, nah you're not blind!

I figured that with the price increase of HDD's, I can manage to "live" with a 120 Gb SSD until prices drop.

Too bad the HDD's prices are high at the moment :( !
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Old December 7, 2011, 03:17 AM
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Buy an external 500gb or 1tb for your storage as its the best option at the moment, especially if you have an SSD running your o/s, programs and games.
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Old December 7, 2011, 03:30 AM
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You have a nice build there but you could always use a better cooler and it is still within budget.
Thermalright Silver Arrow 4 HeatPipes CPU Heatsink LGA1366/1156/1155/775/AM3/AM2 With 160MM Pwn Fan - DirectCanada
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Old December 7, 2011, 04:44 AM
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Unless you are planning SLI, your motherboard and power supply are overkill.

I would get a 448 core GTX560 ti instead of 570 while supplies last.
Newegg.com - EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

and a smaller case. The CM Hyper 212+ heatsink performs better in narrow cases with fewer or similarly sized fans. Wider cases such as the HAFX that fit more loosely around the CPU cooler and have bigger or more fans often perform worse. You either have to get a smaller case and save some money, or spend more on a heat sink that can actually work with the airflow of the case.
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Old December 7, 2011, 05:11 AM
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Thank you for the suggestions fellas.

I'm going to consider an external hard drive for sure. I might also just get a regular HDD anyways. I'll see :P

As for the CPU cooler, that one is pretty awesome! It's out of stock for now, but I'll definitely look into it.


So close to ordering this new rig.

Any other suggestions/feedback ?
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I notice almost everyone chooses OEM windows license to save money. Are there any hassles with this? I assume that if you just want to reformat it would work, but what about if you upgrade your motherboard?
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Old December 7, 2011, 07:31 AM
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@ Luay79 :

Sorry, just saw your post afterwards :P.

The 560ti 448 Core editions sure sounds nice. But there is one thing that I completely forgot to add in my first post : I plan to SLI these cards later. This would be why the Mobo and PSU is Overkill at the moment. Sorry for not mentioning it -_- . I considered getting the 448 Cores edition, but after thought I decided to opt for the 570.

Now, about the Case : I really like the space inside the HAF X. Looks too, and seems to have all the features I want in a case. I was aiming for the HAF 922 at first, but seeing the HAF X with a good price like that (normally 200$), I figured I'd get it.

I might get the Thermalright Silver Arrow when available as a CPU Cooler. But, I think that for the price/performance ratio, the CM 212+ is very nice.
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I notice almost everyone chooses OEM windows license to save money. Are there any hassles with this? I assume that if you just want to reformat it would work, but what about if you upgrade your motherboard?
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