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Old February 14, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Hi all,
I posted here a while ago, but my situation's changed a bit.
I'd like a decent PC for gaming on high settings, video rendering/encoding, Fraps recording, and preferably something that will last a few years. My budget is $1400, or around that. I probably won't be overclocking, and I'd like to use 1080p resolution. I live in Canada, so I can buy it from here or the U.S., whatever is cheaper. I hope to build it relatively soon.

Current build (over budget):
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k - $229.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 - $121.99
GFX Card: XFX Radeon HD 6970 - $349.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA 3.0Gb/s - $159.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB DDR3 1600 - $89.99 (the justification for 16GB being that I'd like to be able to compile Android)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V 80 Plus Bronze Certified Active PFC High-Performance Power Supply - $104.99
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Blue - $99.99
Disc Drive #1 (Bluray): LG Bluray/CD/DVD drive with 3D playback and Lightscribe support - $87.99
Disc Drive #2: Lite-On CD/DVD drive with Lightscribe support - $22.99
Monitor: Acer 21.5" 5ms LED Widescreen 1080p LCD Monitor - $129.99
Keyboard: Still need one
Wifi Adapter: TP-LINK Wireless Adapter - $19.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM - $99.99 (I know the pros and cons of OEM, and I'd rather not upgrade to standard version)
Last updated: 2012/02/15, 2:01PM EST
Grand Total: $1517.88 (117.88 over budget)

Pretty sure all of that is compatible and decent, but not certain. Thanks for the help.

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Old February 15, 2012, 10:15 AM
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Hmm, Not a bad build, I know nothign about ASrock MBs. Why that hard drive? Spin points are nice, but prices are on the way back down to normal and WD Blacks are sitting at $149 now...I hope back to the $90 they were at within a couple of months.'

I dislike that PSU. I know they are rated fairly highly but I've had fan bearings blow and bad buzz on a couple HCGs. I prefer the Corsair TX 750W V2 which are on sale for the same price you have listed at memory express.

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Old February 15, 2012, 10:22 AM
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What need the Lite-On fore the LG will do all that it can do.
64 bit OS ( probably don't have to say it but some one we know insalled 32 bit ubutu by achcedent ) to use your 16 GB mem.
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Hmm, Not a bad build, I know nothign about ASrock MBs. Why that hard drive? Spin points are nice, but prices are on the way back down to normal and WD Blacks are sitting at $149 now...I hope back to the $90 they were at within a couple of months.'

I dislike that PSU. I know they are rated fairly highly but I've had fan bearings blow and bad buzz on a couple HCGs. I prefer the Corsair TX 750W V2 which are on sale for the same price you have listed at memory express.

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They are the same PSU lol just branded differently
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Old February 15, 2012, 11:07 AM
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I've updated the PSU on the build as Razz recommended.

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Why that hard drive? Spin points are nice, but prices are on the way back down to normal and WD Blacks are sitting at $149 now...I hope back to the $90 they were at within a couple of months.
I chose that hard drive because it was the cheapest one I can be reasonably certain won't die on me.


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What need the Lite-On fore the LG will do all that it can do.
64 bit OS ( probably don't have to say it but some one we know insalled 32 bit ubutu by achcedent ) to use your 16 GB mem.
The OEM disc is 64-bit. As for the second drive, it's not for any additional functionality the blu-ray one lacks, just so I can use multiple discs at once.
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Old February 15, 2012, 02:55 PM
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@JJThomp: The electronics may be the same, not sure on that, but the fans on HCGs have been bad to me whereas I've never had a Corsair problem.

Edit: Corsair is a single rail and Antec is multi, so they are not identical....

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You could save $60 by shopping around for the HDD and the GPU. I have seen 1TB drives (reliable brands) for $110 on sale. I have also seen the 690/570 (similar gaming performance) go on sale around $310. Other than that there isn't much to change or save some $$ on... the blu-ray is expensive, but your choice, same with getting a full 16GB of ram.

I no longer see the point in blu-ray for computers as I never need to burn that much information to a disk (I just use an external HDD or flash drive) and don't care about watching a blu-ray movie on my computer monitor.
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I haven't had a problem with my ASRock yet. ;)
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Old February 17, 2012, 06:47 PM
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^Same here. = )
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Old February 17, 2012, 07:17 PM
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Used 6970's are plentiful, to keep within your budget, or closer to it grab a used one.
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