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Hi guys,

So I'm helping my buddy build a gaming computer And this is what I've created so far but I've been out of touch on newer technologies and such. Mostly going through www.NCIX.ca and www.newegg.ca , the goal is to keep it under $1000, and keep it future resistant including USB 3.0 jacks on the front of the case, and a well rounded gaming machine.

Case: Corsair 300R $99.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139016

PSU: Corsair CX750 $84.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139040

MOBO: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 $154.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514

CPU: Phenom II x4 965 black $109.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

RAM: G.Skill 2x2gb 1333 timing 7-7-7-21 $22.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

HDD: 1TB Caviar Black: $109.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

DVD-RW: Lite-ON 24x $21.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106352

Not sure what GPU to get, the mother board is capable of both SLI and Crossfire so either way.
I'm also not certain about this PSU either, I prefer modular or semi mod, but the price seemed right and with Corsair's name.


Your thoughts and suggestions plox!

Cheers,

YT
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I think it would be more ideal to reduce your store choices to NCIX and MemoryExpress (ignoring Newegg because local pickup and price match trumps high shipping costs) as they both have stores in Richmond thumb.gif

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if you want to be future proof you need at least 8gb 1600 ram
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Yea thats true! I picked up a lot from my build at NCIX actually, I just like using newegg to piece together the parts because I like their page layout tongue.gif
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Well, at least the ram slots are always open and easily upgraded. I originally looked at g.skill Ripped Jaws 2x4gb 1600 8-8-8-24 1.5v ram but at the time of the build I was over $1000 before tax, so I wanted to cut costs down. I had an XFX PSU as well, but went for the budget unfortunately.
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Like someone else said, I would try and go for 8gb of ram especially for a brand new build.

- The PSU is a little overkill, theres a PSU calculator around here somewhere to tell you precisely what you would need.

- For the GPU I think an AMD 7950 would suit you well.
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NCIX just started stocking the GTX 660 and of course the 660 Ti and 670 are both out. Recently they had a great 670 deal (same price as 660 Ti for 670) that my friend took advantage of building a rig for another friend.  There are some pretty good i5-k + Z77 deals that'll fit into the budget as well.  This one is pretty much $90 off.

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Like someone else said, I would try and go for 8gb of ram especially for a brand new build.
- The PSU is a little overkill, theres a PSU calculator around here somewhere to tell you precisely what you would need..

hmm, I was thinking of going for a lesser PSU but at the same time I want to keep this rig fully upgrade-able. So throwing in a higher watt PSU would allow him to crossfire at a later date if he wishes. But then again, I don't know that he actually will either. :\ hmm.
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For gaming, Intel offers significantly superior performance, especially given your price range. Frankly, I don't like most of your build... it seems reasonable, but each part can be just a bit better. Here's what I'd recommend:

CPU: i5-3570k ($220)
Basically the top-end gaming CPU on the market.

CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212+ ($20)
Intel's stock cooler isn't good enough for overclocking.

Motherboard: Gigabyte z77x-ud3h ($160 - $10 MIR)
If you don't want to plan on SLI (SLI/Crossfire is pretty useless without multi-screen gaming, in my opinion), you can get the z77-d3h for $30 less.

RAM: 2x4gb 1600mhz RAM ($42 - $10 MIR)
RAM speed & timings doesn't matter much for Intel systems. It's barely worth the buck or 2 to go from 1333mhz to 1600mhz.

Video Card: Gigabyte 660 ($229)
New card. Right in your price range. Works out. Pretty much the way to go except maybe you intend to go for multi-monitor gaming or a big 2560x1XXX resolution.

Case: Antec One (for the usb 3.0 on front) ($60)
Spending more on case isn't worth it unless you're getting a 'quiet' case like a Bit Fenix Ghost, Fractal Design R3, or Corsair 550d

PSU: XFX Core 750w ($75 - $25 MIR)
Great price on a PSU that's equal or higher quality than the old Corsair you have selected. After mail-in-rebate, even competitive with PSUs that can't power SLI/Crossfire (such as the XFX Core 450w). Grab it while it's this price. MORE than enough for SLI/Crossfire.

SSD: Intel 330 120gb ($110)
You didn't include one of these in your original build, but you should have. Put everything you want to load zoom-zoom fast on here.

HDD: Seagate 1TB ($80)
The Caviar black has a few more years on its warranty. A warranty upgrade on a single part isn't worth $30.

DVD-burner ($19)

Total: $1015, not including shipping (hopefully, can pick up at the local store, as xd mentioned above), not including mail in rebates. Best ways to reduce price: drop to an i5-3450 & cheap B75 motherboard (lose overclocking), drop the SSD, save $30 not planning on SLI (motherboard).

http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=Others&promoid=1267
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=41337&vpn=RR%2DB10%2D212P%2DG1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1382
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38928
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=55445&vpn=CMX8GX3M2A1600C9&manufacture=Corsair
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=76163&vpn=GV%2DN660OC%2D2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=67322&vpn=ONE&manufacture=Antec
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1267
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38915
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36523
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW%2D24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1267
    
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Awesome dude! I knew there where way better solutions out there, I just wasn't being open enough about it, let alone it seems most of my searching has been in the break room at work on my phone tongue.gif This could definately fit the bill nicely! hmm, there was something that I totally wanted to say, but in the mean time of between "nicely!" and now, I went out and got a bit drunk at a party at an old friends party in Point Grey, and now I'm finally back at home in Tsawwassen and I have to be up again in freaking... un, at 5:30 for work.... yech! well, I'm sure I'll fugure it out tomorrow sometime!
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