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Case: Coolermaster HAF X ($189.99)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H-B3 ($144.99)
CPU: i7-2600k ($309.99)
GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 ($229.99)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 x2 ($49.99 x2)
PSU: Corsair CX600 ($69.99)
CPU cooler: Zalman Cooler ($79.99)
Primary Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 60gb SSD x2 ($114.99 x2)
Storage Drive: WD 1TB SATA3 III w/ 64mb cache x2 ($79.99 x2)

I'm a complete noob here... I haven't built a system in 2 years now and I was all about AMD.
The price is all in CAD.
Also, I was wondering if I should just downgrade to i5 instead...
The pc is going to be used mainly as gaming/media centre with lots of files to transfer here and there (I work with lots of photos for my job), which is basically why I chose to do raid drives for both primary and storage.
 

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Get rid of the HAF-X Don't get me wrong it's great, but i'd go with the 932 or something to save money

Don't go with a H67 motherboard, go with the P67 boards

Go with the Antec truepower new 750 or the TX650 V2

Don't go with an i7 unless you're running multithreaded applications or folding, which you're not, go with the i5 2500k

The samsung F3 1tb is faster than the blacks.

With the money you will save you can go with either the 6950 or the GTX 570. Benchmarks are here and both are epic.

Also, don't RAID0 your storage drives, it increases failure rates and you could loose all your work. Recovering from a RAID0 array is inheriently difficult.

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I would go with a GTX 460 tbh, not that I'm a fan boy of either...but it's a lot cheaper and keeps up with the 6870 on most benchmarks.
It's also a little smaller and gets better temps and power consumption from what I have seen.

Or for $20-40 more then the 6870 you can get a 560 TI and that thing beasts it over the 6870.
 

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Get rid of the HAF-X Don't get me wrong it's great, but i'd go with the 932 or something to save money

Don't go with a H67 motherboard, go with the P67 boards

Go with the Antec truepower new 750 or the TX650 V2

Don't go with an i7 unless you're running multithreaded applications or folding, which you're not, go with the i5 2500k

The samsung F3 1tb is faster than the blacks.

With the money you will save you can go with either the 6950 or the GTX 570. Benchmarks are here and both are epic.

Also, don't RAID0 your storage drives, it increases failure rates and you could loose all your work. Recovering from a RAID0 array is inheriently difficult.

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Pretty much. I would get the Biostar TP67XE, it's an amazing board especially considering the price. I would also avoid the Zalman cooler and get something else.
 

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Get rid of the HAF-X Don't get me wrong it's great, but i'd go with the 932 or something to save money

Don't go with a H67 motherboard, go with the P67 boards

Go with the Antec truepower new 750 or the TX650 V2

Don't go with an i7 unless you're running multithreaded applications or folding, which you're not, go with the i5 2500k

The samsung F3 1tb is faster than the blacks.

With the money you will save you can go with either the 6950 or the GTX 570. Benchmarks are here and both are epic.

Also, don't RAID0 your storage drives, it increases failure rates and you could loose all your work. Recovering from a RAID0 array is inheriently difficult.

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I also do a LOT of photoshop illustrations as I am studying to become a concept artist. I have some pieces that have around 20000 pixels wide and I think I might need i7 for it. Thoughts?
 

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Where are you buying from OP? I recommend using pricebat.ca and price match everything you can on NCIX. Not sure what your budget is but I'd make more room for a beefier video card since this is mainly for gaming right?

edit: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...s&promoid=1317

Hyperthreading isn't useful really for your needs, I say grab this bundle and use the extra $100 for a 6950
 

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Where are you buying from OP? I recommend using pricebat.ca and pricematching everything you can on NCIX. Not sure what your budget is but I'd make more room for a beefier video card since this is mainly for gaming right?

I'm getting it from memoryexpress.
They got some better prices on certain products than ncix + it's 5 minute drive from my house.
 

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Even with some heavy photoshopping, I doubt you'd ever use the extra horsepower. I'm talking about 3d rendering etc etc. Go with the i5 and overclock it to 4.4Ghz and you'll be laughing.

If you can get another 4Gb of memory. Also, i'm inclined to agree with the CM212. It's an epic little cooler and does the job rather well considering it's cost. That'll save you a bit more $$$ towards a better GPU and a bit more memory. TBH, I'd probably look at an antec 300/900, they are both epic air cooling cases. The 902 looks a bit more sleek though.
 

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Case: Coolermaster HAF X (http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/229568/RC-942-KKN1/COOLERMASTER/) $167.20
Mobo: Biostar TP67XE (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138317&Tpk=Biostar%20TP67XE) $139.99
CPU: i5-2500k (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX31557(ME).aspx) $219.99
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX32025(ME).aspx) $259.99
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 x2 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX30153(ME).aspx) $49.99 x2
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX32587(ME).aspx) $124.99
CPU cooler: CM hyper 212 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25192(ME).aspx) $29.99
Primary Drive: Crucial RealSSD (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148357&cm_re=Crucial_RealSSD-_-20-148-357-_-Product) 139.99x2
Storage Drive: Samsung F3 1TB (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_F3-_-22-152-185-_-Product) $74.99

Total (including tax and shipping): $1466.96

Thank you so much for all the comments.
Now, here's the revised rig. Is this better?
 

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Back, sorry bro I had to sleep etc etc

That looks fine tbh. I would still consider getting a cheaper case (not that I can talk much about spending a lot on a case) but yeah, all in all that is pretty much spot on.
 
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