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IgnitedX

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Vancouver, B.C.
I am building for a friend here and I haven't done this for nearly 2 years so I need all you gurus to help me spot the fatal mistakes... budget is $900-950 CAD before tax. Don't need monitor, keyboard, mouse, or OS. Don't worry about shipping/retailer because we will simply price match everything at NCIX and pickup in store.

i5 4570 - $200
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4361&vpn=BX80646I54570&manufacture=OTHERS

Asus H87I-plus - $115
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132032

BitFenix Prodigy - $65
http://www.computers-canada.ca/store/products/1027016225/BFC-PRO-300-KKXSK-RP/BitFenix/

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) - $70
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...-Memory+(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20145315

Corsair CX Series CX500M 500W PSU - $55
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=78576&vpn=CP-9020059-NA&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1307

dvd drive - $18
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=82953&vpn=DRW-24F1ST/BLK/B/AS&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1307

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC - 165
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69494&vpn=GV-R785OC-2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1307

Intel 335 Seires 240 GB SSD - $210
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=77535&vpn=SSDSC2CT240A4K5&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1307

Total before tax(after rebates): $898

This rig will be used for gaming and school work (mostly Microsoft Office). I am mainly looking for reliability here and want it to last a long time (5+ years). No overclocking capability is needed here and we won't even bother benchmarking it. Our "benchmark" will be responsiveness doing day to day things.

Let me know what you guys think! If you can suggest parts that are cheaper without degrading performance too much that'll be great. If anything is incompatible please please let me know! Thanks!
 

pcgamer4life

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Dec 30, 2004
You can save some money by getting a slightly smaller PSU, like the CX430

Also, you could probably cut the ram down to 4GB and save some money. You might want to consider adding a larger data drive. If that's out of the budget you can drop the SSD to 120 (which would be plenty for OS/Office/several games) and add a WD Black hard drive.

Here's a bundle you might consider.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1432279
Samsung Evo 120gb
WD Black 1TB
Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM

~$240 after rebates.
 
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IgnitedX

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That deal looks decent, I'll pass that along to my friend to see what he thinks. Storage and case is the one thing that I told him to do whatever he wants. Actually how well does Intel SRT work? I remember being excited about it when it first came out but never actually got to try. Maybe we can do an even smaller SSD and cache a WD Black...