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Moving to Canada - Where to shop for new rig components?

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Two weeks on Friday my GF and I are leaving the UK for a new life in Edmonton, Alberta - Canada.:rockout:

I haven't had a rig now for a good few months but will be looking to buy parts within the first couple of months of arriving. I'm not adverse to either AMD or Intel/Nvidia or AMD, I'm just looking for the best rig I can get for around $1500.

The rig must include everything including mouse, keyboard, monitor and OS. To summarize, I'm looking for -

1) The best online component site for Canada
2) The best components I can get for $1500 for gaming at 1920 x 1080
3) What speeds can you get internet wise in Edmonton? And who is a good company to go with? (Hoping someone lives there :) )
 
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I would personally recommend NCIX.CA.

They have allot of inventory and also they price match almost anything which can save you allot of cash.

I can't give you any good company's to go with sadly for internet in Edmonton. however i like Shaw in Winnipeg.
 

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directcanada.com has some of the best prices available (for both product and shipping), and any order over 300$ gets free air shipping (quite fast: vancouver to montreal in one day!). First place i check if i need something!

Ncix.ca, newegg.ca, and memoryexpress.com are also worth checking, sometimes their bundles are great

For internet, i cannot tell, i live in quebec city, and here "bell fibe" is the way to go for speed.

Component wise, well these days a 500-600$ tower can max many games at 1080p, so 1500$ MAY be a little overkill...
 

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Two weeks on Friday my GF and I are leaving the UK for a new life in Edmonton, Alberta - Canada.:rockout:

I haven't had a rig now for a good few months but will be looking to buy parts within the first couple of months of arriving. I'm not adverse to either AMD or Intel/Nvidia or AMD, I'm just looking for the best rig I can get for around $1500.

The rig must include everything including mouse, keyboard, monitor and OS. To summarize, I'm looking for -

1) The best online component site for Canada
2) The best components I can get for $1500 for gaming at 1920 x 1080
3) What speeds can you get internet wise in Edmonton? And who is a good company to go with? (Hoping someone lives there :) )

1) NCIX, Memory Express, BCOM, Canada Computers

2)varies on what you want to build.

3) I use Telus, had Shaw, hated it, was always down, not working, slow, TELUS, I get EXACTLY what I pay for. I get internet(19 down, 1 up), TV(PVR rental + another 2 boxes and additional channels) and home phone for a wee bit over $100 a month.



When you come to Edmonton, send me a PM. We'll hook up and have a drink, my treat. ;) Need to find something, local or anything, please do hit me up. Need PC parts? visit my livingroom. :roll:
 
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Thanks Dave :toast: Didn't realize you were in Edmonton, we've never been but my GF has secured a job for two years and if all goes well it may very well be a permanent move. I'm on an open work permit so it may be time to reinvent myself and see what I can do over there. :pimp:

I'll be looking to build a rig purely for 1080p gaming, nothing too excessive.....I'll just visit your gaff to witness OTT builds :rockout:

A boozy Cadaveca tour of Edmonton would be legendary :D
 

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newegg.ca, but scour for deals :D thats where i scored my EVGA z77 FTW board for $93 down from $350 :p

Canada Computers is also good and they do online orders and ship across canada
 
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awww our fellow UK member is leaving these british shores :cry:

wish ya all the best out there man!

and put ya new beast on PC ATM... I know ya will :respect:
 

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awww our fellow UK member is leaving these british shores
at least he's going to Canada, which was under British rule some 150-200 years ago. We even have Her Majesty on our coins and bills :D
 
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Thanks D1nky, I'll be sure to post when it is up and running.

Nobody has given me a build yet though to consider :) I am out of the loop, so what is coming up CPU and GPU wise..what's the current value kings perfomance wise?
 
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at least he's going to Canada, which was under British rule some 150-200 years ago. We even have Her Majesty on our coins and bills :D
:laugh: I couldn't care less about our Monarchy they are as farcical as our government :banghead:
 

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i was being semi sarcastic. Canada is just simply a wonderful place to live with many sights to see :D
 
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i was being semi sarcastic. Canada is just simply a wonderful place to live with many sights to see :D
:D So any suggestions for a good 1080p gaming build taking into account i need everything including monitor?
 

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Well what do you want CPU/Mobo wise. Thats always the starting point, AMD or Intel. I decide on those first then flesh out the rest of the system accordingly, tho im not much of a system builder but have learned quite a bit from the good members here at TPU.

I can say to go with an IPS or PLS screen though, there are some great deals on IPS at Can Computers every month.
 
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maybe by the time ya settled all the new stuff should be coming out so that's an option.

new gtx line up, new intel line up and steamroller apparently end of year.
 

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at least he's going to Canada, which was under British rule some 150-200 years ago. We even have Her Majesty on our coins and bills :D
Yeah it's still considered part of the Commonwealth. Makes it much easier to immigrate to the UK as well.
 
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Welcome to the country where the nicest people live!

NCIX.ca

AMD
CPU: AMD FX-8320: $159.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-D3: $89.25
GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ MYST.: $234.99

Intel
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K : $227.69
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43: $104.99
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC: $168.41

RAM: Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2X8GB PC3-15000 DDR3-1866: $122.56
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB: $87.42
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CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo: $26.69
PSU: Corsair CX Series CX500M: $60.09
DVD drive: LG GH24NS95: $17.99
OS: Microsoft Windows 8 64Bit: $97.99

These are all personal preferences, they are only there for indication.
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus: $64.26
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K60: $99.99
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65: $56.34
Monitor: BenQ GL2450HM: $166.76

Sub-Total: (AMD)$1384,30 and (Intel)$1,401.16
Total: Sub-Total + shipping + taxes = ~$1525

PS: Prices are price matched (without price match it would be over $1,650).
 
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These are all personal preferences, they are only there for indication.
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus: $64.26
I have the zalman and although I love my rig to bits, I definitely wouldn't buy this case again! unless I was asked for modding purposes lol!

flaws are external usb3 connectors for front panel, too compact, 300mm spacing for gfx, large psu's extend over bottom fan area, not great airflow unless modded, mountings (HDD etc) aren't great and its a pain in the arse to work with!
 

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Now that the kind of neighbor I'd like to have!:laugh:
I know, right? Edmonton is beautiful (and awesome if you like winter sports and recreation and such) but I think dude just might have found the best part of his new area. ;) If he plays guitar too watch the eff out! :laugh:
 
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I have the zalman and although I love my rig to bits, I definitely wouldn't buy this case again! unless I was asked for modding purposes lol!

flaws are external usb3 connectors for front panel, too compact, 300mm spacing for gfx, large psu's extend over bottom fan area, not great airflow unless modded, mountings (HDD etc) aren't great and its a pain in the arse to work with!
I built 2 computers with Z9 cases (same internal as the Z11) and I didn't find them too compact or bad ventilated, IMO the only downside is the external usb3...
 
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I know, right? Edmonton is beautiful (and awesome if you like winter sports and recreation and such) but I think dude just might have found the best part of his new area. ;) If he plays guitar too watch the eff out! :laugh:
I do play guitar :laugh: Thanks for the ideas on parts so far guys, I'm probably leaning towards slightly more powerful GFX card and an AMD CPU at the moment, but keep em coming.
 
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Ncix.ca does pricematching. There are 2 Memory Express stores in Edmonton. Dazmode in Ontario has a moderate selection of watercooling stuff.
I use Shopbot.ca & pricebat.ca to shop around for the lowest prices then match them at NCIX. I haven't had any pricematches rejected in over 6 years.

I currently run both AMD and Intel systems, I would vote with going with a slightly weaker AMD platform, and sink the difference into a stronk video card.
 
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