Building a new gaming rig

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 weeks from now. BUDGET RANGE: Up to around 1250 Canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.tigerdirect.ca or any other Canadian place. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE:No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've had problem in the past with video cards getting fried so that's one of my main concerns with building this pc. This will also be the first time I'm building a pc from scratch.

ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer Motherboard - LGA1156, Intel P55 Express, Dual-Channel DDR3, Intel DMI, NVIDIA SLI, ATI CrossFireX
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213999&sku=A455-2918

Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4240166&sku=CP1-I7-920

XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5316156&sku=P450-5770

XION Power Real 1000W ATX Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4494091&sku=A406-1116

Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4631382&sku=C283-1223

Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-GP Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler - 120mm, LGA 1366, 1156, 775, AMD AM3, AM2+, AM2
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4950641&sku=C283-2054

OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum RAM - 4GB, 2x2GB, 1333MHz, DDR3, Low Voltage, Dual Channel
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5210464&sku=O261-6258

Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2795126&sku=TSD-500AAKS

Cooler Master Thermal Compound
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3071621&sku=C283-1147


Does anybody see anything inherently wrong with the setup? Any optimizations I should make?
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  1. Your CPU wont work with your mobo, the PSU is way overkill and a POS your HDD are so so

    Do you want a s1156 or a s1366 ?

    Then we can work on the other stuff
  2. I'm not really sure on any of that stuff. I can certainly downgrade the PSU and perhaps even use my current one.

    Should I be switching out the motherboard or the CPU?
  3. For your budget i would look into something like this maybe even add in a HD 5850 case you upgrade the monitor latter on. Others might have there 2 cents to add in but it looks good to me. Any question feel free to ask



    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118030
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $6.99
    • 2 year: $11.99
    $24.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119197
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $119.99
    $109.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136319
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $74.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814102858
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $19.99
    • 2 year: $35.99
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $189.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

    Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371020
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $129.99
    $119.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371020

    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231321
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $123.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128412
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $149.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115215
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Return Policy
    $119.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $29.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    Subtotal: $1,163.90
  4. Okay thanks for the list.

    So if I were to scrap the Windows 7 part to save money and just use my current Windows XP, should I use that saved money on a better CPU or GPU?

    EDIT: Or would it be better to just spend the money on the upgrade to Windows 7?
  5. ifyouseekay said:
    Okay thanks for the list.

    So if I were to scrap the Windows 7 part to save money and just use my current Windows XP, should I use that saved money on a better CPU or GPU?

    EDIT: Or would it be better to just spend the money on the upgrade to Windows 7?


    Well @ your rez there is really no need for a better GPU or CPU + that is a good CPU going with windows 7 64 bit will allow you to use all your ram ( some pros and cons to 64 BIT OS http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/should_you_upgrade_64bit_windows_7
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