Building an Intel Gaming Rig.

Hi, so I've been saving up my dollars for a while now and I think I'm ready to not just buy but also build a new gaming rig. I don't know everything about computers, however I do know enough to build and upgrade.

Anyway... I have a blurred idea of what my new system could be like. Here's a quick rundown...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the Summer BUDGET RANGE: 1500 - 1800 (CAD, minus GPU)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Editing, Regular Teenage Stuff.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Headset, Speaker, HDD, ODD


PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever's best. In terms of CPU though... Intel.



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've had my eyes on the ATCS 840 for a while... Other than that, it's up to you guys right now, haha. One thing I need answered though is: i7 860 or i7 920/930? I'm not too keen on these details... lol.

Also... I won't be buying a graphics card right away. I currently have a GTX 285 so I'll use that for a bit until I save up enough for a 5970 or whatever's the best card by then...
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  1. Psha. Intel.

    All you really need for gaming is below and its quite a bit cheaper than your budget.

    Subtotal: $1,114.90 USD

    1114.90 U.S. dollars = 1142.8835 Canadian dollars

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

    COMBO :

    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    COMBO :

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  2. Replace the CPU/MOBO with a top of the line i7 :

    COMBO :

    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Your total price changes to : $1,219.90 = 1250.51896 Canadian dollars

    Throw in a 5870 for an additional 100 USD = 102 CAD

    Or a 5970 for an additional 300 USD = 307 CAD
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