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September 21, 2010 7:07:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2months

Budget Range: 1200 CAD before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming ( STARCRAFT 2) , Watching Movies ,

Parts Not Required: keyboard , mouse , speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: , memory express ( there is two in my city)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: leaning toward a i5-760 and HD 5850

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Currently using a 1440 x 900 , need suggestion on a better monitor resolution

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a b 4 Gaming
September 21, 2010 8:49:38 PM

Generally is not the best place to shop.

Direct Canada
Newegg Canada
Canada Computers

NCIX is usually the best, and I think they price match also.

I think your CPU and GPU choices are fine. You can probably have a nice 24" 19x10 monitor and stay in budget... we'll see what the Loonie is doing these days:

i5-760 in combo with the DVD drive (look on the linked page for the combo deal when I say that) -265

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro -194
Crossfire support, good overclocker.

G.skill DDR3 1600 CL9 with the Win 7 combo - 210

WD Caviar Black 1TB -86

Powercolor 5850 -265

Antec TP-750 -132

Coolermaster 912 -66

That may put you just over the limit but prices will change and you need to comparison shop yet.

Doh totally forgot the monitor. That hurts. Drop the Intel CPU and board....

Athlon II X3 445 CPU with Gigabyte 880G board -200

Then get a DVD drive and this monitor
September 21, 2010 10:59:35 PM

NCIX prices seems to be a bit more then memory express =S. Also I forgot to mention that one of my friend works at MemoryExpress so i might be able to get some nifty discounts
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September 22, 2010 1:14:30 AM

Direct Canada for free shipping and fast delivery :) 
With 1200$ you can go for an i5 750 and a 5770 and a nice screen :) 
a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2010 1:29:47 AM

Or possibly a GTX 460. Generally though that's a bit overbalanced on the CPU side. You'll get better game performance with a lesser CPU and more GPU, but if you play CPU intensive titles then it might be the way to go.
September 23, 2010 2:11:56 AM

Im planning to play Starcraft 2 with ultra settings , and possibly other games as well
a b 4 Gaming
September 23, 2010 4:21:56 AM

Did you read the write-up done right here at TH?

StarCraft II Revisited: How Much Gaming PC Do You Need?

If you want to keep things playable during epic battles, we recommend at least a 3 GHz dual-core or a 2.8 GHz triple-core processor. We also suggest that you opt for a 3.4 GHz Phenom II or a Core i5-750 at the very least to ensure smooth gameplay at all times.

Basically, if you want my take, for Starcraft II you need a strong processor but a medium level GPU... NOT because that's the best gaming system, it not. It's just that SC II is so hard on GPUs it's best to run everything on medium settings anyway, and medium cards like the 5770 or GTX 460 or 5850 will do all that can be done anyway.

So take my initial build and see if you can fit in GTX 460. If so you can always add a SECOND GPU later, because the PSU can handle that. If not that then the 5770 will work and you can add a second one of those later as well.