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1000-1500$ budget gaming pc advice, first build

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November 8, 2010 5:10:43 PM

Hi guys, I'm not very knowledgeable in building computers so I need some advice on parts and stuff so I won't screw anything up. This will be my first build and I'd like it to last for a while and be upgradeable in the future.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2weeks-1month, willing to wait if theres a chance for a price drop or something soon.


Budget Range: 1000-1500 before rebates, after taxes + shipping. Won't go higher than 1500 unless theres a significant performance boost.


System Usage: Gaming and watching movies.


Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: No real preferences


Overclocking: Yes, if not now then in the future


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is what I have so far, any advice is greatly appreciated.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 60$

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 60$

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - 190$

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 - 90$
Not sure if this is enough for overclocking + running SLI/crossfire in the future

Intel BX80605I5750: $208.99, ASUS P7P55D-E: $174.99

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
I may want to SLI this in the future, wondering if I should get 2x gtx 460 instead and wait for better graphics cards in the future or stick with a single gtx 470 and get a second one some time later.
Willing to change to a radeon card of equal or greater performance.

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

This totals out to $1,383.10 with shipping and tax included
What do you guys think of it?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2010 7:49:39 PM

Looks pretty nice to me! Can't go wrong with an i5 750 / GTX 470. You could get it a lot cheaper than that if you're interested though (In Canada). Are you set on newegg?
November 8, 2010 8:13:07 PM

It doesn't have to be newegg, I just picked it because I could get cheaper shipping if I had it delivered from the same place. I'm open to suggestions so just fire away.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2010 8:19:14 PM
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NCIX.com = best place in Canada for computer stuff by far. They have some real nice prices on their sale page, plus they will price match any other Canadian site (including newegg.ca). Pricebat.ca will also show you the cheapest price in Canada at the moment on whatever item, which you can then match. They always have free shipping deals as well, I think this week it's free ground shipping if you buy a $10 gift card...
November 8, 2010 8:29:27 PM

I'll check the sites out, any chance you could tell me where the price matching on ncix is?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2010 8:45:22 PM

Yep! Newegg.ca isn't exactly cheap.

Antec Three Hundred - $53.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&promoi...

Coolermaster Haf 912 - $51.15
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/230752/COOLERMASTER/R...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - $37.99
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR8025&v...

ASUS VH242H - $183.56/$173.56
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN6470&v...

XFX 750W Black Edition - $115.69
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC6371&v...

That mobo is 16x4 not true xfire.
Ncix has a MSI combo deal on i5 760 and mobo listed until the 11th.

Intel Core i5 760 - $195.99
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/230098/Intel/BX80605I...

MSI P55A-G55 P55 - $124.99/$109.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54097&promoi...

G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM Ripjaws 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7-24 - $90.21
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD9374&v...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB - $80.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

You could grab some stuff from DirectCanada and get free shipping over $300 or just Pricematch at Ncix and grab $10 gift card for freeshipping.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2010 9:51:58 PM

The Price Match thing is in your cart near the bottom I believe... It's a red button.
November 8, 2010 10:12:47 PM

I found it. Thanks. Just need advice on the PSU now. im unsure whether to get 2 gtx 460s in sli or a single 470, how much watts would be required for each (SLI/single core) along with potential future overclocking of cpu + gpu?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2010 10:53:05 PM

You'd need a 550w for a 470, a 650w for two 460s. If you're overclocking a ton or will run a pile of hard drives, just up it by 50-100 watts...
November 9, 2010 12:27:25 AM

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