$2500 Gaming Build. Unsure if I should wait for Sandy Bridge.

Approximate Purchase Date: Jan 28th or around that time.

Budget Range: $2250 Canadian before tax or 2500 after tax. It can go over by about $100.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Predominately meant for games but will watch movies with it too.

Parts Not Required: Pretty much need everything except a mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Will be buying from ncix.com but will use shopbot.ca to take advantage of ncix's pricematching.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Was thinking of sticking with intel chips but have no real strong opinion either way. Just want good components that will hopefully last.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'll admit that I have a tendency to go overboard so I am open to cheaper components as well.

This is what I have so far and was thinking of making:

Case: Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 1000 Plus 1000W Modular Power Supply ATX 24PIN 135mm Fan 80A 80+ Silver Black

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Extreme ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E16 PCI-E4 CrossFire SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 3.06GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S

Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70 High Performance CPU Cooler System LGA775 1366 1156 AM2 AM3

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked Fermi 797MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 12GB 3X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 XMP Triple Channel Core i7 Memory

CD/DVD drive: Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

Monitor: ASUS VE247H 23.6IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 10M1DC HDMI DVI-D VGA Speakers

Keyboard: Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard USB LCD Customizable Backlighting Integrated Audio 18 G-KEYS

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Wireless Card: D-LINK DWA-542 Rangebooster Wireless 802.11N PCI Adapter Network Card

Speakers: Nothing currently chosen but don't want anything too fancy.

For the basic questions:

Is this a decent build?

Should I wait for sandy bridge? My friend says that gaming is more about ram speed and the size and speed of your gpu. With that in mind, it looks like the i7 950 can support faster ram speeds than sandy bridge.


I would have to run my computer wireless since the router is on the far side of the house. I want to replace my current router as it is wireless g. I was thinking that the linksys e3000 would be a good choice.

The graphics card was one I chose before the announcement of the gtx 560, plan to wait and see what it costs and is capable of.

If you can provide as suggestion of a better component or build that would fit my plans better, please do.
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  1. I would wait for new Intel CPU. If you play a lot of online games, a fast CPU can process better all the input from other players.
  2. Wait and see what SB has to offer especially for $2500 build.
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