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2500k gaming pc build ($1500 budget)

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January 9, 2011 9:09:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a week or two


Budget Range: $1000-$1500, the closer to 1000 the better


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming + movies


Parts Not Required: everything but keyboard/mouse/speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably going to use NCIX with price match


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: If not now, then in the future


SLI or Crossfire: Probably SLI in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 most likely

What I have so far:

ASUS VH242H 23.6IN Widecreen LCD Black 1920X1080 5ms 20000:1 HDMI DVI-D Speaker SPDIF Out Monitor
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36970

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45271

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36050&promoi...

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW External Exhaust Fermi 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=55649

LG 16X DVD-ROM Optical Drive SATA Black OEM
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45429

NCIX Bundle Deal Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 P67 Motherboard & Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Processor
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57985

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42745&promoi...

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30037

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&promoi...

This totals out to about $1220 for me.

Additional Comments: Would the PSU be enough for future overclocking + SLI? Also, any suggestions/advice/opinions is welcomed. Thanks.
January 9, 2011 10:50:54 PM

This build should be able to get darn close if not pass a 5 GHz OC, PSU can handle adding a 2nd 570 in SLI, has low CAS RAM and a large SSD.

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $70 - (2 x 2GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $360 - GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1456

Newegg Canada (NCIX is kinda high) prices add

$5 MoBo / CPU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
$10 more for the case http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$0 PSU change http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
-$2 for the cooler http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
$1 fore the TIm http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
$0 for RAM http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$0 for the GFX http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$5 for the HD http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$20 for the SSD http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$0 for the DVD http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$10 for the OS http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

So up north, looks like ya gotta pay $49 more or $1505

If ya need a monitor, that's $190 for an Asus LED 23.6"
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

To offset the cost of the monitor, and meet ya $1500 limit, ya would either have to lose the SSD or get this 460

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Personally, I'd drop the SSD if that was the only choice....but if it was me, I'd put the SSD in now if there was any way I could avoid an OS reinstall.

If ya wanna get close to that $1,000 bottom end of the range, the 460 and skipping the SSD totals out to $1249
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