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January 25, 2011 6:47:15 PM

Good afternoon!

I'm a bit new to all this but I do read a lot about pc stuff. I want to build my first pc for gaming and I did some research and read reviews about some parts and here is what I have compiled.

CASE = ANTEC NINE HUNDRED BLACK STEEL ATX 120$
MOBO = ASUS P8P67 DELUXE 240$
CPU = SANDYBRIDGE I7-2600K 3.4Ghz (TURBO BOOST 3.8Ghz) 335$
CPU FAN & HEATSINK = ????? NEED SUGGESTIONS ??$
OTHER FANS NEEDED ??? ??$
VIDEO CARD = EVGA GTX 580 500$
PSU = ANTEC TPQ 850W $150
RAM = G.SKILL RIPJAWS SERIES 8G (2 X 4GB) 240-PIN DDR3 1600 104$
HDD = WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR BLACK 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB CACHE 100$
BURNER = SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM 18$
BLU-RAY PLAYER = HP BD Combo SATA Model BD240I-h01 LightScribe SupporT 86$
MOITOR = SAMSUNG (RES:1920 X 1080) 2494SW Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 50000:1 (1000:1) 235$
KEYBOARD = HAVEN`T DECIDED YET ??$
MOUSE = ALREADY HAVE A RAZER DEATHADDER N/A

PRICES WERE BASED ON WWW.NEWEGG.CA
EVERYTHING IS IN CANADIAN DOLLARS
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING, THEY ARE ONLY A REFERENCE FOR QUALITY/PRICE RATINGS.

My questions are :

Is it compatible?
anything better for lower prices?
any bottleneck parts?

How is it for a first draft? I don`t know when I'm gonna built it but hopefully soon. Budget is around 2000$CAN, I don`t care if its a bit lower and im willing to stretch a bit over. I also don`t mind waiting a couple of months for better prices or better parts.

thanks in advance

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January 25, 2011 7:10:46 PM

GTX580 is an ideal card for 30"/2560x1600 monitors, but, even the GTX570 gives good performance at 1920x1080, and for $150 less....; the GTX580 would for sure be more future proof on newer titles, however, due to it's 1.5GB of memory.

Most are opting for the 2500K cpu which also saves another $120-$150 or so...

Looks pretty darn good as is, however, merely pointing out a few cost-saving alternatives.
January 25, 2011 7:16:30 PM

thanks, I'll look into that. I kinda took the gtx 580 because I had the idea that it be better in the long run since its more powerful than the 570 and I might do SLI in a uncertain future lol.
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January 25, 2011 7:26:08 PM

A very good first draft.

For gaming, the 2500K will be all you need. If the extra $100 for the 2600K is not important to you, get it.
Otherwise, I would spend $100-$200 on a SSD for the os and apps.

I love the GTX580 for the build. By the time games need more, there will be a new generation of cards, and a top card like the GTX580 will be easy to market.
I would not spend extra planning on a sli configuration which you will probably never need.

Antec 900 is a good case. You can save a bit with an equally good cooling Antec 300 illusion model. No extra fans required:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

For a cpu cooler, the cm hiper 212 will be about $30:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

The best would be a noctua NH-D14 at $110:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

In between would be my choice, the prolimatech megahalems rev b:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
You will need to add a 120mm fan.

For a keyboard, go to a local store and check them out. You need one that you feel comfortable with.

I strongly suggest that you budget $100-$200 for a SSD for your OS and apps.
Everything will feel so much snappier.

Your psu is fine, but a quality 650w unit will power that GTX580, and is all you need. Antec, PC P&C, Seasonic, XFX and Corsair are quality units, to name a few.

1080P monitors are OK, but I like the format and extra space of a 1920 x 1200 monitor. See if you can find one at a decent price.

Double check the features on the P8P67 deluxe motherboard. Unless you need them, it is likely that a lower cost version will do you just as well.

Lastly, download and read the manuals for the case and motherboard.

-----good luck-----
January 25, 2011 7:48:32 PM

My thoughts... 580 is over priced. You can easily get more bang for your buck. For example a pair of 6870s or 6950s (2gb), a pair of now released 560s, or older 470s... but hey for a single card a 580 is nice.

Also, do you need the i7? The i7 2600K is $100 less and chances are you're not going to max it out, especially when they can hit 4.5ghz or more with some good overclocking (on air!). This would free up budget for an SSD, or SLI/Crossfire video cards (like I mentioned). (And like Geo mentioned haha)

Lots of good coolers out there, choose one that you like. My favorites for looks and performance are Zalman CNPS10X/11X Extreme, Megahalems, Tuniq Tower Extreme... forget but there's a couple other nice looking ones that perform well. The Noctua is ugly IMO (well the fans are).

January 25, 2011 8:55:42 PM

You gentlemen are very helpful, thank you!

What's the bid deal with SSD? I only heard about it yesterday.
January 25, 2011 9:02:07 PM

Jimbojim said:
You gentlemen are very helpful, thank you!

What's the bid deal with SSD? I only heard about it yesterday.


A ssd has virtually no access time, making it very fast. One costs $1.6 to $2 per gigabyte of storage.
Windows-7 takes about 13gb, do a SSD of 64 to 80gb is a great performance buy for the os and some apps. Use the large HDD for backup and storage.
January 25, 2011 11:26:40 PM

-For $10 upgrade to the Antec DF-85 and CP-850 .... huge step up in both counts. BTW, you ain't gonna SLI twin 580's on a 850 watt PSU....if ya going that route, pick the CP-1000

-Would suggest a 570 superclocked from EVGA mainly because you can SLI two 570's with a good 850 watter ....good meaning Corsair HX series, XFX Black Edition, Antec CP series....at 1000 watts, it's a new ballgame with the 580's.

-No need to add the case window fan until ya dd that 2nd card in SLI

-Two of these totals $80 .... better deal and a better company to deal with ... not like you gonna be saving those two slots for future additions.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

-The new WD Black, Seagate 7200.12 and Spinpoint F3 are all good HD's, each of which excels in certain areas.

-No need for two optical drives ...this one's $59 when it comes back in stock
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

- For monitors, I'd go w/ a LED backlit model

$ 175 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

-Logitech G510 KB was $79 on newegg US yesterday ... shop around
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

-SSD's are nice .... but the ones ya want are $200
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

-Pick one of the top 3 "Top Performers" here and apply Shin Etsu TIM to it:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Top Performers (1st tier)

* Prolimatech Megahalems
* Thermalright Venomous-X RT
* Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100

* ProlimaTech Super Mega
* Cogage Arrow
* ProlimaTech Armageddon
* Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
* Cogage TRUE Spirit
* Xigmatek Balder SD1283
* SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
* Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ

Highly Recommended (2nd tier)

* Noctua NH-D14
* Zalman CNPS10X-Performa
* Coolink Corator-DS Heatsink
* CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
* Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
* Thermolab BARAM
* Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
* Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 Cooler
* Noctua NH-U12P
* Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink
* Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568
* Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet

$38 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
$ 6 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
January 26, 2011 12:19:35 AM

^ pretty good suggestions, only IMO 120GB SSD is more than needed. I have an 80GB with Win 7, lots of apps like iTunes, Photoshop and others plus 2 games (F1 2010, Fallout: NV) and I have 30gb free still. So yeah some money can be saved there. Just my thoughts.
January 26, 2011 7:24:15 PM

Pretty good money-savings suggestions so far. You guys have convinced me about the i5-2500k:) 
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