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Please Help With First Build: i5-2500k Gaming Rig

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January 26, 2011 6:03:58 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: 700-800 Canadian Dollars (not including shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, ARMA 2, Star Wars The Old Republic, Crysis, etc) and Internet browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, speakers, monitor, mouse, video card (I have a 9800gt and I know it's way underpowered for this build but I will be upgrading the video card a little down the road when I find a really good deal or more info is released on the requirements for SW:TOR, which I'd like to run on max settings if possible)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, amazon.ca

Country of Origin: Canada (Vancouver)

Parts Preferences: i5 2500k

Overclocking: Maybe (Never done, willing to try)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (may upgrade in a year or so)

Additional Comments: Quiet is good but not necessary, I prefer simple nonflashy cases, and I would like the PC to be fairly upgradeable and as futureproof as possible. My current PC is a P4 2.8 dual core so I don't upgrade often and this PC will have to last a few years.


What I was thinking:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $229.99


ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $159.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $53.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $104.99 before $10 mail in rebate

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $44.99

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $20.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $109.99

Total before shipping: $798
Any recommended combos on those websites or parts I should swap out?

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to reply.

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January 26, 2011 9:14:48 AM

That looks like a rock solid build :)  Just to make sure on price point... check NCIX prices against the parts you have chosen so you get the best prices. I'm not sure if NCIX is cheaper than newegg when it comes to shipping or not. But it's worth looking into imo.
January 26, 2011 1:04:53 PM

Looks nice, although the psu seems a bit overpriced and underpowered for your build.

Depending on what your crossfiring or SLI, You may need something more powerful. You should consider what your future video cards will be.

There's a Corsair 750w on Newegg.ca for $109 after promo code in the email promotions.

January 26, 2011 1:06:56 PM

great choice in parts. the only suggestion i would have is to increase your amount of RAM. 4 gb is norm for non-gaming rigs and more could improve performance.
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