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Extreme gamer PC build for less than 1000$ Canadian

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February 25, 2011 12:57:59 AM

Hello There, today I have decided to plan for a high-end PC to replace my 2.5ghz core 2 duo & Radeon HD 4350
Because I am tired of running games on low settings and i can sell my laptop for 1000 to cover the costs

Parts not needed:Keyboard,Mouse,OS

Budget Range:1000-1500

SLI or Crossfire:Mabye

Monitor Resolution:1280x1024. I would like to upgrade to 1080P So I can enjoy HD movies

Overclocking:Most likely

Purchase date:Within a month

Preferred Websties:Newegg Canada, Tigerdirect Canada

Parts Preferences:I'm mostly open ended, but I do like Intel+Nvidia

Here is a list of parts I have chosen myself:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
Nvidia GTX560 TI
Asus M4A87T Motherboard
G. Skill Ripjaws series 1333mhz 4GB
Samsung Black 22x DVD Burner
Cooler Master Storm Scout case
Thermaltake Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
Thermaltake A2476 HDD Cooler
NZXT Sentry II fan controller
ASUS VH236H 1080P Monitor
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
RAZER Goliathus Gaming mousepad
RAZER Arctosa Gaming Keyboard
And a few case fans and an LED Cathode kit

The Intel Build:
Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Desktop Processor
Thermaltake Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
AMD Radeon HD 6870 (XFX)
Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333mhz

Other than those, everything else is the same

I know I've posted a thread about this before, but this is a better version with improvements that I have made
February 25, 2011 1:05:03 AM

Well I posted in your previous one. Why not again?

So I am going to reiterate again, you really should wait 1 month, basically until April when SB relaunches! If your an "Extreme" gamer, then the 2500K is the best overclocker you could get. It's cheap and performs at the level of the i7 950! Not in multi-thread but most of the time they are on par or better.

i5 760 vs 2500K: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=191
If you scroll to the bottom, you'll see in MMOs and RTS games the 2500K actually gives you about a 10 frame boost.

Another thing, what games are you playing exactly?
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February 25, 2011 8:16:35 AM

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $89.99
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-922M-KKN1-GP)

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $99.99
Corsair Gaming Series CMPSU-700G 700W Power Supply

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $179.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
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

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $29.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 4 Heat Pipes, Copper Base (RR-B10-212P-GP) for Socket LGA1156/1366/775 & Socket AM3/AM2+/AM2

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $49.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $69.99
Western Digital Caviar Black (WD6402AAEX) 640GB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache (OEM)

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $24.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $259.99
Gigabyte (GV-N560OC-1GI) nVidia GeForce GTX 560Ti (900MHz) 1GB (4000MHz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI/Mini-HDMI PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

Total: $1,054.90 CAD *not including taxes, shipping, mail in rebates, etc..

http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=... $174.99 - $159.99 after mail in rebate
Asus MS238H, 23" Ultra Slim Widescreen LED Monitor, 1920x1080, 2ms, 10000000:1(ASCR), VGA, DVI-D, HDMI (Retail Box)

*Start with the first link and work your way down.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still stomped the Asus and Gigabyte boards :) 
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February 25, 2011 1:53:41 PM

Antec 300
XFX 650 W PSU
ASUS P8P67 Pro
Intel Core i5-2500K
Scythe SCMG 2100
Shin Etsu
(2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
Asus GTX 560 Ti
Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 90GB
Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
Win 7-64 Home Pre
ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED

$1400 - $1500
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February 25, 2011 1:58:42 PM

Due to the recent price cut, 6950 2GB versions are now cheaper than GTX560Ti.Their crossfire scaling is also great.Beats any GTX580 by a huge margin.IMO you should get a 6950 ( add a second 1 later )
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February 25, 2011 5:32:23 PM

Why_me I may just kill you.
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February 25, 2011 7:39:08 PM

aznshinobi said:
Well I posted in your previous one. Why not again?

So I am going to reiterate again, you really should wait 1 month, basically until April when SB relaunches! If your an "Extreme" gamer, then the 2500K is the best overclocker you could get. It's cheap and performs at the level of the i7 950! Not in multi-thread but most of the time they are on par or better.

i5 760 vs 2500K: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=191
If you scroll to the bottom, you'll see in MMOs and RTS games the 2500K actually gives you about a 10 frame boost.

Another thing, what games are you playing exactly?


i play games like Mass Effect, Split Second, and RIFT when it comes out, and Crysis 2 and Call of Duty
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February 25, 2011 7:42:04 PM

Ok I'm going with a 2500k unlocked and an AsRock P67 Extreme
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February 25, 2011 7:43:22 PM

Max041998 said:
i play games like Mass Effect, Split Second, and RIFT when it comes out, and Crysis 2 and Call of Duty

Just purchase that build I posted and your good to go.
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February 25, 2011 7:48:23 PM

Now i need to figure out how much my laptop sells for...........
It has a:

Core 2 Duo T7500
4GB DDR2 @ 800mhz
Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M Workstation graphics
a Intel X25M 160GB MLC SSD
A 1400x900 LCD Screen
Win 7 Ultimate 64bit
A Mathisha (Not exactly sure)DVD drive
A 9 cell battery
1 display port & 2 ethernet ports+ 2 USB 2.0 slots @ a media card slot

Laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T61U

I'm pretty sure I can squeeze about 400$ out of the SSD and 200$ from the OS but not sure about the rest
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February 25, 2011 7:50:12 PM

And for my Ultra Noob Desktop I'm going to get 225$ for everything with the monitor and keyboard and $250 out of the OS

The OS is Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
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February 25, 2011 7:52:49 PM

Don't let that Why_me guy get the glory XD
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February 25, 2011 7:58:18 PM

aznshinobi said:
Don't let that Why_me guy get the glory XD

LOL

btw you know what's weird ? That "Canada Computers" outfit I posted that build from meets or even beats US prices (other than the mobo). Even that monitor I posted goes for $30+ USD more on newegg. That case is listed as $90 CAD on that site, and now newegg is charging $110 USD for that same CM 922. :( 
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February 25, 2011 7:59:55 PM

PSHHH I DONT CARE BOUT YOUR CANADA COMPUTERS! I just don't want you to get the glory.
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February 25, 2011 10:55:48 PM

Aznshinobi & Why_Me stop argueing or i go to ur houses an slap u both
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