1000$ Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week (1-2 days)

Budget Range: (e.g.: LESS than 1100$) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Web browsing, Watching Movies, Gaming (not high quality games, more like WoW)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada


Okay, I'm building my first PC ever, and it took me a while for choosing my parts (I had to read a lot). Yes, I have already chosen every parts of my PC (except the PSU, as I'm waiting for confirmation). What I want from you guys, is to look and check each parts, and especially their compatibility. Don't hesitate if you think I've made a bad choice, I prefer saving money than saving reputation. Here are my selections:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Motherboard: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198

Video card: XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150524

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Computer case: AZZA Fantom 900 Black Japanese SECC Steel/Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517005

Optical drive: LITE-ON 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 Writer LightScribe Support
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

So yeah, these are my selections I made for my PC. You can see there is not a PSU. I really don't know how to calculate the wattage I need and plus I want first that my selections are confirmed, because I may change them according to your advices. So yeah, first I would like you guys judge my selections, and give me advices if anything you think should be changed, then help me find an appropriate PSU. Finally, if any other hardware you would suggest me, don't be shy.

Oh yeah, also, some other guys told me that I should buy a separate fan/heatsink for my system, because it will get really hot with my video card. So do you think I should buy another one for my system according to my selections? I would like your opinions.

One last thing, you can see in my computer case that I have 5 Drive Bays 5.25", but will use only one of them for my optical drive, the other ones will remain empty. It won't look really nice, empty drive bays, so do you have any tricks to hide them? Don't forget that this is for aesthetic purpose, so please your advices shouldn't be worse aesthetically than the empty drive bays.

Thank you for your help guys!
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  1. Well I suggest waiting. I know I know, 1 month is a long time. But if you're planning to purchase these parts in two weeks at the latest, you might as well get the best bang for your buck right?

    Also you should note that WoW is just as GPU intensive as it is CPU intensive. I think looking at the Sandy Bridge series would be the smarter choice (April re-release).

    Quick things, WD Blacks are terrible Price/Gig, look at the Samsung F3 1TB. Really that's all your going to need, you won't even notice the difference between the drives. Plus it'll save you about 30$.

    Check out my guide in my siggy. I just did a huge overhaul, it'll be a good read I promise you.
  2. I'd suggest waiting fr Sandy Bridge ... WoW favors nVidia. I went over by one dollar :) But you have a much better build, w/ better GFX and the ability to add a 2nd card later in SLI say come XMas.

    Total $1,101

    PPSU - $120 - XFX Black 850 W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $40 - (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
    GFX - $314 - EVGA GTX 570 GTX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221
    OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758
  3. Well, for Sandy Bridge, I've read somewhere that they have a bug or something like that. But you're saying there is going to be a re-release, maybe is to fix that bug? I don't know, but can you explain me more clearly why should I wait for the re-releases of Sandy Bridges?
  4. lolipop12 said:
    Well, for Sandy Bridge, I've read somewhere that they have a bug or something like that. But you're saying there is going to be a re-release, maybe is to fix that bug? I don't know, but can you explain me more clearly why should I wait for the re-releases of Sandy Bridges?

    Those boards have been fixed with a new chip set and are already being shipped.

    ***Benchmarks/Reviews of that cpu (2600K/2500K Sandy Bridge)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2010/Gaming-Left-4-Dead,2432.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7-2600k-review/

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i5-2600k-i5-2500k-and-core-i3-2100-tested

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-990x-extreme-edition-gulftown,2874.html#t59566 <---- $330 2600K Sandy Bridge vs a $1,000 cpu :)

    http://www.gigabyte.com/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=991 <----- Make sure to look for/purchase the new revised boards with the B3 Stepping Chipset
  5. http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=6_112&item_id=023780 $89.99
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-922M-KKN1-GP)

    http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=33_441&item_id=032195 $99.99
    Corsair Gaming Series CMPSU-700G 700W Power Supply

    http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=036036 $179.99
    ASRock P67 Extreme4

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $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=8_129&item_id=025125 $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=24_311_312_612&item_id=026157 $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=15_210_212&item_id=030967 $69.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black (WD6402AAEX) 640GB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache (OEM)

    http://www.canadacomputers.com./product_info.php?cPath=3_61&item_id=029356 $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=43_557_559&item_id=036039 $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..
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