First Build: $1200 - $1500 (Canadian Sites) i5 2500k

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: $1000 - $1500 (flexible - looking for good value)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Home Usage, Web

Parts Not Required: Need everything!!!

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.ca, www.directcanada.com, www.canadacomputers.com, www.tigerdirect.ca, www.ncix.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference, looking for value/quality

Overclocking: Maybe - Have never done it

SLI or Crossfire: Perhaps as an upgrade option in a year or two

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Quiet Running preferred / Long-life

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Hi everyone,

I've decided to take the plunge and build my own desktop for the first time. I'm suffering from information overload and can't make a decision on several items...

I'm mainly concerned about finding the proper mobo/cooler/case/fan combo. I'd like to sli/crossfire as an upgrade later on. I'd also like to overclock easily (first time). Not sure if I should be diving into SSD at this stage as they seem very expensive. Is it difficult to manage a small SSD?

Also any advice on websites would be great. I have never purchased from any of these.

Here is what I am thinking so far:

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Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge ($219.99)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&Tpk=i5%202500k

DVD-Burner:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Monitor:
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

I could really use some advise on :
- Motherboard(w potential for xfire/sli a few years down)
- PowerSupply(750 or 850?)
- Case(Mid or Full - Quiet is important but I don't like to spend a lot of $ on a case)
- RAM(1333 or 1600? - Read 1333 can be more stable for OC?)
- GPU (560 or 6950?)

Thanks very much guys, I really appreciate it.
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  1. Hi everyone,

    I'd like to purchase tomorrow. Would appreciate some final comments/reviews.

    I am a first-time builder/buyer and am unsure if I have made all the right choices.

    I am specifically concerned about the compatibility of my HDD/SDD/RAM selections. Also, I would ideally like to go 24" backlit LED/LCD for gaming. Can anyone make a recommendation?

    Also wondering if the power supply/motherboard/cooling selections will be suitable for future expandability!!!

    Thanks very much everyone for your time and insight. This forum is fantastic!!!!

    - Kiwi

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    from: www.bestdirect.ca

    OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
    $113.57

    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
    $58.21

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
    $17.79

    Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit
    $96.79

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX SLI Motherboard
    $174.90

    XFX 850W PRO850W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze
    $106.38

    Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
    $214.59

    Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU
    $81.40

    from www.ncix.com

    Scythe Mugen 2 REV.B. HeatPipes CPU Heatsink LGA1366 1156 775 AM3 AM2+ AM2 754 939 940 120MM Fan
    $45.99

    from www.newegg.ca

    ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $279.99

    ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    $184.99
  2. Looks good. This RAM is faster, the latency counts (the smaller the better).
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232565/F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH/G.SKILL/
    Maybe get a bigger HDD for storage, Spinpoint F3 1T. It doesn't matter if it's SATA3 or SATA2, it won't run any faster.
  3. Thanks.

    Would this RAM be a preferred option for $8 more? 1600 vs 1333 but CAS8 vs CAS7.

    I have no idea what the above numbers do :)

    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/?sku=232696&kw=f3-12800cl8d

    I also read that Vertex3 drives may be released this week for the same cost w/o some error that reduced their capacity. Can anyone confirm this as it would seem wise to wait if so.

    Should I also buy artic cooling gel or would the stuff that comes with the scythe be sufficient?
  4. It's good. Hold on on the SSD for now, use the HDD. I don't know what comes with the HS, use that first.
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