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:,,,,

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


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:


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge ($219.99)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

    ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
  2. Looks good. This RAM is faster, the latency counts (the smaller the better).
    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 :)

    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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