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Advice On My Build So Far

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March 17, 2011 12:00:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend or next


Budget Range: 960ish after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, RAM (4gb)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.com, memoryexpress.com, tigerdirect.ca


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: I would like to use intel CPU


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Additional Comments: A computer that can run most games on max settings


HDD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

PSU
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard
ASUS Maximus III GENE LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Heatsink
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Case
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

TOTAL PRICE: $937.2
(after tax/rebates/shipping)


I am curious if this build will work nicely together, also if the motherboard is any good. If there is anything that I could change to make it better, that won't affect the price too much, that would be greatly appreciated!

THANKS!!

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March 17, 2011 1:09:59 AM

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You should do a Sandy Bridge build instead. More powerful than anything 1156 and just as cheap, maybe cheaper.

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 CPU Cooler (comes with thermal compound applied)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

RAM you have should work

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Golden Edition
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

In USA build would be slightly over $1K before rebates...but this is what I would do if it were me. By the way, the Rosewill Challenger is a great case for a low price. If you needed to because of S&H in Canada you can use CM Hyper 212 or DVD Burner to shave the price a little...or maybe you have an optical drive already? Have fun and good luck to you!

http://www.totalpowerpc.com


Thanks for your help!!

I took your advice and reloaded my shopping cart with a sandy bridge build. I forgot to add that I do have a CD drive already. I stuck with my original GPU, HDD, and PSU to keep the price down.

So the mobo that you listed, is it okay? Can I and should I overclock anything?

Oh and the price after rebates/tax/shipping = 956.05
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