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$1000, first build, need some advice!

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March 28, 2011 3:27:45 AM

Hey all, this is my first build and I'm really excited! I'm not ordering the parts for a while, so hopefully some prices will go down but I'm not holding my breath. Just wanted some help selecting a few parts, some criticism, and a confirmation as to whether or not what I've chosen will be compatible.

Approximate Purchase Date: Early May
Budget Range:~$1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, internet, school
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: Must have: Intel 2500K, Cooler Master HAF 922, Seasonic X-series power supply
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

CASE - $90
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU - $220
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

PSU - $160
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM - $50
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

-Don't plan on OC'ing my ram so I dont know if there is a better, cheaper choice.

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

HDD - $50
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS PCE-N13 IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WI-Fi alliance WPA, WPA2

-With the mobo I've selected, will this thing be blocked by my video card? Cause that would really suck...

MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

-This probably isn't the greatest thing to cut corners on, but I was hoping to get the price of the motherboard down a bit. I don't need fancy features, just the ability to OC, 4 ram slots, a single PCIe x16 slot, and good build quality. I think I picked a decent board with these needs but I was wondering if someone had any better ideas.

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

-Any other ideas? I'm new to this so I don't know if this card is dated or not. I don't need the latest and greatest for the sake of saving money, but if there is another card that will suit me feel free to suggest.

-No idea. Need to be able to read/write CD's and DVD's. Other than that, meh.

TOTAL ~ $975

Thanks for any and all advice folks

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March 28, 2011 4:33:12 AM

This build is set up so you can add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI. $89.99
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-922M-KKN1-GP) $89.99 CAD Savings Code 26415-1302. SAVE $25.00 off our regular price of $114.99 if you buy today! Special price ends 03/30/2011
Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan $150.14 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $130.14 CAD
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3 Motherboard $219.99 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 $29.98 CAD
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM $249.99 CAD
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card $45.88
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL) $64.99
Western Digital Caviar Black (WD6402AAEX) 640GB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache (OEM) $24.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM $27.22 CAD
ASUS PCE-N13 Wireless Network Adapter 802.11B/G/N Up to 300MBPS PCI-EXPRESS

Total: $993.16 CAD *not including mail in rebates

* Need Windows ? $99.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)

Another case to take a look at... $69.99
Cooler Master CM 690 II Basic Black ATX Mid Tower Case (RC-692-KKN3)
March 29, 2011 5:23:54 AM

Hey thanks for the reply!

As far as the PSU is concerned is it necessary to get a 750W for a single card? No matter where I seem to look it seems no one really agrees on how much I would need. And thanks for bringing to my attention that Frozr, it looks sick and from what google provides me, its much better card for not too much more money

I also like that mobo, as its almost the same price after rebates as the one I picked, and it has more features. But if I dont plan on using more than one GPU is there another board of similar quality that will cost less?

Unfortunately, I do need windows... But I've left it out of my $1000ish budget so it wont be an issue