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New Gaming Build, suggestions please

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March 30, 2011 1:36:13 AM

Budget Range: 1600 at most
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Country of Origin: (e.g.: Canada
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: donno what this is
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

This is my build sofar
(2 things im most unsure of are CPU and motherboard)

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

CPU Cooling
Coolermaster V6 CPU Heatsink Cooler 6 HeatPipes 120MM 800-2200RPM PWM Fan LGA1156 LGA1155 1366 AM3

Gigabyte X58A-UD5 ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 2GLAN 3-WAY CrossFireX SLI Motherboard

Corsair XMS CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Antec Sonata Proto Black ATX Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5INT *No Power Supply* 120MM Fan

Video Card
Radeon HD 5830 825MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.2GHZ PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port

Power Supply
Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

Liteon IHAS124 24X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM

Network Card
D-LINK DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter 802.11B/G/N Triple Antenna PCI Adapter


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March 30, 2011 2:13:30 AM

A couple of notes, from most to least important (roughly).

The prices on that site are pretty high. You might want to compare it against
Before you decide try to take it all the way to the checkout process to include shipping. NewEgg screws canadians on shipping for a lot of stuff b/c even though they're running a '.ca' site they ship a lot of the stuff from US. But off the top, the NewEgg prices look lower.

Aside from that, the most important thing I see is that the motherboard you have listed is has an 'LGA1366' socket for the CPU.
That will not fit any of the second generation I3/I5/I7 chips. You would want an LGA1155 motherboard.
Since you're not thinking of overclocking, you can get one of the less expensive ones with the H67 chipset (as opposed to the P67). I notice, however, that the NCIX site doesn't have ANY of the budget H67 chipset motherboards listed at all. So again, that might be a reason to look at NewEgg or someone else to see if you can find something cheaper, but here is one that will work.
$136 vs the $255 one you had listed

Next, if you're not overclocking then you can get the regular vanilla plain I5-2500 (minus the 'K'). The 'K' series just have unlocked clock multipliers that give greater control when overclocking.
$224 vs the $239 you had listed.

Next item, again, if you're not overclocking the processor then the stock cooler is sufficient.
I'm not sure if you listed that aftermarket cooler out of a desire to control temps, or noise. But the stock one is good enough for temps, and if it's noise you're worried about then I don't think that one you listed is much better than stock. Personally, with a good case to contain noise and good ventilation I think the stock coolers are perfectly fine on the I5-2500 chip.
That saves another $48.

Now take all of that money you just saved ($182), and spend it upgrading your video card and you won't regret it.

The only thing I'm not sure of, however, is what the maximum length of a video card that the Antec Sonata Proto case can fit. I'm looking around now but don't see it listed anywhere. You'll want to confirm that before you settle on the case and video card decisions.
March 30, 2011 3:04:42 AM

Thanks for the reply, you answered everything i was confused about =) as for the aftermarket cooler,, desire isnt quite the word i would use,, more like paranoia, ive had over heating problems in the past, but your probably right,, so i cut that out too,,
with those changes,, i did have quite a bit more room for play with the vid card,

both seem to be on the higher end while still under the budget, any suggestions on the vid card?
thanks again

March 30, 2011 5:02:44 AM $124.98 CAD
ASRock H67M-GE B3 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 DVI HDMI Sandy Bridge Motherboard $208.99
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $499.99 CAD
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 Fermi 782MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card $79.99 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $59.99 CAD
Antec High Current Gamer 620W 48A 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply 135mm Fan $83.58 CAD
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

or... $47.36 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $42.36 CAD
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 4GB 2X2GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit <----- Pics, specs, etc.. of that Asrock mobo <----- Asrock two year warranty