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: ncix.com
Country of Origin: (e.g.: Canada
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)
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 NewEgg.ca.
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.
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.
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?