First-time builder, $1000 - $1200 gaming rig

Hi all. First, I just want to say thanks to everyone who contributes to these forums. I haven't even posted a question before now, but I've learned a tonne of stuff just by cruising the boards. I'm a first-time builder looking to build a PC primarily for gaming. Any and all suggestions and advice are appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200 (CAD funds)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, music, movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse

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

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I've had good experiences with Intel, NVIDIA, and Corsair, but I won't say no to a good deal on different brands if the quality's there.

Overclocking: Maybe in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, if it makes sense as a cheap(er) upgrade path.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Having a hard time deciding on a case. I'd like something roomy, and black's always a safe bet for the colour. The HAF series seem like great cases, but I'm just not a big fan of the look. If anyone could suggest some alternatives, that'd be great.

Here are the parts I'm looking at right now:

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703

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 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBXM - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231438

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=N82E16814127565

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
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  1. Looks good! I don't have any case suggestions as I tend to go basic in that category (with additional cooling), but I would say to pull the trigger and build that machine. If you are going to overclock, or debating on it, buy and install a CPU cooler now. You won't want to pull out the motherboard later to do it. The Hyper 212+ is a good cooler..
  2. ^^ Agreed. Very well thought out build. Have you looked at the Cooler Master 690 II Advanced? Or the Storm Scout? Both are quality cases at reasonable prices.
  3. have you considered i7 setup?
  4. All orders over $75 CAD @ Direct Canada are FREE SHIPPING.

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC5964&vpn=RC-922M-KKN1-GP&manufacture=COOLERMASTER $79.69
    Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC9104&vpn=CMPSU-750TXV2&manufacture=CORSAIR $102.80
    Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD0300&vpn=GA-P67A-UD4-B3&manufacture=GIGABYTE $178.70
    Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $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

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&vpn=RR-B10-212P-G1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER $24.69
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G.SKILL $82.46
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS $21.32
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR4878&vpn=WD6402AAEX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD $59.69
    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive Oem

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066&vpn=N560GTX-TI%20Twin%20Frozr%20II/OC&manufacture=MSI $237.18 MIR. Savings: $15.00 $222.18
    MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

    b]Total $1,006.52 CAD *not including Windows 7, rebates, tax, etc..

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&vpn=GFC-00599&manufacture=MICROSOFT $99.69
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
  5. Thanks for the comments guys! sadams04, I knew I was forgetting something re: the cooler, I'll check out the 212+ for sure. And nd_hunter, the 690 II looks like it's right up my alley, nice and sleek but not too flashy. Good price to boot. Thanks! mustbaj, I did think about the i7, but from what I've read the i5 should be plenty for gaming for the moment (especially oc'ed), and if I understand correctly the 1155 board will be compatible with Ivy, so that'll provide me with a good upgrade path down the line. Why_Me, thanks for posting the links to DirectCanada. I hadn't actually seen that site before, and the more options I have for ordering, the better.

    One question I forgot to ask in the original post. If I do decide to throw in another 560 down the line, will the PSU I've picked out hold up? Or would I be better off bumping it up to an 850, just to be on the safe side?
  6. Bump up to 850 to be safe. It is worth the peace of mind
  7. themarin8r said:
    Bump up to 850 to be safe. It is worth the peace of mind

    A 750w psu will be more than adequate for running two of those 560's with leaving you plenty of juice to spare. An 850w psu would be over kill.
  8. I'd probably bump it to an 850 watt unit if you plan to overclock in SLI and OC your CPU.

    This XFX 850w Black Edition PSU is a beast and only $133.08 CAD. It's sold out on newegg.ca and $50 more expensive on ncix.ca.
  9. Why_Me said:
    A 750w psu will be more than adequate for running two of those 560's with leaving you plenty of juice to spare. An 850w psu would be over kill.


    I suppose you are right, I am not terribly familiar with NVidia cards, but the 500 series cards do seem to use less power than the 400 series cards.
  10. themarin8r said:
    I suppose you are right, I am not terribly familiar with NVidia cards, but the 500 series cards do seem to use less power than the 400 series cards.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/142?vs=288 <----- They were using a $1,000 Intel 980x cpu for that test, and that cpu is a power hog under load. Check out towards the bottom of this link for the power consumption under load. Those 560's don't use that much juice.
  11. Why_Me said:
    A 750w psu will be more than adequate for running two of those 560's with leaving you plenty of juice to spare. An 850w psu would be over kill.


    I stand corrected.
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