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My First Build

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April 24, 2011 4:18:35 PM

Well, like the title says... I'm going to be doing my first gaming build.

My budget is $1500, so I think I should be able to get a decent computer out of it. I already know what case I want to get, but for the motherboard and everything else I'm not sure what to do.

This is the case I had in mind:

As far as the CPU, I'm not too fussy between AMD and Intel, but I would like to get the best build for what I can afford. So can you guys recommend some parts, like the HDD, RAM, PSU, MOBO, graphics card, etc.

Like I say I just want the best build I can get for my budget.

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April 24, 2011 4:36:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June 2011

Budget Range: 1200-1500 (1500 max)

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

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Not fussy about brands

Overclocking: Maybe (depending on the processor)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (don't know what they mean...)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i would like a quiet pc
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April 24, 2011 4:47:30 PM

I probably should've mentioned that the only games I play are WoW, SC2 and Diablo, so I just need something that can run them all on the highest settings.
April 24, 2011 6:25:00 PM

2500K + MSI P67A-G43 $350 (Not including 10$ MIR):

HIS 6950 2GB $265 (Not including $20 MIR):

Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA III $40:

Antec EarthWatt EA650 $80 (Not including $20 MIR):

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 $42:

OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $132:

HAF 932 Blue $164:

Total: $1073 before taxes and shipping.
I personally wouldn't choose that case just because it costs practically as much as a quarter of the system, but meh.
April 24, 2011 6:43:57 PM

All orders over $50 CAD @ Direct Canada are Free Shipping. $79.69
Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU $69.69
Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan $115.84
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E 3PCI SATA3 USB3.0 Audio GBLAN Motherboard $206.54
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB $24.69
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM $81.95
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $84.69
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $21.32
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $314.41 MIR. $294.41
MSI GeForce GTX 570 OC Fermi 786MHZ 1280MB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card $99.69
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Total: $1,098.81 CAD *not including tax, rebates, etc...
April 24, 2011 10:11:04 PM

aznshinobi said:
I personally wouldn't choose that case just because it costs practically as much as a quarter of the system, but meh.

The only reason I like it is because of the blue LED lights, if you can find a cheap black case with blue LED light by all means link it to me lol.
April 25, 2011 3:35:42 AM

The case is not the "updated" HAF, no USB 3 ports on front.

WoW greatly favors nVidia at 1920 x 1200

$1493 ($1537 with the Cooler and TIM)

Case - $120 - Antec 902 V3
PSU - $110 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU
MoBo - $175 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - $220 - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - - Shin Etsu
RAM - $95 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $265 - Asus GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $75 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - $300 - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB
DVD Writer - $23 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
OS - $110 - Win 7-64 Home Pre

April 26, 2011 8:27:36 PM

Some of those links are deactivated and the combo for the MoBo is unavailable.