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~$900-1000 general use/gaming build

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April 27, 2011 11:27:33 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: within a week (this isn't a deadline, I can wait for better deals)

Budget Range: ~$900-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: general multitasking (internet, music, word processing), gaming (StarCraft2, Civilization V, other RTS)

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, operating system, speakers

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

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe at some point when I’d need to

SLI or Crossfire: maybe at some point when I'd need to

Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024

Additional Comments: This is the first time I'm building a computer and am a bit worried about running into compatibility issues, I've tried to make sure everything is compatible but I may be wrong. I'd like to build a computer with good all around value that will have a relatively long life, say 5 years or more with some upgrades along the way. I'd like any input on problems with the build or suggestions for improvement by replacing parts with others that cost about the same. Thanks.


Parts I'm looking to buy:

Asus P8P67 Pro B3 SLI Motherboard & Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Processor

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

Patriot Viper II PGV34G1600ELK 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Upgrade - 4GB (2 x 2048MB), 1600MHz

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

ASUS DVD-E818A4 16X DVD-ROM Drive Black Internal IDE OEM

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
April 28, 2011 6:22:20 AM

This entire build is Free Shipping.

This build allows you to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0700&v... $54.05
Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower Atx Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No Ps Front Usb Sound

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC6621&v... $95.99
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9725&v...(B3)&manufacture=MSI $146.69 MIR. Savings: $20.00 - $126.69
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... $206.54
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5460&v... $45.79
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&v... $84.69
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066&v... $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

Total: $892.55 CAD *not including tax and mail in rebates

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <--- review/benchmarks of that MSI card

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/21/msi_n560gtx_t... <--- review benchmarks of that MSI card in SLI
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