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May 15, 2011 6:11:03 PM

Hey all, I just want to make sure all my pieces in my upcoming build all match together and that I can't get something better for the same price.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner the better

Budget Range: $1000-$1100 before rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly gaming, some indie programming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canadian sites, I found the best prices at BestDirect.ca

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920xsomething

Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2PCI-E16 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234671/GA%2DP67X%2DUD...

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K...

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN DIMM Memory
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/221145/F3%2D12800CL9D...

XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232783/P1750SCAB9/XFX...

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234366/11188%2D00%2D4...

Coolermaster Storm Scout Black ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT 120MM & 140MM Red LED Fan No PSU
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/216182/SGC%2D2000%2DK...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/227170/WD1002FAEX/Wes...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/DRW%2D24B1ST%2...

A few additional questions:
- do I need a heatsink?
- is the power supply suited to a potential future crossfire?
- if anybody can point to a PSU with some LEDs in it for a similar price, I'd like that!
May 15, 2011 6:48:03 PM

Check "Direct Canada" also to save some $. Direct Canada and Best Direct are affiliated and a lot of times Direct Canada has Best Direct beat on prices. Both companies use the same address. Both offer Free Shipping... Best Direct free shipping on all orders over $80, and Direct Canada on all orders over $50.

http://www.directcanada.com/contact/ <----- Contact info / addy Direct Canada

http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/ <----- Contact info / addy Best Direct

That XFX will run two of those cards and still leave you plenty of juice for o/c, extra fans, etc...

If you plan on over clocking you cpu then take a look at the CM 212+ (thermal paste included)

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&v... $25.22
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM




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May 15, 2011 6:51:23 PM

The hd 6950 won't fit in the storm scout. The case accommadates 10.5" video cards and the hd 6950 is nealy 11". The HAf 912 will fit it though.
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May 15, 2011 10:00:26 PM

robbiep28 said:
The hd 6950 won't fit in the storm scout. The case accommadates 10.5" video cards and the hd 6950 is nealy 11". The HAf 912 will fit it though.


Good to know, so much for bling. No big deal really. The HAF 912 seems to be highly recommended. One question about it - how loud of a case is it, with all the fans?

edit: actually, looking at a lot of other cases, I see a few other cases out there with some nice leds that I seem to like, what gives the HAF such high recommendations?

I guess everything else in the build looks solid?
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May 16, 2011 4:58:53 AM

Normally, I'd get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB over the WD Caviar Black because it's normally $25 cheaper. It matches in in benchmarks. But today, the Caviar black for $69 isn't too bad. The Spinpoint F3 1TB when you can find it for $55 or less can't be beat though.

Even with tons of fans, a good case should be silent. My Azza Solano 1000R (2x250mm fans, 3x120mm) is silent.

A cooler ins't necessary until you overclock and push your temps. When you do, get the hyper 212+ (unless you want something cool looking). If you want something cool looking, check out Frosty Tech for reviews (http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm, http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=256...).

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