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Gaming PC under $1300

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May 29, 2011 4:12:51 PM

I am looking to build my first Gaming PC for under $1300 including shipping, OS and taxes (12% I live in BC, Canada). I don't need any peripherals or a monitor. I want to be playing games like SC2, Skyrim (when it is out), and various FPSes at 1080p at max or close to max. I have no intention on overclocking and I hope to purchase it at the end of June. Does this look like a good combination? Any recommendations?

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
Combo Price:$281.98

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Now: $109.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English

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May 29, 2011 4:21:52 PM

This looks fairly similar to what I'm also putting together with similar constraints. I haven't received feedback yet though.

I might change the mobo to ASRock too, seems some people have been having issue with the asus one.

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May 29, 2011 4:34:24 PM

will you be oc'ing because the i5 2500k is what you should get. look to buy from here since there is nol shipping costs that should free up a lot of money-
everything looks good except the gpu at 1080p this card beats the 6950 in single and in sli-
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May 29, 2011 4:35:28 PM

I have a friend with that Mobo and he has issues with the computer sleeping and occassionally with startup, but he is still pretty pleased with it. I also Chose a 750watt PSU over a 650watt one because I might throw a second 6950 in it in the future.
May 29, 2011 4:37:34 PM

srry my last reply was for sammyf, I am actually kinda unsure about OC'ing, I don't know what sort of performance gains Id get
May 29, 2011 4:43:29 PM

you get a ton of performance gain i oc'd my 2500k to 4.3ghz (which was really easy first time overclocker too) with a hyper 212 plus and it is so much faster now
May 29, 2011 4:47:20 PM

Will that actually be noticeable now or is that more for futureproofing?
May 29, 2011 6:27:41 PM

Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2PCI-E16 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard $79.69
Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU $95.99
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze $239.09 MIR. Savings: $20.00 - $219.09
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

May 31, 2011 2:04:28 AM

Thanks people!
June 17, 2011 10:27:38 PM

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