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June 30, 2011 10:40:22 PM

I'm building my first rig and I decided to make it a powerful gaming PC. I'm not sure on a few things such as what power supply and case to get (i'm on a tight budget but also want decent quality).

Approximate Purchase Date: In two weeks


Budget Range: $1000-1100 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: extreme gaming, watching movies, schoolwork, surfing


Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect.ca or canadacomputers.ca . I prefer to buy items from store not online


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: high quality brands, nothing cheap.

Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 or 1920 x 1080 (not sure which one)


Additional Comments: I would like to be able to easily run the best games on highest settings (Crysis, Aliens VS Predator, Stalker COP, etc)
So far I decided to get:

Processor: Intel I7 2600k 3.4ghz unlocked CPU link

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67 link

Video Card : Sapphire 100314VXSR Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X Video Card - 1GB link

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4gb DDR3 -PC12800, 1600MHZ link

Case: link
So far this is what i've decided, I'm not sure what power supply to get. Also, i'm wondering if the above items are fully compatible with each other as I don't want to encounter any problems.

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm SATA 6gpbs link

I would really appreciate any input provided. Thank you in advance :D 

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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 12:43:31 AM

Good suggestions i7 2600K is not needed for gaming and your budget needs the GPU power more.

See the link in my sig for info on how to pick a PSU.
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July 1, 2011 1:54:06 AM

Proximon said:
Good suggestions i7 2600K is not needed for gaming and your budget needs the GPU power more.

See the link in my sig for info on how to pick a PSU.


So how big a difference is the I5 2500k from the I7 2600k? Also if I'm going to get the I5 2500k, what GPU should I spend the extra $100 on?
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July 1, 2011 1:54:44 AM

rolli59 said:
Get the I5 2500K instead it equals the 2600 in gaming. They case you have is OK and here is a Quality PSU from the same site http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
But I recommend this case http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... and PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Thanks for the suggestions :D  . Would a 500W PSU be enough if I plan to overclock? I want it to last me many years
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 2:11:13 AM

The differences are very small indeed except for programs that are heavily multi-threaded. An example of a program where the i7 2600K would shine is Autocad.

I own a 2600K, but it's a big luxury that I rarely if ever utilize fully. It's a bit of future insurance that I could afford.

6950 2GB
GTX 570

Those are a couple good upgrades to the 6870.

In order to properly SLI/crossfire two 6950s, for instance, a quality 750W is about right.

if it were my PC I would get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In fact I use the X650.

However on a budget Corsair 750TX V2 is excellent
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 2:11:24 AM

FREE SHIPPING for this entire order.

This build allows you to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI. This build also includes Windows 7, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), etc..

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC2650&v... $69.69
Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 6X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio *No PSU*

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=11830BD4863&v... $128.30
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... $209.69
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&v... $22.35
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5460&v... $39.69
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC9713&v... $51.69
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $19.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066&v... $241.33 MIR. Savings: $20.00 - $221.33
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/GFC-00599/MICR... $93.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Total: $973.14 *not including mail in rebates
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July 1, 2011 2:20:42 AM

Proximon said:
The differences are very small indeed except for programs that are heavily multi-threaded. An example of a program where the i7 2600K would shine is Autocad.

I own a 2600K, but it's a big luxury that I rarely if ever utilize fully. It's a bit of future insurance that I could afford.

6950 2GB
GTX 570

Those are a couple good upgrades to the 6870.

In order to properly SLI/crossfire two 6950s, for instance, a quality 750W is about right.

if it were my PC I would get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In fact I use the X650.

However on a budget Corsair 750TX V2 is excellent
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Would the 6870 suffice though? I think getting a 6950 might be too much let alone crossfire two of them :o 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 2:21:18 AM

Aha. I suppose I could merge the threads if you like, but really isn't this thread off to a good start Why_me? No need I think.

Oh, and nice build. Looks like a good choice for the budget and CDN prices.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 2:23:17 AM

Proximon said:
Aha. I suppose I could merge the threads if you like, but really isn't this thread off to a good start Why_me? No need I think.

Ya, I messed up and didn't read that other thread. But I did a "edit job" on my post up above with a build.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 2:24:41 AM

undercovrr said:
Would the 6870 suffice though? I think getting a 6950 might be too much let alone crossfire two of them :o 


Why_me got you a great build there, and that video card is actually probably stronger than a stock 6950 2GB... you can never have too much GPU.
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July 1, 2011 2:52:09 AM


Wow thanks for the build, I'll definitely look into it. The power supply is great value for the money! Two questions for you though. Is there a difference between the GTX 560 you recommended and the HD 6870 I wanted to get? Also, how about the Gigabyte motherboards you mentioned versus the Asus I mentioned?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 3:14:19 AM

Your questions are good but I'm a bit tired :)  Let me see.

A big performance difference. review:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms...

Gigabyte is a major brand and decent. That board has everything you need at a good price, but I do have one complaint... it lacks a USB 3.0 header. Any USB front port on the case will have to be routed out the back to one of the back USB ports.

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July 1, 2011 3:15:42 AM

The 560 Ti he recommended to you is significantly faster than the 6870 and overclocks very well if you get a reference model. The 6870 does not overclock much. For $240 before rebate that's a terrible buy. The 6870 should cost $180-190 before rebates. Even at that price the 560 non-Ti might be better for your if you intend to overclock.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 3:25:41 AM

At $222 CANADIAN the linked card is great. A factory OC means no warranty hassles. The twin fans keep it cool and relatively quiet also.

As to MSI warranty process in Canada I have no clue, but I think it's just a N. America office. 3 year warranty is adequate, but watch the short return policy from Canada Direct... by all means use them if they are the best price (vs. say NCIX) but be prepared to build right away to evaluate your parts in case there is an issue.
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a c 204 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 3:41:28 AM

Case - $50 - Antec 300 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PSU - $70 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K Inc in above
Cooler - $38 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
TIM - 11 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
RAM - $55 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $75 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.cca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $270 - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/ASLS http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

$1196 w/ the big SSD, $926 w/o
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 3:46:55 AM

undercovrr said:
Wow thanks for the build, I'll definitely look into it. The power supply is great value for the money! Two questions for you though. Is there a difference between the GTX 560 you recommended and the HD 6870 I wanted to get? Also, how about the Gigabyte motherboards you mentioned versus the Asus I mentioned?

That Asus board is mean for a single card. It runs dual cards @ 4x and doesn't support SLI. It's a single card.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 3:47:47 AM

browsingtheworld said:
It's $241 (less rebate).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Clocked the same and much cheaper....

For $240 he can get a GTX 560 Ti or HD 6950



Clocks aren't everything and yes I misread. Or failed to read the fine print :p 
Still Why_Me gave the total without rebates, and that matches the OPs budget, so it would not seem to be an issue... unless I missed something?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2011 3:57:49 AM

browsingtheworld said:
It's $241 (less rebate).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Clocked the same and much cheaper....

For $240 he can get a GTX 560 Ti or HD 6950

That 6870 comes in at over $200 for the fact newegg canada is a hose job for shipping charges for Canadians. It's a rip off. Also that 560ti mops the floor with any 6870 out there not to mention that 560 can be o/c with MSI's Afterburner proggy to run on par with a stock 570.
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