$1000-1300 CAD PC

Hello everyone, the close to 1k, the more Ill love you :D

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon

Budget Range: 1000 to 1300 Canadian, Monitor included in budget

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General use 70% (surfing/office/movies), gaming 30%

Parts Not Required: OS (I will get at student price) (should be windows 7 64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Country of Origin: Canada, Montreal QC

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No unless you think I should

Monitor Resolution: One of these 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 (if 19**x1*** is not doable at my budget, then I would like to stick with a good CPU and downgrade resolution which in turn would save money on GPU/Monitor/PSU) (or maybe I should downgrade to a 2400 cpu)

Additional comments: I want an SSD (~60 to 80GB)

Thx for your help,
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  1. This build costs around $1150 (scources from DirectCanada) :

    CPU: $220- i5 2500K - http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527

    GPU: $237- MSI Twin Frozr II 560Ti- http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066

    RAM: $63- GSKill Ripjaw 2X 4GB- http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211

    PSU: $104- Antec Earthwatts 750- http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC7487

    Monitor : $170-Acer 23" 1920X1080- http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10140MN8431

    Case: $55- Antec 300- http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC8944

    SSD: $114- Crucial Real SSD 64 GB- http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11230DR4835

    Motherboard: $127- Gigabyte Z68A- http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4863

    HDD: $65- Seagate Barracuda 1TB

    Total : $1155
  2. Thx alot for the help,
    I was wondering, am I paying a premium for the mobo/PSU having sli/crossfire support? I was wondering if I should save money on that (maybe just the mobo) and spend the money on a better GPU.

    Should I be waiting for some deals/combos since I dont have to buy it very soon?
  3. You don't really pay that much more for a motherboard and PSU with SLi support if you're buying quality components anyways. Unless you really cheap out the difference between say a motherboard with 1 PCIe x16 slot with a 500W PSU compared to a motherboard with 2 PCIe slots and a 650W PSU is like $80 total.

    For a single display the 560 Ti should be more than sufficient.

    If you're choosing between a i5-2400 with a faster video card or the i5-2500K with slower video card I'd go with the i5-2400. Not only will you never be able to tell the difference between the two CPUs in games, but the i5-2400 would let you get a cheaper motherboard and forgo an aftermarket CPU fan.
  4. Thanks for your imput,
    Is there a H mobo (with usb3) that you would suggest? and any other parts in general?
  5. If you don't need SLi you might like this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
  6. FREE SHIPPING for this entire order. These two companies (Direct Canada & Best Direct) are affiliated and both out of Richmond, BC.

    http://www.directcanada.com/contact/

    http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC8944&vpn=THREE%20HUNDRED&manufacture=ANTEC $54.69
    Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC2961&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manufacture=XFX $60.15
    XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233848/H67M%20%28B3%29/ASRock/ $102.30
    ASRock H67M B3 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 DVI HDMI VGA Sandy Bridge Motherboard

    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K/Intel/ $187.09
    Intel Core i5 2400 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232566/F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL/G.SKILL/ $53.04
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066&vpn=N560GTX-TI%20Twin%20Frozr%20II/OC&manufacture=MSI $236.67
    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/233111/ST31000524AS/Seagate/ $53.74
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/DRW-24B1ST%20Bulk/ASUS/ $17.79
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/226011/V2210/BENQ/ $143.00
    BenQ V2210 21.5IN LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5000000:1 Black HDMI

    Total: $908.47 *not including mail in rebates
  7. I really like this as I dont think I would really need a 2500k. Thank you very much.
    1 more question, what are the life expentency of SSDs? The reason I really want to get one is that I was thinking I would be able to use it in future builds as well. Or do they die in ~3 years?

    Thank you all for your help guys.
  8. Nobody can really say with new SSDs since it'll be 3 years later before we know if the SSD you bought today lasts 3 years.

    That being said this is what we do know: SSDs from 3-5 years ago do die.
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