$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.
  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/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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