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Critique my budget gaming build ($850 cdn)

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July 31, 2011 6:29:48 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks


Budget Range: $850 before tax and mail-in rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video encoding, HD movies


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com or canadacomputers.com due to local pickup, but newegg.ca is fine if necessary.


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: None, whatever is the best is fine


Overclocking: Not heavy OC'ing, but still enough to get the i5 2500k to 4.2Ghz with a decent cooler.


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments:
- USB 3.0 required
- 5.1 Audio support required (in case im wrong about all mobo's supporting it)


What I got so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core - $210

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $120

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 - $59

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $75

Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Fermi 830MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 - $235 w/ pricematch

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W - $75

Case: Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case - $50

DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer - $21 w/ pricematch

Total: $845 before tax and mail-in rebates

Thanks :) 
July 31, 2011 7:19:47 AM

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?item_id... $99.99 Mail-in Rebate -$10.00 Sale Price$ 89.99
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz 2x PCI-Express GLAN 7.1-CH HD Audio 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 10xUSB 2.0 2xUSB 3.0 ATX

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July 31, 2011 8:38:40 PM

Anything ill be missing out with that Gigabyte board that makes it $20 less?


starravier said:
From the sounds of it, your in mississauga LOL

As for your CPU cooler
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=41337&vpn=RR-B10-212P-G1&...
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - 29.99

Good guess, but I live in Thornhill right off the 407, so the drive to the Markham NCIX and Vaughan CanadaComputers is fairly quick :) 

I completely forgot about a CPU cooler lol, thx. The thermal paste that it comes with, is it good or should I buy aftermarket? If so, which is the best to buy right now?


Also, when looking through the Antec 300 reviews, a lot of people were mentioning using 1200rpm fans for the front, specifically the Scythe Slip Stream Kaze Jyuni ones. Will a 1200rpm fan be enough to cool the parts while still being quiet?

Thanks.
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August 1, 2011 5:06:37 AM

Unless your pushing for 5Ghz the one i recommended will do just nicely, personally i dont see why its so great, but it works. I switched to a Ultra X7 for aesthetic reasons :) . And the 300 series is the case i used for my old rig. The only thing i didnt like was the cable management. its pretty bad, i mean if thats not a concern then go for it
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