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$1500~ Gaming Build Advice.

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August 10, 2011 4:37:17 AM

My company is shipping me off in a week and I'm leaving my old PC at home so I'll need a new one so I can spend my lonely nights in a new city playing BF3..

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: Around $1500, pretty flexible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3, BC2, Witcher 2..), photo editing (Lightroom), movies.

Parts Not Required: I need everything, but the $1500 budget is just for the main components and not mouse, keyboard & monitor etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, Whatever is recommended.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I'd like to use a i5 2500k CPU and Nvidia GPU. Also, I like the Corsair 650D Mid-Tower Case .

Overclocking: Probably once I read about it a bit.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later if necessary.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I'd just like for it to be able to run BF3 on max (based on estimated specs) and be able to last for a few years. Also, I'm willing to use SSD but I'm not sure if it's worth it or how to set it up.

Thanks for any thought and input!

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August 10, 2011 6:12:50 AM

These two sites (Best Direct and Direct Canada) are affiliated and both use the same shipping addy out of Richmond, BC and both offer free shipping. I went for price point, but you can get all these components off of one site. This build is set up to add another gtx 580 later on for SLI. It has a SATA 3 120GB SSD, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), etc... $152.29
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB USB3.0 1394 Fan Ctrl No PS $135.39
Antec High Current Gamer 900W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze SLI Power Supply 135mm Fan $175.45
ASUS P8Z68-V Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI Motherboard $208.79
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB $24.20
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM $57.43
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 1.5V Memory Kit $53.74
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM $206.91
Patriot PP120GS25SSDR Pyro Series 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD $469.79
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Fermi 772MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card $16.79

Total: $1,500.78 $93.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM $59.69
Corsair Gaming Audio Series CA-HS1A Headset 50MM Drivers Circumaural Earcups
August 10, 2011 4:51:42 PM

^+1 Why_Me...that's a great build for $1500.

Nsot - I don't know if you can get a custom this week, especially if you're building it. Are they shipping you somewhere in the states?
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August 10, 2011 5:59:50 PM

Thanks Why_Me, that looks really good, I'll probably get something like that. Lol, you are right on the mark for the budget, so thank you very much.

I'm heading to Saskatchewan from Alberta on the 23rd, I was just planning on buying my stuff in the next week or so, so that when I come home for the weekend I can give it to my friend to build. I don't know my future address yet so shipping there is not really an option.
August 10, 2011 7:41:09 PM

Oh ok, as long as it works out! It would be a lot different if you were going to another country...

Good luck with your build

Trailer Park Boys is one of my favorite shows!
August 10, 2011 11:25:02 PM

Yeah lol true, Thanks!

And I don't really watch any Canadian television, it's usually pretty horrible.
August 10, 2011 11:25:17 PM

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