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August 30, 2011 3:19:23 AM

Seeing as I had one person post in my thread last time, and it was not helpful, ill repost with a little more detail.


Approximate Purchase Date: Unknown, within the next few months?, just getting some idea's together as well

Budget Range: $600-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(mainly new upcoming titles such as MW3 and BF3)also want future proof gaming at least for next couple years i think.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case, psu, HDD?, CD Drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.ca, or Newegg.ca (not too picky, but those are usually the cheapest with shipping and overall costs)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel and nvidia(EVGA brand prefered, but open to other ideas) I know theres alot of dispute between which is better, and i dont really know, I just pain old prefere intel and nivida, I know them better.

Overclocking: No (dunno how, not really to worried about it)

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, perhaps later in the future, but by that time id probably be looking at upgrading? so Maybe

Monitor Resolution: My monitor is a LG Flatron W2252TQ, supports 1680x1050 Though I will probably upgrade to a samsung LED model, so 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Just need motherboard, cpu, gpu, and ram, possibly a new HDD? unsure depends if theres a problem with my current ones or not. id prefere the HDD to be at least 500gb to if you include it in the idea's. Umm, ideas for both the low range of my budget and the high range of my budget would be much appreciated please ^^

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August 30, 2011 5:17:30 AM

I can suggest you a build.

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W $99.99

Total : $880

Try to find some combos and rebates to save a few more bucks.
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August 30, 2011 5:23:40 AM

I have pretty much deceided on the i5 2500k, but i dont need the hdd, dvd, case, or psu, or hsf.

my budget is only for cpu, mobo, gpu, and ram, that is all, but thank you for your input aside from the extra things you threw in there, the other items seem relativly nice, and decent price.
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August 30, 2011 5:43:16 AM

I would suggest reading the toms hardware page where they do systems at certain levels 500, 1000, and above. Take a look at each and take what you like. I would also suggest if you are able to do it. Try getting an SSD. Even a small one like 64 or 128GB just for installing whatever game you happen to be playing the most at the time and making it your virtual memory location. (Some games use virtual memory even if you have 8gigs+ of ram)
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August 30, 2011 5:46:21 AM

Geef said:
I would suggest reading the toms hardware page where they do systems at certain levels 500, 1000, and above. Take a look at each and take what you like. I would also suggest if you are able to do it. Try getting an SSD. Even a small one like 64 or 128GB just for installing whatever game you happen to be playing the most at the time and making it your virtual memory location. (Some games use virtual memory even if you have 8gigs+ of ram)


again my problem with this is those pages show full system builds which include everything from case to psu. I am only looking for 4 specific components, cpu, mobo, gpu, and ram this is all, so i want to find out what is the best in for each one for $600-$1000
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August 30, 2011 5:47:09 AM

FREE SHIPPING FOR ENTIRE BUILD

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234784/SGC-1000-KWN1/... $82.50
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25EXT 6X3.5INT Front Audio USB *No PS*

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/228326/R4-LUS-07AR-GP... $11.00
Coolermaster Megaflow 200MM Red LED Case Fan 700RPM for HAF932 922 Cosmos S Atcs 840 Storm Sniper

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC9874&v... $92.13
Antec High Current Gamer 750W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze SLI Power Supply 135mm Fan

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD4863&v... $122.70
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K... $208.79
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC8843&v... $23.69
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $44.00
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233111/ST31000524AS/S... $49.79
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/DRW-24B1ST%20B... $16.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD9294&v... $233.92 MIR $203.92
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 900MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini HDMI DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card

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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC0891&v... $59.69
Corsair Gaming Audio Series CA-HS1A Headset 50MM Drivers Circumaural Earcups
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August 30, 2011 5:50:45 AM

If thats the case,

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $219.99
MoBo : ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 - $189.99
Water Cooling System : CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler - $56.37
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 - $149.99
GPU : EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $469.99

Total : $1070
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August 30, 2011 5:52:22 AM

@ Why_me

The OP needs only CPU, RAM, GPU and MoBo.
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August 30, 2011 5:56:38 AM

008Rohit said:
@ Why_me

The OP needs only CPU, RAM, GPU and MoBo.

oops...I jumped the gun. Oh well, he can take that RAM, and cpu out of that build for sure...it's cheap and free shipping.
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August 30, 2011 6:25:14 AM

Why_Me said:

oops...I jumped the gun. Oh well, he can take that RAM, and cpu out of that build for sure...it's cheap and free shipping.

Thank you for your time and effort, but yes as stated i only need those 4 items.

008Rohit said:
If thats the case,

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $219.99
MoBo : ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 - $189.99
Water Cooling System : CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler - $56.37
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 - $149.99
GPU : EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $469.99

Total : $1070

That looks pretty good, what would you recommend for about $600?
The i5 2500k seems to be standard as iv researched anything mroe for a gaming rig is waste.
Asrock im iffy with, i have heard they dont have very good support, and after about a year there boards crap out.
I'm not to interest in water cooling as i have an ANTEC DF-85 case ^^
The RAM i was thinking of doing something with g.skill, they seem to be the most popular nowadays for ram, as well as best bang for your buck, but iv heard gaming rig doesnt need mroe then 4gb of ram.
that card looks good too ^^


Just to give more details this is what I currently have(just inside the case and the case itself dont need and not including peripherals that I have) :

Case: ANTEC DF-85
http://www.amazon.ca/14bay-Slot-2-5in-Fleet-Release-Doo...

PSU: COOLERMASTER GX 650W
http://www.amazon.ca/650w-Power-Supply-780w-Peak/dp/B00...

This is what im thinking of getting:

CPU: i5-2500K
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K... $208.79

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti $224.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo: Unsure of at the moment, looking for best bang for buck for the cpu listed above.

RAM: I'm thinking something by G.SKILL since they seem so popular as best bang for buck.

Again my budget is maximum of $1000, id prefere to be under, but i dont wanna go any less then $600 for sure, otherwise ill get crappy quality items.

Current Total minus the ram and mobo is $433.78(before taxes)
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August 30, 2011 6:41:49 AM

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $219.99
CPU Cooler : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $28.9
MoBo : ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX - $179.99
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 - $149.99
GPU : EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99

Total : $800

What about this one?
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August 30, 2011 5:48:17 PM

008Rohit said:
Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $219.99
CPU Cooler : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $28.9
MoBo : ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX - $179.99
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 - $149.99
GPU : EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99

Total : $800

What about this one?


Links please ^^ then i can just add to cart and what not. also im pricing in canadian just to be sure you know ^^
Also whats the advantage of having the cpu cooler over the standard one that comes with the processor?
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August 30, 2011 5:52:03 PM

I cant link to newegg pages as I'm only using my smartphone.
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August 30, 2011 5:52:36 PM

Mitsukaixx said:
Thank you for your time and effort, but yes as stated i only need those 4 items.


That looks pretty good, what would you recommend for about $600?
The i5 2500k seems to be standard as iv researched anything mroe for a gaming rig is waste.
Asrock im iffy with, i have heard they dont have very good support, and after about a year there boards crap out.
I'm not to interest in water cooling as i have an ANTEC DF-85 case ^^
The RAM i was thinking of doing something with g.skill, they seem to be the most popular nowadays for ram, as well as best bang for your buck, but iv heard gaming rig doesnt need mroe then 4gb of ram.
that card looks good too ^^


Just to give more details this is what I currently have(just inside the case and the case itself dont need and not including peripherals that I have) :

Case: ANTEC DF-85
http://www.amazon.ca/14bay-Slot-2-5in-Fleet-Release-Doo...

PSU: COOLERMASTER GX 650W
http://www.amazon.ca/650w-Power-Supply-780w-Peak/dp/B00...

This is what im thinking of getting:

CPU: i5-2500K
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K... $208.79

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti $224.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo: Unsure of at the moment, looking for best bang for buck for the cpu listed above.

RAM: I'm thinking something by G.SKILL since they seem so popular as best bang for buck.

Again my budget is maximum of $1000, id prefere to be under, but i dont wanna go any less then $600 for sure, otherwise ill get crappy quality items.

Current Total minus the ram and mobo is $433.78(before taxes)

That CM psu sucks, and you want a 750w psu for dual 560's so you have some headroom. Also make sure you get a ATX board and not a mATX board if you plan on going with dual card sometime later down the road.

Also I have used asrock boards since 2007 and I haven't heard of them crapping out after one year unless it was from Asus folks who have never actually used an Asrock board.
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August 30, 2011 6:31:08 PM

Why_Me said:
That CM psu sucks, and you want a 750w psu for dual 560's so you have some headroom. Also make sure you get a ATX board and not a mATX board if you plan on going with dual card sometime later down the road.

Also I have used asrock boards since 2007 and I haven't heard of them crapping out after one year unless it was from Asus folks who have never actually used an Asrock board.



To be honest, I bought the Antec DF-85 case for my gf and myself, without even thinking of psu cord length, so when they arrived I realized i needed new psu's asap, unfortunatly the local computer stores here only had the coolermaster, and they only had ONE 750W and ONE 650W I didnt feel like paying another $100 almost for the one above 750W, so being the good/nice bf I gave my gf the 750W and took the 650W for myself.

I'm not planning on dual carding anytime in the next year probably, and if i do ill be buying better cards to do it with and a better psu as well, so for the moment just want a single card.

As for asrock, i'v read many reviews on many mobo's, and I have heard good and bad on both, and found that asus and gigabyte just seem to be more popular, and that when asrock DOES have something go wrong its a total disaster compared to the others.
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August 31, 2011 2:45:55 AM

Best answer selected by Mitsukaixx.
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