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September 2, 2011 12:07:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month or next month

Budget Range: ~1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Rage,general gaming, web browsing, etc

Parts Not Required: mouse and keyboard, os

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: yes, eventually

Monitor Resolution: not sure, could someone tell me ?: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Hey guys, I will be building a new computer pretty soon and I'd appreciate some advice as my knowledge about gaming pcs is not the greatest. First of all, I will post the parts I want to buy. I'd also like to know if there are better alternatives or any incompatibilities with some parts. As for the asssembling, I'll be fine since ive done it a couple times.

Parts

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Tower:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU: (750 watts enough for crossfire?)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MOBO:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Ram:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Processor: (Overkill?)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Graphics Card: (will crossfire eventually. Does the company make a difference or are they all the same? ie: xfx, power color, asus, msi, gigabyte if not witch is best)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

DVD drive:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD: (Better,more reliable alternatives?)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Price total: app. 1400-1500$

Can I green light it or am I missing parts/incompatibilities with my build? I more than welcome you guys to suggest me better alternatives, thanks. :) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2011 10:48:36 AM

Ok a few things:

Motherboard - The motherboard you listed is for a socket AM3 processor (AMD CPU), if you want the i7-2600k or other SandyBridge processor, YOU NEED SOCKET 1155.

GPU - 6970, great choice. Brand doesn't make too much difference, sometimes cards are clocked a little higher than reference or offer better cooling or longer warranty. XFX and Sapphire i believe are popular manufacturer choices for ATI cards.

PSU - 850w Recommend for Crossfire 6970's

HDD - Samsung SpinPoint F3 is generally considered the best value 1TB HDD.

CPU - You wont lose any noticeable gaming performance choosing the i5-2500k over the i7-2600k. Unless your doing lots of video coding/rendering, the i5-2500k will be fine.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2011 5:15:05 PM

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