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September 6, 2011 10:53:02 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next couple of days

Budget Range: $650- 750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the web, photoshop, gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor

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Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like it to be able to run startcraft 2 on low-medium (Don't game much anymore)

Case: Cooler Master haf 912

Motherboard: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3

CPU: Intel i5 2500k

DVD: LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM

HD: Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

GPU: Use intergrated graphics for now

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

PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply PFC 80+ Bronze Modular 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan

Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

$675.50 CAD including rebates

This pc is mostly intended for my dad's use. He likes it really fast for surfing the web. I will sometimes use it for gaming so intergrated should be fine. I might add a graphics card during the winter holidays... Is it possible to add the graphics card afterwards?

Any suggestions for improvements would be appreciated

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September 7, 2011 3:08:06 AM

There are no integrated graphics on P67 chipsets :)  The PSU is fantastic but really overkill.

So here are my changes:

Antec 520W, made by Seasonic
This is enough to run any graphics card you are likely to buy, given your needs.

Has integrated graphics, USB 3, SATA 6GB/S. Yes you can add any PCI-E GPU you like later. However, Starcraft on medium is not too likely with an integrated GPU. Low probably.

A faster drive will be better for dad.

September 7, 2011 5:18:41 AM

thanks for your advice.

Should I add like a low end graphics card like 6670 or 6770 first and see if i need to upgrade later? Or should i wait and get a 6850?
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September 7, 2011 5:50:16 AM

I definitely recommend a i5 2500k with a z68 board. Overclocking is as easy as hitting 1 button. Id suggest the coolermaster hyper 212+ for cooling the cpu.
September 7, 2011 7:31:15 AM

If you can fit a 6770 into the budget that's probably going to be enough for you.
September 7, 2011 7:54:27 AM

"He likes it really fast for surfing the web"

the speed of your internet connection will be the limitation .
September 7, 2011 3:06:56 PM

i dont think it's the internet problem... because my i3 laptop surfs quite fast already
September 7, 2011 3:13:18 PM

6770 will be more than good enough. Currently, I have the 6670 in my build and it runs starcraft 2 medium settings at 60-70 fps and high settings at 30-40fps so its not too bad go with 6670 at the LEAST its 80$ after rebate on newegg i would recommend that. If you want to spend an extra 30-40$ for a little more performance for the 6770, then go for it($110-120 on newegg)
September 7, 2011 5:16:53 PM

$700 is enough for a decent gaming computer actually.

i5-2500 + PNY 4 GB DDR3-1333: $224.98

AS Rock H61 U3S3: $66.99

Xigmatek 400W PSU: $34.95

seagate 1 TB drive + samsung DVD burner: $73.48

Rosewill Blackbone + win 7: $134.98

HIS HD6850 + Deus Ex: $159.99

September 7, 2011 6:48:35 PM

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130
Memory : Gskill Ripjaws 2x4GB DDR3 1600 Dual-Channel Memory - $55
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $60
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $20
PSU : Corsair CX500 V2 - $50
Case : CoolerMaster HAF 912 - $60

Total : $605 after rebates

Add Windows.