Suggestions For A 1st Timer [Gaming PC]

Hey everyone...

This is going to be my first gaming build ever and was was wondering if you folks have some suggestions. Thanks & Appreciate your time!!

Edit: Going with this build.


Approximate Purchase Date: Either Tonight or Tomorrow hopefully with your blessings

Budget Range: 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing Internet + Watching Movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or (Primarily this site as it has free shipping to Canada),,,, or others.

Country of Origin: Canada. Toronto, Ontario

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Possibly in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Monitor: ASUS ve278

Additional Comments: Needs to be able to run current games at least high settings on that resolution & as quiet as possible.


CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
Price: $237.29

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
Price: $50.88

MOBO: Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
Price: $ 180.79 - ($30 Mail in Rebate) = $150.79

PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 650W ATX 12V Single Rail 53A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze
Price: $90.39

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked Fermi 900MHZ 1024MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card
Price: $281.91-($20 Mail in Rebate)= $261.91

HDD:Western Digital WD Caviar Black 750GB 7200RPM 64MB Buffer SATA3 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive
Price: $75.30

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
Price: $21.12

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM
Price: $26.77

Case: Coolermaster cm 690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5EXT 6X3.5INT *No PSU*
Price: $90.05

Total (Taxes Included): $1004.50
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  1. Everything looks solid but the psu. You want a 750w psu to push two 560's in SLI so that you have some juice left over for o/c, etc... <----- Also check the prices on that site seeing how it's affiliated with Direct Canada. Both of those outfits use the same shipping addy in Richmond, BC and both offer free shipping. Iv'e done plenty of builds on here using both those site might have the cheaper mobo, and the other might have the cheaper psu, cpu, etc...

    If you click the "Contact" info on both of those sites you will see what I'm talking about in regards to both of them using the same warehouse. $94.50 Free Ground Shipping
    Antec High Current Gamer 750W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze SLI Power Supply 135mm Fan
  2. Best answer
    pckitty4427 said:

    That Asus board isn't meant for dual cards. It runs dual cards @ x4.

    Here's a board that runs dual cards @ x8. $122.70
    Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
  3. Updated original post & changed the PSU- thanks to Why_Me

    Any other suggestions for the MOBO?

    Edit: Decided not going to SLI, changed the power supply, & changed HDD.
  4. Best answer selected by beniceplz.
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