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First PC gaming rig. 1500-2000CAD

Last response: in Systems
September 21, 2011 3:44:28 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around late october to mid november

Budget Range: Max 2000$ after taxes (13% HST)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(BF3, etc), Photoshop, Lightroom, Media system

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
due to picking up from store 5 minutes away = no shipping :D 
And pricematching any other retailer

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Sticking with the msi factory OCed 570 unless proven otherwise annd may do light OCing on the the processor

SLI or Crossfire: At the moment no, but may(75% chance) toss in a second 570 when needed/have the money, so would rather have the powersupply + mobo + case to do so

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Current Part selection:
CPU: i5 2500k - $209.99
I only do light Photoshop/Lightroom, so hopefully i7 isn't needed

GPU: MSI GTX 570 - $365.54

RAM: G.skill ripjaws 1600 8gb - Pricematched to $49.28

SSD: Crucial M4 128gb - Pricematched to $174.97

HDD: WD Caviar Black SATAIII 750gb - $59.99
Note: I would get Samsung F3 but NCIX does not have any in stock anymore

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 $199.99

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-d14 - $89.99

PSU: Corsait TX850 ATX 12V Single Rail - Pricematched to $131.20

Case: Coolermaster Haf X EATX - Pricematched to $167.20
I realllyy like this case, so will probably stubborn on changing it

CD/DVD Drive: ASUS 24x DVD Writer - Pricematched to $19.97

OS: Windows 7 - Pricematched to $99.97

Before Pricematch/taxes: 1747.42
After Pricematch/before taxes: 1618.09
Final Price: $1832.57
Damn 13% Tax up here in Ontario -_-

I'm hoping i provided enough information, if anything else is needed, ask away and thank you very much in advance.
September 21, 2011 4:13:56 AM

You could go w/ a GTX 580 for around 500 bucks and SLI it in the future. This would not take you over your budget. I am also building a PC for a similar price. My wishlist is here:
In my build I decided to go w/ the ASUS P868 Deluxe motherboard which is some of the best bang for your buck on the most recent Tom's Hardware Z68 Motherboard comparison...
The Deluxe comes w/ bluetooth and high benchmarks for gaming.
I also chose to use the SilverStone Fortress FT02B-W. A super sick, and expensive case that has some of the best cooling, and greatest quality of all cases.
A video review for it here:
A lot of people recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212, for a low price, supposedly offers great cooling and good for overclocking eventually.
September 21, 2011 12:45:13 PM

I've been thinking about gtx 580, but prob won't end up getting it...and yeah i'm on the fench for Hyper 212 vs NH D14

(Also, shameless self bump)
September 21, 2011 5:18:18 PM

Maybe few replies is a good thing. The guru's here must like your build. Good luck. Looks good to me. I think I might end up using the P8Z68 Pro also, since it seems more in line w/ the features I would actually use, and a bit nicer price point. Plus that Pro also has bluetooth which I have set my eyes on as a must have feature lol.