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New Builders First Build - $800 b4 rebates/shipping

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October 1, 2011 9:05:05 AM

Hey everyone,

I'm new to building and thought it would be a good idea to run my thoughts for a new build by you guys to make sure that everything I picked is compatible and will work together. Also, any advice on better parts for similar or even lower prices if possible would be welcome as well. Well, without any further ado, here's my *specs* as it were and my parts below them:

Approximate Purchase Date: It's a theoretical exercise at this point. Purchases would be made either over a long period of time as upgrades to my current computer, or all at once if I am able to arrange to sell mine for a good portion of the cost of the upgrades.

Budget Range: About $800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming, movies and internet surfing. I regularly have 30+ tabs open in chrome or firefox.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca is the one I'm familiar with, all of my current selections are from there.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: As you can tell from my picks below, I'm aiming for Intel and Nvidia for many of my components.

Overclocking: Yes, I'll likely do some tinkering but nothing really serious.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: My current monitor limits me to 1360x768 on my radeon 5770 (which makes a strange buzzing noise EXCEPT when i'm stressing it or the cpu a bit, strange). Anyways, as I will be looking to get a bigger monitor in the near future, 1920x1080 will be what I am aiming for.

Additional Comments: The things I'm mostly concerned about are that the case I picked is big enough for the parts I picked, and that my power supply is good enough to power everything steadily under load. Other than that I'm fairly confident that everything I picked should all work together, but if I'm wrong about anything be sure to tell me!

My Picks

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU Heatsink & Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C8
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CD/DVD Burner: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Your thoughts?
October 1, 2011 9:57:57 AM

FREE SHIPPING

These two retailers (Direct Canada & Best Direct) are affiliated, both use the same shipping addy out of Richmond, BC, and both offer free ground shipping.

http://www.directcanada.com/contact/

http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/230752/RC-912-KKN1/CO... $52.80
Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC2961&v... $59.61
XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9423&v...(B3)&manufacture=MSI $112.99
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E 3PCI SATA3 USB3.0 Audio GBLAN 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.bestdirect.ca/products/219944/RR-910-HTX3-G1... $16.50
Coolermaster Hyper TX Series Aluminum 3-HEATPIPE CPU Cooler S1155/1156/775/AM3/AM2/939/940

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD2304&v... $28.44
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit

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... $19.80
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD1412&v... $238.69 MIR $228.69
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 850MHZ 1024MB 4104MHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card

Total: 787.41 not including rebates
October 1, 2011 11:29:42 AM

Very Nice! Not only do I save on the shipping costs, your build will also save quite a bit of money without losing any performance as compared to mine.
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