New build, recommendations?

I'm in need of a new computer. Upgrading is not an option, my old PC is an Athlon X2 5200, by the time I calculated the parts needed to upgrade, it was not worth it.
I am mainly a gamer, but do use it for work and minor photo editing as well.
My budget is under $1500 and am looking at going through NCIX (I am in Canada).
I have no plans to overclock right away, but would like the option. I may SLI the video card at a later point as well.

Here is what I am looking at so far:

Case: Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black Edition Mid Tower ATX Case - $159.98

MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V PRO Intel Z68 S1155 Motherboard - $220.59

CPU: Intel CPU Core i5 Unlocked 2500K Sandy Bridge Quad Core Processor - $238.98

Heatsink: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink - $29.98

PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze - $99.99

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI - $249.99

RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit - $79.98

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM - $89.98

DVD Writer: LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM - $19.99

SSD: None at this point, maybe in the future.

I plan on installing Windows 7 Home Premium. Any suggestions/critiques would be appreciated.

I will also need a new monitor. Any recommendations on what to look for?


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  1. Best answer
    Nice build.

    Nothing id change other than maybe the Hyper 212+ for the new Hyper 212 EVO.

    Id recommend getting an SSD into your initial build so you can load your OS onto there :) Note: Make sure you install 64-bit Windows, NOT 32-bit.
  2. Pretty flawless build. Go for it!

    I'd get the Win7 Professional or Ultimate though, and for 3 reasons:

    • First, you get 5 years more support with Pro
    • You do not have the 16GB RAM limit;
    • You can have XP mode.

    So I really think the Pro is worth it.
  3. Awesome, thanks! Yeah, definitely getting 64 bit.
    I swapped the cooler, and will look into upgrading the version of Windows.
    Thanks again!

  4. Nice build. You get get the processor cheaper from DirectCanada or CanadaComputers for $219.99. Use NCIX's online price match or do it in store.

    But yeah, that's a pretty nice build.
  5. Best answer selected by JamieR.
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