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October 11, 2011 12:12:42 AM

I will be ordering my first Gaming PC tomorrow and I am looking for a way to cut down on the price by $50 or so so that I can buy some more games. Any help is appreciated. I would prefer to stick to DirectCanada.ca and BestDirect.ca is possible.

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: $1700 - $1850

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, schoolwork.

Parts Not Required: I am building from scratch

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: DirectCanada.com or BestDirect. Iam open to using Newegg.ca or other sites if necessary.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Preferably Intel and NVIDIA, but I am not a fanboy, so I am open to suggestions.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: In a year or two I would like to add a second card.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want to run anything and everything on max, including Metro 2033.

CD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] Bulk/ASUS/

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] S/Seagate/

Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Black USB 106 Key Backlit
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12660ID1393

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] 00K/Intel/

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] MICROSOFT/

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] LERMASTER/

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234805/CT128M4SSD2/CR...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS TOP USB2.0 1394 Audio
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] RED/ANTEC/

Monitor: Samsung S27A350H 27IN Widescreen LCD Monitor LED Backlit 1920X1080 2MS 300CD/M2 HDMI VGA
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1404138642P

Video Card: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB 3.8GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI Video Card
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD1893

PSU: XFX 850W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] SNLB9/XFX/

Mouse: Logitech G500 Laser Gaming Mouse 5700DPI Weight Adjustable USB BLACK/GREY
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12660ID2220

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211

Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI3.0-E16 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237227/P67%20Extreme4...

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October 11, 2011 12:37:41 AM

I would go for a Logitech G110-$65.52
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12660ID4780&v...
I loved this keyboard (until my motherboard fried all things connected to the usb ports) and it works really well. I never really cared for the G buttons on the left hand side

Also I would personally change the XFX PSU to a Corsair PSU since I have read that the XFX's have kinda a high failure rate on them. $133.19
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan 5 Year Warranty
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/?sku=236287&kw=corsai...


Also if you are getting an Intel i5-2550K cpu, you should go with a Z68 chipset since they are much better for overclocking.

The motherboard that I have:
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard- $154.03
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD8953&v...


Once question, why do you need a 128 GB SSD? Getting a smaller size one will cut the cost a good bit.
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October 11, 2011 12:40:25 AM

Looks pretty sweet. I have a few suggestions;

I'd get the superior Samsung F3 1TB HD.

I own the Antec 900. Its a nice enough case-for 3 years ago. The cable management is not great, it lacks other conveniences as well. For the price you can find a lot more updated options out there. I'd recommend looking at newer cases from Coolermaster, NZXT, Fractal Designs, Xigmatek, and Sentey.
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October 11, 2011 12:44:44 AM

+1 for the G110, my wife really loves hers.

I disagree however with the SSD, get the one you've chosen. 120GB range is perfect for boot/OS drive. Smaller = less space for apps and slower performance.
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October 11, 2011 1:45:54 AM

Cooler Master Haf 922 is a great low budget case that looks cools and keeps those parts nice and cool
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October 11, 2011 5:34:10 AM

tacobravo said:
Cooler Master Haf 922 is a great low budget case that looks cools and keeps those parts nice and cool


Agreed, that is a great case. Although it looks like it does not include USB 3.0, something I look for on newer cases.
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October 13, 2011 3:00:06 AM

buzznut said:
Agreed, that is a great case. Although it looks like it does not include USB 3.0, something I look for on newer cases.


You can always buy usb 3.0 headers if you so desired.
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October 13, 2011 5:13:39 AM

I actually ended up getting a Haf X.
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