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October 12, 2011 3:44:10 AM

I will be ordering the parts for my first Gaming PC within the next two hours. I am looking for a few final opinions before I order. I will be able to upgrade my video card every year or two but I need most of these parts to last a while. Lastly I would like to know if I have forgotten anything important. I remembered to include thermal paste and an anti static wrist band. Thanks in advance for your help.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few hours.

Budget Range: $2050

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

Parts Not Required: I am building from scratch

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: DirectCanada.com if possible unless the money saved is substantial, as I get free shipping from DirectCanada as long as my order doesn't way too much.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I am pretty happy with the parts that I have picked out, but am open to second opinions.

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 am really just looking for some last minute opinions.

Case: Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC7104&v...

PSU: Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC2373

GPU: MSI N570GTX Power Edition OC GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 770MHZ 1280MB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI Video Card
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62945

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57962&promoid=12...

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554

Memory: 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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD3844

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

CD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC9713

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11230DR7592

Mouse: Mionix Naos 5000 Laser Gaming Mouse 7 Button Programmable Ultrapolling 5040DPI USB2.0
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30570ID1691

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard USB Programmable Backlit Keys USB Audio
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12660ID4780

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 32BIT DVD OEM
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45269&promoid=12...
October 12, 2011 4:08:59 AM

Woops. Thanks for pointing that out. I added it at the last minute.
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October 12, 2011 4:09:27 AM

Do you see any places where I could cut down on the cost at all?
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October 12, 2011 4:30:44 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/

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair and it saves you a few dollars.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8651&v... $134.85
XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

MSI has the best o/c proggy out there (MSI Afterburner) and it takes all of a few minutes to o/c this card down below.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD1893&v... $344.51 MIR $314.51
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB 3.8GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI Video Card

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/GFC-02050/MICR... $93.79
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
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October 12, 2011 4:40:15 AM

AsRock mobos are not very reputable. Plus Bulldozer should be coming out pretty soon Like Hopefully today! So it might be best to wait and see if that pushes down the prices. Plus if you are set on the Intel route then I guess stick with that, but if bulldozer is as good as sandy bridge cpu's then it would save you some coin on your mobo if you go AMD. I am building a comp and am waiting to see what bulldozer has to offer. With the price being so low on the chips it might turn out that they are not as good or even compete with the sandy bridge but no one really knows until benchmarks are done.
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October 12, 2011 4:44:31 AM

stanfiem said:
AsRock mobos are not very reputable. Plus Bulldozer should be coming out pretty soon Like Hopefully today! So it might be best to wait and see if that pushes down the prices. Oh and just torrent windows seven if you have no qualms with pirating. Plus if you are set on the Intel route then I guess stick with that, but if bulldozer is as good as sandy bridge cpu's then it would save you some coin on your mobo if you go AMD. I am building a comp and am waiting to see what bulldozer has to offer. With the price being so low on the chips it might turn out that they are not as good or even compete with the sandy bridge but no one really knows until benchmarks are done.

If you value keeping your current account on this site, I would suggest you edit that part of your post as to where you just suggested someone pirate Windows. This is tomshardware, not some ghetto pirate site.
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October 12, 2011 4:45:25 AM

I know that ASRock are not generally considered a top of the line brand, but this board in particular has gotten very good reviews.
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October 12, 2011 4:52:11 AM

alexthetitan said:
I know that ASRock are not generally considered a top of the line brand, but this board in particular has gotten very good reviews.

Asrock is the way to go these days imo. Since it split ways with Asus (on a bad note), it's kicked arse and is now the #3 selling board manufacture behind Asus and Gigabyte and it's rapidly catching up to them. Asrock boards sport those PCI-E 3.0 slots...something Asus and Gigabyte won't have until the first of the year. Nothing wrong at all going with an Asrock. They have been ahead of the game lately.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Ivy Bridge and the new generation vid cards.
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October 12, 2011 4:55:36 AM

Please don't get that case. Super dust magnet.
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October 12, 2011 4:55:53 AM

Why me, do you think that power supply that you suggested is of similar quality to the corsair?
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October 12, 2011 4:56:41 AM

alexthetitan said:
I will be ordering the parts for my first Gaming PC within the next two hours. I am looking for a few final opinions before I order. I will be able to upgrade my video card every year or two but I need most of these parts to last a while. Lastly I would like to know if I have forgotten anything important. I remembered to include thermal paste and an anti static wrist band. Thanks in advance for your help.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few hours.

Budget Range: $2050

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

Parts Not Required: I am building from scratch

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: DirectCanada.com if possible unless the money saved is substantial, as I get free shipping from DirectCanada as long as my order doesn't way too much.

Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: I am pretty happy with the parts that I have picked out, but am open to second opinions.

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 am really just looking for some last minute opinions.

Case: Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC7104&v...

PSU: Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC2373

GPU: MSI N570GTX Power Edition OC GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 770MHZ 1280MB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI Video Card
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62945

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57962&promoid=12...

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554

Memory: 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.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD3844

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

CD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC9713

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11230DR7592

Mouse: Mionix Naos 5000 Laser Gaming Mouse 7 Button Programmable Ultrapolling 5040DPI USB2.0
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30570ID1691

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard USB Programmable Backlit Keys USB Audio
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12660ID4780

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 32BIT DVD OEM
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45269&promoid=12...



Hi,
You have probably already placed your order. But, I would suggest the professional version of Win 7. Before you get on the internet to download the latest drivers, I would suggest put the new build behind a router firewall. You also need an antivirus program.

If you want to cut costs, here are a few options.

change the HAF X to the 932advanced
change the GTX 570 to GTX 560 Ti (two GTX 570's is just overkill)
change the 27" monitor to a 24"
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October 12, 2011 4:59:46 AM

Why_Me said:
Asrock is the way to go these days imo. Since it split ways with Asus (on a bad note), it's kicked arse and is now the #3 selling board manufacture behind Asus and Gigabyte and it's rapidly catching up to them. Asrock boards sport those PCI-E 3.0 slots...something Asus and Gigabyte won't have until the first of the year. Nothing wrong at all going with an Asrock. They have been ahead of the game lately.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Ivy Bridge and the new generation vid cards.

Oh really...I was not aware of the new gen 3.0 is there any benefit in running an older-ish card say a 6870 or a 570 on the new 3.0 or will the benefits only be noticed when these new cards come out
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October 12, 2011 5:24:55 AM

Looks good to me. Good value on your choices. Brand names aren't bad. Only thing i'd change is your GPU, and get same series, but made from EVGA.

I like their customer service / quality the best for GPUs / motherboards.
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October 12, 2011 5:27:34 AM

Part of why I chose that GPU is that it comes with a coupon for Arkham City, $50 value, so I figure it ends up costing about the same as an EVGA, but with a better cooler. Well I made my order, stressful but exciting. :D . Waited 4 or so years for this computer. Thanks guys.
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October 12, 2011 5:28:15 AM

Best answer selected by Alexthetitan.
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