Looking to purchase new computer ($800 CAD)

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferable this week (though depends on parts)

Budget Range: 800ish before Rebates (though trying to cut costs despite my ideal build below)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: K&M, Optic Drive, Monitor, Network card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No (doubtful)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I don't tend to upgrade my computer that often, so looking for parts that last. Considering how Bulldozer is doing in reviews/benches it looks like an Intel system is my best bet (especially since AMD is planning to change off AM3+ for their next generation anyways).

So what I'm looking at:
CPU / Mobo combo:
-Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge
-GIGABYTE GA-Z68X (main draw to this mobo are the USB3 connectors)

-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Video Card:
-SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870
$170 (after coupons), $150 after rebate

-OCZ Fatal1ty 550W
$70, $40 after rebate


Hard drive:
-Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

total = 807 before rebates
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  1. Best answer
    You want a 2500K and not a 2500 so that you have the option to o/c.


    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.
  2. That's a good build. Since you are looking long term, I would get the 2500K processor. This will allow you to overclock down the line, since you mentioned you might. It's very easy. The difference in price is ~$5. The motherboard seems like a good choice. USB 3.0 shouldn't be a huge draw, as not a lot of devices are really using them.

    I would also look at a better video card too, if you plan to run BF3.
  3. +1 to Why_Me. Canada shipping is kinda f-ed up.
  4. hmmmm the 2500k doesn't have any good combo's or deals :S. Will have to see what other sites have for those
  5. Potential of a 2500K @ 4.5+ Ghz and the freedom to choose your own motherboard outweighs savings of $13.

    Just my opinion. :P
  6. Best answer selected by wizuriel.
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