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$900-$1200 Gaming Build

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October 17, 2011 2:15:04 AM

This will be my first PC build, I'm not sure if everything is compatible or if I can find better deals or parts and would love some feedback from you guys, thanks!

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Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: $900-1200

System Usage: Gaming: SC2, Battlefield 3. Videos, music, web browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, or OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Memory Express

Country of Origin: CAN

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe, if it's safe

SLI or Crossfire: No idea

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I had a tough time choosing the Video Card, PSU and Case. Will this handle demanding games on high settings?

CPU
Intel Coreā„¢ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache $219.99

Video Card
EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $279.99

PSU
CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $129.99

Motherboard
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $149.99

Case
Antec Three Hundred Versatile Mid Tower Gamer Case $59.99

Or

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $54.99

Ram
GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-10666 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB) $49.99

Or

GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB) $44.99 [Not sure what the difference between these two are]

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99

DVD drive
LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA, OEM, Black $13.99


Total: Around $849 before shipping/gst

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October 17, 2011 2:21:11 AM

The difference is the speed of the ram. Either should be fine.
October 17, 2011 2:30:45 AM

On the ram I would go with the Pc3=12800 and if you have budget room I would up the power supply to a 750w just in case you want to pick up another 560Ti for SLI. If after you complete the build and are playing your games and are not happy with the fps then you could easily add another card for SLI and you wouldn't have to upgrade your power supply.
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October 17, 2011 3:36:32 AM

Wow, that looks almost identical to what I'm building right now, even ordering from the same stores.

The only things that are different are that I'm ordering a Corsair 400R case and a Sapphire 6950.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX34027%28ME%...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Even if you are undecided on the other parts you should definetly order your Power supply and ram by tomorrow before the sale at memory express is over. That's what I'll be doing anyways.
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