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My first attempt at a new gaming system around $1000 CAD

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October 18, 2011 8:30:16 PM

Hello all,

I'm attempting to build a new gaming system with a budget of around $1000 Canadian.

I will be using this system to play Eve Online with two monitors/accounts. (I would like to play with as close to max settings as possible for both monitors)
I also play Civilization V (and want to be able to run Civ 6 at as close to max graphics and the largest map size as possible when it eventually comes out)
I also enjoy playing Football Manager with as large of Database as possible and as many leagues as possible selected.

This is what I've put together so far, I'm open to any suggestions/criticism that could help me save a few bucks on one of the components while still getting good value for what I need. Or if I've got crap here maybe alternate suggestions?

Thanks so much, I'm pumped to try this out (I think I'll even try to Overclock for the first time.)

Also, do I need thermal paste as well as the cooling fan?

The thoughts for the SSD were to boot from and run my games/office from for faster load times.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1023.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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October 19, 2011 2:23:08 PM

No feedback?

Maybe it's a good system then?
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October 19, 2011 2:34:43 PM

since you're going to game on two monitors at the same time, you might want 2gb of vram
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October 19, 2011 3:45:23 PM

2gb of ram? You think it will be too taxing on the card if it were just 1gb then?

As per the PSU, okay I'll look at a lower power PSU and save a few dollars thanks.
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October 19, 2011 3:47:44 PM

Yeah, morgoth does make a good point. Not sure about it though.
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