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October 24, 2011 6:07:13 AM

I've always wanted to build my own gaming pc, and I finally have the time and a little extra cash. I have about $1000 set aside for it, so I'd like to keep it as close to that as possible. Room for upgrades in the next year or 2 would be wonderful, but not completely necessary.

I already have a decent monitor/keyboard/mouse, but I need everything else. I have enough knowledge to build it, but essentially zero knowledge and what components work together or are my best value.

I'm located in Canada so I'll be using http://www.newegg.ca/ for all of my components.

Please let me know what other info you'll need from me. I appreciate any guidance you can give me.
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October 24, 2011 1:05:35 PM

Thanks for pointing the form out to me. Please let me know if you need anything else.


Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and mid-November


Budget Range: approx $1000 before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, everything else

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca (seems cheapest plus I have giftcards)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Whatever gives me the most bang for my buck. A path for upgrades a year or 2 down the road would be great.


Overclocking: Maybe - although I would prefer not to at least initially.


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - not to which is better/easier for me to install.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I appreciate any help you can give me.

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October 24, 2011 9:30:43 PM

How much in newegg gift certificates do you have? The reason I'm asking is because newegg canada is a total rip off so I would use what you have in gift certificates at newegg, and the rest at direct canada and/or best direct canada.

and btw, newegg canada doesn't even come close to having the best prices, and when you factor in shipping it gets even worse.
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October 24, 2011 11:20:11 PM

I have $250 in gift certificates.

Thanks for directing me to those sites.

Also I was given a Cooler Master HAF 922 today. Is this a decent case?
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October 24, 2011 11:34:39 PM

Camaell said:
I have $250 in gift certificates.

Thanks for directing me to those sites.

Also I was given a Cooler Master HAF 922 today. Is this a decent case?

Ya that's a decent case. That case rocks. Someone gave it to you? Nice! I'l post a build for you here in a bit.
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October 25, 2011 3:05:53 AM

Yeah, he's ran short of room in his 922, and upgraded to some monster case. Generous guy.

Appreciate the help.
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October 25, 2011 4:28:56 AM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC2351&v... $86.26 MIR $71.26
OCZ ZS Series 750W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN ATX SLI Ready 80PLUS Bronze Performance Power Supply 135mm Fan

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237094/Z68%20Extreme3... $148.50
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232639/BX80623I52500K... $214.79
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237385/RR-212E-20PK-R... $29.15
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232563/F3-12800CL9D-8... $47.79
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/234626/GH24LS70/LG%20... $17.79
LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233111/ST31000524AS/S... $77.00
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $279.99
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0

***gtx 570 version of that build down below

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/236580/P1850SNLB9/XFX... $109.20
XFX 850W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $344.99
GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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October 25, 2011 5:27:35 AM

One last question. I may use my gift certificates to upgrade my monitor. If I do that, are there any comparable GPU's out there? From and of the other stores preferably.
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October 25, 2011 5:32:37 AM

Camaell said:
One last question. I may use my gift certificates to upgrade my monitor. If I do that, are there any comparable GPU's out there? From and of the other stores preferably.


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14080BD4250&v... $274.56
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI DisplayPort Video Card
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October 25, 2011 1:06:25 PM

So if I go with the GTX 570, the only other thing I'll need to change is my PSU?
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October 25, 2011 1:10:26 PM

I'd go with the 6950 2 GB, it's better value IMO. Then add a second one later :sol: 
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October 25, 2011 1:48:15 PM

I'm leaning that way for sure. Fits in my budget a little better too.
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October 29, 2011 5:01:53 AM

I just thought of one last thing.

Do I need a soundcard? If so whats a good, cheaper card?
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October 29, 2011 5:18:25 AM

nope you don't need a soundcard.
my advice is that you get a less fancy card that is equally as powerful as the MSI but cheaper. MSI costs this much because of looks and low noise but not for it's outstanding performance.
It would be good if you could find some money from one or two of your things in order to get an ssd.
If you don't plan on dual gfx card you can get a cheaper motherboard. Also if you are gonna use just one card a 650watt psu will suffice (OC included)
In case you certainly don't want to overclock you can get the i5 2400, drop the psu another inch
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October 29, 2011 5:20:21 AM

(performance-wise it will all be just as fast but less expensive allowing you to get that ssd)
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October 29, 2011 6:06:55 AM

vx53c said:
nope you don't need a soundcard.
my advice is that you get a less fancy card that is equally as powerful as the MSI but cheaper. MSI costs this much because of looks and low noise but not for it's outstanding performance.
It would be good if you could find some money from one or two of your things in order to get an ssd.
If you don't plan on dual gfx card you can get a cheaper motherboard. Also if you are gonna use just one card a 650watt psu will suffice (OC included)
In case you certainly don't want to overclock you can get the i5 2400, drop the psu another inch


What SSD would you recommend?
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