Gaming Rig, Beginner Need Advice!

Hello all,

First time posting on these forums, I could really use some advice and feedback on the system I am planning on putting together. Im going to follow the *How To Ask For New Build Advice* as closely as possible to make things easier.

Approximate Purchase Date:

Oct 2011 to Jan 2012

Budget Range:

$800-980 CAD prior to 13% sales taxes ( $1070 max tax included)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Gaming (latest games at high to ultra high settings), HD movie, Music, Web surfing

Parts Not Required:

keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Country of Origin:

Canada, Ontario

Parts Preferences:

Already purchased:

Case: Cooler master HAF 932 ($100)
Power Supply: XFX PRO 850W Core Edition ($85)

To be purchased:

*Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P ATX LGA1155 Z68
*ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Intel Z68 LGA1155 ATX
Intel Core i5-2500K Unlocked Processor
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600
Video Card:
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5
XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 1GB 5GHZ GDDR5
Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3



SLI or Crossfire:


Monitor Resolution:


Additional Comments:

I want to put together a system that is as future friendly as possible. For example being compatible with the next generation of intel CPUs Ivy Bridge, and also the PCIe 3.0. Now based on what this guy on youtube says, the *Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P ATX LGA1155 Z68 is supposed to meet both expectations, though I am still not too sure.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.
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  1. Bumb!!! Can someone give me some feedback please?!!
  2. You can get the Seagate Barracuda 1 TB on Amazon for a lower price than the 500 GB one you have. Look there and buy it ASAP because hard drive prices are skyrocketing due to decreasing availability with the the floods in Thailand at the hard drive factories.
    Also check the prices for all of your parts on Amazon and newegg. They are generally cheaper on newegg than they are on ncix.
  3. Get this my friend. Asrock z68 extreme3 gen3

    It was in the news that Gigabyte motherboards did not really support PCIe 3.0

    Get the 6950. It's the better performer
  4. I agree definitely get the 6950. Now's a bad time to shop for HDDs :(
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