~$1600~ (CAN) All Inclusive Gaming PC (First Build)

My burning question is: am I bottle-necking my system at some point in the build? I do intend to overclock my CPU to around 4.2GHz, so I don't want to cheap out on the mobo, and I'm looking for an upgrade / SLi friendly system, hence the 750w. Should I go for a full tower? Do I need to upgrade my heat-sink further? Have I overspent on peripherals? As this is this is my first build, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Prices in CAN

CPU: Intel i5 2500K $225 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 $200 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
RAM: G. SKILL 8Gb DDR3 7-7-7-18 $45 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308
GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked $250 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $100 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152238
Case: Antec 900 mid tower $110 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 750 Watt Bronze $120 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $40 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW $23 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Peripherals/OS:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $110 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
Monitor: Asus VH226 21.5" 2ms LCD $150 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051
Mouse: Logitech G9x $80 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261
Keyboard: Azio Levetron Mech4 $120 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823839010

Price: $1570~$1585

I would like to keep the cost (w/o Shipping and Tax) under $1600
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  1. Nice build. Swap the MoBo for this:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    That's really it.

    Since you live in Canada, check NCIX as well. Compare the prices.
  2. excellent choose! don't think about bottlenecking there is no sign,i like your cooler because hyper 212plus are best for sandy series and push cpu to 4.5 or 4.6ghz
    gtx 560ti are pretty good for games at maxed.

    enjoy your build!
  3. CPU, Mobo, HDD, Optical Drive and mouse/keyboard all well.
    Ram - G.Skill sniper http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 (lower profile, 1600)
    GPU - Gigabyte 6950 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125372 (As fast as they come! Outstanding OC)
    Case - Antec 300 illusion or Thermaltake MSI Commander http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133190&Tpk=thermaltake%20commander or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 (I favor the commander, awesome price, big, lots of fan slots and sexy looking)
    PSU - Lepa 850watt http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194093 (if you OC CPU and GFX cards then you will need the extra power. for the prospect of dual 6970 or 580 you will need more than this wattage)
    Heatsink - Corsair A70 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011&Tpk=Corsair%20a70 (2 fans, easier installation, cooler, quieter, bigger)
    Monitor - Asus 24 or 23inch http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236174 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
  4. vx53c said:
    CPU, Mobo, HDD, Optical Drive and mouse/keyboard all well.
    Ram - G.Skill sniper http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 (lower profile, 1600)
    GPU - Gigabyte 6950 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125372 (As fast as they come! Outstanding OC)
    Case - Antec 300 illusion or Thermaltake MSI Commander http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133190&Tpk=thermaltake%20commander or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 (I favor the commander, awesome price, big, lots of fan slots and sexy looking)
    PSU - Lepa 850watt http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194093 (if you OC CPU and GFX cards then you will need the extra power. for the prospect of dual 6970 or 580 you will need more than this wattage)
    Heatsink - Corsair A70 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011&Tpk=Corsair%20a70 (2 fans, easier installation, cooler, quieter, bigger)
    Monitor - Asus 24 or 23inch http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236174 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059



    Is my motherboard large enough to not have the RAM slots covered by the Corsair A70?
  5. arghhh! why are you made every thing change.his selected component are good enough.
  6. Oh yes Asrock extreme4 has ample space. It will overshadow your first 2 ram slot but if it is low profile memory you won't have a problem there.
    pro-gamer i am sorry about it mate, it is better fitting together and all the parts are going to be on the same technological level while still maintaining the best budget. Also when i propose things to other people i have future-proofing in mind, so that they won't have to go looking to change more than one part to perform a simple upgrade.
  7. on a side note: When building a new rig that costs more than 1000$ you can't leave ssd out of it. Choice one is to get a crucial m4 128 right as you are, Choice two is getting a small 30giga drive and using it as a caching drive on a z68 mobo. I would go for the first even though the second is less pricey.
  8. hmmm, right
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