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

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October 30, 2011 6:38:33 AM

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=N82E1681...
Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 $200 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM: G. SKILL 8Gb DDR3 7-7-7-18 $45 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked $250 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $100 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Case: Antec 900 mid tower $110 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 750 Watt Bronze $120 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $40 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW $23 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Peripherals/OS:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $110 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Monitor: Asus VH226 21.5" 2ms LCD $150 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Mouse: Logitech G9x $80 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Keyboard: Azio Levetron Mech4 $120 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Price: $1570~$1585

I would like to keep the cost (w/o Shipping and Tax) under $1600


October 30, 2011 6:53:55 AM

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!
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October 30, 2011 7:02:21 AM

CPU, Mobo, HDD, Optical Drive and mouse/keyboard all well.
Ram - G.Skill sniper http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... (lower profile, 1600)
GPU - Gigabyte 6950 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (As fast as they come! Outstanding OC)
Case - Antec 300 illusion or Thermaltake MSI Commander http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (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=N82E1681... (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=N82E1683... (2 fans, easier installation, cooler, quieter, bigger)
Monitor - Asus 24 or 23inch http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
October 30, 2011 7:11:36 AM

vx53c said:
CPU, Mobo, HDD, Optical Drive and mouse/keyboard all well.
Ram - G.Skill sniper http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... (lower profile, 1600)
GPU - Gigabyte 6950 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (As fast as they come! Outstanding OC)
Case - Antec 300 illusion or Thermaltake MSI Commander http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (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=N82E1681... (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=N82E1683... (2 fans, easier installation, cooler, quieter, bigger)
Monitor - Asus 24 or 23inch http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...



Is my motherboard large enough to not have the RAM slots covered by the Corsair A70?
October 30, 2011 7:12:33 AM

arghhh! why are you made every thing change.his selected component are good enough.
October 30, 2011 7:33:15 AM

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.
October 30, 2011 7:36:25 AM

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.
October 30, 2011 8:03:56 AM

hmmm, right
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