$1300 gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: (I would say this week/end)

Budget Range: (1400-1500) (After rebates hopefully 1300ish)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming (Skyrim, BF3, GW3, D3, etc), Inter-tubing, programming)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (I have only dealt with NCIX in the past but if there's a better alternative I'm open)

Country of Origin: (Canada)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I'm more apt for intel. Also from what I have read nvidia cards are more used than radeon)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (This I am unsure of. I plan on picking up a monitor locally. I would say the monitor I get will be 24inches. I will be gaming at a fairly good res)

Additional Comments: (Would like to have it so I could easily still upgrade it over the next few years. I would like to have most settings on games on high or max at least.)

600W CX600 V2 Power Supply

Coolermaster Hyper TX Series Aluminum 3-HEATPIPE CPU Cooler S1155/1156/775/AM3/AM2/939/940

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

NCIX Bundle Deal - Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Processor & ASUS P8P67 Deluxe B3 Motherboard

Corsair XMS CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Indilinx Arowana Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Fermi 772MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card *IR-$15*

YOUR TOTAL $1,556.60

This is still a little high. I don't really know how I can trim it. I was going to use 2x560GTX because I could save some on that but some say it will give problems. Also I have never had a SSD before. I was just wanting to use one in this build as their price has been falling I have noticed.

Anyway any help at all would be great I am sort of at a loss and will take any and all information. Thank you in advance.
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  1. Couple of things:

    You should be looking at a Sata 3 based SSD. Crucial M4 64GB for example is a good choice.
    i7 2600k is a waste for you, same with the Asus deluxe board.

    I basically checked that something like this would be ok, but tight on the budget after rebates.

    CPU: i5 2500k $240
    CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $30
    Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3 $205
    Memory: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $53
    GPU: MSI Power Edition GTX570 (twin frozr III cooler) $402 ( you could get the very lowest end GTX580's for close to this, so those would be an option )
    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R (or 400R if you prefer, not a huge price difference) $130
    PSU: XFX Core 850W $120
    DVD: Lite-on 24x writer $27
    SSD: Crucial M4 64GB $120
    HDD: Seagate 1TB $130

    Comes to: $1452 + tax ( there are some rebates as well, but they weren't easily visible in the cart )

    Not sure if you could get this down with price matching from other sites, probably.

    So going with the i5 2500k and GTX570 helps you improve on the other components to bring them up to par.
    the 850W PSU is there to let you SLI the GTX570's if so desired. If you intend to go with a single 580, a 750W or even 650W psu would be ok.
  2. Try checking the prices on newegg as well because they have generally lower prices and frequent sales, especially this month
  3. Newegg ships to Canada? I apologize for seeming ignorant. I just have never purchased from the site and just figured it was US based.
    Also thank you rvilkman for the input. I will check that out as soon as possible. Target date for purchase is this weekend so I still have a bit more time to figure out my final build.
  4. There is newegg.ca and they ship to Canada
  5. Have a little more of a budget now. This is the build I intend on ordering tomorrow. Items now from newegg.ca. Also most of this is rvilkman so I thank him.

    Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

    Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Note on using only the 500GB, I have a 3TB external and with the HDs being rather pricey currently I decided against the 1TB
  6. One last suggestion. You can get a Seagate Barracuda 1 TB had on Amazon for $74 ISDN which is half the price of the 500 gb WD one you have. This drive has somehow evaded the price hikes for now but is likely to go up soon. Make sure to at least look at it before buying.
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