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Need Feedback on my Gaming Rig (1000$)

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November 6, 2011 2:22:18 PM

Hey everyone,

For the past two weeks I have been reading past posts concerning budget builds for 2011. I have been back and forth on my build several times, mostly because of the OC issue, and I have decided that OCing my pc just isn't for me. I simply don't have the required knowledge or confidence in myself to do it and I obviously don't want to ruin my computer. As a result, I changed my old build for a less expensive yet still capable budget gaming rig.

Let me know what you think, constructive advice is much appreciated.

PC Use: Gaming

Country: Canada

Budget: Limit of 1000$

Sites: and (Free shipping from directcanada so its an added bonus :D )

Current Screen Resolution: 1680x1050



CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB (220$)

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 880MHZ 1GB (235$)

PC Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 (55$)

Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 64GB 2.5IN Solid State (110$)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W (88$)

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 Motherboard (125$)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 (45$)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (100$)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner (20$)

Total: 998$ CAN

Lastly, you may be thinking, "Why is this guy choosing an SSD card for a budget build?" Well, the thing is, the current prices of hard drives are nothing short of ridiculous. So I decided to invest in an SSD and keep my old hard drive, a Western Digital 500gb. It is however 5 or 6 years old so I don't know if this is still a good option for today's systems.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks again,
November 6, 2011 2:34:14 PM

It's actually pretty good. I doubt you'd be going SLI since it's only TX650. You might want to get the Corsair CX500v2 or Corsair CX600v2 ( The 500 watts can easily power the system.) (The 600w is just futureproofing if ever you want to get a really powerful GPU).

Get this z68 motherboard

It's has more features and you will be actually using one of the extra features that the p67 doesn't have. The SSD cache. It's also just $128
November 6, 2011 2:51:13 PM

Thank you sir,

I checked the MOBO you recommended and I like both the price tag and features.

The power supply is for future game proofing. In a years time, ill most likely have to upgrade my GPU maybe GTX570 :D 

When would you recommend a time to buy when prices are at their lowest?
They usually have ok deals around xmas time but on bundle pcs...

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November 6, 2011 2:55:17 PM

I forgot to ask.

Have you personally or know of anyone who has ordered from

I read reviews and I had mixed feelings about them...
Apparently they don't have the greatest customer service.
November 6, 2011 3:03:46 PM

Well, not really since I'm not from Canada but most people here suggest directcanada so it must be a decent supplier.

Oh, if you have a 560ti, don't upgrade to the 570. There will be so little difference that you won't even notice it.

Wait for the new gen of graphics card that's supposed to be out this december(HD 7xxx) and next year (GTX 6xx?, not very sure what they plan to call their new line).