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November 23, 2011 12:18:44 AM

Hi, im really new to all this custom gaming stuff. I wanted to configure a setup to use for gaming

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) ~ 2500-3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movie watching, everything else...

Parts Not Required: Monitor,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, Tigerdirect.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Anything reliable

Overclocking: None at all

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
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Ive done quite a bit of research and this is what i have so far

MSI N580GTX GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Video Card - 3GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual-DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, 3-way SLI Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


RAIDMAX RX-1000AE 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


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
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
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Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated :)  thank you
November 23, 2011 1:12:24 AM

also, the motherboard thats compatible with the intel i7 2700k is dual channel memory. does this mean i can only use duel channel RAM?
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November 23, 2011 1:16:12 AM

asdasd_01 said:
also, the motherboard thats compatible with the intel i7 2700k is dual channel memory. does this mean i can only use duel channel RAM?

It means you need at least 2 sticks of DDR3 RAM it has to be 1.5v and should be 1600mhz
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November 23, 2011 1:23:00 AM

Oh, so that means i can still use a quad channel with it?
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November 23, 2011 1:26:37 AM

If this build is for just gaming drop down to the i5 2500k the difference between the i5 and the i7 is very small. Plus you didnt say anything about HyperThreading apps that you use (CAD, 3D design/rendering, etc).

Thats some pretty expensive RAM you choosed, G.Skill has 8GB RAM for around $45, go with that.

PSU i would change to an Antec, XFX, PC Power & Cooling, Corsair brand name.
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November 23, 2011 1:38:38 AM

thanks for feedback, would a 3x4gb Triple channel work with what i have? and will everything be able to fit in the case i chose
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November 23, 2011 1:44:58 AM

My question at this point is whether everything will fit without problems. How can i make sure everything will be able to fit/work together?
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November 23, 2011 1:50:54 AM

asdasd_01 said:
thanks for feedback, would a 3x4gb Triple channel work with what i have? and will everything be able to fit in the case i chose


z68 motherboards are dual channel. If you install 3 sticks, it will run in single channel. If you install 2 or 4 sticks, it will run in dual channel.

I wouldn't go with k cpu if you're not going to overclock or with an i7 if you're just gaming. 1000w is overkill for a single 580. Home users don't need Windows 7 pro.

What you're looking at, I think you could get for $1500 easy. The one thing you didn't include, was a monitor upgrade. Get yourself a nice 1200p or 1600p monitor.
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November 23, 2011 2:07:03 AM

^ changing the processor, power supply, and windows 7 version saves me around 250 max, could you explain to me how i can get what im looking for for 1500 :o 
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November 23, 2011 2:12:02 AM

if i was you i would get sandy bridge e,
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November 23, 2011 5:11:54 AM

asdasd_01 said:
^ changing the processor, power supply, and windows 7 version saves me around 250 max, could you explain to me how i can get what im looking for for 1500 :o 


gtx580: $500
i5-2500k: $220
120GB ssd: $200
p67 mobo: $130
1TB hdd: $150
600w psu: $50
case: $50
8GB 1600mhz ram: $40
cpu cooler: $40
dvd burner: $20
Windows 7: $100

total: $1500

That's how. I'm not going to find you specific parts right now, but that's approximately how much you COULD be spending if you were looking for deals. Even if you add 20% for markup and taxes in Canada (vs US prices... and it's not that much), that's still way below your budget. On top of all that, you are going to build a $2500-$3000 dollar machine, with one gpu, to game on a 1680x1050 monitor (and I bet you'd even use vsync). It's your money man. I was just throwing that out there.

For reference, I built the entire system in my sig, including monitor and OS, for ~$1500.
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November 23, 2011 5:31:35 AM

^+1 to hapkido

If you live in Toronto somewhere, I highly recommend using Canada Computers local store, excellent prices, and they price match newegg even, tigerdirect is just bad.

At 1680by1050 (even at 1080p) you really dont need a computer that is much more than 1k. A gtx 580 is by far overkill, I would get a gtx 570 max.
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November 23, 2011 5:53:47 AM

yeah gonna listen to you haha thanks so much for feedback :p  im a noob hehe
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November 23, 2011 5:55:00 AM

Best answer selected by asdasd_01.
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