[New Build] Building a PC for Christmas, looking for advice on parts.

Hello, I am going to build a new PC for christmas, first timer. I'm more interested in what people would recommend for parts. This computer will be used almost only for gaming, and my Budget is roughly 1200. If the games count for anything, I am playing Battefield 3 and Skyrim atm.

Now I currently have an intel chipset, but I've always wanted to try a AMD set, could I get any opinions on this? My biggest concern is Mobos atm, I don't have a clue for what to buy, it's sort of overwhelming, I'm probably getting a GTX 580 for graphics. Everything else I am completely open to for recommendations and info on. Also not sure if this is a Canadian forum, I can't remember but I am a Canadian buyer and will be using sites like: Newegg.ca, NCIX.com, and Tigerdirect.ca

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  1. This is a good review of AMD3+ mobos with the 990FX chipset in the US$190-240 range.

    Based on these recommendations this might be a good set up for your budget if you're going with AMD.
    AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    Keep in mind that if cost is an issue you can get an Intel i5 2500K and similar quality mobo for about the same price or even a little less.

    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    As the GTX580 is going to take up a around 40% of your budget these should keep you within your range. Maybe others have opinions on that, but it seems that you might need to sacrifice on the GPU based on what other components you choose. Either CPU/mobo set up seems more or less future proofed into the upcoming year. Personally I'm choosing Intel for my new build based on reviews I've read for gaming performance.
  2. Thanks for the reply, what is your opinion on the new FX CPU's (AMD) They seem slightly cheaper than the one you recommended, I'll go a bit of research though. I said 1200 but I might have a 300 dollar stretch room so it's okay.
  3. The FX series was a flop. The Phenom 2 x6 and x4 are better. The 1100t is really good but its 19 less that the i5 2500k which smokes it in benchmarks. The phenom II x4 970 is a good quad core at a cost of 144.99 and its will absolutely get with it.

    Do you need a HDD,OS,DVD,monitor etc?
  4. I agree with Mourice12 to avoid the AMD FX CPUs at this point. The Phenom IIx4 970 will save you quite a bit and you'll have a fine CPU. By sticking with the mobo I mentioned or something similar you'll still be set for any future upgrades. Sorry for not linking to .ca by the way.
  5. I do need an HDD, I have a monitor, and I have an OS. Also, Cases, would what you recommend? I'm probably going with the Sabertooth as I have seen it mentioned before, and after doing some research it has me sold. I am most likely buying off NCIX unless Newegg beats the prices. I do need a PSU too, I have a 750 watt Delta atm, so I may not? And the aftermarket cooler, how is the http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41337&promoid=1244? And this is what I have for RAM: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62704&promoid=1244
  6. I can't get behind a PC build over $800 using an AMD CPU. But a $500 GPU ina $1200 is a greatly unbalanced PC. This is $1250 down here south of the border. I gotta run out so I'm gonna have to leave you to change the .com to .ca to get Canadian pricing.

    Case - $ 115 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681112909
    PSU - $ 90 - XFX 850 Core Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    MoBo - $ 170 - ASUS P8Z68-V http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131729
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    Cooler - $ 26 - Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    RAM - $ 40 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 230 - ASUS GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $ 150 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    In a couple of months ya can add a 2nd GFX card and the two in SLI will give ya 40% more fps than the single 580.
  7. I agree i cant agree with an AMD system costing over $800 dollars. A rule of thumb is spend what you put in the CPU into the GPU as well and it should usually cost around 60-80% of your build.

    Putting in a quad core AMD phenom II and a decent 8 series board and a 6850 or 6870 i can see that
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