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Building new gaming rig needs expertise

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December 10, 2011 12:36:44 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (asap)

Budget Range: (1000-1300)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming mmo's diablo 3 mainly but play some fps)

Parts Not Required: ( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country: (Canada)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I would like to stick to 2500k)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: might add another 6950 down the road

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Trying to build a strong well balanced gaming pc


This is what I came up with no clue which cooler i should get also will get larger hd down the road when prices come down.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 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...

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED ...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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

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a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2011 1:06:30 AM

Good build you are missing a couple of things but that nothing that I cant help you out with.

You need a CPU cooler if you plan to OC: Hyper 212+ or Hyper 212 EVO are good options to go with if you plan to OC lightly

ROM: any $20 CD/DVD drive will do or you can get a blu-ray player

When you decide to get the HDD, I would advise you to get the Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM

750W PSU will be able to handle CF down the road and OCing with enough headroom left over.

I would also choose a lower profile RAM so that it doesnt get in the way of the CPU cooler (known to happen with the Hyper 212's).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2011 1:14:27 AM

ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller $79.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Looks like a good build and you should be pretty happy with it and you will like the SSD , I have several of the 180gb version and they are great. Don't forget to enable AHCI before you install the OS.
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December 10, 2011 1:23:57 AM

Love the look of the led in the cooler but 80 seems little steep for it.

what do you guys think about my case selection for the life of me i could not choose was either this or the corsair 600t
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a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2011 1:45:50 AM

The case is all about what you like. My current favorite is the HAF X Blue Edition it has everything I need from USB3, eSATA, Blue LEDs, and maximum air flow!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2011 4:59:26 AM

These two PC hardware retailers are affiliated, they both use the same shipping addy out of Richmond, BC, and they both offer free shipping.

http://www.directcanada.com/contact/

http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/

With the money saved on the free shipping you might be able to get into a 6970. Here's some components worth taking a look at.


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&v... $84.69
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8651&v... $137.66
XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC1911&v... $120.16
XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD4322&v... $218.48
Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237385/RR-212E-20PK-R... $29.15
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232563/F3-12800CL9D-8... $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237965/P8Z68-VGEN3/AS... $189.79
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI USB3.0 SATA3

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237094/Z68%20Extreme3... $148.50
ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Motherboard

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233662/GV-R697OC-2GD/... $355.21
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 900MHZ 2GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E DIRECTX11 Video Card

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237439/11188-05-20G/S... $282.70
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort Video Card


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December 10, 2011 10:33:36 AM

Your right why_me the shipping on the case alone is a big savings.
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