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December 17, 2011 5:43:24 PM

Hey Everyone, i thought i would get your advice on this, first time putting a gaming computer together. Thanks for your time...

Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better

Budget Range: 1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: lots of gaming, all around usage

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.canadacomputers.com/

Country: canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: high as possible
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here is what i have so far.

mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 -- 154.99 - 10.00 mail in rebate

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K (BX80623I52500K) -- 219.99 (30 dollars sale)

cpu cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Direct Heat Pipe CPU Cooler from canada computer -- $34.99

case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case -- 95.99

gpu: Gigabyte (GV-N56GOC-1GI) -- 199.99 - 20.00 mail in rebate

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1866MHz (F3-14900CL9D-8GB XL) -- 67.99 - 8.00 mail in rebate

HDD for os: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSD) (CSSD-F120GB3-BK) from Canada Computers -- 184.99 - 30.00 mail in rebate

mass storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD5000AAKX) 500GB SATA3 6GB/s 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM) -- 89.99

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP) -- 64.99 - 25.00 mail in rebate


Sub-Total: $1,105.91 (after mail in rebates)

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December 17, 2011 6:15:32 PM

Only thing I'd change is the RAM, there is little to no improvement by going with anything over 1600mhz, some low-latency 1600 set will give you better performance at a lower price.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And if you have $1500 to spend, then why not go big and get 2600k AND a GTX580 to be more future-proof ? ( you'll need a lil bigger PSU also)
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December 18, 2011 5:12:28 AM

what do you guys think about the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 replacing the gigabyte mobo?

also going by wiinippongamer suggestion. i think i will replace the Gigabyte (GV-N56GOC-1GI) and change it with the EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD Graphics Card Video Card from directcanada for $329.69...
i dont want to spend 500 on the gtx 580 really. the 570 card is very close and i can run sli in the future...

good ? bad? other suggestions?

thank you for your time.
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December 18, 2011 2:08:56 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a fine motherboard and quite a bit cheaper than the gigabyte also.

If you're going with a gtx570 it's recommended that you get a 650w + PSU instead
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