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$750CAN Budget Build, Specs and questions

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December 19, 2011 2:37:32 AM

Alright after 2 freaking months of research i have finally come to a conclusion for my "first" gaming build.

I will not be switching anything unless something I have chosen is not compatible, wont fit etc. (just a heads up)

Heres the specs :) 

Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA1155
Intel Core i3-2100
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked
Corsair Vengeance 4gb
Corsair TX 650w
Corsair Carbide 400R (already received)

In a few months or so I will be buying a 500gb Seagate Harddrive and Windows 7 64bit but for now im using a lousy 120gb hard drive and Windows xp and a external 500gb drive for apps and games.

Any thoughts on the build?

And heres my million dollar question. Will this rig run Flight Simulator X on max settings?

Thanks!
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December 19, 2011 2:48:49 AM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.


You've done an excellent job. I would change a few things, however. Btw what's the budget?

-Change mobo to this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Same price after rebate but with a lot more features.
-Grab a 560 Ti. Make sure it's a Ti.
-Grab a cheaper PSU. One like this! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $51 if ordered tonight.
I don't see any RAM up there!

Alright, second thing. What about going AMD? A Phenom II X4 and AM3+ would net you slightly more performance while saving ~$45.

Let me know what you think ;) 
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December 19, 2011 2:51:12 AM

There is a 60% chance that I will be upgrading the build by SLI'ing and upgrading the CPU in half a year or so.

Also the game seems to be HEAVILY demanding on CPU's and not much on GPU's. The GPU should easily be enough but I kinda worried about the I3-2100.

Does anybody else own the game?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 2:52:22 AM

Monitor res is an important factor. What res are you running?
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December 19, 2011 2:56:58 AM

striker410 said:
Hi! Welcome to the forums.


You've done an excellent job. I would change a few things, however. Btw what's the budget?

-Change mobo to this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Same price after rebate but with a lot more features.
-Grab a 560 Ti. Make sure it's a Ti.
-Grab a cheaper PSU. One like this! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $51 if ordered tonight.
I don't see any RAM up there!

Alright, second thing. What about going AMD? A Phenom II X4 and AM3+ would net you slightly more performance while saving ~$45.

Let me know what you think ;) 


The budget is $750 Canadian. The ram is listed ;)  Corsair Vengeance 4gb

For budget reasons I picked the 560 non-ti but I will most likely be doing SLI. Also I was completely sold on that mobo you listed till just this week. Its $150 here in the great white north :( 

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December 19, 2011 2:59:14 AM

Im using a ACER 22" I believe and the res is 1680x1050 I think.

edit: also I've had great experiences with Intel in the past so I'll be sticking with them till I die :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 12:34:42 PM

Hmm, ok. 1680x1050 is a tought res but the 560 should be able to tackle it.
-Might bump things up to 8GB of ram for futureproofing. 8GB of DDR3 costs around $40.

Secondly if you plan on doing SLI you'll need a different PSU. The 650TX comes with 2x6+2 pins, but you need at least 4x6pins to SLI the GTX 560's.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 7:53:45 PM

560'll do fine on all but the highest settings in the most demanding games, and it'll max most games (I define maxing as 60fps on the highest possible settings, with AA within reason, probably 4x).
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December 19, 2011 7:53:46 PM

I don't HAVE to use that res. In fact I'm using that monitor right now and I'm only using 1280x1024. But 8gb wouldn't hurt anyways.

It's too bad I can't find the 460 ANYWHERE! Otherwise I would get that and definitely SLI in the future.
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December 19, 2011 8:03:05 PM

WTF?!?!?! When did this get put there??? Is there a superclocked version? It looked as if EVGA had stopped production or something cause on their website it doesnt even show it. Maybe newegg had some hidden?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 8:05:57 PM

I just searched 460 lol
There is a superclocked version, yes. $10 more, and that might be worth it for the higher binning. Your choice.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 8:08:39 PM

We have a winner! *dingdingding*
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December 19, 2011 8:09:42 PM

Ah NCIX.ca doesn't have any in stock :( 

I think I will Just stick with the 560 SC then. Then if I want to I can just buy a 580 some day
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2011 8:22:42 PM

Problem with Newegg?
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December 19, 2011 8:24:56 PM

No but NCIX.ca Price Match's and It's way cheaper at NCIX.
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