NEW ULTIMATE 700$ BUILT, need some PRO advice!

Hello, I'm building a new rig this winter, approximate budget is 700$ Here is what I got,

System usage most important to least --> Gaming, internet, media

Parts not required, Mouse, monitor, Speakers, OS

Stores: Canada's Computer, NCIX

Parts preference: INTEL for CPU, EVGA for GRAPHIC CARD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe Crossfire/SLI: Yes

Monitor Resolution: SyncMaster 920nw 1600x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 700$ is my budget, building this rig to handle StarCraft 2 at high graphics, for sure be able to play dota 2 at high performance also, and be able to handle Skyrim at a decent graphics since Skyrim requires a BOSS computer to run it ultra high. I'm stuck on which Cooling I should get, or Should I even get a COOLER, and also my friend emention about heatsink, is that the same as Cooling? And is the SSD already part of the OCZ hard drive I picked out? If there is anything that you want me to CHANGE SO I CAN SAVE MORE MONEY please help me out.

Parts I have assembled so far:

Intel Core i5-2500 Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.30Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I52500) (199.99$)

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz 2x PCI-Express GLAN 7.1-CH HD Audio 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s 3x SATA 3.0Gb/s 10xUSB 2.0 2xUSB3.0 ATX (104.99)

OR

Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV Socket 1155 Intel H61Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 1333/1066 MHz 1x PCI-Express GLAN VGA/DVI 7.1-CH HD Audio 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 8xUSB 2.0 VGA Micro ATX (64.99)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL) (44.99)

OR

G.SKILL Sniper Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 8GB (2 x 4GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR) (34.99)

OCZ (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB SATA3 6GB/s Solid State Drive, Read: 550MB/s, Write: 500MB/s (149.99)

OR

OCZ (VTX3-25SAT3-60G) Vertex 3 2.5" 60GB SATA3 6GB/s Solid State Drive, Read: 550MB/s, Write: 495MB/s (109.99)

OR

OCZ (AGT3-25SAT3-120G) Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA3 6GB/s Solid State Drive, Read: 525MB/s, Write: 500MB/s (129.99)

Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX750M 80PLUS Bronze Certified 750W PSU (CP-9020003-NA) (79.99)

OR

Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular TX650M 80PLUS Bronze Certified 650W PSU (CP-9020002-NA) (74.99)

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2048MB GDDR5 (02G-P3-1559-KR) nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Chipset(951MHz) 2048MB GDDR5 Memory(4356MHz) Dual-DVI/MIni-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card (169.99)

OR

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1460-KR) nVidia GeForce GT 560 Chipset(810MHz) 1024MB DDR5 Memory(4008MHz) Dual DVI/Mini-HDMI Port PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card (189.99)

NZXT Lexa S Crafted Series Black Steel Mid Tower Case (69.99)


Everything that I ccalculated together with the parts at highest price added together comes up to 839.93, that is a bit over budget, any suggestion on what I can lower down? Or suggestion on which I should pick over which?
And Thank you very much, Merry Christmas, Happy Boxing Day, Happy New Years!!
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  1. I would like to mention that the 20$ investment of the I5-2500K is worth it because you can overclock these puppies to like 4.5 GHz and the regular I5 Processors dont allow this. I would go with a P67/Z68 Motherboard, if going with nvidia I'd go with the EVGA 560 GTX TI that has a 20$ promo code off right now.
  2. You have so many "or"s that i actually stopped paying attention

    PSU if you plan to SLI another 560 in the future then get the 750W if not go with a 600W.

    You dont need a cooler/heatsink cause you arent going to be overclocking anything with that non "K" series cpu.

    you have an SSD but no HDD you gotta be kidding me, do you have extras laying around the house or something. If not screw the SSD get an HDD and then down the line when you can actually afford an SSD get one

    Go with the 1600mhz RAM

    Go with the Z68 motherboard for future SSD easy doing
  3. Here's what I got

    Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core $199.99
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1301

    Gigabyte Z68P-DS3 ATX LGA1155 $109.99
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62697&vpn=GA-Z68P-DS3&manufacture=Gigabyte

    Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 $33.49
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57869&vpn=KHX1600C9D3K2%2F8GX&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1301

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB $87.99
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=58402&vpn=WD5000AAKX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1301

    Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower $49.99
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=55583&vpn=RC-912-KKN1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1301

    XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition $84.99 or $59.99 with $25.00 mail-in rebate
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1301

    Samsung SH-222BB 22X DVD Writer $16.99
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=65984&vpn=SH-222BB%2FBEBE&manufacture=Samsung&promoid=1301

    XFX Radeon HD 6870 900MHZ 1GB $159.99 or $139.99 with $20.00 mail-in rebate
    Get the following FREE GIFT(s) when you buy this product!
    1. Dirt 3 - *XFX Bundle Promo Only* (a $40 value!)
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62756&vpn=HD687AZHFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1301


    Total 743.42 or $698.42 with rebates
  4. Diablotek PHD750 Power Supply - 750W, ATX, Black --> 60$ is this better or corsair better?

    Diablotek PHD750 Power Supply
    Form Factor: ATX


    Wattage: 750W


    Fan: 140 mm


    Input Voltage: 115 ~ 230


    +3.3V: 24 A


    +5V: 25 A


    +12V 1: 21 A


    -12V: 0.6 A


    +5VSB: 3 A


    20+4-Pin Connector: 1


    Motherboard Connector: 20+4 Pin


    4-Pin P4: 1


    Motherboard Power Connector: 4-Pin P4


    6-Pin PCI-Express Connector: 2


    8-Pin PCI-Express Connector: 2


    4-Pin Floppy Connector: 1


    4-Pin Peripheral Connector: 6


    SATA Power Connector: 6
  5. I have a 2007 desktop PC that i can take the DVD and floppy disk writers, and put it in my new desktop.
  6. efxs said:
    Diablotek PHD750 Power Supply - 750W, ATX, Black --> 60$ is this better or corsair better?

    Diablotek PHD750 Power Supply
    Form Factor: ATX


    Wattage: 750W


    Fan: 140 mm


    Input Voltage: 115 ~ 230


    +3.3V: 24 A


    +5V: 25 A


    +12V 1: 21 A


    -12V: 0.6 A


    +5VSB: 3 A


    20+4-Pin Connector: 1


    Motherboard Connector: 20+4 Pin


    4-Pin P4: 1


    Motherboard Power Connector: 4-Pin P4


    6-Pin PCI-Express Connector: 2


    8-Pin PCI-Express Connector: 2


    4-Pin Floppy Connector: 1


    4-Pin Peripheral Connector: 6


    SATA Power Connector: 6


    corsair is better, antec is better seasonic is better, xfx is better
  7. ^+1

    yeah dont go for diablotek
  8. 1tym said:
    corsair is better, antec is better seasonic is better, xfx is better


    i think ima go with your XFX 750w, saves me abit of money, thanks
  9. So, i still dont get this SSD and HDD mix thingy, anyone got some suggestions on thr hard drives that also has 60gb SSD dedicated to system starting? my friend was telling me to get a SSD 60gb from ocz, cause that thing can start up your computer in 20seconds and load up all the starting programs.
  10. okay, so i found out about the SSD and HDDthat they;re actually separate lol. so this is the SSD

    OCZ (AGT3-25SAT3-60G) Agility 3 2.5" 60GB SATA3 6GB/s Solid State Drive, Read: 525MB/s, Write: 475MB/s (69.99)

    and

    the HDD is

    Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD3200AAKS) 320GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM) (79.99)
  11. I was told that having 500W power supplies is far enough for my new rig, is that true? Can someone certify with that?
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