My second build. This is an ongoing project. I would like to set things up with the potential to expand. SLI or cross firing later, perhaps additional solid state memory and a better monitor. I know HD TVs don’t make very good gaming monitors, but this build will tap me out for a while.
Approximate Purchase Date: January 2012
Budget Range: $600-750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.
Parts Not Required: Operating system, monitor (for now).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com/Amazon.ca. I use Amazon.com when I can, because they have better deals and free shipping, but I am living in Canada, so parts from Amazon.com that don’t ship to Canada (check product details) are a no go. Same goes for NewEgg.com and NewEgg.ca.
Parts Preferences: Intel and not AMD. I would also like to SLI or crossfire later on though. Lasting value is important, as I will be adding to this setup later when I have more moneys.
SLI or Crossfire: Later, yes.
Monitor Resolution: 1080p, 32" LG HD TV
Additional Comments: I am pretty new to all this, but I have done quite a bit of research. I would like to play recent and upcoming games (CIV V, ME3, SWTOR, etc.) at high settings and with little noise. I want my pc to be fast and simple and to perform well without making me poor. I went with the i5 2500 (and not the 2400) for overclock-ability. I went with Solid State memory for overall speed (my none-game memory demands are negligible).
Is this case compatible with the usb 3.0 (since it says "usb 2.0"?
Get the Coolermaster EVO.
Get a 750W PSU of the same brand you chose if you plan to crossfire later.
Try finding Corsair Vengeance 8 GB RAM. It is 1600 MHz but cheaper.
Get the HAF X series Cases as they have good cable management and airflow.
A Monitor will provide better gaming quality than an HDTV.
Amazon.com/Amazon.ca. I use Amazon.com when I can, because they have better deals and free shipping, but I am living in Canada, so parts from Amazon.com that don’t ship to Canada (check product details) are a no go. Same goes for NewEgg.com and NewEgg.ca.
where in canada do you live? Check out NCIX.com shipping is cheap, they have weekly sales, prices are good, they price match.