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Strictly Gaming: $700+ build

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.

Country: Canada

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.

Overclocking: Yes

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"?

Case: Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GQMHBI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXI0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

DVDR: Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_9?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

GPU: SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card (to be cross fired with another later on)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C8RTTU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

HDD: Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2JKWG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005484N9W/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2UQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003N8GVUY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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  1. Don't buy antec case, they suck... Coolmaster is good.
  2. 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.
  3. Updated processor (for overclocking) and RAM...thoughts?
  4. Best answer
    mdonova3 said:
    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.

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

    CPU COOLER: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink $34.98
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&vpn=RR-212E-20PK-R1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER

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

    RAM: 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

    HDD: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps $99.99 or $79.99 with $20.00 mail-in rebate
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62030&vpn=VTX3-25SAT3-60G&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1301

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

    PSU: 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

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

    GPU: 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: $790.40 or $725.40 with rebates
  5. Best answer selected by mdonova3.
  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you....
  7. EDIT change the mobo to the GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 since you want to crossfire since the other mobo i linked the 2nd PCI-E slot runs at x4 while this one will run at x8
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61065&vpn=GA-Z68A-D3H-B3&manufacture=Gigabyte
    price match newegg for more savings
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&nm_mc=OTC-sho6b0tCA&cm_mmc=OTC-sho6b0tCA-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-GIGABYTE-_-13128502
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