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Strictly Gaming: $700+ build

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December 27, 2011 2:34:07 AM

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: I use when I can, because they have better deals and free shipping, but I am living in Canada, so parts from that don’t ship to Canada (check product details) are a no go. Same goes for and

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

DVDR: Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM

GPU: SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card (to be cross fired with another later on)

HDD: Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2

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

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December 27, 2011 2:58:23 AM

Don't buy antec case, they suck... Coolmaster is good.
a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2011 3:14:15 AM

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.
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December 27, 2011 3:52:28 AM

Updated processor (for overclocking) and RAM...thoughts?

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December 27, 2011 4:03:19 AM

mdonova3 said: I use when I can, because they have better deals and free shipping, but I am living in Canada, so parts from that don’t ship to Canada (check product details) are a no go. Same goes for and

where in canada do you live? Check out shipping is cheap, they have weekly sales, prices are good, they price match.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core $199.99

CPU COOLER: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink $34.98

MOBO: Gigabyte Z68P-DS3 ATX LGA1155 $109.99

RAM: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 $33.49

HDD: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps $99.99 or $79.99 with $20.00 mail-in rebate

CASE: Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower $49.99

PSU: XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition $84.99 or $59.99 with $25.00 mail-in rebate

DVD BURNER: Samsung SH-222BB 22X DVD Writer $16.99

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870 900MHZ 1GB $159.99 or $139.99 with $20.00 mail-in rebate
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Total: $790.40 or $725.40 with rebates
December 27, 2011 4:15:10 AM

Best answer selected by mdonova3.
December 27, 2011 4:21:25 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you....
a b 4 Gaming
January 22, 2012 9:54:46 AM

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