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1st PC build for gaming $1200 need help finalizing some components

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December 29, 2011 7:17:08 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: asap. before the end of christmas break (december 23rd >>> january 9th)

Budget Range: around $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (skyrim, witcher 2, dota 2, guild wars 2, and some other upcoming games like far cry 3, oldeer games like far cry 2 and others . . . .), movies, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country: Canada (ontario)

Parts Preferences: i am kind of favouring intel and nvidia right now, but im open minded and open to any suggestions to get the most bang for my buck. also if i could get similar performance from amd/radeon for less money, i would be glad to see those options

Overclocking: Maybe (more inclined to the "no" answer)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: dont want a fancy case. should be quiet and discrete. also PSU should be quiet as well

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PARTS ALREADY CHOSEN:

CD/DVD drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CASE: open to suggestions for a better case. wondering if i should go for full twr instead of mid twr
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: open to suggestions here. maybe i should just go with samsung spinpoint f3 or seagate 1tb ? or maybe cheap hdd + cheap ssd ?

futureshop.ca - here i found this hdd for $100 less than newegg.ca, but i found two of them. just wondering if they are the same thing(futureshop only offers 1 year warranty vs standard newegg 5 year)

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (WD1002FAEX) - Web Only
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/western-digital-...
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/western-digital-...

newegg.ca

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

RAM: wondering what the difference would be between the two types of gskill ripjaws. one is "designed for p67" motherboard and the other is not ?

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Designed for Intel P67 motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MOTHERBOARD: really need help choosing this component :pt1cable: 
here are a couple mobos i was looking at
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

and these ones are the ones that i was really considering

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU: this is another component i need serious help choosing. i want a PSU that can support SLI in the future(maybe) so it should be around 750 watts i think. also i dont want to go all out on this part so was hoping to spend less than $100 on this

here are some that i thought were good
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

this is the one that i considered the most
hec Zephyr MX 750 750W Peak Output ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU: also need some help on this. i was really leaning towards the gtx 560ti 448 cores, but i might not be able to sli in the future (if i need to). was considering 6950 1/2gb or just gtx560ti regular core version.

my 1st choice from these would be the evga classified due to its higher clocks (looked at benchmarks and it clearly won even above 69702gb and 570 most times)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...



December 29, 2011 7:39:14 PM

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CASE: open to suggestions for a better case. wondering if i should go for full twr instead of mid twr
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6811147153


These would be better choices:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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PSU: this is another component i need serious help choosing. i want a PSU that can support SLI in the future(maybe) so it should be around 750 watts i think. also i dont want to go all out on this part so was hoping to spend less than $100 on this

here are some that i thought were good
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -%20%24100


Yeah don't go by what the Newegg reviews tell you - that is not a PSU maker I would recommend. This is one area where you need to do some serious research before buying - you get the wrong PSU and that could seriously mean bad things down the road.

These would be far better choices:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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my 1st choice from these would be the evga classified due to its higher clocks (looked at benchmarks and it clearly won even above 69702gb and 570 most times)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 125-406-TS


Yes - excellent choice.

Quote:

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6813157265

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6813131792


Of those - go with the Asus - the Z68 will have better support for newer and future CPUs like IB down the road.

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RAM: wondering what the difference would be between the two types of gskill ripjaws. one is "designed for p67" motherboard and the other is not ?


There's literally no difference. Every dual channel system is designed to work the same - the one tiny difference might be the voltage, but for the most part as long as you're using 1.5V or 1.6V RAM you should be good.

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HDD: open to suggestions here. maybe i should just go with samsung spinpoint f3 or seagate 1tb ? or maybe cheap hdd + cheap ssd ?


You can't get a cheap HD right now (and Seagate doesn't really seem to care, either... :lol:  ). But for the most part you could go either way on this one but it's all up to what you really need storage for - probably a good 500GB HD would do now, then you could always add the SSD later on as an upgrade.

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CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6819115072


If you're buying this CPU - you for sure want to get a good aftermarket cooler if you're planning to do any sort of OC'ing - the Hyper 212 Evo is always a good solid, inexpensive choice. If you wanted to get a better cooler - try EVGA's Supercooler or the Noctua NH-U9B.
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