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, far cry 3 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
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/Produ [...] 6827135204
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
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/Produ [...] 6820231428
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
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/Produ [...] 6817339002
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/Produ [...] 125-406-TS
To your question about the GSkill ram I am currently running both of those sets in my asrock z68 extreme4 with no issues, And I would reccomend the 6950 2GB find one with a bios switch and one day if your adventurous flash it to a 6970. I have a Sapphire flashed to 6970 and havent looked back. Its probably the best performance per dollar card out.