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January 7, 2012 5:13:31 AM

Alright. Here it goes. First post ever.


Approximate Purchase Date: January-Febuary 2012

Budget Range: <1000$ After Rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing and Rendering

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, Monitor (unless you got one under 100$ and is equal to or bigger then 19"), speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.com, amazon.ca (Keep it Canadian plox :3 )

Country: Canada, Montreal.

Parts Preferences: Inte (CPU) , EVGA (Anything. If you can get a cheaper one with same effect that isint Evga, go for it.), Antec (Casing and power.) ? :D 

Overclocking: Optional

SLI or Crossfire: I have no clue. ._.

Additional Comments: I will be upgrading during summer. Keep that in mind. Also, I plan on getting 3 monitors around the summer time. I just need something thatll be easy to upgrade later on.
Also, would be nice if I can eventually put 2 graphic cards :3


Here's what I got so far:

CASE:
Antec One Hundred (because its nice and cheap. :3 Ill upgrade later.)
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65383&vpn=One%20Hundr...
( updated: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&m...)

Graphics:
XFX Radeon HD 6850 Fansink 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63985&vpn=HD685XZCFC&...

Motherboard:
(updated as a maybe: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extre... )?
I have no idea. help? :D  Either P67 or the X58.. Andlike, Intel CPU? :D 
I want it either a P67 or a X58, at least 4 or more RAM slots (the more the merrier), able to put in like, 2 graphics cards at least? :D  and maybe USB 3.0?

CPU:
Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57960&vpn=BX80623I726...
(I have no idea on this one. )

RAM:
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manu...



All I need from you readers is this.

What motherboard should I get?
Would everything be compatible with each other? If not, you got any reccomendations? :D 
Any way I can save more cash? Or get more bang for my buck?
How much Wattage would this use anyways? ._.

Thanks :D 

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January 7, 2012 10:03:16 AM

I would recommend a Z68 or P67 motherboard because of overclocking capabilities and newer architecture.
The ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 is a good motherboard for the price and has all the features you mentioned and more.
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extre...
The Asus P8Z68 DELUXE is an excellent motherboard with a ton of features for a higher price:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

For your build I would recommend atleast a 700w power supply especially if you plan on OCing or getting a 2nd graphics card.
The OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W is pretty good for the low price:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ700MXSP&...
The XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition is VERY good for a slightly higher price:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&...


So far all you parts look good and compatible. However, i would recommend that you get a after market cpu cooler. The stock one sucks and you won't be able to OC very much.
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January 7, 2012 10:20:07 AM

Motherboards Z68 with SLI or Crossfire option , you choose on of theese and you can buy a better video card like 6950 :
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extre...
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61002&vpn=GA-Z68X-UD3...
CASE : http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&m... cheaper then Antec
this is a great case with a lot of space http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC-912-KKN1... at the same price like Antec 100.
RAM : http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manu...
PSU 750w 80+ bronze , modular ; http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53331&vpn=OCZ750FTY&m...
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January 7, 2012 10:28:02 AM

sosofm said:
Motherboards Z68 with SLI or Crossfire option , you choose on of theese and you can buy a better video card like 6950 :
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extre...
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=61002&vpn=GA-Z68X-UD3...
CASE : http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&m... cheaper then Antec
this is a great case with a lot of space http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC-912-KKN1... at the same price like Antec 100.
RAM : http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manu...
PSU 750w 80+ bronze , modular ; http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53331&vpn=OCZ750FTY&m...


Antec is known for making high quality cases, i would stick with the Antec One Hundred. Those are good mobo's. However, I've heard that PSU is not very good, plus there are better 750w models for that price.
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January 7, 2012 2:25:10 PM

@Gobes

Antec does make good cases. i always use them. But the one sosofm mentioned looked pretty good too.
They're the same price, so it wont matter.

For the case.
Im stuck between either this Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case or the Coolermaster haf 912 Mid Tower


I need helping picking out a CPU Cooler :D 

I picked htis motherboard from you guys mentioned :
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extre...
(Ill update it in OP)

For the Power supply, I'm getting it at a local store. What should I look for when I go buy it?

Also, Im getting the RAMsosofm mentioned:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manu...
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January 7, 2012 6:26:36 PM

Vegas17 said:
@Gobes

Antec does make good cases. i always use them. But the one sosofm mentioned looked pretty good too.
They're the same price, so it wont matter.

For the case.
Im stuck between either this Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case or the Coolermaster haf 912 Mid Tower


I need helping picking out a CPU Cooler :D 

I picked htis motherboard from you guys mentioned :
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extre...
(Ill update it in OP)

For the Power supply, I'm getting it at a local store. What should I look for when I go buy it?

Also, Im getting the RAMsosofm mentioned:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manu...


That is a great motherboard, as you might see in my signature I own it.
Just make sure that the power supply is atleast 700w, and atleast 80+ Bronze certified.
If those are the cases you are choosing from, i would go with the HAF 912, after all HAF = High Air Flow, which is what you want from a case, plus Cooler Master makes excellent cases and that is a very popular and asthetically appealling model for the price. Not to mention, both me and sosofm own HAF cases (as you can see in our signatures).
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January 7, 2012 6:36:35 PM

And if you're buying a cpu cooler, approximately how much do you want to pay and how high do you plan on overclocking?
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January 7, 2012 8:02:44 PM

if u want to get the most bang-4-buck, drop the CPU down to the 2500K. it is cheaper and probably even better for gaming than that one u have listed. You can also overclock it lots, just get a decent CPU cooler so u dont spread heat around :) 
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January 8, 2012 2:07:08 AM

Might aswell just stay with the 2600k. But im willing to spend up to 60$ or so on a CPU cooler? Idk. What do you think?

&& Alright. HAF it is. And, what does the 80+ Bronze Certified mean anyways?
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January 8, 2012 2:28:19 AM

Some PSU's (the good ones) are tested before going onto the market, and given a rating. They can be rated 80+, 80+ Bronze, 80+ Silver, 80+ Gold, and the recently released 80+ Platinum. 80+ means that the efficiency of the psu is above 80. This means that atleast 80% of the electricity that it pulls is actually used to power your machine. Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum just mean that it is slightly more efficient (Platinum is very close to being 90+ certified). If you're curious you can read this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_PLUS
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January 8, 2012 2:30:39 AM

Awesome. So worth the money..

One last thing.

Monitor. Something cheap, yet good quality. Any ideas? :D 
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January 8, 2012 2:32:10 AM

And $60 is a good amount, are you interested in liquid cooling or just normal air cooling?
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January 8, 2012 2:43:51 AM

Vegas17 said:
Awesome. So worth the money..

One last thing.

Monitor. Something cheap, yet good quality. Any ideas? :D 


When buying a monitor for gaming, some important things that you want to make sure it has are:
1080p HD
1920x1080 resolution
5ms response time or less
LED display
DVI and HDMI ports
> 20" screen size

This is a good example: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57310&vpn=VE247H&manufact...
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January 8, 2012 2:49:51 AM

Vegas17 said:
Normal Air for now.

Well.

Whatever works. I never delt with liquid cooling ._.

Would this work? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


The Hyper 212 is a VERY popular heatsink, because of the excellent performance for such a good price. However I would recommend you get the Hyper 212+ Evo, because it is the improved model, with a better copper contact and improved fan design, it is what many people say "how it should have been made the first time". And i believe it is around the same price.

Watch the video on newegg's page to learn more: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
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January 8, 2012 2:50:20 AM

Ah. I need a temporary screen :D ? Like. 720p, 19" :D  Something Around 100. So far this build is costing me 970. My budget is 1100 D:
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January 8, 2012 2:58:36 AM

Vegas17 said:
Ah. I need a temporary screen :D ? Like. 720p, 19" :D  Something Around 100. So far this build is costing me 970. My budget is 1100 D:


This is on sale for $115: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57497&vpn=GL2030&manufact...

Honestly, I wouldn't recommend getting anything worse than that or you would have wasted your money on an expensive graphics card because your monitor can't display the HD quality image that your PC is outputting.
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January 8, 2012 4:24:05 AM

Then again, the screen is temporairly. I'm moving into a new house, and I'll be getting 3 1080p Monitors. Thats why I want to start off well. The simple screen is just a 2-3 month thing.

Plus, BENQ is the one I have right now :p  It was the screen I was going to go with again :D  Thanks though.
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January 8, 2012 4:25:02 AM

Best answer selected by Vegas17.
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January 8, 2012 5:51:05 AM

Vegas17 said:
Then again, the screen is temporairly. I'm moving into a new house, and I'll be getting 3 1080p Monitors. Thats why I want to start off well. The simple screen is just a 2-3 month thing.

Plus, BENQ is the one I have right now :p  It was the screen I was going to go with again :D  Thanks though.


Hope you enjoy youre new rig, and thanks for the BA :D 
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January 8, 2012 2:19:19 PM

You deserved it :p 
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