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$2,000 Gaming Build Compatibility Check

Planning to build a gaming desktop to replace my 3 year old gaming laptop, I been researching alot and was set on a build after a few suggestions from friends and reading the forums. I need to know if the parts that I picked are compatible with each other and with out problems too!

Approximate Purchase Date: In one month

Budget Range: $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies/Anime, Photo Shop, school work

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, headset (or speakers), cooling (got a Corsair H80 from a friend)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,,

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: ASUS

Overclocking: Yes, I plan to overclock the CPU and maybe the GPU if needed in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future with another 7970

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Here's what I have chosen and will be buying parts soon.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.69 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($206.96 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.69 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double D Black Edition 3GB Video Card ($599.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 White ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @
Power Supply: Corsair AX850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.69 @ DirectCanada)

The mobo depends if I can snag the deal at MemoryExpress this Saturday with the i5-2500k bundle + Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, but I'm having second thoughts on this as there aren't much reviews of the mobo on the net. Is my build solid? Are they compatible with each other? Is the monitor good for gaming and regular tasks?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. it works well .

    The psu is over kill

    the graphics card not in stock
  2. Thanks for the response.

    Just realized that the card isn't in stock :(, I guess I'd have to wait till NCIX or gets more in stock (hopefully). Is the PSU that much of an overkill? I read on Guru3D on their 7970 Crossfire review (Will be buying an extra card in the future) that a 750W PSU is needed, but I will be overclocking the CPU to atleast 4.0GHz. I was thinking 850W is more than enough?
  3. Its not overkill but price is high get a cheaper 850w one and the hdd is pricy too also this one is in stock hdd psu $119 after promo and rebate
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    also read right now about mobo yes it is a good one i have it myself works with no problem at all gigabyte is a reputable and reliable brand id say go for it if its really that much less money than the asus + i5 combined
  5. Thanks for the reply.

    Will go with the bundle if I can get one on Friday! As well I will take in consideration of the parts you mentioned, alot cheaper.
  6. Best answer selected by Hachiko.
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