My gaming build so far $600-700

Approximate Purchase Date:march - april (hoping HHD prices go back to normal, and other price drops due to upcoming releases ;) ;)

Budget Range: 600-700 i perfer to keep it around 650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: online Gaming, FPS(online, so anything to help with getting the best ping would be great), movies, webbrowsing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, moniter, mouse, OS, could just use my old optical drive right??

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: i live in canada so anything to cut down on shipping fees and prices (i go for best value)

Country: canada

Parts Preferences: Parts that have good review and that are reliable

Overclocking: i dont think so

SLI or Crossfire: probably not

Monitor Resolution:1280x1024 currently but will upgrade to 20" + moniter later

Additional Comments: this is my build so far, so i hope you experts can spot whatever issues,compatability problems, future proofness, and stuff like that.

NOTE:slighty unsure on the PSU and MOBO.
i think i should get a better Mobo maybe? heard it improves online gaming

yes and, should i wait even longer? because since Ivy Bridge and the radeon 7000 sries are coming soon w and surly that would make the prices on the current one drop a fair bit, mayb ill even snag a ivy bridge Cpu insteand of the current sandy bridge selected.

fingers crossd for thos ridiculous HHD prices to go down :na: :na:

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

CPU: intel i5 2400

CASE:Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HHD:Seagate Hard Drive 500gb SATA

GPU:gtx 560ti


PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  1. Yes you can use your optical drive. If you wait and want and Ivy CPU then buy an Z68 mobo or wait for the new motherboards.Your build is good.
  2. i dont really understand mobos, can you enlighten me on why this is a better mother boards/feature clueless @.@
  3. Best answer
    Z68 support future ivy bridge and most of them after you upgrade your cpu to Ivy support full PCIE 3.0 bandwith and SSD caching.
    For a better understand read this
  4. so do you think its a good idea too wait till they release Ivy bridge and radeon 700 series and grab the radeon 7850 and the intel ivy bridge 3450?

    EDIT: so thats the only mother board currently that can use ivy bridge?
  5. Currently Z68 , P67 and H67 will support Ivy. They will release new mobos just for Ivy bridge H77,Z75, Z77
  6. so this is what i have decided... im going to wait till march - april for the Ivy bridge release,so the sandy bridge prices will hopefully drop and ill get a i5 2400 instead.
    and also pick up a radeon HD 7850 (is this better than the geforce 560ti?).

    do you think this is a smarter choice, as the Ivy bridge mostly is for less wattage and better integrated graphics, or so i heard.
  7. Nobody know yet how Ivy bridge will be.
    I don't know how is 7850 because is not relesed. Maybe will be better than 560Ti.
  8. Best answer selected by bluhavoc13.
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