[Need advice] Building a gaming pc!

Approximate Purchase Date: February - March

Budget Range: $1500-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming ( 60% ), surfing the internet ( 30% ) , PhotoShop ( 10% )

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, Corsair, Asus

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: At least 1680x1050 HD

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My Build (what I thought)

Intel Core i7-2600 BX80623I72600 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail

Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s

"Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800,
DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered"

"ASUS P8P67 Deluxe B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express,
2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), Dual Gigabit LAN, 8-CH Audio, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX, Bluetooth"

"Corsair CMPSU-850AX AX850 Power Supply - ATX, Modular, 850 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified,
120mm Ultra-Quiet Fan"

OCZ AGT3-25SAT3-60G Agility 3 Series Solid State Drive - 60GB, 2.5" SATA III, 6Gbps

ASUS ENGTX560TIDCII/2DI/1 GeForce GTX 560 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready

Corsair CC-9011012-WW Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case - ATX, mATX, 4x Ext 5.25" Bays, 6x Int 3.5" Bays, 1x 200mm and 2x 120mm White LED Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x FireWire Ports

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
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  1. sgtcook said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: February - March

    Budget Range: $1500-$2000

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming ( 60% ), surfing the internet ( 30% ) , PhotoShop ( 10% )

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor and OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.ca

    Country: Canada

    Parts Preferences: Intel, Corsair, Asus

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: At least 1680x1050 HD

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    My Build (what I thought)

    Intel Core i7-2600 BX80623I72600 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail

    > Save money and get better performance in gaming with an i5-2500k (you can OC at stock voltage)

    Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s

    > I've had much better success with WD Black's. Given the current Hdd prices a 500gb would be fine

    "Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800,
    DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered"

    > Careful about the tall head sinks...they may have clearance issues around the cpu cooler

    "ASUS P8P67 Deluxe B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express,
    2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), Dual Gigabit LAN, 8-CH Audio, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX, Bluetooth"

    > For the same money you can get a Z68 series with more features

    "Corsair CMPSU-850AX AX850 Power Supply - ATX, Modular, 850 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified,
    120mm Ultra-Quiet Fan"

    > You don't need 850w. You can save money going with the Corsair in a 650w and still have lots of headroom

    OCZ AGT3-25SAT3-60G Agility 3 Series Solid State Drive - 60GB, 2.5" SATA III, 6Gbps

    > Currently the brands of SSD's to focus on due to reliability issues are: Crucial, Intel and Samsung

    ASUS ENGTX560TIDCII/2DI/1 GeForce GTX 560 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready

    > Did you look at the AMD 6800/6900 series? Using the Tom's hierarchy charts you may find better value

    Corsair CC-9011012-WW Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case - ATX, mATX, 4x Ext 5.25" Bays, 6x Int 3.5" Bays, 1x 200mm and 2x 120mm White LED Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x FireWire Ports

    Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio


    > Why a sound card? the onboard sound for mobo's these days will do the job
  2. sosofm said:
    Change the CPU with 2500k : http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&sku=I69-2500K
    mobo : GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=353599&sku=G452-0144
    PSU : Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M Modular 80 Plus Bronze
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=580994&sku=C13-2822
    If you don't want to overclock i5 2400 or i5 2500 is enough for gaming.



    Thank you for the advice:)

    sosofm said:
    Change the CPU with 2500k : http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&sku=I69-2500K
    If you don't want to overclock i5 2400 or i5 2500 is enough for gaming.


    If i5 2500 is enough for gaming.. so what is the advantage of i7 ( overcloaking ) ?
  3. The K cpu's can be overclocked to a higher frequency. i7 cpu's are for multitasking , video rendering and high demanding cpu softwares and programs.The i5 cpu's are the best bang for buck in gaming PC.
  4. Looking advice for a new monitor.

    Is HD 1080p really worth it for LCD monitor ?

    My monitor l have right now :

    E228WFP 22" Widescreen Flat Panel LCD
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&sku=320-5205
  5. QuietPC said:
    > Why a sound card? the onboard sound for mobo's these days will do the job


    That true for gaming ?
  6. Definitely. The only reason you would want to get a discrete one is if you were doing like sound manipulation and rendering (or whatever they call it) full time. Also, I think the 560ti will bottleneck the i7, so I'd go with the radeon 5870 or 5850, or the nvidia 570. The i7 is a REALLY powerful processor, and so I'd recommend, as others have said, the i5 based on your priorities. Now if you had put video or 3D editing on the list, going with an i7 would be better if you have the budget.
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