$800 gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 700-900$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (bf3, d3, gw2), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor

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

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black - $54.99

CPU: I5-2500k - $229.99


MOBO: ASRock Z68 Ex3 Gen3 - $149.99


MOBO: ASRock Z68 PRO3 - $134.99

(ex3 gen3 can run 2gpu, pro3 only 1? since I don't plan to use 2 gpu, I should get the pro3? and what is the difference between pro3 gen3 and ext3 gen3?)


GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $179.99

PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - $46.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 - $99.99 (Is there any other HDD better than this with lower cost?)

Subtotal: $831.93
Grand total: $909.20

What do you guys think about this build?
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  1. 1. If you don't want to overclock hardcore, go with the i5 2400, no K, which will turbo boost to 3.4ghz anyway.

    2. If you're just planning on gaming, anything over 4GB of RAM is pointless unless you want to multitask while gaming.

    3. I think the pro 3 should be fine for your purposes, for that matter a MB that's only about $100 bucks would probably do fine for you.
  2. Your build looks good overall, get the ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 however due to better power phase giving you better OC'ing.
    As far as HDD's are concerned, i just get the best priced one per GB. Prices are too high to make it worth getting much. I got lucky the other day and got a 2TB external USB 3.0 for $99.99.
    If you can fit one in your budget, get a small SSD just for the OS. 60gb should do fine for the OS and a few apps.
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