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February 14, 2012 9:18:27 PM

Hello! New member to Tom's hardware, although i use the site a lot for reviews and help. I am currently looking to build my own pc for the first time. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: 1000$ before rebates

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

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, nVidia graphics card.

Overclocking: Maybe. (Really have no idea how to overclock, but if i could fit it in and give it a run, that would be cool. If not, no big deal)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: With this pc, i was hoping to keep it open to future add ons, such as 3 monitors (if possible within 1000$ price range) and another graphics card down the line.

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February 14, 2012 9:50:52 PM

I would only bother with SLI/Crossfire if you definitely plan to add those other monitors, it's not really worth it otherwise. It can be good value but that value is soon lost when/if you run into compatibility and heat issues, not to mention the fact that you need a more expensive PSU, motherboard and possibly case to start with.

Firstly, the i5-2500k and 8GB RAM are pretty much no brainers here. The i5 is the best gaming processor around and will still be great for video editing and RAM is so cheap that most people get 8GB despite not even needing it for gaming. With the video editing though, you may utilise it.
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February 14, 2012 9:51:11 PM

Overclocking: This is where you up the core clock speed of the CPU or GPU, effectively making it faster. It is a process that some love, and some don't. I'd advise some more research into it. It will affect your decision of a CPU. As far as graphics, I know you said nVidia, but they will be coming out with the 600 series soon, so the 500 series will be obsolete, so I recommend AMD. I put both choices down there :)  Also, one more thing. You can either go with the i7 and a HDD or an i5, an SSD for the OS, and an HDD.

CPU: Overclocking: Intel Core i7 2600K: $330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel i5 2500K: $230 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No-overclock: Intel Core i7 2600: $300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: AMD: GIGABYTE HD 6950: $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
nVidia: GIGABYTE 560 ti (fermi): $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock Z6: $85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ZT 750W: $90 - $15 w/ promo ends 2/16 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB): $47 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER: $56 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner: $18 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: (GRAB BEFORE IT'S OVER!): $80 WD Caviar Green 750GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD (maybe): OCZ Agility 30GB SSD: $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: ~$875 - $975 depending on choices.
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February 14, 2012 9:55:30 PM

termhn said:
Overclocking: This is where you up the core clock speed of the CPU or GPU, effectively making it faster. It is a process that some love, and some don't. I'd advise some more research into it. It will affect your decision of a CPU. As far as graphics, I know you said nVidia, but they will be coming out with the 600 series soon, so the 500 series will be obsolete, so I recommend AMD. I put both choices down there :) 

CPU: Overclocking: Intel Core i7 2600K: $330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No-overclock: Intel Core i7 2600: $300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: AMD: GIGABYTE HD 6950: $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
nVidia: EVGA 560 ti (fermi): $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P55: $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ZT 750W: $90 - $15 w/ promo ends 2/16 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB): $47 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER: $56 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: ~$775 to $850 depending on choices.


You posted a GTX 560, not the Ti version. Big difference. Rosewill Challenger is a cheap case, i think Toms hardware did a review on it in the past. You picked a motherboard with LGA 1156, with the I7 2600k with LGA 1155, it wont fit. The P-series are not as good as the Z68 series nowadays. For around $80, he can consider the Asrock Z68/USB3 instead.
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February 14, 2012 10:05:39 PM

i5 2500k $230
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 $150
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $65
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $45
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE $115
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM $93
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti $230

Total: $928

The mb is equipped with a 3.0x16 slot and some 2.0x16 slots so you can CF/SLI. Also can go Ivy bridge in the future. PSU is big enough for CF/SLI, so you won't have problems with that. Case has good cooling and cable management. Oh remember to pick a DVD drive

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February 14, 2012 10:05:39 PM

Something like this should be good:

i5-2500k
8GB Mushkin Silverline
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560Ti 2GB
500GB Seagate Barracuda
Antec HCG-750
Coolermaster HAF 922
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
Samsung DVD Burner

Total is just under $1000 and would be great for your usage.

(Prices from Newegg)

That setup could easily handle a second card in SLI and the 2GB memory is good for higher resolutions.
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February 14, 2012 10:08:25 PM

Sorry, fail mistakes ;/ edited :) 
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February 14, 2012 10:59:51 PM

Try out the one in my signature. I think it's a lot more powerful graphics wise.
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February 15, 2012 12:03:24 AM

Best answer selected by M82A1FX.
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