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February 18, 2012 11:45:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: March - April

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Fallout 3, Skyrim, insert new release titles here, WoW) home office, minor video editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Open to suggestions

Overclocking: Possibly

SLI or Crossfire: Now, no; later, yes.

Monitor Resolution: We'll see



I have been researching parts for this build and have the starts of a system planned out but I would like to run it by you experts for a critique.



CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU
XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case
??? May reuse my old case. Recommendations?

Cooling
??? Recommendations?



I haven't built a computer for many years and I am pretty out of the loop when it comes to hardware.

The PSU is way overpowered for the current setup but it should be enough when I decide to go x-fire. Also still not certain about the motherboard, Gigabyte has always worked well for me but I've been hearing alot of bad reviews of them compared with Asus.

Sitting at a total of $998.43. I will not be ordering until at least March, perhaps April so I may tweak the pieces at that time to take advantage of combo deals, etc. But how does it look so far? Have I missed anything or are there any potential problems or improvements anyone can point out.

I am still under budget and was considering a boost to the GPU possibly to a 6970 simply cause I can and it might help with new releases down the road but I would want to know I was getting a decent jump in performance past the $1000 mark.

As a general question, with Ivy Bridge on the horizon does anyone see any change in i5 or i7 prices? Just wondering since my build date will be close to Intel's release date.

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February 19, 2012 12:06:11 AM

cooler master 912 case
asrock z68 extreme3 mobo
intel i5 2500k cpu
cooler master hyper 212 evo
amd radeon hd 6970 video card
western digital caviar black 1.5tb hhd
crucial m4 64gb ssd
g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb 1600 ram
corsair tx650 psu
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February 19, 2012 5:46:09 AM

MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM : Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PSU : SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
DVD-RW : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
TOTAL : $1,257.91without rebates.
If you want an under 1200$ build change the video card with Nvidia 570 or AMD 6970.
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February 20, 2012 9:45:53 AM

I appreciate the input so far. It's been awhile since I have attempted a build from scratch and the number of choices has proven to be daunting.

I'm liking the cases suggested. Nice looks and airflow. I think I have found my case and heatsink.

The 7950 gpu is nice but perhaps a bit much, but the more I've thought about it the more I might be leaning towards the 6970. And I will be adding a second gpu within a year or so for a little boost. This is why the psu is so apparently overpowered. But for that matter what is the recommended wattage for a 6950 or 6970 x-fire setup?

The 1.5 tb hdd is also a bit much, a small savings staying with the 500 gb. Any opinions on the lifespan of the seagate that was suggested? The Western Digital? Much difference at all? I would love to see my next hdd match the 7-8 years of nearly everyday use that I saw with my last hdd without a fault.

I also plan to do some minor overclocking to the cpu. I was thinking the 4.0 - 4.5 ish range. I do not have much experience in this area but I am looking to give it a little boost. The overclocking and sheer variety available have had me flip flopping on the mobo since day one. I have tried to find something that sets this ASRock Z68 Extreme3 board apart from the Gigabyte or other boards in the price range but I am coming up with nothing. Anyone mind humoring me and filling me in on the merits of this board or any others someone might want to recommend? Stability with overclocking and general reliability are big selling points. I'm just curious what makes this board a good choice when I have heard little good of ASRock in general.

With an i5 overclocked to 4.0 - 4.5 gHz and a pair of radeon 6970s would the COOLER MASTER HAF 912 case with the fans listed in the features and a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO heatsink for the cpu be sufficient for cooling?
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February 22, 2012 5:22:55 PM

When you buy somethink you need luck too. You can buy a HDD and can be good 3-4 years. I have a WD Caviar Blue 640GB AAKS and run cool and quiet even now after 4 years.
That Asrock is stable read the customers reviews from the mobo link.
For cooling that case you need minimum another 120mm fan for the top of the case.
That Coolermaster Evo is a great cooler.
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February 22, 2012 7:17:48 PM

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