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Hey everyone!
Im looking for some advice on a computer im building (im buying parts -- much more tech savvy friend putting it together :) ) Any advice is welcomed and appreciated.

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

ASUS P8Z68-V LX Z68 LGA1155 ATX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio Video CrossFire Motherboard

ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DirectCU II Fermi OC 850MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Video Card

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

Kingston SSDNow V200 64GB 2.5IN SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive

LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM

Now... With the monitor im buying + the keyboard/mouse the total is going to be 1450.00 and im wondering if:
1. is this a fair price to pay for this computer
2. anything i should switch out for better performance or to save me some cash
3. anything you guys see wrong with this.

PS. All this stuff is being purchased from NCIX.

Thanks everyone in advance.
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  1. Looking pretty good. I would however change that power supply. Coolermaster makes great CPU coolers but not so much with power supplies.

    With your listed specs 550-600 watts would be perfect. If you plan on adding a second graphics card in Sli the go for 750 watts.

    Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, XFX, Silverstone, Antec and Enermax are all good brands.
  2. Alright thanks alot!
    Do you mind if I ask if the price seem like its fair?
  3. NCIX, both the Canadian and US sites are about as cheap as you are going to get parts. I am in the US so I'm not sure about Canadian prices.

    The only place I would bother price matching is newegg for both US and Canada.

    The price looks fine to me. Under $1500 with a monitor and keyboard and mouse is quite reasonable.

    I will be glad to look for a comparable priced high quality PSU if you want. Just need to know if you want 1 or 2 graphics cards and US or Canadian site?
  4. Thank you very much for your help!
    Since this computer is going to be a DRASTIC increase my gaming experience from my 5 year old Dell Laptop, I think starting with 1 card will suffice.
    But I have no problem upgrading to a two card system in the future.
    I would pref a canadian site even more so NCIX.
  5. Looking at your build, that's roughly $900 American. That leaves $550 for a monitor and keyboard? Are they gold plated? I realize taxes are a bit stiff in Canada but not sure how much. Canadian $ is about = to American $.
    I'd suggest a 560TI GPU, it's about $40-$50 more but worth it.
    Also, take the above advice on the PSU.
  6. Do you want to futureproof the power supply is really what I need to know?

    As I said above 550-600w for 1 card or 750w for 2.
  7. I thought it was a 560 Ti......should have looked at that better.

    US and Canadian dollar are just about equal but parts in Canada are a bit more expensive.

    i5 2500K is $240 in Canada $199 US on the respective NCIX sites.
  8. Anort3: might as well make it future proof, spend the money now instead of buying a brand new PSU when i switch to 2 cards.
    Delroy: Thanks what is the difference between the one i have and the TI?, and no not gold plated. Im not sure where the cash discrepancy is coming from. Sorry :S
  9. The GTX560 Ti is a better choice. It's more powerful.

    Here is a great deal on a very nice power supply. It gives you room to add a second card in the future. The after rebate price is amazing.

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1315

    Edit: It comes with a $40 game too??!! Crazy good deal on a top notch power supply.
  10. Alright thanks! now i have another question if you dont mind... the motherboard i have... Will it allow me to have 2 cards in the future? or will I have to upgrade that as well?
  11. unclematt said:
    Hey everyone!
    Im looking for some advice on a computer im building (im buying parts -- much more tech savvy friend putting it together :) ) Any advice is welcomed and appreciated.

    Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

    ASUS P8Z68-V LX Z68 LGA1155 ATX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio Video CrossFire Motherboard

    ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DirectCU II Fermi OC 850MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Video Card

    Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

    Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit

    Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

    Kingston SSDNow V200 64GB 2.5IN SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive

    LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM

    Now... With the monitor im buying + the keyboard/mouse the total is going to be 1450.00 and im wondering if:
    1. is this a fair price to pay for this computer
    2. anything i should switch out for better performance or to save me some cash
    3. anything you guys see wrong with this.

    PS. All this stuff is being purchased from NCIX.

    Thanks everyone in advance.


    I just have a few suggestions with your build..

    your motherboard has two pci x 16 slots, the problem is that one of them is a x 4 and if you run sli/crossfire in the future there will be a decrease in performance.

    I would get this one http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3&manufacture=ASRock

    or this one

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61002&vpn=GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1315

    I would also get the evo for $5 more

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&vpn=RR-212E-20PK-R1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER

    and this psu

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58382&vpn=CMPSU-750TXV2&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1315

    and this ssd

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59354&vpn=VTX3-25SAT3-120G&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1315

    I got the rebate when I bought this live in canada as well.

    and this ram

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G%2ESkill


    This monitor is on sale really happy with it

    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=60790&vpn=LS23A300BS%2FZA&manufacture=Samsung&promoid=1315

    check out this 560ti for $230 with mri

    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58457&vpn=ENGTX560%20Ti%20DCII%2F2DI%2F1GD5&manufacture=ASUS

    All together with the parts I suggested and with your hardrive and case including windows 7 oem and 23 inch monitor is $1160 not including MIR
  12. Thanks for the advice Ivan!
  13. Well that was a good question. I assumed it would run Sli just fine but it only seems to support Crossfire.

    The Gigabyte board Ivan1984 recommended is a good chioce.
  14. The XFX power supply I recommended is a MUCH better deal than the Corsair though.
  15. unclematt said:
    Thanks for the advice Ivan!


    No problem I edited it a few times. You could even get a 570 in your budget.

    didn't see the xfx psu you suggested, it's a better deal if you get the MRI, they are essentially identical psu's except that the corsair has 4 6+2 pci- e while the xfx has 2 pci-e 6+2 and 2 6 pci e power connectors.
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  17. The Asrock is a good board for the price. I have had one for over 6 months w/ a 2500K clocked and it hasn't missed a beat.
  18. change the psu to xfx 550w for single card setup. Asrock xtrme3/gen3 is a better mobo for less price.
  19. Thanks for all the replies!
  20. Best answer selected by unclematt.
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