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1700$ - Gaming PC

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February 26, 2012 10:28:32 PM

Budget Range: 1700$ (Soft limit) - 1850$ (Probably the maximum price range)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 - Intel 263$-209$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Ultra 3072MB 726$-646$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Mother Board: ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 234$-205$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
( is the CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 worth the price difference against CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 )


CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler 110$-85$ or Corsair Cooling Hydro-Series All-in-One High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH60 90$-60$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply CMPSU-750TXV2 139.99$-94.99$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Case: Not Determined yet.


What I need help with:

1. Which CPU Cooler should i go with ? (I am planning on overclocking the processor)
2. Some ideas for the Case withing budget range if there is.
3. Is the PSU good enough for these components ?
4. Are there any better options than the ones i have here ?

Note: The prices written are the prices as they were posted on Amazon. (list Price-Discounted price)
Thank you to anyone who is going to read the post and take the time to reply to it.

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February 26, 2012 11:15:52 PM

Yes, but if your gonna do SLI, with your GTX 580, your gonna need a 950 watt at minimum. But yes other than that all parts are a go. Also unless your gonna do some more than moderate overclocking, a cheaper Air cooler will do fine. If you want to water cool, and don't wanna spend any more which you could save money in one place and put it towards your case.

Air Cooler: Corsair A70.
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Air-Performance-Cooler-CA...

As for the CPU, are there better ones out there?, oh hell yea. But do you really need em? not unless your gonna be doing heavy video coding and rendering. or you spend hundreds of hours gaming with other things in the back ground. a Core i5 will do just fine.

Now your case, what budget are we talking for the case. ill lay out some options here.....

From most expensive to least also cases in that price range with Side windows and sides with fans for the more temperature freaks!

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Trooper-Computer-SG...

or

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-SuperSpeed-Interior...

Now the reason i am picking Full tower big cases, is because your video card, is about a foot long. and tho it fits but barely in most mid tower cases, its better to have plenty of space and room to breath than barely getting by and the cooler being blocked my drive cages.

If you want to remove drive cages and don't plan on doing a raid setup with your computer. and you want the best overclocking mid tower cases that still have a decent amount of cooler space, here are your choices.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S...

or

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-ali...

or

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_0?rh=n%3A172282%2Cn...

Sure there is so many to choose from, its just a matter of knowing the best of the bunch and what brands are the best. i Used the first one i listed, the Cooler master Storm enforcer, but i realized i needed more space and better air flow for my Corsair a 70 and SLI set up so i go the CM Storm Trooper. Also i recommend selling your 580 when kepler comes out, because by then its a GTX 260 compared to the next generation 580 (680, which is speculated to be like GTX 580 SLI in performance)

That is just my full opinion, i can't tell you what to buy but that is a recommendation
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February 26, 2012 11:42:46 PM

FREE SHIPPING FTW

$9.99 Air Shipping - Free Shipping on orders over $50*
Fast delivery with UPS, Fedex, Canada Post & Purolator

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6196&v... $113.56
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC1911&v... $118.12
XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6381&v... $189.69
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI USB3.0 SATA3

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v... $209.69
Intel Core I5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $27.58
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC6691&v... $8.05
Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $49.69
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $19.24
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $99.99
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Sata 6GBPS 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - Oem

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2160&v... $161.76
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD3894&v... $458.27
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 Windforce 900MHZ 3GB 5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

Total: $1,455.64 *not including tax

gtx 580 version of that build. Replace the psu and vid card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC4446&v... $199.30
Corsair Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX 12V 87A 24PIN ATX 80PLUS Silver Modular Power Supply

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9256&v... $489.69 MIR. Savings: $30.00 $459.69*
MSI GeForce GTX 580 Twin Frozr II OC 800MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-over... <----- 7950 vs gtx 580


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $98.70
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 Dvd Oem
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February 27, 2012 12:08:30 AM

well if you want the best then the amd 7970 is the best single gpu card on the planet i highly recommend so here is a great build for you

case: cooler master haf x
cooler masters best case for value looks sweet and is just plain cool
mobo: asus maximus IV extreme-z z68
its an rog what can i say and its optimized so you can just push 4.6 and boom no more settings to adjust
cpu: i5 2500k
THEE BEST VALUE CPU
cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
its only 35$, its fairly silent AND it can easily handle a 4.6 oc'd 2500k
video card: sapphire amd radeon hd 7970
its so fast its not even funny and it looks like a ferrari
hhd: western digital caviar black 1.5tb
very reliable and you can get 1tb or 500gb or even 2tb if you want to change the amount of space
ssd: corsair force series 3 60gb
nice drive thats pretty cheap and has enough room for win7
psu: corsair ax850
very popular very well known very popular and if you ever want to cf with another 7970 this baby can handle it
optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
well its an optical drive what else can i say and if you dont want blu-ray you can get a sony 24x
monitor: asus 23" vs238
nice cheap monitor
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February 27, 2012 12:13:54 AM

xtremegamer2da-max said:
well if you want the best then the amd 7970 is the best single gpu card on the planet i highly recommend so here is a great build for you

case: cooler master haf x
cooler masters best case for value looks sweet and is just plain cool
mobo: asus maximus IV extreme-z z68
its an rog what can i say and its optimized so you can just push 4.6 and boom no more settings to adjust
cpu: i5 2500k
THEE BEST VALUE CPU
cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
its only 35$, its fairly silent AND it can easily handle a 4.6 oc'd 2500k
video card: sapphire amd radeon hd 7970
its so fast its not even funny and it looks like a ferrari
hhd: western digital caviar black 1.5tb
very reliable and you can get 1tb or 500gb or even 2tb if you want to change the amount of space
ssd: corsair force series 3 60gb
nice drive thats pretty cheap and has enough room for win7
psu: corsair ax850
very popular very well known very popular and if you ever want to cf with another 7970 this baby can handle it
optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
well its an optical drive what else can i say and if you dont want blu-ray you can get a sony 24x
monitor: asus 23" vs238
nice cheap monitor

I understand about you saying get the best of the best...but the 7950 o/c's to run on par with a 7970, you want to make sure the motherboard is a Gen 3 board so your not screwed with upgrading to PCI-E 3.0, that 60GB SSD is too small for this budget and will fill up way to soon imo, and there's just as good psu's as that Seasonic that are a lot cheaper...like a modular XFX psu that's manufactured by Seasonic for XFX.

This Asrock board down below is not only a Gen3 board, but it has the NF200 chip allowing dual cards to run @ x16 & x16 which is a nice feature for Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $339.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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February 27, 2012 11:08:29 AM

Thanks to everyone who answered, I will go check some prices in my local store first, then decide which parts am i going to buy and from where. :) 

I really appreciate all of your help.
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