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Budget gaming system

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February 29, 2012 1:52:53 AM

Hi everyone! I want to buy everything except a case and my gpu for under 500$. Is that possible without compromises?


Approximate Purchase Date: (this week)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 500) Before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, word)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (any canadian websites)

Country: (Canada)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)


What I already own:
-case: corsair carbide 500r black

What I plan to buy:
-cpu:i5 2500k (that I want to overclock)
-motherboard:Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
-powersupply: Corsair TX750M Modular Power Supply
-ram:GSKILL ARES Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB)

Does that seems good? any recommandations? I want my build to be "future proof" and to be able to support 2 gtx 570 in SLI, for example.

I also have another question: does 250$ for a gtx 560 ti 448 core sounds like a good deal?

I hope to have a quick answer (the deals are almost over on some parts), thank you very much!

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February 29, 2012 2:16:38 AM

Don't forget the aftermarket cooler COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

The i5 will DEVASTATE everything in it's path.

Very nice Mobo, supports PCI-E 3 and Ivy Bridge.

RAM looks fine, it's low profile which is good.

Also, what about a HDD. You didn't say if you had one you could use or not.

February 29, 2012 2:20:18 AM

Yes I'll buy an aftermarket cooler later on (i'll be overclocking once I have my gpu).
For now, I'll also use and older HDD (the one from my laptop lol).

Do you think 500$ for everything I listed is reasonable? Or could I get a cheaper price?
Also, is a 750W enough for a SLI configuration?

Thank you!