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March 8, 2012 8:25:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 to 2 weeks (possibly within a few days)

Budget Range: $800-$950(closer to 800 is preferable but I'll consider all advice and adjust accordingly)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Tower

Country: Canada

Overclocking: Maybe in the future/when necessary

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future/when necessary

Monitor Resolution: I believe 1366 x 768 its a 26" Insignia LCD TV (I think it outputs at 720p) and I will be using an HDMI chord

Alright so first of all thanks in advance to anyone reading this/providing their input it's very much appreciated.

So basically I've found the parts that I think should create a good gaming computer and what I'm hoping for is feedback of any and all kinds, what I'm hoping to learn is if the parts I've selected are all compatible and good choices, what type of graphics output I'll be receiving, and if they'll be capable of giving the level of performance I'm looking for as well as any ideas on how to improve or change anything that might merit improvements/changes.

What I'm looking for is a gaming computer that's going to be able to play current and hopefully future games (at least around 2 years into the future) on high graphics settings before needing to SLI, the graphics don't have to be ultra maxed everything but I would like them to be on the high end of the spectrum while maintaining a good to high FPS.

Parts:

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

MOBO:
MSI Z68A-G45 (B3) Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel Z68 Express, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6.0Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFire Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

VIDEO CARD:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twn Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560-Ti Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM:
Patriot G2 Series PGD34G1333ELK Division 2 Edition Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, XMP Ready
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

PSU:
OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 700-Watt, Modular, Dual +12V Rails, SATA, 80Plus
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

HDD:
Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 500GB, SATA-6G, 7200, 16MB
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Additional thoughts/questions:

So what do you think? Will this be able to output high end graphics given the resolution I'll be playing at, how long will it do this for until I need to SLI? Is the graphics card enough? should I upgrade to a GTX 570? I heard that games are starting to use 1.5gb vram so I thought the 2gb 560 would be helpful for future proofing but is there a point? Are the companies reliable?

I hope I got everything covered that I wanted to ask but after receiving some feedback/having some time to think I may have a few additional questions, I hope that wasn't to long winded and thank you again to anyone giving assistance I really do appreciate it.

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March 8, 2012 9:09:04 AM

Looks good although I would change the motherboard to ASUS or Gigabyte. Better quality. If you do that, Switch the ram to Gskill of the same spec. Going with stock speed 1333, you also do not need the fancy heatshrink ram. The plain kind will save a few dollars and work just as well. That is unless you just like the looks of the heatspreader type.

As for gaming on the TV, you might be disappointed unless your TV has a "game mode" or switch for that purpose. The issues are the size, and the fact that it is a TV, will make the screen response times slow. As far as you computer handling it, there will be no issues on that end.
March 8, 2012 11:38:02 AM

are u gonna overclock ?
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March 8, 2012 11:59:29 AM

every thing is well n good but i got a much cheaper 560 ti

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual-DVI, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready


http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


EVGA 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI 1.4a, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


THESE GRAPHIC CARDS CAN DECREASE YOUR BUILD COST CONSIDERABLY :D 



BUT YOUR DISPLAY HAS WAY LESS RESOLUTION AND A 560 TI IS NEARLY AN OVERKILL AT THAT RESOLUTION AND IF YOU ARE GONNA UPGRADE TO A 1080P DISPLAY THEN THIS CARD NOT A PROBLEM


TO DECREASE THE COST FURTHER CHANGE THAT GRAPHIC CARD TO A RADEON HD 6850 OR HD 6870 NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS BUT STILL 560 TI WILL LAST U A LNG TIME :) 
March 11, 2012 3:05:46 AM

Hey thanks for the replies, sorry it took me a bit to answer it's been a busy week. I didn't know that about the TV but I also have a computer monitor so I'll try the TV and if it's not working/is too slow for me I'll hook up the monitor and use that until I can afford a new larger HD monitor. I should add the TV size is only 26" not 32" like I originally thought, if that makes any difference.

I just have a few questions still, first I can't seem to find Gskill on tiger direct I'm getting all the other parts from there so to keep it simple I want to get my RAM from there as well, anything else that would be just as good?

I will probably overclock in the future as it becomes necessary for more demanding games but I don't intend to/think I'll need to in the immediate future (or at least I hope).

As for the GTX the reason the one I selected is more expensive is because it has the 2gb of Vram so I'd definitely go with one of the cheaper ones if that's not necessary but I just wanted to know if it is or not? I read on some places that some games have started using 1.5gb of Vram and so it might be good to get a video card with 2gb, but is that only for higher resolutions? or is that even true? I really have no idea about this so any info would be helpful.

Finally if I were to switch to a 6870 would I need to change anything with my build? would I have to crossfire earlier then with the 560ti? Also would I not be able to output as high of graphics? I may eventually want to go 1080p but probably not for at least a year.

Thanks for the help guys I hope I'm not being overly inquisitive about this stuff it's just my first build and I want to know everything and try to future proof all I can before clicking purchase.

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March 11, 2012 5:01:43 AM
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yes u are right they can reach above 1 gb but on of resolution like 1440 and 1600 and not 1080 which max out at 750 in any instance.
So a 2gb vram is a waste untill u do rendering.

And u can get corsair or muskin or crutial if not gskill available

and if u plan to get a hd monitor get a gtx 560 or even a 6950 if u can :D 
March 13, 2012 3:04:25 AM

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