New gaming computer around 1.1k


Approximate Purchase Date: In a week or two.

Budget Range: After rebate, 1 100$.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Internet, watching movies, Gaming.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (I live in Canada).

Country: Canada, QC

Parts Preferences: Intel

RAID: 0 would be beter for my budget but 5 would be nice

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I already have gathered some parts but I wondered if they fit together... I certainly don't want to buy incompatible parts :D


HDD x 2:






BR burner:

Thank you!

BTW, I always wondered what is the : Integrated Memory Controller Speed in the i7 spec.... they say it's Dual Channel DDR3-1066/1333... does that mean I can only use 1066 or 1333 with that processor?

Thanks again
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  1. hello op
    first of all if u are gaming and not gonna oc then i7 is overkill and one with k can oc so they are costly

    never buy psu other than xfx seasonic corsair silverstone antec ocz and if these are not available then cooler master,thermaltake and few other.
    The one u listed is not of reputable company

    better buy motherboard of asus asrock evga and gigabyte
    if not then msi

    buy a case which is properly ventilated and can fit long gpu

    i have heard that hitachi hdd are not good but i dont see any problem

    zotac dont make good gpu

    u must be thinking that every thing u choosed is bad but it is true :(

    i would suggest this build

    intel i5 2400
    asrock h61 mobo
    corsair vengence 2x4 gb 1600 mhz ddr3
    sapphire hd 6950
    seasonic 620w 80+ bronze
    cooler master haf 912
    samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
    corsair force 3 64gb or muskin 128 gb

    this should make into the budget if not then reduce the ssd to fit the budget

    the ram would work at 1600mhz but any higher and the mobo wont recognice

    u can get the 1333 version and it will affect merrily 5 per cent and u wont probably notice it

    hope this helps :hello:
  2. No need for Nvidia right now unless VF GTX 460 which is what you should be doing plus for a grand budget I would look inti a better case and PSU man is that ugly and junk. LOL.
  3. um may i suggest the i5 2500k? and in terms of a motherboard maybe a z68 model? either ASrock or asus
  4. What parts do you already have?

    Your list is compatible, but I see many opportunities to do better.

    To answer your ram question, you can use almost any speed ram with the 2700K.
    But, sandy bridge is insensitive to ram speeds. Actually, your ram selection is the only pick with which I completely agree.

    For your purposes, gaming will be the most cpu intensive. And, for that purpose, a less expensive 2500K will do just as well. A 2500K will drive any single graphics card to it's maximum.

    The H61 based motherboard will work, but is entirely inappropriate to a "K" cpu. You want a Z68 based motherboard. The reason is twofold.
    1. You can not take advantage of the unlocked "K" multiplier with a H61 based motherboard. The "K" is sold to enable you to increase the multiplier from the base 3.5(or 3.3 on the 2500K) to 4.0-4.5.
    2. The Z68 will allow you to add a ssd cache to increase the performance of your hard drive. Not that I necessarily suggest you do that.
    Pick your favorite vendor, and any Z68 based motherboard will do for you.
    Here is a good one from ASUS:
    It is a smaller M-ATX motherboard that will fit in a smaller case if that is important to you.

    Gaming performance is primarily determined by the graphics card. A GTX560ti 448 is fine for that.
    A GTX560ti needs only a good 500w psu. Unfortunately, the apevia psu is not considered a quality unit.
    It has perhaps the power of a good 500w psu like the Antec earthwatts 500w which costs less:
    A psu is the last place you should try to economize.
    Look for a known quality brand. You can safely buy anything from Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, or PC P&C to name a few.
    As to sizing while 500w is a minimum, it is not wrong to look at 600-650w. It will be quieter under load. A 600w unit can run a GTX580. With the 28nm 7979, or upcoming GTX680 that needs less power, a 600w unit will still do the job.
    Here is a decent Corsair CX600 :

    Why might you want raid-0, or even raid 5?
    The performance of raid-0 is overhyped.
    Hard drive failures are not common, and you need external backup to protect your data from much more likely causes, regardless.

    Hard drive prices are high today. I suggest you start with a SSD.
    A SSD will be 50x faster than the best hard drive in random operations which is what the os does mostly.
    A SSD will be 3x faster in sequential operations.
    Expect to pay $1.30 per gb for one. 80gb will hold the os and a handful of apps or games. 120gb or larger is better.
    In time, you could add a hard drive for storage if you need to.
    In the mean time, your PC will feel much quicker in everyday operations.

    I suggest you spend $30 or so for an aftermarket cpu cooler. It will keep your cpu cooler and quieter than the stock intel cooler. Look at the cm hyper212 or Xigmatek gaia for example.

    If you love the case, buy it. It is not a great cooling case, but it will do the job.
    But, if you lust after some other case, consider busting your budget to buy it. A case will last you for a number of rebuilds, and you will be looking at it for a long time.
    The Antec 300 illusion model has been a very popular case with great cooling:
  5. the fang3 is costly and not suted for u

    gaming dont ever need more than 8gb ideally 6gb is enough

    u will at most need an i5 2500k and u are not gonna oc then i5 2400
  6. Thank you all for those nice answers...

    I still have a few questions tho:

    1. Why RADEON over NVIDIA for the GPU (it seems like every game is optimised for NVIDIA GPUs)

    2. Why is a i7 good only if you OC

    3. What does the k mean in a CPU

    Thank you all very much!
  7. julcoool said:
    Thank you all for those nice answers...

    I still have a few questions tho:

    1. Why RADEON over NVIDIA for the GPU (it seems like every game is optimised for NVIDIA GPUs)

    2. Why is a i7 good only if you OC

    3. What does the k mean in a CPU

    Thank you all very much!

    1. Unless you mostly play a particular game that does better on one or the other, either is about as good as the other.
    Price/performance will be comparable. Nvidia updates drivers frequently, as needed, while Radeon does it on a schedule. No big deal there either.

    2. I7 has hyperthreading, a facility that uses unused cycles of each of the 4 cores to give you an additional 4 threads. The extra 4 threads are each perhaps 1/4 the capability of the 4 main threads. This is useful if you are running multithreaded apps. Games rarely use more than 2 or three threads, so the extra cost of I7 does not bring much to the gamer. OC applies equally well to i5 and i7.

    3. "K" suffix means that the default multiplier can be raised from 33 on 2500K, or 34 on 2600K up to perhaps 40 or so, depending on the particular chip sample.
    Intel only guarantees the base multiplier, but 90% of the current chips can do 40 or better.
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