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Budget Gaming computer build

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April 1, 2012 7:27:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Depends

Budget Range: <$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Schoolwork

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, GPU, PSU, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg isn't preferable as shipping costs more

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: None

Intel Core i5-2500K CPU ($199.93) or wait for Ivy Bridge equivalent ($225)
http://www.amazon.ca/Intel-i5-2500K-Processor-3-3GHz-LG...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Motherboard ($99.99)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

XFX 750W Core Edition PSU ($59.99)
Already bought

Antec One Mid-Tower ATX Case ($45.69)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC8135

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory ($46.14)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60640

Patriot 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($114.99)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 Windforce (154.99)
Already bought

3x 120mm Case Fans (~$15-20~)

Any suggestions for monitor, or case fans? Do any of these parts need changing? Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge?
April 1, 2012 7:34:48 PM

If you can wait, it won't hurt to put the purchase off for a couple weeks and go with an Ivy Bridge board and processor. The i5 3570k won't be much faster for games at stock, but it will produce less heat, use less power, and probably have a little more overclocking headroom.

Nice power supply and motherboard choice, though. Gigabyte will probably have a Z77 UD3 board for Ivy Bridge for the April 29th launch.

Monitor, go with something like this:
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1186&v...
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April 1, 2012 8:15:43 PM

http://i.imgur.com/efgga.png
This happens sometimes when I scroll up or down (only in web browsers though)
My idle fan speed (GPU) is 40% and idle GPU temp is 40 degrees celsius.
Could it be my computers shitty ventilation (only one fan, very few vents) or is there something wrong with my GPU?
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April 1, 2012 8:38:40 PM

As far as a case goes, I like the CoolerMaster HAF 922.

Comes with 2x 200mm Fans (one red or blue LED depending on model for front, another blows air out the top) and a 120mm rear fan, with spots for 1 200mm fan on bottom (air in i must assume) and 1 200mm fan on the left side panel. Plenty of tool-less drive bays for HDD/SSD and optical drives, bottom mounted PSU... see for yourself
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


It doesn't show off your build very well, but I've tried several different builds in this case (old ones I had before I built current rig) and they all run at least 8 degrees celsius cooler than my old go to case (Gigabyte 3D Aurora w/ mesh side panel, I added a side case fan myself).
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April 1, 2012 9:28:32 PM

Any help with the GPU?
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April 1, 2012 9:49:50 PM

By my count you have around $230 left for a graphics card and power to power just about anything. I like the Radeon 6870 at that around $200 with a bit of an over clock and DDR5 search a couple of websites and pick the major offering the best base price and instant discount to you. Sapphire, Diamond, MSI, the actual maker doesn't much matter as long as they are the right ram and most will have some minor overclock over reference, Don't worry about mail in rebate as they are real hit and miss if you get it great if not no big deal.

Sorry I can't offer sellers but am unfamiliar with Canadian import rules and retailers.
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April 1, 2012 10:00:43 PM

I mean the problem that I was experiencing, I currently have a Gigabyte 6870 Windforce that I got for $155, but i fixed the problem :D 
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April 2, 2012 12:34:47 AM

Just out of curiosity, how did you fix the problem? I haven't seen anything like that before. What was wrong?
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April 5, 2012 1:05:41 AM

I just had to mess with the vsync and refresh rates and stuff like that. By that I mean select the same settings several times after deselecting them until it fixed xD
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