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$1000 CDN Gaming Rig

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April 27, 2012 12:14:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week (May 1st-ish)

Budget Range: $1000 before tax/rebates

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

Parts Not Required: Monitor, KB, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, Geforce

Overclocking: Yes (Mild)

SLI or Crossfire: Not required

Monitor Resolution: Highest possible

Additional Comments: N/A

Used to build custom rigs about 10 years ago, been out of the seen since then, trying to get back into it. Ordering parts to build best gaming PC possible for approx $1000.

Potential build list:

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7nrN
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7nrN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7nrN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1060.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-27 08:11 EDT-0400)

Mainly looking for any input or suggestions before trigger pulled on this.

Thanks in advance

More about : 1000 cdn gaming rig

April 27, 2012 1:37:04 PM

Looks pretty good to me. If you're a heavy gamer the only change I would consider is finding an MSI 560 Ti Hawk. They're tremendous overclockers and typically hit 1100+MHz core speeds which makes them as fast as a GTX 570. That's a good bump in performance from the average 560 Ti for only $20-30 more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you'll be amazed at how easy it is now. Prior to my build last year the previous one I did was around 10 years ago as well. It's almost too easy now. No DIP switches, everything's compatible, overclocking is as simple as a few mouse or keyboard clicks/strokes. It's awesome.
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April 27, 2012 1:57:24 PM

but jumpers made me feel like i was doing something! lol

no i agree, its nice how easy it is to build a working computer now. heck, back in the day you had to enter all your network information manually. now everything is plug and play

nice build, looks a lot like mine! lol. if you are choosing sandybridge over ivybridge i suggest a heavy overclock, sandybridge is only better than ivy bridge at over 4.7ghz ish.
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April 27, 2012 5:12:46 PM

Thanks for the tips guys. For some reason my site had switched on me to American prices, here is the build again, in CDN with the 560 Hawk as suggested:

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/7oHa
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/7oHa/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/7oHa/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.66 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($111.01 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1163.51
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-27 13:06 EDT-0400)

Something I did notice when looking around was that there was many different versions of the Z68 MB, with varying prices.

There is a Z68 Pro3 for $99.99 and a Z77 Pro3 for $99.99 as well.

http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_72...

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70901&vpn=Z77%20Pro%2...

Gigabyte also makes a Z68 for $88.88

http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_72...

Any major differences/advantages between these boards? If I save a few $ anywhere, it wouldn't hurt.

Thanks again guys
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