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New IB gaming build 800-1000

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April 28, 2012 7:07:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow (I know kinda short notice, butI confirmed with store that IB are being released tmrw)

Budget Range: 800-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (D3, Civ5, SC2), surfing internet, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (not sure what my resolution is)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: memoryexpress.com (in store location near my place, though they will pricematch with newegg and priceline)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference?

Overclocking: Don't know how, but likely in its later life

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I can double check if this is super important, but I'd be willing to upgrade (not by my comp right now)

Additional Comments: Please try to use memoryexpress if possible, as I will be going in store to buy it. The motherboard RAM combo seems like a really good deal to me... Is there reason to not go with that motherboard? I hear bad things about gigabyte

Here is my proposed list below. I have no idea what to buy for computer cases, and I don't know much about solid state drives...

Motherboard & RAM: GA-Z77-D3H Motherboard Bundle w/ Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Kit http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_Z77D3H_VEN8GB

CPU (in place of IB i5): Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31557

GPU: HD7850 DirectCU II Radeon HD 7850 2GB PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI, Dual DP http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38618

PSU: OCZ 600W ModXstream Pro SLI Ready Power Supply http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX22557

HD: Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35469

Case (I know nothing about these, I just want it to look cool): Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38172

Any help appreciated!

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April 28, 2012 7:21:43 PM

If you really want an OCZ PSU, choose one from the ZS series. For no CF, you only need a quality 550W PSU.
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April 28, 2012 7:32:32 PM

With regards to the GPU, one of my friends is telling me that the 7850 is kinda overkill for the games I want to run, and that the RADEON 6870 would be a cheaper alternative. I want to be able to run D3 and SC2 on ultra settings, and still have some future proofing legroom (2-3 years at least). I was thinking that since I'm splurging on the IB, I might as well get a good GPU. Thoughts?

Also, I know very little about solid state drives, do I need one? I don't really want to go over 1000 on my budget...
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April 29, 2012 2:38:16 PM

Quick update: my monitor is a 20" widescreen with a 1680x1050 resolution. Is this good enough, or should I consider a cheaper graphics card?
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