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Need some advice on my first gaming build

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April 30, 2012 6:05:43 AM

It's gonna be my brother's build btw, but it's the first build that I'll be putting together

Approximate Purchase Date: Around this week. There's a deal going on for SSD's for like $18 off so before that ends

Budget Range: Up to $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching anime (Hi10P 1080p mkv format mostly)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Asus, Intel, Corsair PSU

Overclocking: Yes for sure if I go with sandy bridge, but if I go with ivy bridge I might need water cooling? I'd have too see the suggested heat sinks first

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future. That's why I chose the 2GB model

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 I might even get a three monitors in the future

Additional Comments: Bling doesn't really matter, but if some lights would help me see into the case better I might get those, and I'm open to suggestions to make it quieter. The only thing I haven't decided on is weather to get sandy bridge or ivy bridge. What kind of cooling would I need if I wanted to overclock with ivy bridge?

I'm getting the case at directcanada because it's less and the shipping is free. On newegg the shipping put on an extra $20 or so. I'm getting the motherboard and the hyper 212 EVO from there too cause they're a little less, plus it's free shipping.

I might look around in my local stores for hard drive prices, and if those don't work out I'll get the WD drive from newegg for storing media, or I might just use an extra HDD that I have lying around.

At some point we'll mess around with overclocking once I know a little more about it.

I might mess around with ram disks too. In the future if I wanted to buy a second set of this ram for 16GB would it work alright?

With the HDD it comes out to around $1700

Anything seem overkill? I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks!

CPU: intel Core i5-2500K 1155 or Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO with Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound and Arctic Silver Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 low profile
Video card: XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Power supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
OS: Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR)

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April 30, 2012 6:09:03 AM

Use a smaller cheaper power supply and spend the money you save to upgrade to a more power efficient 7XXX radeon
Even the 7850 that costs the same as the 6950 performas better at your resolution most of the time
but if you ditch the useless arctic silver , get a 500 watt psu , and a slightly cheaper case you can afford a 7870

April 30, 2012 8:21:43 AM

FREE SHIPPING for this entire order! Direct Canada is out of Richmond, BC and offers free ground shipping on any order over $50 CAD.

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic like all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's. Corsair has never manufactured it's own psu's. $96.47
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $238.99
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM $48.09
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $132.50
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive $130.25
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive $19.24
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $353.98
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

Total: $1,205.56 <------ review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870 $152.30 MIR $143.81
ASUS ML228H 21.5IN Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 2MS 10M:1 HDMI DVI-D VGA