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First Time Build, Need help with finding parts

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May 27, 2012 7:09:46 AM

I am trying to build my first gaming rig and i need some help find parts. I plan on using it for serious gaming, surfing the web, watching videos and everything in between. I already have my motherboard and Cpu purchased.

Purchase Date: any time within the next 6 months

Budget: around $1200 for the rest of the parts but am will to go higher

System usage: Gaming(would like to be able to run all or most games on high with no issues), modding my phone(android), surfing web , videos

Parts not required: motherboard http://ca.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...
Cpu http://ncix.com/products/?sku=51240&vpn=BX80601960&manu...

Preferred websites: Newegg.ca ncix.ca and memoryexpress.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: for the video card id like to go with nvidia, for the case i was looking at the NZXT phantom. Western digital for harddrive

Overclocking: Yes both cpu and video card

SLI/Crossfire: yes

Additional comments: for the video card i was looking at either a gtx 560 ti or a gtx 570. i would also like to have the computer running as cool as possible. Id like a modular power supply. For ram i was looking at either 6GB or 12GB.

Any help with this build would be much approicated as i know very little bout how to pick parts that will work togethor and how to get the most out of my rig.
a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2012 12:36:46 PM

These are the parts I'd recommend to complete your build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.25V F3-12800CL9T-12GBSR2 ($80.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM WD5000AAKX ($74.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB GV-N670OC-2GD ($419.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) PHAN-001BK ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair HX 850W CMPSU-850HX ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $1041.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-27 08:28 EDT-0400)

If you need to include peripherals in the budget then you've still got plenty of room.
If you don't necessarily need to include peripherals then you could get a ~120GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD still in budget.

However the only good reason to go with an X58 socket 1366 build these days is if you can get a substantial discount on the CPU and motherboard.
Almost exclusively you should be going for a Z68/Z77 socket 1155 Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge build as the they outperform 1366 CPUs and do so while consuming less power and producing less heat and it's usually cheaper. If you don't already have the CPU and motherboard in your possession then I'd recommend canceling those orders and going SB/IB.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 27, 2012 3:54:23 PM

750w psu is enough to run sli
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