First build, need advice!

Hey guys! Ive been lurking tomshardware for a while now looking for advice,

Im going to be building a new PC and im looking for something that will last me the next few years if i throw a decent amount of cash to it. Heres what im thinking, im going to be using it for simply games and internet browsing, downloading files etc,

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Months, ( I know this is a big time frame but I need to save up cash first)

Budget Range: ~$800 - $1200 (The lower the better for more bang for my buck)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming with good quality, able to go HDMIly to my big screen, able to stream video, able to do everything smoothly...gonna last me long enough..maybe with some upgrades. A good few years im talking here

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor,

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid-Tower Case with USB 3.0

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: CANADA

Parts Preferences: Ive heard good things about Intel for gaming, but im open to suggestions

Overclocking: Maybe, im un-familiar with it

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I just want everything to be nice and smooth and somewhat flashy looking.
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  2. i'd like to suggest a few changes to get a MUCH better graphics card please.
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W $103.99 (-$26)
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 $149.99(-$100)
    ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 $259.99
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $34.99
    a 7850 blows away that 6850
  3. You'll get loads more responses if ya list component names. many won't wanna get RSI clicking thru all the links :)

    Id change the RAM|20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

    The MoBos are bother killer.....the Sabertooth is the one I'd take

    If ya not going to overclock the CPU, might as well get Ivy Bridge CPU ... i5-3570

    PSU slightly undersized for SLI / CF .... I'd get a 750 or 850 TX series from Corsair or Core Edition from XFX

    The GFX card is kinda outta place with the fine MoBos you've picked. The 6850 stands out as the best upgrade you could do from that build..... the 670 at $400-ish might be a bit over budget. AT $200 - $260 though you have the 560 Ti's and the 7850.

    The 7850 is $260-ish and its performance falls right in between the 560 Ti ($230-ish) and the 900 Mhz 560 Ti ($240ish). Personally, I'd take the 900 Mhz 560 Ti.

    The Hard Drive is a good choice...the Seagate 7200 rpm 64 MB cache model is $10 cheaper.....avoid the WD green and blue as they are not "performance" drives". Though for just $30 more than you budgeted for the HD, you could get a hybrid SSD / HD. The Seagate Momentus boots to Windows in 17 seconds, compared to 16 seconds for a current generation SSD.

    If ya get an SSD, unless you are quite an astute Windows user, I'd not get less than a 120 GB model. The one to get is the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe ..... not the regular Chronos which uses on low end IMFT 25nm asynchronous flash .... the Deluxe uses premium toshiba toggle mode flash which is the fastest and longest extended life available in consumer drives.

    If you do OC, the budget choice would be the Hyper $20 more the Hyper 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3 are 5-7C better....
  4. Looniam, where do you get that chart from?
  5. AMD Radeon HD 7850 & HD 7870 2 GB
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  7. Added product names in Original Post.

    And I will upgrade that card, you say the 7850? Apparently the drivers for it are horrible.. what ive read. Im not so experienced with computer hardware, but im not an idiot either.

    Im not worried about the PSU because my plans for SLI/CF arent really going to happen anytime soon hehe

    And i was thinking about a SSD too...but is it worth the extra cash? Cause everything else i add to this build is going to take me longer to save for But im comfortable where i am right now, so a little longer wouldnt be such an awful thing.

    Thanks for the advice btw, and should i go with the cheaper motherboard? apparently it IS the Sabretooth, just without the added plastic thermal armor. Does it make a difference?
  8. And again, im a little weary on picking out a PSU, what are some things that i should look for?
  9. b0ran said:
    And again, im a little weary on picking out a PSU, what are some things that i should look for? Free Shipping on orders over $50* $80.20
    XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 53A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze PSU $148.37 MIR $128.37
    ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard $31.05
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM $43.99
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit $247.52
    ASUS Radeon HD 7850 860MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card $234.79
    Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
  10. Ive thought about going with DirectCanada.. the free shipping sounds nice! But, as of right now their website is down and i get a "Service Unavailable" error, and that doesnt make me want to trust them. haha, Have you used them personally? I realy do like the sounds of that free shipping.
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