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June 8, 2012 2:16:11 AM

Hello, this is my first build that I have decided on for a PC. I was wondering if the parts listed would be compatible with each other, and if the graphics card + core combo would be good enough for games like Starcraft II, Diablo 3 and maybe Guild Wars 2 in the future. Thanks!

My budget is about $800 CAD before taxes
Main Uses: Gaming, Watching Movies, Internet Browsing
No Overclocking
Monitor Resolution: 1900 x1080



CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($205.93 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.67 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.01 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($130.19 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Apevia X-Dreamer3 Silver ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($18.46 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $745.03

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June 8, 2012 2:19:47 AM

oh and i will probably be purchasing the parts in about a week
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June 8, 2012 2:29:43 AM

I assume you mean 1920 x 1080 (HD).

If your budget is $800, I think you have a nice system. A 6950 2GB would be a nice upgrade NCIX is giving $30 off:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71702&vpn=11188-22-20G&ma...

That would put you slightly over the $800 mark though. But I would go for it if you could swing it.



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June 8, 2012 2:52:15 AM

Here is what I got for a $800 build.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WDBAAX3200ENC-NRSN 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

F/HS: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is Focusing on getting a good MOBO/CPU/PSU combo for the money. GPU, HDD(SSD), etc.. can always be easily upgraded later.
Of course you can probably get more bang for less if you went with an AMD system.
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June 8, 2012 2:08:29 PM

GTX550Ti - get a better card if gaming is your main concern. Spend a little less on PSU and more for gpu.
-Bruce
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