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Final $600 ATX Intel Gaming Critique

Last response: in Systems
June 24, 2012 2:41:25 AM

I've already posted a thread leading up to this but I mostly want one final fresh critique before I start making calls and checking if Canada Computers has some parts in stock.

I purposly left out the gpu, I'm buying one later and I have a 3470 to hold its place.

Power Supply (Silencer Mk III Series 600W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply)
= $90

Motherboard (Gigabyte GA-P75-D3)
= $80

CPU (Intel Core i5-3450 Quad-Core Socket 1155, 3.1Ghz, 6MB)
= $190

RAM (Mushkin Enhanced Silverline DDR3-1333 (2x4GB)
= $45

Case (Antec ONE Gaming Series Mid-ATX Case)
= $35

HDD (SATA3 6.0Gb/s 500GB 16MB Cache Seagate)
= $80

All of the above include rebates
Prices based on Canada Computers

Subtotal = $520.8
Total (+tax) = $588.5

One thing I want clarified is
* The PCI Express x16 slot supports up to PCI Express 2.0 standard when an Intel 32nm (Sandy Bridge) CPU is installed.
Does this mean my Ivy Bridge 22nm i5-3450 makes the PCI Express x16 slot support 3.0 standard?

The motherboard is debatable, partially chosen due price.
June 24, 2012 2:45:16 AM

The pci-e controller is built in to the cpu . You are correct that IB should be pci-e 3.0 , but it makes no difference so its not a deal breaker .

A gaming machine can be fine with 2 x2 gig of RAM . Is the $ that saves you enough to get the 3550?
June 24, 2012 2:51:43 AM

I prefer to keep the 8GB of ram, even though 4GB would be no problem for future games, I don't plan on only gaming. I do 1080p renders in After Effects and use UDK as well.
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June 24, 2012 2:59:11 AM

Thats a useful page, thanks.

And yeah, the only MB I could find that could actually crossfire (usefully (both at 16X 16X)) were above $180 and didn't seem worth it. Unless you know any, I was under the impression that all socket 1155 mb's couldn't crossfire 2 gpus at full speed.
June 24, 2012 3:02:07 AM

Patflute said:
1333mhz ram at $45? I'm sure you can find 1600mhz at that price.

Get this:

If you want to upgrade your graphics card in the future you won't be bothered by PCI express bottlenecks.

Why does my MB have a PCI Express bottleneck?
The one you linked me has the same amount and same version of PCI Express ports as the one I have listed
1 x 16X
1 x 16X (4X)