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First low budget desktop $600

Approximate Purchase Date: end of july

Budget Range: $600 before monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, movies, internet)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com or newegg.ca

Country: Canada but travelling to new york for cpu @ microcenter

Parts Preferences:

Cpu - intel 3570k
mobo - ASRock Z77 Pro4
GPU - ????
Memory - 8GB
OS - win7
Power - 800w (in case i crossfire in future)
Case - with fans or cooling system

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: unknown

Additional Comments: Hopefully gtx 560 ti... But i do not mind playing with low settings. Looking for something that i can upgrade into better cards come Christmas. I play starcraft 2 and web surf more than anything.


Intel 3570k $189.99 - Retail
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  1. No one can help?? :(

    I am not familar with cooling systems. If i do not plan to overclock do i still need a cooling system?

    /noobalert
  2. If you don't plan on overclocking save $40 and get http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388579 instead.

    Also your mobo doesn't support sli/cf and you said you are going to sli/cf. You'll need http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 but since you are on a tight budget http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355

    I think you are going to have a hard time managing your wants/needs on your budget.
  3. Best answer
    You don't need an aftermarket heatsink if your not overclocking, but any heatsink will perform better than stock. Considering you'r getting an overclocking chip and an overclockers board, you might as well. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is a good budget cooler to get, should be around $30.

    PSU is a bit overkill, see if you can save a bit and get 750W.

    I assume with the large PSU your keeping the option of SLI/Crossfire open? In which case you will want a board that properly supports it. That mobo will run at x4/x4 when it has dual cards, which will probably degrade performance to below a single card.
    This board properly supports Crossfire/SLI, run at 8x/8x when duals cards are in.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554

    The 560Ti will do until you can get a better card, Starcraft II isnt that intensive.

    For which case to get, get either a Coolermaster HAF or any Corsair case that fits in your budget and you like the look of.
  4. manofchalk said:
    You don't need an aftermarket heatsink if your not overclocking, but any heatsink will perform better than stock.....
    The 560Ti will do until you can get a better card, Starcraft II isnt that intensive.

    For which case to get, get either a Coolermaster HAF or any Corsair case that fits in your budget and you like the look of.



    Thanks for the mobo tip. I have finalized my build into this, is my list compatible??

    CPU: 3570k
    MOBO: ASRock Extreme4
    GPU: 560 ti (at a later date)
    Mem: 8 gigs
    OS: win7
    Case: coolmaster 912

    I plan on re-using my monitor, dvd burner, mouse, speakers and keyboard. Am i missing anything? Do i need a firewire or network card?

    This is the case i found, would you be able to help me find some compatible memory sticks so that i can get the free shipping over 80?
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/230752/COOLERMASTER/RC_912_KKN1/
  5. This RAM kit is pretty good, even looks nice on the mobo.
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/221145/F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL/G.SKILL/
  6. Best answer selected by Chilipepper.
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