It's been over ten years since I built my own system so I've been kind of overwhelmed by the variety of parts available. There wasn't as many choices available at that time! Briefly put, I'm hoping to build a system that will support current games, allow me to do some development work and all the other general stuff that computers do (movies, web, text, etc.). The primary focus though, will be games. I'm Canadian so money values will be in Can $. Here are my guidelines :
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 days Budget Range: 1200-1300 Before Rebates, Taxes and shipping included System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Development, General home stuff Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse, sound card, speakers (any suggestions are welcomed though) Preferred Website(s) for Parts:www.newegg.ca Country: Canada Parts Preferences: No preference Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: Eventually Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Sifting through NewEgg, I managed to come up with a list that seems to cover all my needs. I'm hoping you guys will provide me with better alternatives for parts, reasonable parts upgrades, etc. Here's the list :
I had my video card in a combo with my case, so the change to the sapphire card would cost me around 20$, but still it is still acceptable I think. There are some combos with the sapphire card, the most interesting one for me that I see is the one with the Corsair gaming series 700w PSU
Get the i5-2500k and a 212 evo cooler - think about overclocking. If you don't - no problem - not much extra cash and everything will run cool. If you do OC - 4+ GHz speed and many people at Toms to guide you. What a sweet deal.
Yeah, I'm thinking about putting in extra cash for the K-model but I really have zero knowledge when it comes to overclocking so I'm thinking I'll just do my first build standard then, in a year or two, I'll switch CPUs for a k-model.
Yes you can use other manufactured cpu cooler. Everybody recomends Coolermaster because is a good cooler and is cheap : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
There is other perfomant coolers but are expensive.Buy that Coolermaster.
That Corsair 700W will fit in your case.
So that's a cpu cooler that goes directly on the cpu, these are only necessary for overclocking right?
From what I can see, upgrading the CPU and adding a the evo 212 would cost me around 50$ more, then I'd need the thermal paste as well I think. I think I'd rather stay away from overclocking right now. I guess i could however, fork over an additional 10$ for the k-model cpu. That way, I can overclock it next year maybe.
I might just go for the Sapphire 6870 and the additional 200mm fan as another user suggested. Would that be a considerable upgrade?
ETA: Haha, stupid question, you're the user that suggested the upgrade, my guess is that you'll that it is a considerable upgrade! After looking at NewEgg, I see that the Sapphire HD6870 is available in combo with the HAF 922 Case for 260$. Overall, it's only 30$ more than the HAF 912 Case, Gigabyte Ultra HD6850 and the CoolerMaster 200mm Fan.