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Old September 5, 2011, 11:12 AM
ricknash61 ricknash61 is offline
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Location: Montreal, Canada
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Default Budget build <$1000

Hey guys,

I've come for your expertise once again. My old rig has finally bit the dust - motherboard failed. Good reason for me to get a brand new system.

I enjoy the occasional gaming but I use this PC for practically all of my needs, such as productivity software, surfing the web, connecting to my TV, etc. Gaming resolution will be 1920x1080 (or 1200p if I can find one!!!). I'll be buying a new monitor since my last benQ broke and it's hard to find 1920x1200 monitors nowadays for cheap so I'm leaning towards a 24' 1920x1080 monitor for my purposes. Monitor + CPU + power supply + video card + RAM + mobo has to less than 1000 tax in. I will probably overclock the CPU eventually (which is why I opted for the 2500k), but at this point in time I don't need a cooler.

Now the good stuff:

CPU, $200: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

RAM, $46: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 4X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

Mobo, $130: Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V LX Z68 LGA1155 ATX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio Video CrossFire Motherboard

Power supply, $100: Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze

Video card, $230: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 900MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini HDMI DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card

Monitor, $160: BenQ V2410 24IN LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5000000:1 Black HDMI


LG W2442PA-BF 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 2MS 10000:1 1920X1080 1080P HAS Tilt Pivot HDMI DVI


BenQ G2420HD 24IN Widescreen LCD 1920X1080 2MS 300CDM 40000:1 DVI-D HDMI

I'm leaning more towards the first two monitors here - can anyone who owns any of these chime in and let me know their experiences?

For the video card, I was debating between a 6870 or 560 ti. From what I read the 560 ti seems to be the better option, and its about $50-60 more expensive than the 6870 I can get. I'm considering getting the 6870 and putting in a cpu cooler to make up for that difference - thoughts? I've always liked ATI (Canada based) but it just seems that nvidia is on top of their drivers compared to ATI.

Anyways, please let me know what you all think and if there are any places I can save money or get better components I'm all ears. Thanks!
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos 1000
Mobo: Gigabyte X48-DS4
CPU: Intel Quad q9550
PSU: Corsair 750w
GPU: Diamond HD4870
RAM: 4gb Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400
HDD: 2 x 640gb WD Caviar
Audio: Auzentech Forte 7.1
OD: Pioneer DVR-216
OS: Vista Ultimate SP1
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