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Old April 20, 2012, 05:00 PM
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Default Looking for input - 1st gaming build

Hello!

I'm looking to build a gaming PC for the first time. I've filled out the questionnaire - it's under the build.

While everything is up for debate and suggestion, I'm looking for specific info with regards to a CPU cooler, Motherboard(I've heard the ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 might be just as good), Case and Power Supply.

Budget: $1750 with tax(13%) and shipping included. Assuming Free shipping and $99.99 devoted to Windows 7, that leaves $1450.

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/Gen 3 Intel Z68 Motherboard/Gen 3 LGA 155 ($189.99 at tigerdirect.ca)
Buy the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 Motherboard at TigerDirect.ca

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k ($209.99 at amazon.ca) (Should I wait and get Ivy Bridge i5 3570K?)
Buy the Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU at TigerDirect.ca

CPU Cooler: Unsure - depends on the fan and power supply? (range of $50-100)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit 16gb ($104.98 at amazon.ca)
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Memory Vengeance 16 Quad Channel Kit DDR3 1600 MHz: Amazon.ca: Electronics

Videocard: EVGA GTX 580 Superclocked 1536 MB GDDR5 ($389-429 at tigerdirect.ca)
Buy the EVGA GTX 580 SuperClocked Batman Arkham Ed. w/Game at TigerDirect.ca

Soundcard: built-in.

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm, 64mb cache ($100 at amazon.ca and tigerdirect.ca)
Buy the Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive at TigerDirect.ca

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24 ($20.99 at Newegg.ca + $7.99 shipping)

Case: Azza Hurrican Full Tower / Cooler Master HAF 32 / Cooler Master HAF 912
Buy the Azza Hurrican 2000R Full Tower Gaming Case at TigerDirect.ca (hurrican)
Buy the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advance ATX Full Tower Case at TigerDirect.ca (HAF932
Buy the Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid-Tower Computer Case at TigerDirect.ca (HAF912

Power Supply: OCZ ZX Series Modular 850W ($140)
Buy the OCZ 850W ZX Series Modular 80Plus Gold PSU at TigerDirect.ca

Keyboard: Microsoft ANB-00001 Wired Keyboard 600 ($13.99 at amazon.ca, 17.99 at tigerdirect.ca)

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit ($99.99 at tigerdirect.ca)

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PC Use: I'm going to use this PC for gaming. If specific games are of relevance, think Tribes: Ascend, Civ V, League fo Legends, Starcraft 2, Mass Effect, Diablo III, quite likely an MMO like Guild Wars II or SWTOR at some point...etc. In terms of genre: RTSes, RPGs, MMORPGS, Strategy, DOTA-style and the *occasional* First Person Shooter. I'm looking to get good/great performance out of these and hopefully future proofing myself for a couple of years provided I make some occasional upgrades.

Budget: My budget is $1750 tax and shipping included. Provided free-shipping for most stuff, that puts me at $1550 max (13% taxation because I don't live in Alberta ). $99.99 is already given over to Windows 7 64bit so....$1450.

Country: I'll be buying my parts from Canada. Specifically TigerDirect.ca - Computers, Computer Parts, Computer Components, Netbooks & Electronics, Amazon.ca: Online shopping for Canadians - books, electronics, music, DVDs, software, video games & more and possibly Newegg Canada - Computer Products, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras, Cellphones and More!. Of course, if there are other reputable websites with great prices, please tell me.

Brand Preference: I've never built a PC before so no brand preference. I'm looking for functionality, decent warranty and good customer service.

Current Parts: I'll be using an older Razer Gaming mouse for now and a 32" tv-monitor. 1080p Resolution.

IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads: The conclusions I've drawn are that the i5 2500K is just as good as as the i7 2600K for gaming, SSDs are a nice luxury but not necessary, and it's hard to figure out motherboards and cooling.

Overclocking: I have no experience with over-clocking. If it's really easy I may consider it, but I'm not explicitly looking to do it. If I can get parts that enable me to do it at a later date within my price range, then great. If not, no biggie.

Build-time: I plan to build it in Mid-may(graduation + minor cash gift influx).

Resolution and settings: I'm looking at 1080p. Ideally, I'd expect most games to run on max at first but I'm aware that would drop as the years go by.

Specific technologies: Lower noise. Wifi would be great too, but that's not necessary. I'm open as to what you guys would think are essential technologies a gaming PC should not do without.
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