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Old January 29, 2011, 10:54 PM
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Hi there guys.

I'll be getting a new gaming PC that's budgeted at (CAD) $2000 which includes PC, monitor as well as the applicable taxes. I will also be getting all the parts from NCIX (west broadway) and will also get the assembly done by them. As for the other peripherals such as mouse and keyboard etc, i'll get them separately.

Anyways, i've gone to the NCIX site and some of the helpful guys there have suggested some builds. Was hoping to get some advice and critique regarding the built that i have considered.

Like i said, the main usage will be for gaming and of course a bit of college work. As for overclocking etc, i will not be doing any of those as i do not want to start tinkering with it and end up spoiling the PC. (i'm not a very PC savvy person)

Here's what i've considered so far (as suggested by some of the guys at the NCIX forums). Not that i don't trust them but i would just like to know if you guys happen to have any comments. Please also feel free to put up new builds as i will probably end up getting the PC in 2 weeks or so.

MOBO and CPU :
NCIX OC Bundle Deal MSI P67A-GD55 P67 SLI CrossFireX Motherboard & Intel 2500K Unlocked Processor
$349.99

HARD DRIVE :
OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
$119.99 + $77.99

GRAPHIC CARD:
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card
$249.99

PSU:
XFX 850W Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver
$139.99

CASING:
Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PS Front USB
$114.99 (heard this particular PC case is rather silent)
or
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 4 Channel Fan Ctrl No PS
$144.99

Those are the parts that i'm considering as for the rest, was hoping to get some recommendations from you guys. Especially the LCD monitor cause i have no idea which to choose to be honest.
I am actually looking for anything between 20-23 inches that's got good reviews and you guys would recommend.

Btw, would you guys think that going with 2 GFX is better? or should i just stick with single GFX?

So yeah. i think thats about it. Hope i didn't sound too demanding as i know you guys do this service to help guys like myself for free.

Again, thanks for reading and i hope to hear from you guys soon!

Regards,

Justin
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Old January 30, 2011, 01:28 AM
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What kind of gaming are you doing? RGP, FPS ?

Speaking as someone who is ...choosy (not picky lol) I will not game on LCD, I swear by PLASMA especially if its a FPS.

Does your setup allow for a PLASMA? Smallest size is a 42". PLASMA is still 'King' IMO.
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Old January 30, 2011, 02:15 AM
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What games are you playing? 2 GFX can go either way, which will also determine whether or not you need that 850W PSU. If you have no plans to SLI, a 650W powersupply will suffice.
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Old January 30, 2011, 04:25 AM
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I built a rig for a friend with the 600T and I found it to be a very easy case to work with
Noise levels are subjective, but I thought the 600T was fairly quiet

For a similar price you could also look at the Lian Li PC-8FIB
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Old January 30, 2011, 04:39 AM
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Btw, would you guys think that going with 2 GFX is better? or should i just stick with single GFX?
From looking at the motherboard and PSU, looks like you already made your decision.

In my opinion, you have hit the premium value spot. As you plan to buy more expensive parts, for example i7 2600K, MSI G65, Seasonic X Series 850, GTX 570, Graphite 600, you will get better performance but value will decrease. The Graphite upgrade in particular will make less noise than the FDDR3. All in all a nice build!

TN panels Samsung BX2450
IPS Panel the new viewsonic is dirt cheap, not enough reviews yet
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Old January 30, 2011, 10:02 AM
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I apologize for not specifying the type of games i play. Not sure how i could have missed that.

Games : World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, COD Black Ops, Crysis and hopefully the newer FPS as well.
Im hoping that the rig would last at least 2 years before a need to upgrade.

Any recommendation on which rams to go with? May i also just ask if the difference in the 1333 and 1600 will be significant to gameplay? I'll most likely get 8GB which i understand is probably overkill right?
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Old January 30, 2011, 10:04 AM
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May i also just ask which MOBO is better? the MSI P67A-GD55 P67 SLI CrossFireX Motherboard or the Asus P8P67 LE ATX LGA1155 P67 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI Sandy Bridge Motherboard?

Like i am totally clueless on which MOBO to get considering i will not be doin any overclocking
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Old January 30, 2011, 01:13 PM
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Right now you don't need 8 GB but since prices have went down, and most suppliers are offering 8GB kits for a small amount above 4GB, it has become a better value.
1600 does improve your PC performance overall
The Best Memory for Sandy Bridge | bit-tech.net
The Asus is great for a single GPU so the MSI is better. P67 Pro is what you will need for SLI. The most affordable SLI ready mother board is the Asrock Extreme4.

If you will wait for a week, a few reviews are coming out for this motherboard.
NCIX.com - Buy Intel BOXDP67BG P67 ATX DDR3 LGA1155 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge USB3.0 Motherboard - BOXDP67BG In Canada.
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