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Old March 13, 2011, 07:22 PM
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Default First ever build for me, buying parts in 1 week, need advice.

Hey all, first time poster. I'm going to be building my first pc buy the end of the month, parts will be ordered next weekend. I tried to do as much research as possible, to make sure I make sound choices on the items I want, but would like some feedback, maybe their are better parts, than the ones I chose, would love to hear some opinions and helpful tips what y'all think, I have a week to make revisions.

PC is mostly used for gaming and watching some movies.
Budget, trying to keep it under 1000 canadian
Buying parts from Canada
I have no brand preference
I intend to use the following:
Possibly the case - Antec 900 gamer
Video card: MSI N460GTX
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Titanium X-FI
Have been researching for about a week
System will be run most likely at default speeds
Buying the parts hopefully this weekend
1680x 1050 resolution


The parts I will be ordering are as follows


Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67, Buy the ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67 Motherboard at TigerDirect.ca

Now the motherboard is probably one of the hardest decisions, and the one I would like the most advice on, as their are so many options, not sure I made the right choice.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz, Newegg.ca - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Memory: G.Skill Ripsaw 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 - NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit - G.Skill - F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - in Canada

Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM, Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Was also considering a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12

Case (optional): Coolermaster HAF 932, Buy the Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Black Case at TigerDirect.ca

PSU: Corsair TX750W,NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - Corsair - CMPSU-750TX - in Canada

Was also considering strongly getting an SSD drive. If I opt out of the case, am most certainly going to get one. Anyone have any suggestions on a reliable SSD?

Anyways, this is what I'm looking at. Appreciate all opinions and constructive criticisms.

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Old March 13, 2011, 07:50 PM
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Your GPU, is that a GTX 460 1GB? I'm not sure what that code is...

There are sooo many mobo options, I'd say just buy the one that fits your budget and has the most features. Also, do read some reviews about build quality as some mobos will have better quality than others. Not a big fan of lower-mid range ASUS boards becuase I've heard it often takes a lot of time to get them to give you an RMA if it goes bad.

If you're buying the 2500k, don't forget to add in a CPU heatsink to allow you o/c it further.

I wouldn't buy a samsung HDD, haven't heard good things about them that often. Seagate is fine, WD is a good brand too.

I'd say save the $$ and use your old case... maybe even sell your sound card if you can? A SSD would be great, but I'd try to get the budget to get a 2nd GPU and go SLI. Dragon Age 2 can really push graphics, and Rift sort of. I'd hold off on the SSD until everyone releases the next gen and all the bugs have been worked out.

Everything else looks fine.
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Old March 13, 2011, 08:02 PM
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My setup is very similar to yours:
Core i5 2400 (on sale at directcanada for 189.99 if u don't plan to OC)
Asus P8H67 LE motherboard (only difference is urs overclocks and mine doesn't)
Gskill 4GB memory DDR3 1600 (2x2)
OCZ modXstream Pro 500W (if u don't need that much power check this out, on sale at ncix for 29.99 after MIR)
WD caviar black 640GB

I'll be building it in a couple of days, I'll let you know how well it performs :)
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Old March 13, 2011, 11:46 PM
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An SSD has a ridiculously disproportionate effect on computer responsiveness. Were I building a computer today, I'd happily cut the $100 necessary to get a 60GB SSD out of somewhere else on the build. The results of dropping one in to my E6600 system, and my friend's i7-920 system, convinced me beyond a doubt of the value.

The cost per gigabyte with conventional storage is of course non-competitive. However, the point of picking up an SSD isn't the space it provides. I wasn't paying for storage, I paid for a huge boost in productivity.
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Old March 14, 2011, 12:06 PM
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ya getting an SSD is almost a given at this point, Im just trying to research which would be the best for my needs. I will have my OS and maybe two games max on it. Just trying to find good reviews on diff, types.
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Too bad you don't have two months to wait for z68 ;)

Intel SSDs are always solid, albeit they cost a little bit more for less performance because they are rock solid & reliable. OCZ runs some risks of getting one of many models when thinking you're buying another, but even with the big huff about the 22nm stuff, they are still great SSDs. You've still got some good offerings from corsair and crucial, but I still stand by saying that it would be worth holding off on a SSD until all the new gen-controllers and NAND hit the market.
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Old March 14, 2011, 12:29 PM
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SSD wise, OCZ Vertex 2 and the Crucial C300 series are probably the most highly-regarded. 60GB should be plenty for your OS and Applications. I really wouldn't bother putting games on the SSD as it doesn't really make much difference.

Samsung HDDs are perfectly fine. I've had 0 issues with the 9 Samsung HDDs that I'm running in my house. I have had issues with 3 Seagates though.

You can probably save a few bucks by getting the XFX 650W Core Edition. Still plenty of power and well built.

And I'd bump the motherboard up to the ASUS P8P67 or ASUS P8P67 PRO. I'm not a big fan of buying the lowest end motherboard. You could also consider the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R or GA-P67A-UD3P.
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You will likely get some suggestions on here, but you have some good parts selected already (won't go wrong). I am only posting this since you said this is your first ever build (if you already know, then please disregard). Not sure what your plans are, but you linked to many different sites for what you are getting. You should order all your parts from one place to save on shipping costs (for example NCIX and some other Canadian sites will price match and then you only end up with one shipping bill...if your lucky or time your build right, free shipping).
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Old March 14, 2011, 02:41 PM
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The card is good, the PSU can handle two of them but the mobo can't. In case you decide so. This one can:
Newegg.ca - ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
You could do with HD 6850 if you prefer.
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Old March 15, 2011, 01:38 AM
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Another question, I currently have

NCIX.com - Buy OCZ B-Stock Refurb StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 24PIN ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black - OCZ Technology - OCZ600SXS-B - in Canada

that PSU in my old case. would it be sufficient to run the sytem I am currently wanting to put together or should I just upgrade now?
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