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Old March 17, 2011, 04:47 PM
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My mother, being the amazing person she is, has decided to use a portion of her employee computer loan to buy me the parts for my first build as a belated grad gift. We'll be getting the parts from our local enthusiast store, OTV Technologies, and the budget is around $1400. I'm a tad nervous, having repaired a few computers, but never actually building one before. This PC will be used mainly for gaming, but I also want to rip Blu-ray discs in the future when I can afford a Blu-ray drive, and I enjoy making tech-based Youtube videos, and I will undoubtedly be overclocking the hell out of the 2500K.

Intel Core i5 2500K $238.49

ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 $205

4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 $55

Cooler Master HAF 912 $60.87

LG H22NS DVD-RW $19.03

Cooler Master GX 750W $103.60

PNY GTX 460 1GB OC $205

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $108.38

Seagate 1.5TB 7200RPM $79.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $25.34

LG 21.5" 1080p W2244T-PF $150.72

Any building tips or parts advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
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Old March 17, 2011, 04:54 PM
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hey dude. welcome around.

those prices...you could do a bit better, but are not too bad.

try to get a 24 or 23 incher, shouldnt be way more expensive.

for one card that psu is overkill, a single earthwatts 500 will be enough.

i would personally go with a wd blue or black, some say sammy f3's, indeed theyre nice drives too.
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Old March 17, 2011, 04:59 PM
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Looks good other than the fact that you can get all the parts cheaper at NCIX using pricematch. But if thats where you wanna buy from thats cool... I guess with shipping it's not too far off.

You could also get a much better video card for about the same price.
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Old March 17, 2011, 05:02 PM
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I was hoping to upgrade in the future to a more powerful card (GTX 570 or Radeon 6950), but now that I think about it, I could probably get by with a decent 650W and be quite secure.

This one looks pretty good: Antec TruePower TP-650 $84.63

I've also been second-guessing my motherboard choice, and if it's really worth the extra $30 to have SLI/CFX. I probably won't go over 1080p anyway.
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Old March 17, 2011, 05:03 PM
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@JJThomp: The loan rules state that we have to get it from a Saskatchewan vendor. I'd prefer the selection/pricing of NCIX as well if I could.
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Old March 17, 2011, 05:10 PM
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Yeah if you aren;t going over 1080p I'd recommend the PSU downgrade and a small mobo downgrade (same mobo - crossfire) and get single gtx560/ 6950 or if you can squeeze it out of your budget gtx 570. Nothing wrong with the trupowers... from what I've heard they are either DoA or the last forever.

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Old March 17, 2011, 05:15 PM
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The graphic card is no.1 priority in a gaming machine. For your budget, get at least a GTX560 or HD6950.
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Old March 17, 2011, 05:16 PM
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SUCCESS!! With your recommendations for the overkill parts, I was able to budget in a 23.6" LED monitor, as well as a Radeon HD 6950. Many thanks!
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Now it's a wicked build :)
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Old March 17, 2011, 06:17 PM
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I personally hate 23" screens as they are a waste of desktop space and screen resolution.

Either go for a nice 22" or 24" and don't bother with 1080 monitors.
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