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BahKoo July 10, 2011 01:30 PM

$800 to $1000 Budget Gaming Build
I am building a gaming PC for my brother. His budget is $800 to $1000. I'm ordering the parts in Winnipeg and will be using NCIX for their price match, less taxes and free shipping coupon code: 50KFBSHIPSFREE. He has no preference for Intel Vs AMD or ATI vs Nvidia. I want to use a single video card so that another card can be added later for crossfire/SLI. It will run at 1920x1080. I'm looking to build this ASAP.

Zalman Z9 Case - $39.99

Intel Core i5 2500k - $208.79

LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA w/ Lightscribe, Black - $14.99

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) - $102.24

G.Skill Ripjaws 2X2GB DDR3-1333 (F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH) - $39.12

WD Caviar Black 500 GB Sata3 - $43.79

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB - $238.16

Corsair Gaming Series PSU 600W - $80.92

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - $21.56

Total: $789.56

I picked the case because it's on sale this week. Is there anything better for the price?
I was debating between the radeon 6950 vs a GTX 560 Ti. I ended up choosing the 6950 because the MSI P67A-G43 (B3) doesn't appear to support SLI.
I'm not sure what kind off wattage I should aim for in this build. I need enough to potentially overclock and add another video card down the road.

Note that I came in under budget. If you were to add some money to the build, where would you add it? More ram? Better Video Card? SSD?

Also, He wants a ~23 inch monitor. Where should I look for a good deal? Is Future Shop / Best Buy a decent place to buy this?


_dangtx_ July 10, 2011 01:59 PM

pretty good choice for the first post in the usual thread :)

cant complain about anything above. maybe look at the haf 912 as well?

thats not the strongest 600 watter corsair around but okee. check the v2 builder at 50 bucks though.

for single monitor the 1gig buffer on the 6950 should be ok :)

BahKoo July 11, 2011 08:00 AM

Thanks for the tip on the HAF 912.

The cheapest Corsair Builder V2 PSU I found was for $70: CMPSU-600CXV2. Is this the one you're referring to? Do you think 600W is enough for this build if I want to overclock the i5 and add another 6950 down the road?

Also, there are so many variations of G.Skill Ripjaws: RH, RL, XL, etc.. Does it make a difference which one I get?

_dangtx_ July 11, 2011 08:04 AM

for dual cards and oc you better get more juice.

if you are not sure get the 600,if you are sure than try to go for a 750-850.

not that dual 6950's will eat that much,.

BahKoo July 11, 2011 01:47 PM

I've placed my order. Here is the final price with taxes & delivery including a monitor.


PerryC July 11, 2011 03:12 PM

Pretty decent looking build. You will be happy with the HAF 912, although you will find people on these forums that say you should upgrade the stock fans as they don't push enough air. I haven't had an issue with mine though.

_dangtx_ July 11, 2011 03:19 PM


or you may want to spin them down a little,but if not they're not that bad.

also if you have access to no other fans, put one on top above the hs and one on the back,if you can.

i always swap them out when possible with two on top(pushing air out) and one on the back.

nothing in front/bottom/

BrutalGreen July 11, 2011 04:08 PM

w8 w8 w8....y get the ASUS TN panel at 180$ when the BenQ BL2400PU VA panel is only 20$ more?

BahKoo July 11, 2011 07:52 PM

Thanks for the fan tips.

Wow that is a good savings on the BenQ monitor. I wasn't expecting to get any tips on monitors. I got impatient and ordered. Oh well the Asus will have to do. Just out of curiosity, what technically makes the BenQ worth so much more than the Asus? I know very little about monitors.

BrutalGreen July 11, 2011 09:42 PM

as far as the panel goes, basically u get the panel with currently the highest contrast on the market...and u also get much wider viewing angles and more precise color reproduction (you can use this tool to see how far off ur current monitor is) all these are inherent advantages of VA/IPS over cheapo TN. In addition you get a better stand with height adjust pivot/portrait etc (which imo alone is worth 20$) and even a built-in 4way usb hub...

ASUS does technically have its disadvantages on paper as nothing can match TN panel's response times, but Ive seen that same BenQ which im currently using side by side with the big brother to that asus (27 inches) and there is no perceivable difference in the ghosting even scrolling through black on white text!

P.S. the benq does also come with a bunch of fancy gimmicks like infrared user sensors and ambient light detectors which you will never use but does artificially inflate the MSRP but at 200$ its a steal!

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