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Old September 4, 2011, 01:58 PM
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Hi. I haven't built a gaming computer in 10 years, so here's what I've come up with as of now.
My main uses are gaming, annoying my Mac friends, and general use.
$1500 before taxes is my semi-flexible budget for the tower only. I'd like everything to come from Canada so shipping will be the easiest. (Newegg.ca)

CPU:
i5 2500K $219 OC'ed with Cooler Master Hyper 212 cooler. $29

Motherboard: I'd prefer to stick with Asus or Gigabyte.
Gigabyte G1 Sniper2. $359
I plan on upgrading to an Ivy Bridge CPU next year, so, unless I DON'T need PCIe 3.0, I'll get the Asus P8Z68 V-Pro. $209

Ram:
Kingston HyperX 1600 DDR3 8gbs. $65

PSU:
Corsair TX750. $115

Video Card:
MSI Lightning Twin Frozr III GTX 580 1.5gb. $529 (Overkill for a single monitor? I don't care)

HDD:
Western Digital 1tb 7200rpms SATA 3. $90

DVD Burner:
HP 24X with Lightscribe. $24

Case:
Cooler Master HAF-X $189

My grand total is $1470 - $1620 depending on my motherboard.

My biggest hang up now is the motherboard. As I'm typing this, I think I should just stick with my Asus pick.

Thanks.
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Old September 4, 2011, 02:02 PM
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Your parts list looks pretty good, personally I would never buy a $300 mobo for a $1500 build so stick with the Asus.

Another thing I recommend is going to shopbot.ca and searching all those parts and pricematching to NCIX.com. It will save you a bit of money unless newegg happens to have all the cheapest prices for those parts which I doubt because I see you can already save $11 on the CPU.

I just ran through your parts pricematching all the lowest prices to NCIX will save you $99 and enable you to pick up a 60 gb ssd which you can use for caching.

Also if you intend on buying later in the month check out bulldozer benchies first.

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Old September 4, 2011, 03:01 PM
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i don't think you'll "need" pci 3.0 for awhile yet

it doubles the transfer rate of pci 2.0 and some other features, data recovery, etc. however its for video, so if its wrong for a split second, i doubt your brain would register it
pci 3.0 is going up to 150 W or 300 W. but most cards today use external connectors anyways...

by the time it matters to have pci-e 3.0 you'll be buying a new computer
and it'll be AGPCI Super duper 2.0 standard by then ;)
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Old September 4, 2011, 03:06 PM
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also on newegg look for combo deals for what you want

you can start saving money that way
combine case with PSU
memory with CPU, etc
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Old September 4, 2011, 04:20 PM
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stay with asus they really got it together with z68
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Old September 4, 2011, 07:24 PM
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With that budget, I personally, would save a bit on Mobo, or case or graphics card and get an SSD. Get faster boot times, faster game load times :)
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Old September 4, 2011, 08:27 PM
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ya i would go down to the asus

and the extra money try for a 120 GB SSD, some of them are on sale right now
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Old September 18, 2011, 09:34 AM
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I've started to order parts! I'm slowly waiting for sales and free shipping deals, and using the time to further research parts.

I just ordered the Silverstone Raven 2-e White case. I know I wanted the HAF X, but I found a crazy deal on this one. $149.99.

I've also ordered my Corsair TX750v2 psu for $99.99

Now I'm committed to building this thing...
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Old September 18, 2011, 12:17 PM
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I agree with others. That MOB is way overpriced for what you need. Go with the ASUS you mentioned. As for the graphics card, I would personally drop it to a 570 and save the extra cash, but there is by no means anything wrong with a 580. Put the saved money from those few items toward an SSD for boot and most common programs etc.
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Old September 26, 2011, 05:15 PM
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no SSD?
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