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Old December 17, 2011, 02:14 PM
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Default New gaming build for a friend [1000 budget including Monitor and taxes]

This is a build for a friend who's only in town from Dec 26th to Dec 28th. I need to buy the parts locally in Winnipeg to get the build done on time. Fortunately "Memory Express" has a good selection and they beat any canadian price by 25% of the difference.

Here's what I'm thinking at this point with the price matched prices included:

Motherboard: GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ($109.99)
Processor: Core i3-2100 ($117.49)
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2G ($256.24)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 ($40.25)
Optical Drive: SH-S243D 24x DVD-Writer, SATA, Black ($18.99)
HD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB ($99.99)
Power: Corsair CX600 V2 ($57.12)
Memory: F3-10666CL7D-4GBXH ($32.72)
Monitor: W2343T-PF ($139.99)
Heat Sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($20.69)

Total: $913.47
Tax (12%): $109.62
Grand Total: $1,023.08

I'm not sure whether I should buy now or wait for boxing day sales. I know the 2GB graphics card is probably overkill but Memory Expess seems limited in 1GB 6950 variery.

I was hoping for an i5 2500k build but I'm not sure it's worth it at the expense of the video card.

I'm open to any suggestions. Any thought? thanks
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Old December 17, 2011, 02:29 PM
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That board is not the best choice when it comes to overclocking as more expensive boards have robust power delivery, hence the higher price. On this particular board, you probably could do a minor overclock but not more than that. Which comes to my point that the Core i5 2500K is not a good investment with this motherboard.

I would however suggest getting the cheapest, non OC Core i5 SB processor that you could squeeze in as the physical cores are better in the long run. If you can't then the Core i3 2100 would do as HT helps it quite a bit especially for the Core i3 series.
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Old December 18, 2011, 08:57 AM
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I agree with the above; for the budget that you had, and the fact that your friend needs a monitor I'd say that's pretty good actually. OC the chip as much as you can, and it'll be a pretty good rig.
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