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Old February 28, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Hello guys,

I am planning to build a new system in early March.
My computer will be primarily used for gaming. I just bought a Dell U2412H so my resolution will be 1920x1200. I prefer Intel, and used to be a big fan of AMD at the time of the Radeon 4800 series but now I am fairly indifferent as far as choosing between AMD or NVDIA goes. I am planning to do some soft overclocking.

I live in Montréal and I would probably order from NCIX (after price matching) unless someone recommends a better shop. My budget is $1000-1200 before taxes.

I have been frenetically looking at this forum for the past few weeks… And now I would appreciate it a lot if you guys could provide some feedback on the config below. I feel it’s a pretty good system but I find it difficult to justify spending that much money.

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R ($100)
Mobo: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ($160)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB ($50)
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($210)
PSU: Antec Truepower New 650W Modular ($100)
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX560 Ti Core 448 ($290)
CPU: Heatsink: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo ($30)
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST ($25)
SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB ($170)
HDD: Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green ($130)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium ($110)

Total: $1365 + taxes

I do not need a lot of storage, so maybe I could get a smaller HDD to start with. Or should I just grab a WD 1TB Black and forget the SSD?

Any known compatibly issue between GA Z68X-UD3H-B3 and the G.Skill Ram I chose?

Thanks a lot in advance for your feedback and suggestions.
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Old February 28, 2012, 02:45 PM
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well i have the GA Z68X-UD3H-B3 mother board and i have had some issues with the corsair ram and i moved to the mushkin ram and my problems stoped, i was getting the blue screen with a memory dump error ever 2 hours or so, and now its all good with the mushkin ram. so just check the voltage bc the corsair ram was 1.65volts and the mushkin is 1.5 volts,

as far as the ssd goes i dont have a ssd i just run a hhd i have a 500g as my main so i can help you there, but i hope the info i posted helps

P.S if it was me i would just get a 1tb black and call it a day
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Old February 29, 2012, 09:25 AM
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Looks good. Keep the 128GB SSD. You'll notice a HUGE difference over even a BLACK drive. And 2TB isn't really that much these days. I fill up 2TB approximately every year, so...you know.

Other than that, looks like you have your build sorted. If you're going to be overclocking (which since you chose the K-series unlocked processor, why wouldn't you) you'll want to buy an aftermarket cooler, too. A popular, cost effective cooler seems to be the Coolermaster Hyper 212. So, just keep that in mind.
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MemoryExpress.com has that motherboard and cpu in a combo deal for 339.99 right now. They are in Calgary.

I've purchase over $1500 worth of computer parts from them over the last 6 months and I'm very pleased.

For the last month they've seemed to have cpu and board combo deals at really low prices. Check them out!!!

P.S. I have an OCZ Vertex 3 120gb SSD. I can't tell you about reliability this soon, but it is crazy fast on boot up. There's never any need to hibernate or sleep since it boots fresh in about 30 seconds including splash screen and log in screen.

Get an SSD! From what I read, you don't really need a sata III drive either for real world activities.
I copied my entire 36gb iTunies library onto my new computer from a USB 3.0 external drive in 9 minutes 30 seconds!! Load times for games are so short too!

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Old March 1, 2012, 06:59 PM
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Thanks for your responses!
I will definitely check out that CPU and MOBO combo at MemoryExpress. Great price!

I am tempted by the Crucial M4 SSD: fast AND reliable (which matters a lot to me)... But the problem is that I am a bit over my desired budget. I would like it best to spend around 1100-1200$, but don't know what to remove/cut down from the config above.

As for GPU, the GTX 560 Ti 448 core simply looks great, especially when combined with a i5 2500k! That said, like many of you, I am eager to read the reviews for the upcoming Radeon 7850 and 7870. I was impressed by the 7950 but it is way beyond by budget. Previous generation 6950 also seems to offer good bang for the buck. So the choice will have to be made between GTX 560 ti 448, a cheaper 6950, or the new Radeon 7870. Problem is when will the 7870 be available? I cannot wait any longer!
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Old March 1, 2012, 07:07 PM
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I'm waiting for the 7870 as well. I don't have a gpu yet, but if I had to buy one now it would probably be a 560ti 448 core, or a 570. If you don't have a $500 monitor (or three) then you don't need a $500 vid card.

My budget was a couple hundred higher, but I couldn't go back to not using a SSD! Eat peanut butter sandwiches for a month if you have to, just get a SSD lol.
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I still cannot decide on whether I make the leap and build the system myself. Sure, it looks like a lot of fun, but what if I screw up?

Could you please post some good links which provide a step-by-step guide to building a (gaming) PC?

Thanks!
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Old March 1, 2012, 07:24 PM
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I am tempted by the Crucial M4 SSD: fast AND reliable (which matters a lot to me)... But the problem is that I am a bit over my desired budget. I would like it best to spend around 1100-1200$, but don't know what to remove/cut down from the config above.
If you don't d/l stuff like me you can just run your machine solely off the 128gb SSD. I got Win 7, BF3, SC2, D3 beta and a few minor programs on mine and I still have 46 gb free.

Personally I have no clue how these folks fill up so much space on HDD's.

On building your own PC. It's really not hard at all. I'm a total n00b and I did it with a bit of research and with the help of a couple videos. These are what helped me, particularly the newegg with the thorough instructions on bios and driver installations and whatnot.

Newegg TV: How To Build a Computer - Part 1 - Choosing Your Components - YouTube - be sure to watch pt 2 and 3.

PC Computer System Build Guide Featuring AMD Vision Black NCIX Tech Tips - YouTube

Hope this helps!
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Thanks for sharing this. I was nice ideas from you.
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I still cannot decide on whether I make the leap and build the system myself. Sure, it looks like a lot of fun, but what if I screw up?

Could you please post some good links which provide a step-by-step guide to building a (gaming) PC?

Thanks!
These days building a PC is pretty much idiot-proof. ( No I am not calling you an idiot )

The parts only go in one way. The only way you can screw it up is by putting on either too little or too much thermal paste.

Go ahead and try the PC Building waters! Then you can go and say that YOU did it......and not someone else.
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