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Hello everyone . After reading about custom building pcs and the sort, for about 2 days straight, I figured out that I have basically no idea what I'm doing . Eventually I stumbled upon overclock.net and I've seen how you guys can help other people, so hopefully you can do the same for me.

The only really specifications are that it needs to be about a 1200 dollar budget, and I can buy off of newegg.ca (I'm Canadian).

I will be using this computer to play starcraft 2, watch videos, and the sort.

I only have a few ideas on parts so far, but here they are, and hopefully you guys can help me pick the other ones and critique my current ones:

Intel i5 2500k processor (I was going to go i7 but the difference between them isn't that high, for a 100 dollar price tag, so I figured I could put that towards a GPU, or something else.)

Western Digital 1TB ram 7200rpm 64mb cache 6GB/s

I was thinking of getting the radeon hd 6950,6870 or 6850, depending on how they fit into the budget, and such.

I was also thinking about the G Skill Ripjaw ram cards, specifically the 8 GB (2x4GB) cards at either 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz depending on how compatible they are with the i5/i7 and the mobo.

Any help is appreciated, I'm fairly lost, even after 15+ hours of reading.

Thanks a ton!
Pandemix
post #2 of 43
The 6950 is the best out of those cards, but for SCII you wouldn't be disappointed with the 6870.

Get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, it's faster.

For RAM, you really don't need 8GB, the only time I ever run out of RAM (4GB) is when editing very large Fraps movies in Sony Vegas. And whatever you do, go with 1600MHz, not 1333MHz.
 
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post #3 of 43
Don't use newegg.

http://ncix.com/

and

http://www.shopbot.ca/

pick an item, add to cart, search for it on shopbot, find lowest price, pricematch.

It can save you a lot of money. you could easily go from a $1400 rig on newegg to a $1200 rig on ncix.
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Originally Posted by grassh0ppa View Post
Don't use newegg.

http://ncix.com/

and

http://www.shopbot.ca/

pick an item, add to cart, search for it on shopbot, find lowest price, pricematch.

It can save you a lot of money. you could easily go from a $1400 rig on newegg to a $1200 rig on ncix.
Oh yeah, this too. Newegg.ca doesn't have very good prices. Plus I can't drive to newegg in 10 minutes.
 
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Definitely get a Samsung F3, 1600 RAM and a 6950. If you are sure you won't play anything else than SC a 6870 or 6850 for that matter is enough.
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NICX doesn't sell samsungs, but you can price match a WDC black 1tb drive down to $69 real world difference is negligible
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post #7 of 43
Keep the i5, put in a 750W PSU (look below), use a Cooler Master HAF 922/932 case, and pop in a pair of GTX 460's or 6950's.

For the PSU, i recommend the Corsair Professional series Gold AX750. Its fully modular and has an efficiency rating of 80+.

BTW, I live in Calgary, and I built my sig rig by ordering all the parts online. I price matched quite a bit of my parts and total price came very close to $1200. Needless to say, I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to ordering parts online in Canada.

If you need any more help, I am more than happy to help.
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post #8 of 43
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Wow! Those were faster responses than I thought, thanks a bunch everyone .

I'll show everyone what I'm at and what the prices are appearing to be right now~:

And btw, I know I'm using newegg links, but I do realize that when I actually do purchase them I will be doing the ncix+shopbot combo with price matching to get the most out of my dollar, but newegg is the easiest to look at for now, so here we go:

CPU:
Intel i5 2500k 3.3GHz - $225
(btw, it says Turbo boosted to 3.7, what does turbo boost mean?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-072-_-Product

HDD:
Western Digital 1tb - $95
(Just due to the fact that I can get it from ncix and price match it for cheaper) Note: I might also switch to the Samsung 1tb drive, depending on how the prices look when compared after price matching.
Also: should I get 6GB/s or 3GB/s? I was planning on going with the 6 due to the faster speed for not a really large amount more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-533-_-Product

PSU:
Corsair 750W - $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20Gold%20AX750

RAM:
G Skill Ripjaw 8GB(2x4GB) - $100
Note: I want the 8GB, because whether I like it or not, I usually end up opening a bunch of crap that I don't need, and getting the 8gb covers me for slightly longer than 4gb would.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314

GPU:
Radeon 6950 - $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3962334&SID=

Case:
Cooler Master HAF 922 - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-224-_-Product

Mobo:
Still not sure what works in terms of compatibility, I was thinking:
Asus P6X5bD-E - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-641-_-Product

or

Asus Sabertooth P67 - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...oth%20P67%20B3

Final Cost: About 1180 not including tax, including all of the components listed, which is handy because the mobos listed were both the same cost.

In terms of cooling, I have heard the NH-14 or some sort is really good, so I might think about getting that. Also note that I took suggestions, and will continue to take suggestions from everyone who posts. Just as before, any comments, etc would be greatly helpful, my max price has gone to about 1500..just because . So anything you could say would be great!

Thanks.
Pandemix
Edited by pandemix - 4/3/11 at 4:07pm
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Will you be cross firing in the future
?
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Originally Posted by grassh0ppa View Post
Will you be cross firing in the future
?
I'm not 100% sure about cross firing, but the potential to do it would be very nice, and would be a good 2nd-round upgrade on this machine. I probably won't initially be doing it, just due to the fact that I'm only spending about 1500 dollars to begin with, but at a later date I might add another GPU in if possible?
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