Need advice on a sandy bridge build?


Jul 26, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: february 12th
Budget Range: 1100 including tax, before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, autocad, surfing,
Parts Not Required: just looking at building the tower i have all other components

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: i would prefer to get the parts from either newegg canada or ncix canada
Parts Preferences: I'm just looking for a mid tower case, intel sandy bridge processor with 2 22' screens

Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: my monitor resolutions are both 1920x1080

Some components ive been looking at are:

Corsair HX650

G.skill ripjaws 8GB 2x4 rated at cas 9 at 1600

asus p8p67 evo board

i5 2500k processor

WD blue 500g harddrive ( I hope to upgrade to SSD and a WD 2tb green later but it looks like the budget wont allow it at the moment)

MSI (gtx 460 cyclone or if i can make it work a gtx 560 twin frozer. Both cards are 1 gig)

coolmaster hyper 212 heatsink ( to overclock the unlocked i5) :D

I am really undecided on the case sadly. I've been looking anywhere from the antec 300 to 900 as well as the corsair 600t or 650d which was showcased at ces. The only restraint i have is that it has to be a mid tower. I would really like a window and for it to be quiet but if i cant get the window quiet is first definitely top priority.


Oct 13, 2010
try this:
- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $75
- SeaSonic M12II 520W SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Modular: $82.50 -> you won't need 650w
- SAMSUNG Black 22X DVDRW: $17
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB: $60 -> the 1TB HD's are best bang-for-your-buck at the moment
- [COMBO] Intel Core i5-2500K + GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3P: $375 -> you don't need the ASUS 'Evo'... and this is a great overclocker too
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600: $110
- MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 1GB @ 780mhz (core) / 1560mhz (shader): $198 (before rebate) -> killer video card
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus: $30

TOTAL (including taxes + shipping): $1110 (1100 after mir)
Here ya go, set up for future addition of a 2nd GFX Card (add the case fan when ya do)

Case - $120 - Antec DF-35
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 120 mm
PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition750
MoBo - $400 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl. - Intel Core i5-2600K w/ above
Cooler - $38 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $94 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $250 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $60 - Spinpoint F3 1 TB
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB
DVD Writer - $23 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT

Total $1,091


Case - HAF-922
PSU - None, ya need 750 for two cards and adding one later will greatly extend the life of the box.
MoBo / CPU - Take the combo deal
Cooler - The 212 was nice in its day but the title of best cooler for the money has been taken by the Scythe
HD - No Green / Blue stuff .... 7200.12 or WD Black 1TB if they cheaper on buy day.
You choose the case. This build is set up to run two of those gtx 560's in SLI @ 8x & 8x.

*Don't forget to download the latest bios for the mobo. $89.99 CAD Savings Code 55601-1275. SAVE $20.00 off our regular price of $109.99 if you buy today! Special price ends 02/02/2011 After Mail In Rebate: $59.99 CAD
XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular ATX Power Supply ATX12V 52A 24PIN 80PLUS Bronze $19.99 CAD
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink $229.99 CAD FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $152.99 CAD
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $77.14 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $67.14 CAD
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit $59.99 CAD + $3.99 Shipping CAD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $24.99 CAD
LG GH24LS50 24X Super Multi Lightscribe SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $249.99 + $11.49 Shipping
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $905.07 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc..

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