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Building a gaming/media center PC


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Mardig88

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Hello everyone.
Just a little bit of background to start with.
I am in the market to build a PC for my bedroom. It is going to be used for some gaming, media center type, and some internet surfing.
Back in 2005-2006, I used to work in an IT store building desktops. But since things have changed alot (hardware wise and OS wise) and my knowledge is frozen in time at 2006. So I will probably asking some noob questions.

I want to invest between 800 and 1000 CAD tax in. I am planning to build something that will last me at least 3 years.

This is the parts list I came up with.

ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.0 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard
Sold for $170

Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
$195

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Bl Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory Kit
$63

Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB SATA2 3GBPS 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive Oem
$69

Corsair Force Series GT 60GB SSD SATA3 Solid State Disk 555MB/S Read Sandforce SF-2200
$140

ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti DC Top 975MHZ 1GB 4.1GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI VGA PCI-E Video Card
$140

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
$19

Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-600CXV2 600W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Wrty*
$60

Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound
$52

I wanted to go with both the SSD and HDD since the SSD seems to be much faster. So I would like to run the OS (Windows 7) from the SSD and use the HDD for storage.

I have a 42"LCD that I am planning on using as my display.

Can someone tell me if there are compatibility issues with this build? I went through it and couldnt spot any problems. And if there's any parts that you would swap for something else, please don't hesitate to make your recommendations.
How would I install my OS? My school gives me a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit that I can download. Is there anything else that I need?
I remember back in the day, startup floppy discs were essential.
Would the SSD make a big enough difference to justify the 140$ extra?

All prices are taken from direct Canada. It looks like they offer the best pricing.

Thanks in advance!
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phillpower2

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Hi Mardig88 :)
Here is some info from Crucial regarding SSD drives and W7 http://www.crucial.c...7_SSD/news.aspx
For confirming your choice of CPU and Ram for the MB you can use the Memory device and CPU support tabs available @ http://www.asus.com/...1155/P8P67_PRO/
As you intend using a 42" LCD for your display and have the additional storage device I suggest that you use the Corsair PSU calculator to make sure that the proposed PSU is enough http://www.corsair.com/learn_n_explore also remember that the MB has Crossfire/SLI capabilities which may require more power output should you decide to upgrade in the future.
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Very good article about SSD, http://www.anandtech.com/show/2829/2
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where would you recommend getting windows from?
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where would you recommend getting windows from?


Looks like your preferred site is the cheapest.


http://www.directcan...cture=MICROSOFT
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