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Old July 13, 2007, 10:05 PM
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i am planning a build right now too with the same budget as you and im just waiting for the intel price drops. This is what i have lined up right now:
Mobo: either Asus P5N32-E 680i or EVGA 122-ck-N63 680i
CPU: Intel q6600 2.4
GPU: EVGA 8800gtx
Memory: 2gb (2x1gb) Crucial Ballistix pc2-6400 800mhz 4-4-4-12
PSU: corsair 620W
Case: Antec 900
HDD: either WD or Hitachi or seagate 500gb (no need for a raptor)
Cooling: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme with Scythe S-flex 120mm

as for the 1000W recomendations, IMO there is no need for that unless you're planning on running sli
and the antec 900 is a very good case if you're going for air cooling rather than bothering with water cooling... i figure i can bring my q6600 up to 3.0Ghz with the air cooling in my system, especially with the G0 stepping
and if you feel you really want a raptor, there is especially no need for the raptor X, the only difference is the little glass window, which becomes almost useless after it is installed
I also dont follow mushkin too well but from what i hear, their memory is well overpriced... you can get similar performance from corsair or crucial, and ocz for good value

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Old July 13, 2007, 11:01 PM
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i am planning a build right now too with the same budget as you and im just waiting for the intel price drops. This is what i have lined up right now:
Mobo: either Asus P5N32-E 680i or EVGA 122-ck-N63 680i
CPU: Intel q6600 2.4
GPU: EVGA 8800gtx
Memory: 2gb (2x1gb) Crucial Ballistix pc2-6400 800mhz 4-4-4-12
PSU: corsair 620W
Case: Antec 900
HDD: either WD or Hitachi or seagate 500gb (no need for a raptor)
Cooling: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme with Scythe S-flex 120mm

as for the 1000W recomendations, IMO there is no need for that unless you're planning on running sli
and the antec 900 is a very good case if you're going for air cooling rather than bothering with water cooling... i figure i can bring my q6600 up to 3.0Ghz with the air cooling in my system, especially with the G0 stepping
and if you feel you really want a raptor, there is especially no need for the raptor X, very little performance increase for the extra money
I also dont follow mushkin too well but from what i hear, their memory is well overpriced... you can get similar performance from corsair or crucial, and ocz for good value
The "X" is the model that has the window, not worth an extra $50-+ since I won't be seeing it anyway. The muskin was just a idea I threw out, probably go for one of the ones you mentioned (unless of course I get this DDR3 thing down). Ill most likely use a sli setup but thats subject to change. Case and cooling ill look at some more, a fan system would do fine I'm sure, but if I find a good WC system + case I'm jumping on it

Edit: So what are some sites I can buy all this stuff from? Preferably Canadian one(s) if you know any.

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Old July 15, 2007, 07:48 PM
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i would suggest NCIX or tigerdirect.ca or even directcanada.com although i don't visit that site very often so i don't know how their prices and service are. i think im buying from NCIX although even pccanada.com beats their prices sometimes. NCIX also has very good selection
and if you're planning on running sli you will need a motherboard with an nforce chipset rather than an intel, preferably the 680i, although the p35 makes for a great board... im going with the 680i so i have the option of adding a second gpu later and because ive heard good things about it... and the EVGA or ASUS 680i boards look really cool

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Old July 16, 2007, 06:13 AM
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Would you suggest a Corsair for a mid-high end gaming PC?
For 134 bucks after rebate at NCIX it was a great deal for my budget, my build is upper midrange I guess.
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a 1000w power supply is overkill for this system. I have a similar one and i run a 620w PSU. yours will draw a little more power so maybe consider an 800w just to be safe, but thats still plenty.

Skip the ddr3 for now. there are many reviews out on it and the ddr2 ram for now is still better and cheaper. I'm sure that will change in the future though. but this is now.
if you get a board like the p5k you can get ddr2 ram that runs at 1066mhz instead of 800. Its supposed to be a really good performance increase from what I have read.

And for a cpu, in case you dont know intel is doing a price drop on the 22nd for a few cpu's. the Q6600 and the E6850 are both going to 266 USD.
and if you get the Q6600 make sure that you get one with the new G0 stepping because it lowers the power consumption of the chip and makes it run a bit cooler, so you can get more overclocking potential out of it.

Directcanada.com is a good site, its kind of plain but I think thats part of why its so cheap to buy from there. every order over 300 is free shipping. they ship from BC but my order was done through purolator so it should only take about a week to hit Nova Scotia.
I ordered through tigerdirect.ca as well. they ship from the states. its been over 2 weeks and they just tried to deliver my order the other day. oh and they charged my credit card twice.

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a 1000w power supply is overkill for this system. I have a similar one and i run a 620w PSU. yours will draw a little more power so maybe consider an 800w just to be safe, but thats still plenty.


i got the 1000w for future proofing. i keep my psu's like i keep cases. for more than a year. :) i've been through 4 video cards in the last year...
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I'd go with an eVGA 680i motherboard. They have the best warranty. Also get eVGA video cards too.

As for the power supply, OCZ is also pretty good too. The have 1010W one I believe.

As for places to buy from, everything I would recommend has been said. If you have any local stores, check them out as well.
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Old July 17, 2007, 01:35 PM
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For now, I wouldn't bother with DDR3. It's way overpriced for very little performance improvement over DDR2. This may change with the 1333MHz FSB CPU's. (Although most reviews I've seen to date have been 1333MHz FSB with DDR2-1066, or DDR3-1333 with 1066MHz FSB! Obviously, they're not going to see any bandwidth improvement if the weakest link is still 1066MHz.)

At any rate, if you really want to future proof yourself, the Asus P5KC and Gigabyte GA-P35C-DSR3 are combo boards that have both DDR2 and DDR3 slots. I just bought a P5KC myself, and am running DDR2-800 in it for now. Note that you can do Crossfire, but not SLI on these, since they're P35-based.

I'm also not enamored of the Intel quad core CPUs, since their price/performance isn't that great. They're really two dual-core CPUs slapped on the same die, they have to communicate via the FSB (just as the P4 dual cores were two single core CPUs slapped on the same die). They may give you bragging rights for the fastest CPU around, but only by a hair, you'll pay through the nose for it.

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