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Old September 18, 2008, 06:16 PM
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Your friend seems to be telling some real BS (sorry to say).. As Sugar said any single card will work on any board, GTX280/260. 4870x2, 4870, 4850 etc etc...

Yea that Vendetta 2 should fit easily in the 1200 case.
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Old September 18, 2008, 06:39 PM
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Alright, this is the revised list of parts for the build.
Hopefully I've got everything right this time.

Motherboard:
ASUS P5Q-E ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA 1394 Motherboard
Link: NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P5Q-E ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA 1394 Motherboard - P5Q-E In Canada.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.83GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB Retail Box
Link: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.83GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB Retail Box - DirectCanada

Power Supply: Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan
Link:
Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan - DirectCanada

Video Card: EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 280 602MHZ 1024MB 2.214GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card
Link:
EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 280 602MHZ 1024MB 2.214GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty
Link: Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty - DirectCanada

RAM:
Mushkin XP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
Link:
Mushkin XP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

CPU Cooling: OCZ Vendetta 2 Triple Heatpipe CPU Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S939 S940 S754 120MM Fan 800-1500RPM 20-32DBA
Link:
OCZ Vendetta 2 Triple Heatpipe CPU Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S939 S940 S754 120MM Fan 800-1500RPM 20-32DBA - DirectCanada

CPU Cooling Replacement Fan: Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM FDB
Link:
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM FDB - DirectCanada

Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 4 Gram
Link:
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 4 Gram - DirectCanada

DVD-RW Drive: Samsung SH-S223F Black SATA DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 16X/12X DL INT DVD Writer OEM
Link:
Samsung SH-S223F Black SATA DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 16X/12X DL INT DVD Writer OEM - DirectCanada

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 1200 ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA
Link:
Antec Twelve Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 1200 ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA - DirectCanada
(I Need two 120mm fans for the side of the case and the inside optional CPU cooling fan, should I use the same Scythe S-FLEX as listed above?)
I hope the case is the full size even though it says "mid-tower". There isn't a mid as well as full version of this case is there?

Monitor:
Acer P243WAID 24IN Lcd Monitor 1920X1200 3000:1 2MS Vga DVI-D Hdmi Glossy Screen High Gloss Black
Link:
Acer P243WAID 24IN Lcd Monitor 1920X1200 3000:1 2MS Vga DVI-D Hdmi Glossy Screen High Gloss Black - DirectCanada



What do you guys think?
If anyone still disagrees with parts please to tell, and why.
Much thanks to everyone who replied and helped me out with the TON of questions I had, it really made the decisions on my first build easier and clear. I appreciate the time you all took to help a rookie like me out! I'm sure I'll be posting in this thread again hehe. I'm hopefully going to be ordering the parts in a week or slightly longer.
A work log will most definitely be in order, should I continue this thread on with that or start a new one?
Oh one more thing, if anyone spots and incompatibilities with the parts and the board or anything in general (I didn't notice any) please let me know! Haha that would suck if I bought everything and found they didn't all work with eachother.

Edit: Haha yea my friend seemed to misunderstand some things. Oh well, honest mistake, he's still a cool guy. He didn't fight it when I explained what everyone was saying to him.

With an added Windows XP Home Edition OEM, and a Logitech G5 mouse, the total comes to:
$2235.11
That's without rebates. I'll edit this post once I figure out all the MIR calculations and I'll post the price without the monitor also just to give an idea of the rig itself.
A bit more than I anticipated, BUT that includes the monitor so that's not bad! It's worth spending some extra because I think it'll be worth it, I won't need to spend much on upgrades for quite a while (I hope)

Thanks again and talk to you soon,
Brian.

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Old September 18, 2008, 06:49 PM
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That's a very nice build Brian, very nice. The Vandetta will definitely fit no problem, I have a TRUE in mine with room to spare.

Don't forget an operating system if you don't have one, get an OEM version to save mucho dollars if you need one.

Post pictures in the worklog area when you start assembly, we like pics!
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:19 PM
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Very Nice build ...impressive what $2000 gets you these days. I blew $3500 a year ago and I have replaced several parts already I actually stopped trying to keep track.
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:20 PM
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Updated prices:
(Including OS, all listed parts, and G5 mouse)

With Monitor
Total before rebates: $2235.11
Total after rebates: $2175.11

Without Monitor
Total before rebates: $1837.16
Total after rebates: $1777.16

Still even with rebates + monitor a bit more than I would have liked to spend, but again I think it'll be worth the investment to get the monitor, especially since it's going to be used mostly for gaming.

Note: This doesn't include 8% GST for Ontario. (crap) That's another almost $200 added on.

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Old September 18, 2008, 07:21 PM
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All the parts look good, it will be a great system once you have it together.

Use the prices from NCIX's current customer appreciation sale, and $5 shipping too. I spotted a couple of items you could save some money on.
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:28 PM
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All the parts look good, it will be a great system once you have it together.

Use the prices from NCIX's current customer appreciation sale, and $5 shipping too. I spotted a couple of items you could save some money on.

Ahh right! Unfortunately it seems this round of customer appreciation sales ends on the 23rd, and I won't be ready to order it all by then, a few days later. But maybe something will be on there when I am ready to order.

From what I can tell, on all the items I have listed with Direct Canada it should be all free ground shipping.
I guess before I get too anxious about the price I should ask if anyone has dealt with Direct Canada and how they handle taxes? Are they all included with the price or are they hidden until you actually checkout? The cart doesn't list anything to do with taxes and the totals given are totals out of the cart.
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Crap sugar beat me to it. I was just going to tell you the same to use NCIX, also try finding the cheapest prices, DC usually has one of the cheapest, but you can still get better prices sometimes. Usually use Compare prices - Canada - Price Comparison - Comparison Shopping and Canadian Prices: Search. Compare. Buy. - Canadian Online Shopping Search and Comparison!

Your best friends. Forgot to say that build is brilliant, honestly lucky you have that much money to spend, and your getting mixed medium priced and some high priced stuff for an excellent build.
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Crap sugar beat me to it. I was just going to tell you the same to use NCIX, also try finding the cheapest prices, DC usually has one of the cheapest, but you can still get better prices sometimes. Usually use Compare prices - Canada - Price Comparison - Comparison Shopping and Canadian Prices: Search. Compare. Buy. - Canadian Online Shopping Search and Comparison!

Your best friends. Forgot to say that build is brilliant, honestly lucky you have that much money to spend, and your getting mixed medium priced and some high priced stuff for an excellent build.

Thanks for the tips on the comparing pricing, I've looked at a few things but with Direct Canada's pricing plus free shipping, well on some items the price difference ends up being an actual higher price once shipping is included from other places. But I will go through and revise all the products to see if anything will give me a better deal.

Also, are all the sites in the price comparison good and trustworthy with good reputations? I notice that Buy.com, Best Direct, and LuComputers are popular on the list.

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Old September 19, 2008, 04:39 AM
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If you load up your shopping cart at NCIX they allow you to keep those sale prices for 6 or 7 days after the sale is finnished and if something goes even cheaper you can delete it from your cart and re-add it at the lower price. I would guess that they will have a good shipping deal for week 2 of the sale as well but I don't know that for sure.

Use the price comparison to price match at NCIX and you will save a bundle too. When you order from NCIX you provide the competitors price and a link to it for proof and NCIX sells it to you for that price. (Wasn't sure if you understood this correctly, forgive me if I'm wrong.)

I just ordered the HIS 4850 IceQ4 and the E8400 from the sale and price matched another $25 off between them so you can even save on the sale prices!
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