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Old October 6, 2008, 01:48 PM
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Well i Finally sold my M1730 *giggles like little girl* for $3100 US *suckers*

So i've started working out the specs of my new system.

So far I have the following.

CPU - Q9550 - $365 + tax = $408
Mobo - DFI LP UT X48-T3R - $349 + tax = $390.88

Ram - OCZ Reaper OCZ3RPR1333C94K 2x2GB - $199.99 + tax = $223.99
Graphics - EVGA 9800GTX+ - $208.88 + tax = $233.95
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint f1 1TB - $165.99 + tax = $185.91
DVD - Samsung SH-S223Q - $34.99 + tax = $39.18

Case - CM Cosmos S - $241 + tax = $269.92
PSU - Enermax Infinity 720W - $176.99 + tax = $198.23

KB - G15 2nd gen - $78.54 + tax = $87.96

Total - pre tax - $1820.38 after tax - $2038.83



Rebates
RAM - $30
GPU - $30

After Rebates

$1978.83 CAD

So now i need to choose an LCD also, taking into account i do some dslr photography (not to the extent where i need perfect color reproduction) but would like some accuracy compared to my old laptop lcd which was horrid at being accurate. So say a $700 budget on lcd?



Correct me if I'm wrong but tax in BC is 12% all up?

Any suggestions? Cptn_Vortex has been harassed all morning so i thought i'd try the wider community.

I've been trying to do 'some' future proofing by going straight to a DDR3 board.


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1. Gaming 1st, Photography 2nd so 70% gaming 30 % photography

2. $2800 CAD including tax absolute max

3. Canada

4. Intel + nVidia fanboi!

5. No existing parts

6. Harassed cptn_vortex, lots of previous building experience, run/manage servers been building pc's for myself and others since probably 1998.

7. Overclock? HELL YES (but not into wc or phase change just high end air cooling)

8. Within 7 days!!!

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Old October 6, 2008, 02:01 PM
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Why not a 4870? That way you can add a second later if you want. Also why did you choose that particular PSU?
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Old October 6, 2008, 02:04 PM
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Gone with nvidia for the CUDA drivers as they will be supported for the Adobe CS4 suite.

And my last 3 PSU's have been Enermax and have been rock solid, unlike some flaky Antec ones.

Im totally open for suggestions though?
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Old October 6, 2008, 02:11 PM
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The Corsair 620W Modular is one heck of a PSU. I would suggest it any day. The Enermax are good, but way too many bulky cables.
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Benq W500 Pojector.

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Old October 6, 2008, 02:36 PM
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I suggest something like this:

NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Decathlon DA750 750W 20/24 Pin Power Supply ATX / EPS12V Active PFC 120MM Fan 8PIN PCI-E - DA750 In Canada.

or if you want cheaper this:

NCIX.com - Buy PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12 24PIN Active PFC Power Supply Blue - PPCS750QBL In Canada.

or

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.

For a monitor you can get a great 24 inch for under $400 and you could add the extra $ to a better PSU and maybe a 280.
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That PC Power and Cooling, any day over anything. However I also do agree with Vortex on the Corsair 620w, but the PC P&C over it anyday. They are basically the Kings of Power Supplies.

+1 for 4870..

You can never harrass Vortex lol. :P
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Old October 6, 2008, 02:53 PM
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Yeah i had looked at the PC P&C model previously but no idea on their reputation..although it does have a tasty $30 rebate added on

But i think i'll go with the 620HX from ncix as it currently combos with the F1 1TB hdd :).

As for the 280 i can't personally justify the extra $200 over the 9800GTX+ for such a little gain, unless of course like you said i get a cheaper monitor :S decisions decisions.
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PC Power and Cooling, yes they are excellent. But some think they are too loud, and modular cables are a saving grace for cable management.
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Coolermaster ATCS 840 w Window panel
MSI Z77A-GD65
Intel i7 3770K @ 4.6GHZ 1.28v
Galaxy GTX 680 @ 1241MHZ
8GB Mushkin Blackline 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

Watercooling:
EK Supreme HF, EK FC GTX 680 Block, MCR320+Gelid Silent 12 Push/Pull, DD Pump, EK Multioption 100ml Res, EK Coolstream XT 220 RAD Gelid Wings Push/Pull.
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Old October 6, 2008, 03:03 PM
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First of all, answer the sticky please. If you're not going to game and use it mainly for DSLR photography, you don't need such a high power graphic card.

I think your parts are over priced. Go on NCIX and check out the weekly specials that they have. If you can, wait till Wednesday since that's when new and fresh specials will be up.

Change the PSU to a Corsair HX620. It will be more than enough for your rig, unless you plan to CrossfireX 4870X2.

How big of a LCD monitor do you want? $700 can get you a lot.
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Old October 6, 2008, 03:12 PM
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Sorry geokilla, sorry shouldve stated i AM needing gaming also hence the 9800GTX+ :)

Yes Vortex has been whispering in my ear "corsair" for the last hour so i'm sticking with the HX620.

LCD 24" is what i've previously had but anything 24-28" is fine any bigger i find too big personal pref i guess. All i know that TN panels are pretty shite when it comes to color reproduction although the new firmware has substantially improved the dithering to the point where you can no longer see the difference between non-tn and tn, i may be very wong.

Thanks for the feedback guys :D

Edit: all those prices are from ncix, i've added tax (im not used to this whole tax not included in the price until the checkout thing yet). So Wednesday sounds like my best bet to head on down.
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