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Old December 13, 2008, 04:29 PM
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CPU: - Intel® Core 2 Quad Q6600
CPU Cooler: - Thermaltake Golden Orb II
Motherboard: - Asus P5Q Pro (Intel P45 chipset, Crossfire)
Memory: - 2.0GB Corsair DDR2 1066mhz Dominator (2x 1GB)
Hard Drives: - 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: - 5x Blu-Ray ROM S-ATA DVD±RW
Graphics card: - ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Sound card: - Onboard 7.1 Audio
PSU: - 750W Thermaltake Toughpower
Case: - Coolermaster Cavalier 3
Warranty: - 3 Year Warranty

"Hard drive brands we use can be either Maxtor, Seagate or Samsung, the prices and stock availability fluctuate regularly, therefore we cannot stick to one make or guarantee that a certain brand will be used."

What do u guys think? for $1389 CAD.

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Old December 13, 2008, 05:08 PM
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What OS is that with and is it included..? Personally I think you can do a little better...
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Old December 13, 2008, 05:46 PM
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CPU cooler: OCZ vendetta 2 or XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 better for similar $$
Memory: Should look for a 4GB kit and PC2-6400/DDR2-800 since the 6600 overclocks to 3.0 on stock voltage with just 9x333 (someone may correct the speed for me here)
Optical drive:Unless you intend to use the computer to watch blue ray media or backing up more then 8GB at a time it's not particularly useful just now. $20 dvd rw would work here.
Video: A 4850 does great for a budget build.

Are you putting this together or having it built with limited options to tweak things?
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Old December 13, 2008, 05:47 PM
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Do you really need the Blu-Ray player?

I would go with a better HSF, like the OCZ Vendetta 2 with a bolt-thru kit.

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

Xigmatek ACK-I7751 Crossbow Mounting Kit for 3 Piece Heat Pipe for HDT-S963 HDT-S1283 RS-S1283
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Old December 13, 2008, 08:16 PM
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Asus P6T X58 Deluxe Atx LGA1366 DDR3 LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E4 Crossfire Sli SATA2 Sas Motherboard - DirectCanada - $367.50
NCIX.com - Buy Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 1366RT Heatpipe Cooler LGA1366 120MM Fan FDB 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM - ULTRA-120-1366RT In Canada. - $79.40
Intel Core I7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S - DirectCanada - $368.88
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair XMS3 TR3X3G1333C9 3GB DDR3 3X1GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 I7 Triple Channel Memory Kit - TR3X3G1333C9 In Canada. - $139.78
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12V 24PIN SLI Active PFC Power Supply Black - DirectCanada - $154.00
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC 626MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1267-AR In Canada. - $361.00
Lg GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 Dl 16X/12X 2MB Sata Oem - DirectCanada - $25.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM - DirectCanada - $63.88
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA - RC-690-KKN1 In Canada. - $94.00
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM - DirectCanada - $143.00

Total $1797 + Tax imho a far better System utilizing the most current Technology (I7) and only an additional $400 if its in your budget. If you did decide to go this route, you may want to consider 6GB Tri Channel Kit Memory.
As for the Warranty - most components are 5 yr to Lifetime Warranties. Labour your on your own, but really, if you're not into the build yourself, a reptable PC shop could build for you and it should be very rerasonable.
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Old December 14, 2008, 05:02 AM
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Hi guys thnx for your thoughts. to answer your questions im using 32-bit XP SP3 and not puttin it together myself. Build is included in my original price. Ive stuck a blu ray drive in there to make my system a little more future proof? Although ive taken your thoughts on board and i guess they are quite expensive at the moment so may scrap it. I may use stock cooler now from your responses, as i have no other choice. The website putting it together for me only gave me 2 choices, stock or thermaltake.

Lastly concerning the i7 system, ive been looking around for like a month now trying to make the smartest decision for a new computer and i7 right now just isnt value for money. Its really expensive and immature at the moment, the motherboards for example are overpriced and i would need confirmation that X58 would support Westmere in the future for me to even consider going down that route(i dont upgrade often). I see it as, LGA775 being a mature platform adding value for money (look at memory prices) and still offering decent performance. Im upgrading from Socket A so anything would be an upgrade, but i do see your point as the system im looking at is not far off a very decent i7 system!

But, i will only be purchasing this new system mid january when prices have calmed down a little so i thank u for your thoughts on heat sinks, blu ray etc, as i may be able to put together a system of my exact specs. Oh and the reason ive only got 2gb of memory in there is because it was either 4 gb of 800mhz or 2gb of 1066mhz memory for the same price, so i thought id start off with the faster memory at 2gb and then buy another 2gb in the future when needed? Bare in mind im not an overclocker so i wont be touching my hardware much.

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