Now, I am trying to keep all this under 2500 with shipping. I was wondering if you guys could advice me about DirectCanada.com. I discovered this last night and it seems like a great website offering great prices, although the i7 920 is a little overpriced. Can you guys help me keep it under the budget ?
I agree here, most people don't need added sound card unless they are audiophiles. Direct Canada is a well known site, I have done some business with them in the past without any issues. BTW, you'll love the HAF 932 case. That's one hell of beastly case with galactic seize inside space to work with and cable management is just a dandy.
Undoubtedly a nice build! Nothing wrong with DC but you can save money on shipping by ordering it all at NCIX and 'price matching' all the prices at checkout- you can get the lowest prices on all the items there by doing that- if you've never done it, just before you submit your order, there is a button at the bottom of your items list that says "begin price match" and you paste in the links and type in the prices from the competitors. Also might want to run each item through the price comapre to find teh lowest prices on them in canada.
K thanks guys! I wasn't sure if the P6T would provide good enough sound so thats why I went with a sound card. I'm going to price match and see if I get a better deal. Geokilla, I'm looking for the best performance in games from a single card and after looking at benchmarks for 2 weeks, I found that it offers the best FPS. Also, I may occasionally use my HDMI cable on my TV to play a few games on 1920 x 1080. This is my first PC that will be able to play games on max like Sims 2 lol; yah, it was that damn bad :(. Thanks again though.
+1 for OCZ Vendetta II, cheaper than the TRUE and costs far less. Get a good LGA1366 bolt-thru kit, and you should be fine.
Also, you may want to spend a bit extra and buy a Caviar Black 640GB, because the 640GB can be accessed more efficiently than on a 500GB, meaning that you get faster access times and 140GB more storage for $5 at DC.
BTW, the 6GB Dominator RAM you are buying looks nice and all, but don't spend the extra money because it has CAS8 timings (8-8-8-24). The reason being is that somehow you can get similar, if not better peformance from CAS9 (9-9-9-24) RAM than CAS8 RAM for less money.
Look it up on Hardforum, I found a test someone there did with two similar RAM sets, one CAS8 and the other CAS9. In Everest, they both showed similar speeds, and CAS8 was topped by CAS9
ImmaPC, thanks for the suggestions. I cannot find the tests done for the RAM sets. Any way you can link me to it? does the OCZ Vendetta II keep the i7 cooler than the Thermalright? Because, my friend gets 20C on Idle and I was hoping to keep it the similar, if not lower. Also, can someone tell me what the price match does?
Ex: The HAF is cheaper on DirectComputer.com, so does that mean NCIX will order from it and charge the same shipping? If thats the case, DirectComputer offers free ground shipping, but I don't know much about it as I have never order computer parts online or bought any before.
I know but what does the price match really accomplish? Does NCIX get the items from Direct Canada if DC has the cheaper part? I just want to know as i did a comparision and NCIX was outbeaten by DC in every part.