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Old February 14, 2009, 10:40 PM
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Hi guys! just signed up, great forum you have here.

I am going to build my first custom computer, need your help! The purpose for this machine is gaming, encoding hd, media and day to day stuff.

Only thing I am missing is a GFX card and a heatsink, I might go with the 260 or just wait it out couple more months.. for the heatsink, the Thermalright Ultra 120 extreme. Anything else I am missing? please comment on this. Also, looking to save as much as I can!

My Build:
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edit: I have a 24inch so I'll be gaming at 1920x1080.

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Old February 15, 2009, 12:46 AM
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First of all, welcome to the Forums!

Your build looks good, but it might save you more money to take advantage of the specials at NCIX instead of PMing.

For your graphics card, the 260 should last you for some time before you have to upgrade, you can even SLI it down the road since the PSU you're getting has enough juice.

Not sure if I'm right, but is the case you're getting the HAF 932? You might want to get a clearer picture or list what you're getting so that others can see.

Also, do you have an extra copy of Windows XP lying around? I'd recommend you to wait for Windows 7 instead of buying Vista now, since it's coming out at the end of the year.

EDIT: Rumors: Buying Vista This Summer Could Mean a Free Windows 7 Upgrade

Looks like it might actually be worth buying HP for that price right now. Then again, it's just a rumor, so you'll take a risk.

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Old February 15, 2009, 03:17 AM
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I would go with the 850W PSU or 1000W from corsair. And I have heard really good things about OCZ 1600 gold or platinum memory.

Use shopbot.ca to find all the lowest prices in Canada. DirectCanada.com seems to have the lowest on most things however I am begining to change my mind based on customer service reviews. So I think im going to go with NCIX.com and price match. Im just worried that I will miss out on rebates if I am waiting for a price match (rebates end feb 15th)

check out some of the prices on my build list here

My 1st build ever! Core i7, EVGA x58, Liquid cooled?
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Old February 15, 2009, 03:39 AM
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Hi mtl514 and welcome to forums

How can you see that guys? I am not even going to attempt if you can get the pictures a little larger I'll chime in where I can.

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Old February 15, 2009, 04:11 AM
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From what I can make out, it's a:
Pioneer DVD burner
CM HAF 932
Asus P6T (Deluxe?)
Core i7 920
WD Black 640GB
Corsair TX750W
G.Skill F3-12800 6GB 1600
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Old February 15, 2009, 06:38 AM
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Old February 15, 2009, 07:27 AM
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I was reading there is a v2 of that P6T. I cant remember where I saw it...maybe NCIX forums? Apparently it fixed alot of...issues with the v1 board, and they removed the SAS from it. The new v2 is rock solid stable, and absolutly amazing apparently. Check to see if that P6T is the v2, if its not, I would probably swing the Gigabyte (on the cheap at 200bucks for an X58!) or the amazing (but expensive!) DFI LP UT X58-T3eH8.

All three of the boards Ive listed above have been review extensively across the web, including the gigabyte board here at HWC!
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Old February 15, 2009, 07:50 AM
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Welcome to the forums!!!

Just a quick point on the "customer service" concerns you have with Direct Canada.

We've got a Direct Canada rep here at HWC (username = DC_Support)who's been able to smooth through the great majority of issues folks have had with Direct Canada (Not that there have been all that many aside from the industry wide on-line meltdown of Christmas `07 :) ). He's been very quick to respond, and has provided many of our members with superb personalized service.

I'm not suggesting that you chose Direct Canada (that's up to you to decide), but the free shipping deal often makes them the best choice if you're including a (heavy) case in your order.
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welcome aboard...

I'd strongly recommend the Enermax 85-1050 PSU...yup, it's pricey, but it works like a charm.

As for the video card...
The 260 is just too much of a lightweight with the games that are out today...
But it also depends on the monitor. A 24" I'd definitely go with a 285, but if you're only running a 22", then the 260 will do.

Other than that, looks like a great build. And the TRUE cooler is one of (if not the) best out there right now.

Enjoy!!!
PS: Same case I have!! Check it out here:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...tml#post150987
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Old February 15, 2009, 09:20 AM
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I like the build, list is kinda hard to read though.
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