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Old February 23, 2009, 09:26 AM
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So this is going to be a first build for me seeing how I have vowed that I would never buy a preassembled computer again. Currently I知 running ancient system so this will be a huge upgrade for myself. I知 almost embarrassed to say what I have lol. Basically with this build I want to put together a reliable gaming rig that will have some good over clocking ability and some room for future upgrades while keeping on a budget of under $2000.

I have looked at a lot of the sites people have mentioned here (ncix, newegg, direct Canada) as well as some of the comparison sites and will likely buy most of the component from NCIX trying to utilize their price match policy.

I really am not a fanboy of any sort so I知 pretty much open to any suggestions. As mentioned above my current system is rather old and theirs nothing that would be even remotely worth saving from it.

Basically this build will probably be over a month or so seeing how university is fairly demanding and I have to find time to order and build this bad boy.

So below is kind of a synopsis of what kind of system I知 looking to build. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



Parts I知 fairly set on:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S

This is definitely the CPU I want. From all the reviews and benchmarking it seems to be a very capable processor with some very good over clocking potential.

Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD5 ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 3PCI-E SATA2 Sound 2GLAN 3-WAY CrossFireX SLI Motherboard

Reviews have really sold me on this board. To me it seem like my best option

Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 1366RT Heatpipe Cooler LGA1366 120MM Fan FDB 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM

Reviews show this as a very capable heatsink that should meet my cooling needs

Case: Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio

I really like the look of this case and how much space there is to work around inside. The only concern I have currently about this case is that there isn稚 any sort of dust filters. I知 sure I can figure something out. I have called the tigerdirect retail outlets in southern Ontario and it seems they have some of these in stock. So I will likely pick this up in person to save on shipping.

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty

Seems to be one of the best bang for the buck and fairly well recommended on the forums


Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX High Performance Aluminum Fan Controller Black W/ LCD Dual 5.25"

I just think this think looks awesome and seeing how there are so many fans in the HAF I figure it might be nice to have some control over them

Parts I知 not to sure about yet:

GPU: XFX GeForce GTX 260 576MHZ 896MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card

One think I am sure is that I would like to get a GTX 260, what I知 not sure about is which variety I want to get. Seems to me that most are suggesting eithere the XFX or EVGA cards.

RAM: Corsair XMS3 Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory Kit $299.99

Or

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit $209.99

Or

Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C9 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i7 Memory Kit
$229.99

I want to put in 6GB of DDR3-1600, I知 just not sure which variety I should get. I知 wondering if the extra $90 is worth it to get the Dominator kit. (not the best prices I could find just some comparison values)


PSU: Corsair TX850W 850W CMPSU-850TX 12V 70A 24PIN AT Power Supply Active PFC 140M Fan Powersupply

This is an area where I have very little knowledge base in. From what I can tell this power supply should be more then enough to run the system and allow for some upgrade room. I am kind of a suck for keeping things tidy I知 wondering what your views are on modular psu痴 and some possible suggestions.

DVD Drive: LG GH22LS30 Black 22X SATA Lightscribe DVDRW OEM

People have recommended this drive to others so I figure it is a fairly good drive.


Sorry for the essay but as I said this is my first build and I haven稚 been following new technology very closely over the last while and I want to make sure I build this thing with solid components.

Thanks in Advance,

pReFy
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Old February 23, 2009, 09:48 AM
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That looks like great choices of parts- except fo rthe video card- nothing wrong with the gtx 260 but make sure you get one with 216 shader clocks
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 55NM Mirror 576MHZ 896MB 1.998GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Video Card - 896-P3-1255-A1 In Canada. quite a performance boost at the same price.

As for memory- I tend to just go for the best sale price- lowest $, highest freq, and lowest timings (8-8-8)

The patriots are pretty cheap right now and mine overclock very well, but I know others have had issues early on.
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Old February 23, 2009, 10:09 AM
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That's funny I am actually watching a video on that exact card and in the video the reviewer actually recommends heading over to this site for the review that was done here. So off to do some more reading on this card!
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Old February 23, 2009, 10:10 AM
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+1 for the GTX 260 Core 216, definitely gets you more performance for the same price, performance is pretty close to the GTX 280, actually.

The 850W PSU you probably won't need unless you are planning to SLI your GTX260, otherwise you can go for a 650W or something...

Because I don't like Gigabyte boards I'll have to recommend the eVGA X58, great OCing coupled with *ahem* better looks, and all of the features of that Gigabyte board, with the reliability of eVGA!

About the RAM, you can get the OCZ Platinum XTC 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3-1600 7-7-7-24, which is faster, for $186 before $20 MIR, you can save a bit over $100 or so... ^_^
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Old February 23, 2009, 10:12 AM
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Hehe just admit you want that i7 for the free warcraft book. we all know it.
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Old February 23, 2009, 10:19 AM
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Well that secret was put out in the open fast
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Old February 23, 2009, 10:28 AM
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Looks like some pretty good choices (nice to see that you've done your homework... :) ).

As far as the PSU goes.... 850W does seem like a bit of overkill, but out of all the components in your build that's the one thing that it never hurts to go overboard on so I'd say go for it if you can afford it. (The 750W is a good choice as well.... :) ).

As far as the HAF goes.... if it's less expensive at DC, you can always make enough purchases from them to put you over the $300 mark and then take advantage of their free ground shipping.

Lastly (and a plug for one of our reviewers here.... :) ), it you're looking for a TRUE, you might want to check out lemonlime's for sale thread... he's got a limited edition all Copper TRUE up for sale. :)
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As far as the PSU goes.... 850W does seem like a bit of overkill, but out of all the components in your build that's the one thing that it never hurts to go overboard on so I'd say go for it if you can afford it. (The 750W is a good choice as well.... :) ).
Really the difference between the two is about $50 so i think I might go overkill on this part. I the long run I think that this is better option for upgrading . I know from what I've read that Cosair makes some good power supplies but I'm prety oblivous to competitors. I will have to do a little more research before I decide forsure.

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As far as the HAF goes.... if it's less expensive at DC, you can always make enough purchases from them to put you over the $300 mark and then take advantage of their free ground shipping.
Ya I saw this deal already, I was thinking that tigerdirect will match the price if its in store. As this is what I was told on the phone. Otherwise what I will likely do is price match it at NCIX.com.
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Infonec has the HAF for $159, and they are in the Toronto area: Infonec Computers - Computer parts Canada, PC Components, laptop computers, motherboards, processors, CPUs and much more : Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower
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Awesome I will have to make some phone calls tommorow see if they are in stock. If so i Make a trip out there this weekend. I'm also planning on on painting the iside of the case black as the cases that ahve this done look awesome!
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