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Old October 13, 2009, 04:23 PM
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Cool i7 build for gaming/DAW

My budget is around $1,600 usd and will buy the rest of the parts by January

Ok so far I have bought:
-Storm Sniper ($120)
-i7 920 D0 ($200)

Need help deciding on the rest?
-EVGA X58 LE ($240)
-WD Black Caviar 640 ($75)
-Corsair XMS3 1600 Cas8 ($140)
-CM 212+ ($30)
-Samsung DVD drive ($30)
-Corsair TX or HX 650 watts (is it really worth it for modular?) ($100/$140)
-HD5870 or HD5850 (not sure, if prices drop by Jan maybe 5870) ($260/$380)
-Need a good monitor for FPS gaming so TN panel, 23" or 24". Been looking so far at the Dell s2409w / G2410, HP w2338h, and the new Samsung XL2370 any thoughts?

My main use will be for gaming, music recording, and internet and I doubt I will crossfire. Will try to get my CPU OC'd to no more then 3.8/4.0ghz.

Comments really appreciated epecially for RAM, MoBo, and Monitor
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Old October 13, 2009, 04:57 PM
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Your parts look good...I'd be tempted to go HD5870 and beef up the PSU to a 750W / 850W, will give hyou breathing room for an additional 5870 and XFire.

btw....$1600USD = $1552 CDN right now...could be at parity very very soon ;)

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Old October 14, 2009, 01:40 PM
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That exchange is a little out. $1600 US is $1640.97 Loonie.
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Old October 14, 2009, 04:33 PM
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Wow, $200 for an i7 920 D0! What a deal. Forget about the i5.
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