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Old November 2, 2009, 03:55 PM
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Hello everyone, first off let me say that this forum looks like a great computing resource! (hats off to the creators).

Ok so I'm going to be building a new rig myself for the first time and looking for some advice... Follwing the format requested on this forum:

1.) The PC will be primarily used for gaming and running spatial software (ARC GIS, ENVI, PCI etc.).

2.) Ideally I want my final budget taxes and shipping included at or less than $1,600 CAN.

3.) Will be purchasing everything from Canadian suppliers.

4.) I don't have a brand preference.

5.) None of my current system parts will be used (just my mouse and monitor)

6.) I've browsed many of the build threads on here and in fact put together a bit of a short list based on them (see below).

7.) Overclocking: this has always intriuged me, so im going to say yes to this one.

8.) I would like to have this thing built as soon as possible.

Ok, so having said that, this is what I've come up with thus far:

Processor: Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield ($324.32)
MB: EVGA X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCIE-16 PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA2 eSATA Dual GBLAN Motherboard ($311.62)
RAM: OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit ($159.99)
HD:Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN ($98.28)
OD: LG GH22NP20 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL 16X/12X 2MB IDE OEM ($27.99)
PSU: Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan ($114.08)
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 4890OC 1GB 900MHZ 3.9GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E Dual Link DVI-I/HDMI CrossFireX Video Card ($227.81)
Case: Antec P183 ATX Tower Case Black 11 Drive Bay 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Sound ($125.49)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM ($119.23)
keyboard: I-ROCKS 6820E Compact Illuminated Keyboard Black Orange LED USB ($32.49)

Total: $1582.63 with price matching through NCIX

So with shipping, insurance and taxes this is closer to $1800, so I need some help trimming some fat ($200 worth). None of the items I listed are a must have for me, I'm simply trying to make a system that won't be immediately out dated while still having room to grow. Any suggestions/modifications to the above would be greatly appreciated.
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Old November 2, 2009, 04:21 PM
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Have you looked into an i5 setup. You could get an i5 750 for about $220 and a board like the Gigabyte P55-UD5 / Gigabyte P55-UD4P / MSI P55-GD80 for about $215 / $180 / $225 respectively if you PM them. Being that you switch from an 1366 socket to 1156 socket you'll need new ram.

Something like this would be probably good:
G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-7-7-24 Core I5 Memory Kit
and you can get them for ~$115.

Overall you would save around $230-$250 depending on which board you went with. All your other choices look solid to me.

Edit: If you plan to overclock you'll want an aftermarket heat sink. Something like the CM 212+ can be had for ~$25 PM'ed and is one of the best price/performance heat sinks you can get.
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Have you looked into an i5 setup. You could get an i5 750 for about $220 and a board like the Gigabyte P55-UD5 / Gigabyte P55-UD4P / MSI P55-GD80 for about $215 / $180 / $225 respectively if you PM them. Being that you switch from an 1366 socket to 1156 socket you'll need new ram.

Something like this would be probably good:
G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-7-7-24 Core I5 Memory Kit
and you can get them for ~$115.



Overall you would save around $230-$250 depending on which board you went with. All your other choices look solid to me.

Edit: If you plan to overclock you'll want an aftermarket heat sink. Something like the CM 212+ can be had for ~$25 PM'ed and is one of the best price/performance heat sinks you can get.
Hmmm, thanks for the advice, using your suggested setup with the Gigabyte P55-UD5 ATX mb brought the price down to under $1550 including taxes/shipping. Looks like the i7 is a little out of reach at my price point...
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I've built rigs using both i5s and i7s. Seriously consider the i5 setup that Fox did, and I'll add that the 4890OC can be replaced by a stock 4890 - save a few bucks more.

You could save some more with a more std case; one of my favorite is the Coolermaster Centurion 590. NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Centurion 590 ATX Tower Case Black 9X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT No PSU - RC-590 In Canada.

Definitely go for the Coolermaster Hyper 212+, overclocking or not. The chip will run cooler and with a whole lot less noise. If you do so buy some Arctic Cooling MX-2 paste. NCIX.com - Buy Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 4 Gram - MX-2T In Canada.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with an i5 750 setup, right now it's your best bang for your buck, people are seeing nice OC's with them, and having a strong board like the UD5 you should be able to do fine, especially if your just starting out.
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Realistically, not everyone needs or even has the budget for a $284 processor, and that is where the the decidedly more budget-friendly $199 i5-750 comes into play. Despite having one hand tied behind its back due to a lack of Hyper-Threading, this model put the proverbial smackdown on the Core i7-920, pretty much across the board. It also resoundingly outperformed two close competitors in the form of the Phenom II X4 945 and the Core 2 Quad Q9550. Besides which, as we all know, even in the enthusiast realm truly multi-threaded applications are few and far between even years after the first dual-core processor was released. We see this again and again with a multitude of games that just can't seem to properly take advantage of multiple threads. Sure, it's nice to have the potential for 8 threads in some applications, but to us the 750 is the current darling of the Lynnfield lineup for those of you who want a great performing, power efficient processor with solid overclocking headroom.
I'd suggest reading the entire review here.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with an i5 750 setup.
I'd suggest reading the entire review here.
Just finished browsing that article. I'm seriously considering the i5 750 setup now...
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This is what I tell people to get on some other forum;

Case : Antec 300 53.99$
Mobo : Gigabyte P55-UD4P 180.08$
CPU : Intel Ci5 750 219.97$
HSF : Corsair H50 71.60$
RAM : G.Skill F3-128000CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws 113.56$
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 98.28$
GPU : XFX Radeon HD5870 429.99$ (BACK ORDER)
DVD : Samsung SH-S223B 31.90$
PSU : Corsair TX750W 122.99$
OS: Window 7 Home Premium
*Retail* 218.99$


= 1541.35$ with pricematchs

The XFX 5870 is on backorder tho, so if you can get another...(so it has no possible pricematch)

I don't think you can get a better system for this price...I'd pay a little more for a better case but that's just me ;)

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I just put a Samsung OD in my new rig and it is very quiet. I have only had LG in the past and the samsung is a lot quieter,if that matters to you.
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Go with P55 and spend the saved dough on a 5850/5870.
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