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Old December 28, 2009, 10:22 PM
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Hey guys I would like to build a new computer for gaming.
Would it be cheaper if I got a "Gaming Computer" (in their words) at a big box store?

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. ~ Gaming

2. What YOUR budget is. ~$2000 CAD after tax (+ or - $100)

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. ~Canada (NCIX)

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
~Intel fanboy

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
~None (Maybe I should torrent windows to save costs?)
~All my current parts like hard drive and dvd drives are all IDE
~Current Monitor has 1024 X 768 max resolution

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
~ Looked at other threads about core i5 builds

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
~None
8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
1-2 Weeks

Is there any 1156 motherboards with integrated usb 3.0 and sata 3? Like it won't make my graphics card run at 8X . Do any 1366 boards have usb 3 and sata 3 and still keep the ability for me to have dual graphics cards in the future?

Needs to include everything Monitor, OS , ($150 for mouse and keyboard), headset (no speakers), DVD drive.
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Old December 28, 2009, 11:02 PM
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In the long run, if you've got that kind of cash to spend, and you don't mind doing the work yourself, you'd get a hell of a lot better machine by building your own.

I'll let others suggest what particular parts, but you should have no problems building a kickass system for around $1500 with $500 left over for OS + Monitor.

Only suggestion I'd make right off of the bat would be the PC P&C 750W PSU that's currently on sale over at NCIX for $89. That'll be more than enough for any single vid card setup.

edit: BTW..... welcome to the forums! Always great to see some fresh blood around here.
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Old December 29, 2009, 05:01 AM
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Usually I suggest something along these lines;

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Case : Coolermaster HAF922
MOBO : Gigabyte P55-UD4P
CPU : Intel Ci5 750
HSF : Coolermaster Hyper 212
RAM : G.Skill F3-128000CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
GPU : HD5870
DVD : Liteon IHAS124
PSU : Corsair TX650W
OS: Window 7 Home Premium
Change the PSU for the PCP&C since it's only 89.99$ and get the new Noctua D14 cooler since it's also on sale.

+ the monitor you want.
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Old January 2, 2010, 06:18 PM
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Is there any motherboards that offer usb 3.0 and sata 3 without crippling the PCI lanes?
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Old January 2, 2010, 09:39 PM
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Yes there is some but I wont tell you to get them. Sata 6 ans USB 3 will not be useful until Intel add them directly to the Chip set. For now it's only a realtek or Gmicron chip that is limitated by the chipset.
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One advantage of "building" it yourself is you can choose a "good" power supply. In most "big box" sold PCs you never know what you get.
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This is what I would do if I were you:

$350 1366 Socket motherboard, EVGA has some good ones.. this leaves you room to upgrade in the future
$310 i7 920
$200 1600MHz Ram triple channel ONLY 6 gigs is all you may ever need
$500 ATI 5870 Video card (single).. this also leaves you room to upgrade in the future
$100 hard drive 7200 RPM 32 cache
$50 optical (dont bother with blueray)
$100 aftermarket cpu air cooler for 1366.. this gives you room to overclock to 4 Ghz
$200 1920x1080 monitor (60Hz or more) with a DisplayPort connection... this leaves you room to upgrade in the future
$50 wireless mouse and keyboard
$150 Case -- Ill leave this up to you.
$250 Corsair 1000W power supply.. this will last forever.
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When do you guys think usb 3.0 and sata 3 will come on the chipset? I am not in a rush to get this PC so I think I might just wait, I don't really like upgrading in the future.
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When do you guys think usb 3.0 and sata 3 will come on the chipset? I am not in a rush to get this PC so I think I might just wait, I don't really like upgrading in the future.
Ask Intel if the plan to do one soon. too be honest with you . unless you want to put 4 SSD in raid 0, you have no need for it. and what is your need for a faster USB ?
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This is what I would do if I were you:

$350 1366 Socket motherboard, EVGA has some good ones.. this leaves you room to upgrade in the future
$310 i7 920
$200 1600MHz Ram triple channel ONLY 6 gigs is all you may ever need
$500 ATI 5870 Video card (single).. this also leaves you room to upgrade in the future
$100 hard drive 7200 RPM 32 cache
$50 optical (dont bother with blueray)
$100 aftermarket cpu air cooler for 1366.. this gives you room to overclock to 4 Ghz
$200 1920x1080 monitor (60Hz or more) with a DisplayPort connection... this leaves you room to upgrade in the future
$50 wireless mouse and keyboard
$150 Case -- Ill leave this up to you.
$250 Corsair 1000W power supply.. this will last forever.
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I like your build and the way you leave choice,
for the 24", I really prefer an 1920x1200, it give more space for browsing, and work with excel and other stuff. A SSD will not be bad to add too.
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