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Old March 30, 2010, 06:36 PM
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Hey guys I'm new to this site and completly noob to pc's. Im 34 and married and have had it with console gaming. Ive always wanted an awesome pc gaming rig but could never really afford it. Well now I can so i need some advice in what build would be best for me. The only thing i plan on using the new pc is for gaming, surfing the web and listening to music. My budget is 2500 at the most and ill be purchasing all my parts in Canada. Ive been checking out these guys Extreme PC because their in Guelph Ontario and thats not to far from me. I plan on doing this build from May-September. I dont have any specific preferance for hardware brands but im leaning towards AMD and that new Thuban cpu Phenom IIx6 1090T with the Asus Crosshair IV. I've never overclocked before but i'd like to get that processor to 4 ghz. Ive never watercooled either so a good air cooling case suggestions would be great, im interested in the Cooler Master Storm Sniper atm. My monitor resolution is 1680x1050 at 22 inches but i plan on getting 2 more of the same for eyefinity. So check out these builds and tell me what you think? http://www.extreme-pc.ca/customize.a...oductid=371440
http://www.extreme-pc.ca/customize.a...oductid=371441
The one thing that confuses me is what is the best gpu for my monitor resolution? Is it the 5870? Is the 5970 too much? Is the 5850 a better fit? or maybe nvidia's new cards (470/480)? I have the big psu for crossfire down the road. I realize that this company I'm looking at buying from is pricey but they offer a financing option and i might do that. My wife is not happy about forking over 2500 for a gaming pc but she doesnt mind paying 70$ a month. Must keep the wife happy! Also you guys will probally suggest I get an ssd for my OS and i plan on to but not from extreme pc.
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Old March 30, 2010, 08:33 PM
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the intel unit would be my choice of the two , I guess I have been building my own for so long $2000 seems like a lot for that equipment (probably just me)
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Old March 30, 2010, 08:46 PM
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I would go wirh the EVGA board and the Intel options. I am a EVGA and Intel fanboy. Evga supports there products and I the 930 processor is better choice than the AMD fore simalar dollars. I have EVGA board and like it .

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Old March 30, 2010, 10:21 PM
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With a budget of $2500, your options are endless. If its me, i would go for an i5 system, cost you about $800 for the cpu/mobo/memory/harddrive/psu/case, then i would just use the rest of the $1700 on graphics and cooling ect...

with $1700 you could:

crossfire 2 ati 5970
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2 22" monitor + 1 5970 + water cooling
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2 22" monitor + crossfire 2 5870 + water cooling

its just my opinion from the top of my head.

But for sure $2500 is alot to spent on a gaming pc, most ppl really dont need to be spenting this much of money and still able to get a system that works great for gaming.

Also, im not a big fan of the triple screen thing, dont really see it being part of the gaming other then eye candy. I rather play on 1 big screen.

Hope this helps abit, im sure there will be lots of ppl who will give you more ideas on the forum.

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Old March 31, 2010, 07:08 AM
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Definitely go with intel. For sure they're a tad pricier than the AMD equivalents, but performance-wise it's worth it, methinks.
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I'm an AMD fanboy and I hope they do catchup or take over Intel again but right now from my sig you can tell I've gone Intel for the time being. I did try 2 AMD Phenom II 940's and their great as well but Intel i7 (and i5) takes the cake for now!

I also would not spend $2500 on a new build, and honestly why dont you get to know the community here or at extreme and buy used parts from trusted sellers? It would save you a fortune and you can use everyones knowledge for parts and how to OC etc.. (just my 2 cents).

I'm married as well and $70 a month adds up to be a lot more then the $2500 you wanted to spend, as well as the fact that computers like cars lose their value quickly!

Best of luck to you! Keep us informed!
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Well the build isnt for a couple of months so my plan is to soak in as much information as i can. As for going with intel, I was kinda leaning towards AMD simply because I tend to root for the underdogs and dont much like the big greedy bully companies. WHo knows maybe AMD's new 6 core processors will be great! If anyone could price me out a sub 2k system from either AMD/intel so i could review it that would be cool. I just dont want to get something and have to keep upgrading every six months. If i go with AMD and get a new fancy high end MB that is future proff then i can upgrade to the Bulldozer cpu's next year. I dont know what Intel's plans for future cpu's are but i dont wanna pay no 1100$ for it! Hows this build PC Builder Preview
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Well the build isnt for a couple of months so my plan is to soak in as much information as i can. As for going with intel, I was kinda leaning towards AMD simply because I tend to root for the underdogs and dont much like the big greedy bully companies. WHo knows maybe AMD's new 6 core processors will be great! If anyone could price me out a sub 2k system from either AMD/intel so i could review it that would be cool. I just dont want to get something and have to keep upgrading every six months. If i go with AMD and get a new fancy high end MB that is future proff then i can upgrade to the Bulldozer cpu's next year. I dont know what Intel's plans for future cpu's are but i dont wanna pay no 1100$ for it! Hows this build PC Builder Preview
Well that 950W power supply seems to be a bit overkill... even if you do go with CrossFire later on. You could save some money now and upgrade the PSU later if it's necessary.
Also your RAM, definitely do not need 3 sticks- that's for Intel's 1366 platform with tri-channel memory. Stick with anything dual-channel, like 2x2GB or if that isn't enough 4x2GB.
And I don't know if you want to buy everything from NCIX (that's up to you) but I've seen some of those components on other sites for a bit cheaper (like the CPU) so remember to shop around for the best price.
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i just bought a new system for mostly gaming and @home crunching(while sleeping hehe)

i also used to be an amd fan but sense the e8xxx series ive been doing intel ;)

i just spent 1100$ and a decently powerful system

I5 750, Asus P7P55D-E Pro, G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 cl9 4gig, coolermaster 212+ heatsink, XFX 850w Black Edition and an Obsidian 800D case for 1100$(300 less if you remove the 800D) so lets say 900$ (with a 100$ case)

all you need to add are some HDD's(SDD) an windows 7, a video card and monitors. and you'd get a sweet system, ive been running all the games i have with full graphics with a 275 gtx

if you would want something a little better get a i7 with a 1366 mobo and you'd be set for a while for a couple 100$ more

for 2k you should get a very nice i7 1366 system with some very good cooling solution as well.
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Old March 31, 2010, 10:48 AM
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Well. 2500$ might seem overkill.. here's my rig run down

CoolerMaster HAF932 case : 150$
Intel I5 750 : 209$
Powercolor PCS+ 5850x2 (Xfire): 304x2
8 Gig of ram : 113+115$
Antec 750W PSU : 125$
NZTX Fan Controller : 35$
Thermalright MUX-120 : 45$
Intel 80G SSD : 235$
1TB WD Green : 88$
Gigabyte P55M-UD4 : 160$

So about 1900$+5% (taxes) = 2000$ (approx)

And i think i have a overkill gaming machine...
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