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Old April 15, 2010, 12:56 AM
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Hey everyone! This is my first post on the forums, Love the website, read a couple reviews but never took a look at the expansive forums. the knowledge here seems to be top notch. Anyway I am building a new rig and would like some advice on better alternatives for my requirements. My current computer is starting to become quite dated and now that I have a steady well paying job I thought I would treat myself to a new gaming rig. Anyway let me set down some information on my requirements and such.

Current Rig
Mobo
- Asus M2N-E
Vid Card - XFX OC2 8800GTS 320
CPU - AMD Athlon x2 6000+
Ram - 4Gb G.Skill (Can't remember specifics)
PSU - Corsair 550W (Again, cant remember specifics)

New Rig Requirements
- Silverstone Rv02 case. I am dead set on this case
- Can't exceed 1,400CAD
- I am going for a visually appealing rig as well, I would like to keep everything as black as possible.
- Must be intel chipset.

What I Use It For
- Gaming (I game a 1680x1050, not a large chance of higher resolution for a while)
- Alot of HD media
- Minor amateur video editing
- Adobe products (I.E. Photoshop CS4, After Effects etc)

Proposed Rig
Case - NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone RV02B-W Raven 2 Black ATX Gaming Case 8X5.25 3X3.5INT 1X2.5INT No PS - RV02B-W In Canada.
Mobo - NCIX.com - Buy EVGA X58 SLI LE ATX LGA1366 DDR3 4PCIE-16 PCI-E1 1PCI SATA2 Sound Dual GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - 141-BL-E757-TR In Canada.
CPU - NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box - BX80601930 In Canada.
RAM - NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin Silverline Frostbyte 6GB 3X2GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - 998585 In Canada.
PSU - NCIX.com - Buy XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze - P1650XCAG9 In Canada.
GPU - NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5850 HD585XZAFC 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ 2XDVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - HD-585X-ZAFC In Canada.

Once again this is my first build in at least 3 years or so, so if I missed something or overlooked some sort of compatability issue any help would be awesome, also cheaper alternatives for what I have in the list is the real reason for posting this thread, anything that I can save some money on and not have it impact the performance heavily would be great. Thanks in advance for any help

(P.S. I left out HDD's because I am using the ones from my current rig, Newer WD drives.)
(P.P.S. I am going to run the stock Intel i7 heat sink untill I have some more money to spend on the rig.)
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Old April 15, 2010, 04:01 AM
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Better deal on sale.....

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.
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Old April 15, 2010, 08:43 AM
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Remember to PM the Raven:
Buy Silverstone Technology [RV02B-W] Silverstone RV02B-W Raven 2 Black ATX Gaming Case 8X5.25 3X3.5INT 1X2.5INT No PS
I would suggest the Gigabyte board for slightly less, but it's my personal preference:
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard - GA-X58A-UD3R In Canada.
PM the Gigabyte here:
Buy Gigabyte [GA-X58A-UD3R] Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard
Save a few bucks on the i7 930 with a PM:
PC Cyber Canada - For All Your Computer Needs
Better ram for less:
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada.
PM the RAM here:
Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
You just missed the amazing deal on the 850W Silverstone Strider PSU, either get the Corsair stoanee mentioned or get this bundle:
NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB Video Card & 650W XXX Edition Modular Power Supply - XFX 650W & 5850 In Canada.
With all the money you saved, get a good cooler and overclock the crap out of your 930, media performance will be a ton better:
NCIX.com - Buy Thermalright Venomous X 6 HeatPipes CPU Cooler LGA1366 1156 775 *Fan Not Included* - Venomous X In Canada.
If you can't get it at last week's sale price, PM it here:
sku=14650AC8582&vpn=Venomous%20X&manufacture=THERM ALRIGHT
If you saved yourself enough money, get an SSD.

Pricematching is one of the many reasons I love buying from NCIX.

EDIT: if you're concerned about aesthetics on the ram, get this:
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL FTB-3500C6-S Turbulence Memory Cooling Fan - FTB-3500C6-S In Canada.
PM it here:
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL FTB-3500C6-S Fans
The mobo shouldn't look to bad through the raven side panel.

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