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Old April 22, 2010, 10:30 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Gaming

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

$1000 CAD

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Canada


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 / nVidia - but if you think something else is better please feel free to say so.


5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

None


6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

Yes I have - see below


7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

I do not plan to OC and if I do, it will be in the far future


8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

Want to build sometime this month


9. What resolution do you use?

I use a widescreen monitor or a smaller monitor, doesnt really matter.

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Hey guys, I'm looking for some suggestions to my current build.

Some facts about my build:
  • Its strictly for gaming
  • I want to have room for upgrades if possible
  • My budget is $1000, can possibly go over if its 100% needed
  • I'm from Canada and looking to order online so cheapest possible
  • Thats about all the facts I think you guys need so here it is

Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box - NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box - BX80605I5750 In Canada.

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM - http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=310...mp;promoid=1230

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit - http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=427...mp;promoid=1230

Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio - NCIX.com - Buy Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio - NINE HUNDRED In Canada.

Biostar T5XE ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard - NCIX.com - Buy Biostar T5XE ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard - T5 XE In Canada.

Thermaltake Purepower 600W ATX Power Supply EPS12V V2.91 24PIN SLI CrossFire Ready 120MM Fan - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=43974&vp...ure=Thermaltake

-or-

OCZ Z-SERIES 650W:
NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Z-SERIES 650W 80+ Silver Certified 24PIN ATX 12V Afc Power Supply W/ 120MM Fan - OCZZ650 In Canada.

-or-

XFX 650W:
NCIX.com - Buy XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze - P1650XCAG9 In Canada.

XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD - NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD- - HD577AZNFC In Canada.

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The above is my build, I was thinking about switching out the motherboard for this one:

EVGA P55 V SLI mATX LGA1156 DDR3 SLI 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
- NCIX.com - Buy EVGA P55 V SLI mATX LGA1156 DDR3 SLI 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - 120-LF-E650-TR In Canada.

The above is SLI compatible, so I would then go with a Nvidia card.

Any suggestions? Should I stick with the ATI card and motherboard with CrossFire support or should I switch over to the SLI Support Motherboard and a Nvidia card?

If you think I should switch up the mobo, please suggest a nvidia card!!

Thanks guys.

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Old April 22, 2010, 11:32 PM
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Agreed with Kayen. For gaming, you should probably stick with ATI for now but I'm not sure I'd trust a Biostar motherboard in such an expensive build. Are you set on having a crossfire capable motherboard?
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Old April 22, 2010, 11:52 PM
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For that price.. don't bother with the Antec 900.
Old case.
NCIX.com - Buy Lancool PC-K62 Black ATX Advanced Mid Tower Case 5X5.25 4X3.5INT No PS USB Audio - PC-K62 In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster cm 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA - RC-690-KKN1 In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Fractal Design Define R2 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PS Front USB - 6900654 In Canada.

All MUCH better cases than the case you listed, and for less.

And as for power supply, around that price why not get :

NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Z-SERIES 650W 80+ Silver Certified 24PIN ATX 12V Afc Power Supply W/ 120MM Fan - OCZZ650 In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Seasonic M12II 620W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX PFC 80+ Bronze Modular Connectors 6PIN PCI-W 120MM Fan - M12II 620 In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze - P1650XCAG9 In Canada.

Against, much better, and more well vouched for power supplies.
I'm not a fan of the cases you have linked to, any other suggestions? I really want a nice looking case as well as a quality case.

I really do like the first OCZ PSU you have listed. It has surge protection and thats something I like, also has over 88% efficiency compared to the ThermalTake's 70% efficiency that I posted in the first post. Sweet! The XFX is also a sexy PSU and is modular! Dam which one to choose


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Agreed with Kayen. For gaming, you should probably stick with ATI for now but I'm not sure I'd trust a Biostar motherboard in such an expensive build. Are you set on having a crossfire capable motherboard?
I want to go with a SLI capable motherboard and a nVidia card. (I also suggested one SLI capable mobo in the first post.) I want the mobo to stay under $150 preferably so I can hit my budget of $1000.

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Old April 23, 2010, 01:03 AM
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I'm not a fan of the cases you have linked to, any other suggestions? I really want a nice looking case as well as a quality case.
In terms of quality, they're all great cases but in terms of aesthetics, that's up to you. Personally for your budget, i'd go with the K-60 (no window but its $80) but that's just me.

Anyways here's what i suggest, fitting in your budget and considering your Nvidia/SLI preference.

P55M-UD4
EVGA GTX 260
OCZ psu

Motherboard's under $150 after rebate and going with the OCZ lets you get the 260 assuming you're sticking with the Antec 900. But at that price, don't expect to be putting any other cards in when you go SLI.

I think you're better off going with ATI. For slightly less money, you could switch to the
P55-USB3
XFX 5770

You'd get more room on the motherboard, USB3, and a less power-hungry graphics card.
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i say number one on your list would be a 5850, then worry about the rest. heck for that budget you can squeeze in a 5870.
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Old April 23, 2010, 05:27 AM
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In terms of quality, they're all great cases but in terms of aesthetics, that's up to you. Personally for your budget, i'd go with the K-60 (no window but its $80) but that's just me.

Anyways here's what i suggest, fitting in your budget and considering your Nvidia/SLI preference.

P55M-UD4
EVGA GTX 260
OCZ psu

Motherboard's under $150 after rebate and going with the OCZ lets you get the 260 assuming you're sticking with the Antec 900. But at that price, don't expect to be putting any other cards in when you go SLI.

I think you're better off going with ATI. For slightly less money, you could switch to the
P55-USB3
XFX 5770

You'd get more room on the motherboard, USB3, and a less power-hungry graphics card.
Wow it looks good, thanks. Yes I realize I won't have the money for another card for SLI at the moment, but I may do it in the future so I'm keeping the room to upgrade. I'm leaning more towards the 5770 because of DX11 and less power consumption, and if I ever did pick up another one I could CrossFire them to keep up with a 5870 (or so I've been told).

Might go with Newegg.ca - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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i say number one on your list would be a 5850, then worry about the rest. heck for that budget you can squeeze in a 5870.
Dam that card is expensive

Can this mobo: NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte P55-USB3 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard - GA-P55-USB3 In Canada.

Even fit 2 of these: NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD- - HD577AZNFC In Canada.

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Dont forget to price match everything, i just purchased some of these myself and saved almost 100$ with Price match(witch went on the 800D case lol)

i5 750 : less then 205$
G.SKILL ripjaw F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL : under 110$ (i like the ram so far)
Hyper 212+ = 22$ well worth it to suck a bit more power out of the I5
Case of your choice 100-150$
HDD WD black 1tb under 95$
XFX 650W XXX under 100$

Under 700$ befor taxe and shipping,

that leaves you with 300 for MB and vid card
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Dont forget to price match everything, i just purchased some of these myself and saved almost 100$ with Price match(witch went on the 800D case lol)

i5 750 : less then 205$
G.SKILL ripjaw F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL : under 110$ (i like the ram so far)
Hyper 212+ = 22$ well worth it to suck a bit more power out of the I5
Case of your choice 100-150$
HDD WD black 1tb under 95$
XFX 650W XXX under 100$

Under 700$ befor taxe and shipping,

that leaves you with 300 for MB and vid card
Alright, I think I'm set. Still trying to figure out which Crossfire compatible motherboard I'm going to go with my 5770 that I may get.
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Old April 23, 2010, 03:44 PM
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Still trying to figure out which Crossfire compatible motherboard I'm going to go with my 5770 that I may get.
AKAIK, all you need to look for is a motherboard that has either the capability to split the PCIe x16 into x8/x8.
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