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Old May 8, 2010, 04:53 PM
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Talking Upgrading forever Upgrading

Hi, First I shall obey the rules. This is my first post

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Software Testing, HD Porn, HD movies, Video conversion, redCine colour correction, loud music, Digital Photography etc.

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

no budget, just as cheap as possible without to much compromise

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

Leslie + 401, Toronto, Ontario, 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-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, ASUS quality, quality, quality

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

As indicated on the list...

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

I read/research tons, just spent about 36 hours reading reviews/opinions/rants/hogwash to help me make these decisions, sometimes to the detrement of my woman, my dog, cats, mother, eating etc. can't stop help me!!!

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

yes YES higher baby or I'll put you in a car and you can run MS SYNC

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

Monday May 10, after I get home from the hospital for a CT scan, just had my ankle fused... long story

9. What resolution do you use?

HDMI 1080p only

Here is what I have come up with. Some of the prices are a little high but I have limited mobility, no credit and a fantastic reseller a quarter mile away who will deliver to me. Also I usually rebuild every 6 months, I find that I can resell without to much depreciation it helps finance a fairly decent system this way. If I had lots of money I would definitly go whole hog>>>

Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz $159.99
Asus P7H55D-M EVO $133.99
Asus ENGT240 $114.00 (Aug 09)
LG 42LF11 HDTV $500.00 (Craigslist Brand New)
4GB CORSAIR XMS DDR3 1333 9-9-9-24 $174.99
Corsair CWCH50 $93.99
Antec Performance One P150 $68.75 (Dec 08)
ENERMAX Liberty ELT620AWT-ECO 620W $127.19 (Dec 08)
Drive 0 - INTEL X25-V SSD (BOOT) $136.00
Drive 1 - WDC WD10EAVS 1TB $115.00 (Oct 09)
Drive 2 - WDC WD5000AAKS 500GB $123.67 (Dec 08)
Drive 3 - WDC WD5000AAKS 500GB $123.67 (Dec 08)

TOTAL $1988.23

Oh yea... Logitech wireless KB/Mouse for couch surfing, can't remember where I got but it was free, I like free

Sound: Off the MB optical SPDIF, Realtek isnt that bad... Denon 5.1, vintage EPI bookshelves (4 matched), Energy Highend Centre, Quest SUB. Beautifully balanced sound... Concrete Apartment on top corner Floor, hooker across the hall.

Internet: Rogers Ultra Premium, very fast downloads, no complaints, although I hate, hate, hate Rogers and ALL monopolies. GiGanews SSL account for FAST softwar/movie/TV downloads. Together approximately $150.00 per month!!! Yikes I had a hard time writing that...

I was going to go with the 57 EVO board but I dont need the extras, as pointed out in your excellent review. I think SLI/Crossfire are overkill unless you are a gamer. My LG looks fantastic in native res without any problems at all. I also have an Asus EN9800GTX+ DK but you need a nuclear reactor to run it (just joking but it sucks power), What do you think is the better card? I am not a gamer, although I do like racing SIMS (old Logitech Formula Force with the good spring, works great, although sometimes a bitch to configure, havent tried it in 7 yet) I'm rambling, sorry and the odd round of Golf with Tiger.

Also got myself a Canon Rebel XTi used from Henrys downtown, highly reccomended!!!

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Old May 8, 2010, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by nerty View Post
... HD Porn, ...hooker across the hall...
lol! Sounds like you're set then.

My only comment is in regards to audio. If you are truly into sound quality for music and HT applications then I would recommend a dedicated soundcard as opposed to the onboard. Creative, ASUS, or Auzentech for particular brands.
System Spec Peripherals: NZXT Kraken X42 CPU cooler | Zalman MFC3 fan controller | Steelseries Apex M800 kb | Steelseries Sensei mouse | Logitech Z-2300 2.1 speakersDrobo FS 6.5TB Synology DS1515+ 15TB
Laptops: Asus G74SX-DH71 | Asus G752VY
Surface Pro 4 Core i7/256GB

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Old May 8, 2010, 05:47 PM
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x4 620/630 or x6 if you can sneak it in.
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Old May 8, 2010, 06:09 PM
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Get some cheaper RAM like G.Skill Ripjaws. I know your buying local but something like this would be good
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

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Old May 8, 2010, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by _dangtx_ View Post
x4 620/630 or x6 if you can sneak it in.
don't look at just numbers, amd chipsets are (imho) worse than intel. For raw power, go with amd. For daily use, go with intel. I think intel is much more responsive in general. Amd and ati are like cars with very high max speeds, but intel and nvidia are like cars that do exactly as you tell them and have good acceleration (just a little analogy...) besides, he said he prefers Intel.

I'd suggest you swap that cpu to a i5 750 and the video card to at least a gtx260, you can probably find one used for 120-140.
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Old May 8, 2010, 07:03 PM
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I'd go with a GA-H55M-USB3. Its a little cheaper and it's got SATA6/USB3 (at the expense of the x16 PCIe 2.0)
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Old May 8, 2010, 11:28 PM
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Thanks, Very informative.

I am always trading, buying on a wim (spare cash in pocket) I really dig the feedback. Funny nobody commented on the DK vs The GT240. I pulled the trigger for the new stuff this morning. Pick up after CT scan Monday and build/test/have fun and hporfully (sic) take some pics???

Also I am going to try to keep it really clean in the case. Think I will use some black spiral wrap... It wont be pristine like some of the exquisite rigs I have seen from fellow CANUCKS and others.

Upgrading is an art, to get true value out of this engineering/knowlege/competition is my goal.

Please keep the comments coming...

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