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Old May 22, 2010, 11:46 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Gaming/Recording and encoding videos

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$1800 + - 200 CAD

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.
Don't prefer any brand

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
GPU: Ati Radeon 5970 (got it for free)

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Looked at others i7 and X4 threads

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

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Asap or atleast by next weekend

9. What resolution do you use?
1920*1080

Basically I need everything, mouse, keyboard, monitor, new router maybe, headset, OS (might just be a pirate?).. everything

Few routes I think I could take:

Just get a laptop and sell the 5970 on craigslist.
ASUS G73JH-A1 Intel Core i7 720QM 8GB 2X500GB 17.3IN FHD Radeon 5870 Bluray Win 7 Premium Notebook (G73JH-A1)
$1,759.99

Things that are the same for AMD and Intel build:

Headset:
Logitech G35 7.1 $169.99

Keyboard:
Razer Arctosa 50.99

Back-up HD/Media HD:
Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB $109.99

Monitor:
Acer S243HL Bmii 24IN Ultraslim LED backlit $269.99

HD:
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA3 6GB/S X2 $119.98

Fans:
GELID Wing 12 1500RPM 120MM UV Blue Gamer Fan X6 $100.5

Mouse:
Logitech G500 $89.99

PSU:
Corsair TX950W $189.99
or
Corsair HX1000W $249.99
(I might tri-fire and add in another 5870 if I get another monitor)

Case:
Cooler Master Haf 932 AMD Edition $174.99 (If I get the AMD build)
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D $309.99 (not going to water cool but such a nice case)
Cosmos S $213.99 (5970 fits)

Generic DVD Drive: $30

Heat Sink:
Prolimatech Mega Shadow $74.99

Total: $1579 with 800D and 1000W



AMD Build:
I am leaning towards the AMD build because 6 cores = future proofing and better performance when games use more cores?
Also does 6 cores = 12 threads?

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T $334.99

Mobo:
Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 $194.99

Ram:
Mushkin Enhanced Redline Frostbyte 4GB 2X2GB $164.99

Total: $694.97
Total with other stuff: $2273.97

Intel Build:

CPU:
Intel Core i7 930 $309.99

Mobo:
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R $223.99

Ram:
Corsair XMS3 Dominator 6GB 3X2GB $219.99

Total:$753.97
Total with other stuff: $2332.97

I know price match will probably cut off 200 dollars so both builds fall within my budget

Just having a 6 core sounds like it will be more future proofing and the X6 1090T came quite close to the i7 920 and 930 in bench marks. Also the AMD board has 6 Sata 3 ports...

Any Opinions?

Thanks
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Old May 22, 2010, 11:55 PM
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Unless you're going to be moving around a lot, purchasing a laptop for games/encoding doesn't make much sense.

The X6 doesn't have 12 threads, just 6.
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Old May 23, 2010, 12:05 AM
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gaming laptop/performance/price=the sucks

get the antec 1200 from dude in selling, 180 shipped...its like breaking and entering lol

haf 922 if i were you.

youre paying too much for ram...i say sell the 5970, 'downgrade' to one 470 or better 5870 and use the money saved for later builds..


mobo is ok(pricey if you wont xfire,etc), rams expensive..cpu wise...hmm...1055t

even tough ample budget in question, 212+ for cooling


edit..for some reason im trying to save dude some cash..if it dont make sense,then me shuts up lol
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Old May 23, 2010, 12:19 AM
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for the mobo i would suggest this: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

PM'emd it goes down to 230$

better o'cing

has new feature which allows you to o'c on the fly by using a dif computer(any laptop)

only has crossfire support, but i don't see this as a con because your in the 5000 series...

"
Maximum OC with confidence with burn proof protection to chipsets and GPU!
The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU. The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance achievement."



great to have when you O.C

edit: you where talking about future proofing right? is this going to be the only build you do for the next 3-2 years? or is it a 1 year thing? because if it's a one year thing i would go with dangtx but if your going to be keeping it longer then i would suggest the mobo and same as dangtx cheaper ram... also to give you a harder time on picking a case take a look at the sniper black edition very nice case here are the 2 reviews that HWC did...:
sniper: YouTube - Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Edition Video Review

922:YouTube - Cooler Master HAF 922 Product Showcase

(you do have to dish out an extra 30... for the sniper but i say its well worth it, if you do go with the mobo and case pm me and all give you the address's for price match)

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Old May 23, 2010, 03:52 AM
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...i say sell the 5970, 'downgrade' to one 470 or better 5870 and use the money saved for later builds..
Eh? *scratches head*
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Old May 23, 2010, 07:48 AM
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No need to tri-fire with a ATI 5970. It'll be able to play all the games out there except for maybe Metro 2033 if you crank everything up. With this said, get the Corsair HX850. It'll be more than enough and you get modular goodness, making cable arrangements a breeze.

I think you can get a better LCD monitor for the price. Look around and see what others say bout the other units. This should help: STICKY: The LCD Thread - AnandTech Forums

Both Core i7 and the Phenom II X6 are great CPUs in the $300 range. You'll be satisfied with either one. Do know that with the Core i7, you get 4 cores with 8 threads. This makes it possible for you to run -bigadv folding for our folding team

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Old May 23, 2010, 10:10 PM
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I agree laptops are not the way to go for gaming, unless of course $$ is not a factor at all, and dont expect a light gaming laptop. The whole thing would have to be built from top to bottom to be a gaming laptop, something like the Alienware ones, and those are $$$.
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Old May 23, 2010, 10:34 PM
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plus usually theyre uber heavy,,,so light and very portable laptop my arse :p

easier to carry a light matx build and your 20-24" in two boxes around i guess

its been done for years,ppl take bus/subway to lanparties and such this way.
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