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Old June 8, 2010, 09:14 PM
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Hi guys, I'm looking to build a new PC very soon and could use some any helpful suggestions.

-PC will be used for: Video Games, creating graphic intense images (photoshop, 3Ds Max, Maya, Zbrush),
-watching movies, a bit of multimedia stuff and general use of course.
-Budget: $800-$900 Canadian dollars (maybe push it to 1K if worth the bigger jump)
-Don't plan to overclock unless recommended.
-Game res around 1920 x 1200 I guess. Doesn't really matter to me.
-Plan to build it withing a few weeks.
-Been price matching online at Canada Computers, Tigerdirect, NCIX and megacomputers.

Here's what interests me so far:

CPU - Intel Core i7 920 or 930
Motherboard - Gigabyte X58A-UD3R (actually don't know much about them so any specific recommendations would be very helpful!)
RAM - Looking to get at least 6 gigs. 8 would be nice. So much to choose from so i'm a little uncertain. So far the CorsairsXMS3 (PC3 12800) and G.Skill interest me.
Video Card - ATI Radeon HD 5850, 5830, 5870, 5770 (would be nice to support direct x11 and possibly crossfire it in the future).

I'm actually aiming pretty high and looks to past my budget so going down a notch on some parts like cpu or vid card is ok too. Been researching and not sure whats good.

My current PC:
AMD Phenom 9500 Quad Core Processor 2.2GHZ
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-5400C4 4GB 2X1GB PC2-5400 DDR2-667
Radeon HD 3870 OEM 775MHZ 512MB GDDR4 2.4GHZ
ASUS M3A ATX AM2+ AMD 770 DDR2 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 RAID Sound Motherboard
Power supply: Antec NeoPower 650watts
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Antec 900 Gaming case
Got lots of Harddrives
Cooling is very important to me!
This build is about 2 and a half years old.

*Do you guys think this is a big jump from my current system specs?
*Do you guys think I should get a new power supply or use my current AntecNeoPower with 650 watts?

Hope the new build will last me for another few years or more as technology is so hard to keep up with because it gets pretty damn expensive.

Again, if you recommend me any specific model parts let me know! I'm having a little trouble finding out whats best on this and that. Thanks for reading!!!
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Old June 8, 2010, 11:02 PM
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Why, not just update the BIOS on your motherboard, get an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T or 1090T, pop that in, and get a new video card, say an HD5870.
That in itself is a huge upgrade for lesser costs.
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Old June 8, 2010, 11:49 PM
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and add some ram. no need to redo the whole puter. your psu is fine as well.
sell the old quad for liek 50-75.3870 for another..i dont know..30-50 bucks?

the x6 will give you a nice boost indeed..lets take a look at the layout of yer mobo...




power filtering look a tad weak, 4 phase but better than others oldie boards. give it a try. without overclock..hmm..you should be ok
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Old June 9, 2010, 10:52 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion guys! much appreciated.

I'll have to rethink some things again. The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T or 1090T really do some tempting although, I'm seeing the i7 920, 930 for around the same price with a little more power. What do you guys think of that? But i'm guessing my Motherboard won't support it? Thing is i'm fine with the AMDs...haven't had any problems with it whatsoever, but thought I'd try the Intels since i hear there quite popular with performance and such.

Even the AMD new 890FX chipset motherboard sounds great, but that means I'm stuck with AMD stuff for a while eh?

I'll definitely add the ATI radeon 5870 on to my list then.

For RAM, (if i do keep my MB) I'm thinking of getting 4x2 8gigs which are DDR2 and probably cheaper. Though I wouldn't mind upgrading to those DDR3 PC3 12800. No big difference right? Feels like ram is just ram.

Still a little cloudy on which parts but making progress. Probably do a little more research. I also thought about just getting a whole new tower build as well (adds up to about $1500 CA i think...ouch). Maybe even sell my current one to save a little more cash though.
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Old June 9, 2010, 12:51 PM
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If you are not so worried about reaching your budget, I would probably invest in going the i7 route.
i7 920
3x2gb kit DDR3
X58 board
Ati 5850
That would probably put you at roughly $900, depending on sales and price matches (If you're buying at NCIX)

That point you could always use your old stuff to either rebuild an extra computer (Just need a case, PSU a spare HDD with a optical drive)
or just sell the parts and make some money back.

I find that if you can make the leap to at least an i7-920, it will benefit more than getting a Thuban X6. An i7-920 with 6gb ram and a 5850, you will be able to game very well and have the application power of an i7.

But by all means, getting the X6 and saving the money is a great route as well.
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Old June 11, 2010, 05:24 PM
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I agree with dangtx it would be much cheaper to just upgrade the cpu and then you can get a better video card and more ram with the money if you are not wanting to do that I would tell you to go for the i7 930 ($298 new egg) as its usually the same price or about $10 more then the 920 ($289 on new egg) just look around before you buy also you can get 2 kits of the G.skill Ripjaws 2x2gb 1600 DDR3 ram for a total of 8gb cheapest I have seen them is at Direct Canada for $107 so 2 kits for $214 if you plan on overclocking and have dual or more video cards upgrade the PSU if not that should do you fine I would also go with the ati 5850 (as low as $297) the 5870 is $100+ more then the 5850 just these parts are at $800 plus your mobo and case you are looking at about $1200 give or take to make your rig or you could use the antec 900 you have to save some money.
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Old June 11, 2010, 07:06 PM
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If you stay with the current system and drop the 6 core in, you could easily go crossfire/sli for an awesome Dx11 upgrade. Like the guys said, a bios flash with that 6 core would give you the boost you're looking for without having to replace everything. Upgrade components as you can. Check the BST section regularly. There was recently a 1055 for sale, as of today. Great deals on cards as well. Good luck.
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i saw a few 1055's. 200 shipped bnib and 175 shipped for used one....thats one fudge of a deal lol
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Old June 14, 2010, 08:58 AM
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I don't mind spending the extra money on new parts. So far I'm leaning on the route to get

i7 920 d0 OC to 3.6
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
MSI ATI Radeon HD 5850 (765Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 (4500Mhz) (or any other 5850 around that price.)
Corsair XMS3 Classic addition 6GB (3x2) DDR3 1600MHz or Corsair XMS2 Dominator 6GB DDR3 (3x2) 1699MHz

I believe all this roughly adds up to around $900. I chose the i7 920 because I hear its better for overclocking than the 930? What do you guys think about the Ram?
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Old June 14, 2010, 09:44 AM
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I happen to like Mushkin memory, but compare prices, and make your own decision based on what you're willing to spend. For me, it's lifetime warranty I look for. As for vga, the same applies. I spend a bit more for XFX because they come with a dbl lifetime warranty.Lifetime for the person who buys the used unit from the original purchaser keeps value. Also, if you look at the customer service, this gives you an idea of how the manufacturer backs their product.
Whatever you choose will be fine I'm sure. Enjoy.
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