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Old July 21, 2010, 11:53 PM
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Hi, I am currently looking to build a new computer that I will be using for mostly gaming and some web development work (visual studio, photoshop, silverlight, etc.). I will also do some light overclocking. I dont plan on upgrading later down the road, as I am also building for the "future". (Diablo3)

I have narrowed down my list and I was hoping for some feedback.
My budget is $1500 (but less is better of course), and I will need everything. Nothing is getting reused, and this includes monitor.

Everything is in canadian dollars and I will be buying from Canada. Mainly NCIX.
I plan to get everything this weekend.

Heres what I got so far:

Already Bought, since they were surprise specials and thats the cheapest I have ever seen it for both. Espcially powersupply because reg. price was $250.
Power Supply: Seasonic M12D 750W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan - $99.99
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Quad Core - $179.99

Need to get:
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA1156 P55 DDR3 - $195.95
RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 - $99.99
Video Card: Powercolor PCS+ Radeon HD 5850 760MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DP PCI-E Video Card W/ Cod MW2 - $309.99
DVD-Writer: Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe - $24.99
Hard-Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S - $87.99
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case Black - $39.99
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 120MM Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan 1100-1300RPM - $19.99
Monitor: Samsung P2370H 23IN 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 70000:1 2MS DVI HDMI - $219.89

Total after taxes: $1430.96 CAD



So my few questions are.
1. Is the motherboard good? I haven't read many forum posts about this board vs the gigabyte ud4p. And not many people have chosen this board in their builds. I chose this board because of the sata3/usb3 sharing of pci-e lanes problem that occurs in the gigabyte board. Or does anyone suggest a better/cheaper alternative?
2. How about the videocard? I dont know much about PowerColor, but i have been reading some reviews with this card and it seems to be great. Can anyone give some feedback or recommendations?



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Old July 21, 2010, 11:59 PM
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i usually prefer giga boards as they offer same/more for cheaper. that board is good as well. have you looked at the gtx 460? one now, one later?

not a big fan of the v3 , maybe get the cm430 or the new el cheapo but good for the asking 50 bucks lianli.
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Old July 22, 2010, 07:14 AM
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Powercolor is an absolutely terrible company to deal with if you ever need to go through the RMA process. And if you're buying a powercolor.. you're probably going to go through their RMA process.

As I'm saying everywhere (and others, due to reviews) the GTX 460 768MB-1Gig cards are 'on par' the 5850's, and are $100 cheaper.

Motherboard: good, Ram: good, Hard Drive: good, Powersupply: good - overkill.. but wicked price, Case: eh, whatever you want to look at.
You've done your homework.

Everything except CPU cooler (unless I missed something)
CM212+ - if you're on a budget $22.. and the skys the limit.. Noctuas D14 is awesomely huge, Prolimatech Armageddon, Thermalright Ultra 120/Venomous X, or the water-style: Corsair H50 and CoolIT systems ECO. Lots of reading ahead on that choice.
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Old July 22, 2010, 08:17 AM
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you can find a 650W psu (I think OCZ?) for $70 that would be sufficient

also for $30 more you can get a hex core phenom 2, and for $50 less you can get the gigabyte 890GFX chipset motherboard. 2 extra real cores for less!

also powercolor makes alright cards, but aye, if you have to deal with them for any reason... good ****ing luck

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edit: aren't sata3 mecha drives more expensive? you're not going to eek out any extra performance from them, get sata2 if it'll save you a little more
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Welcome to the forum LarkStarr,
Not sure everyone read your post correctly.
The motherboard I really have no experience but I'm fairly sure its a solid board. You have a price of 196 but if your buying from NCIX's you could pricematch to Onhop for $155 ASUS SKT 1156 INTEL P55 ATX 2X - P7P55D-E P7P55D-E and save $40.
The 5850 is still a solid choice. I think you need to use a bit of imagination to consider the GTX 460 - 768MB equal to a 5850. Looks like you'll be gaming at 1080 so either or will do the job just fine. Powercolor... I've never bought anything powercolor and I've never really heard anything positive about them. I'm guessing you chose it because of the COD game included? If the game doesnt matter to you, you could try a Sapphire and pricematch to Bewawa for $280 and save yourself another $30 SAPPHIRE VIDEO CARD HD 5850 1GB DDR5 F RT PCIE DDVII HDMI DP RETAIL
I've had a couple Sapphires but never had any problems. The have some nightmare RMA stories as well, although I had heard they had opened up some type of RMA service in Canada.
Lots of people like the XFX cards for thier service. They can be found around the same price as the powercolor from newegg.

Nice power supply and great deal on the 750.
Some of the other components you could probably price match as well and knock a few more dollars off.
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You mean sdub, snoosebum :P
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Its probably hard to wait a bit with hardware sitting there already but I have a feeling we will see prices move with Nvidia back in the competition. Remember the 5850 launched almost a year ago (I think it was begging of October) with a MSRP of 259 US. 10 months later we are still trying to find them under $300 CDN
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Welcome to the forum LarkStarr,
Not sure everyone read your post correctly.
The motherboard I really have no experience but I'm fairly sure its a solid board. You have a price of 196 but if your buying from NCIX's you could pricematch to Onhop for $155 ASUS SKT 1156 INTEL P55 ATX 2X - P7P55D-E P7P55D-E and save $40.
Ummm...that isn't the same board, it is a P7P55D-E but is not the Pro, not sure what the difference is as I didn't read all the details.

I would suggest the XFX 5850 for the double lifetime warranty alone, it's worth the extra $25
NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5850 HD585XZAFC 725MHZ 1GB 4GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - HD585XZAFC In Canada.
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Thanks for the responses.

I chose the powercolor card because it was on sale for 309, has higher clock speed vs the other cards and comes with COD.

But other than the bad cust. support? is there anything else wrong with this card?
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Old July 22, 2010, 02:22 PM
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Here's a cheaper Sapphire 5850, much better customer service than PowerColor imo. SAPPHIRE VIDEO CARD HD 5850 1GB DDR5 F RT PCIE DDVII HDMI DP RETAIL

Also, don't forget to price match.
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