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Old October 31, 2010, 07:57 AM
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Default New to todays builds - help

Hey i built a duo core pc 3 years ago from newegg.
Looking to build another MONSTER but the parts changed alot so asking for some help.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Main desktop pc for gaming - wow sc2 d3 - anyother game that looks fun, also accounting work
Also connected to my 42" tv. This is my main entertainment system for movies/tv shows/anime...
This pc will be on 24/7.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
I built my duo core monster for 2000$ flush. hoping to hover between 2000-3000 again.
I like my builds to last 3 years+

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada. Newegg or ncix or canadadirect tiger

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 procs, Nvidia GTX cards seem to be topping charts, i like sexy cases like the Haf-x. WD HDD never had a problem w em.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Brand new build no parts. This means i need a mouse and keyboard too and monitor.

Brand new build, need ALL parts, wired mouse n keyboard plz

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Did some light reading searching but as i said im new to the scene for todays parts.
My knowledge is outdated.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
I oc my 8800 nvidia gtx core clock from 600~ to 650~ and it died a cpl weeks later.
Also had alot of BSOD when i oc my procs too 3.5ghz from 3.0.
All in all i dont think i want to OC this build until last year of usage when it starts getting sluggish or outdated. So it needs oc capabilities but wont be used for the first 2 years.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

Depends. Got the $ waiting for the right parts/deals. Most probably on boxing day sales to save $$.

9. What resolution do you use?
My tv can only handle 1024x768 but its only to watch movies/shows not gaming.
My 22" samsung goes to 1650x1080 i think are the numbers. I will be buying a better screen for this main build and keep this samsung for my duo core pc.
I plan on maxing out my resolution. So depending on the monitor i think they go up to 2300?
If best reso to fps is lower i will accept 1900~ or wtv
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Old October 31, 2010, 08:08 AM
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howdy and welcome. well you could go off with a nice ud3 x58 and 930/950 cpu, or 1156 and xeon 3440. for graphics you could do crossfire 6850/70 or sli gtx 460.

psu wise i'd go for a 700 watts or better corsair, seasonic.

screen wise one sammy 24 1920x1080p should be fine.
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Old October 31, 2010, 08:30 AM
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thx dang

Overall SLI seems still pretty useless from what im told.
Extra $ and power hog for minimal results.
Often 1 higher gfx will torch 2 sli cards.

Has this changed?
also 700w for 2 gtx sli cards? doenst seem right. You would need north of 850w no?

Rather go 1 gtx and put more bang on decent mobo ssd ram and procs
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Old October 31, 2010, 09:03 AM
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yu should take a look at sky's latest review, sli 460 vs cf 6850 and take it from there.

look in my sig for the sli link, and then check power consumption. a good psu will deliver on the 12v, and two of the before mentioned cards wont top it out.
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Old October 31, 2010, 09:11 AM
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thx will do

Any specific model or brand parts i should shop for?
i was told gskill for ram
asus for mobo but apparently they are going downhill these days, any suggestions?
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Old October 31, 2010, 09:14 AM
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My System Specs


NCIX.com - Buy Noctua NH-D14 LGA775/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan - NH-D14 In Canada. -$90
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 - RC-942-KKN1 In Canada. -$190
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box - BX80601930 In Canada. -$290
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P6X58D-E X58 ATX LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI USB3.0 SATA 6GB/S Motherboard - P6X58D-E In Canada. -$250
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM Ripjaws 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 240PIN Triple Channel i7 Memory - F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM In Canada. -$140
NCIX.com - Buy XFX 850W Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver - P1850BCAG9 In Canada. -$150
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty - WD6401AALS In Canada. -$60
NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 120GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G In Canada. -$220
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW External Exhaust Fermi 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card - 01G-P3-1378-TR In Canada. x 2 in SLI -$520

This puts you at approx $2000 with GST but without shipping, os, dvd, mouse, keyboard or monitor. I have included a SSD and a HDD for storage, change sizes as required.

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Old October 31, 2010, 09:20 AM
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thx stoanee this is exactly what i was looking for :)
will modify hdd

Ill have to monitor pieces for boxing day and order when prices are optimal
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Old October 31, 2010, 09:23 AM
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For the cards dang suggested, 700 is spot on.

These are my suggestions.. pretty much along the same lines as dang suggested...

Corsair Graphite 600T or Cooler Master HAF X
Corsair HX850 - allows for 2nd gpu later on
Gigabyte GA X58A UD3R
Intel Core i7 950
Cooler Master V6GT cpu cooler
Corsair, G Skill, Mushkin DDR3-1600 6GB 3x2GB
OCZ Vertex 2 Extended 120 or 240GB SSD
WD Caviar Black 1TB
EVGA GeForce GTX480 - get 2nd later on
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card
Plextor PX-880SA-26 DVD Writer
MS Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
Logitech G15 USB Keyboard
Logitech G500 10 Button USB Mouse
Samsung BX2440X 24inch 1920x1080 5ms LED LCD

Going with the HAF X & 240GB SSD will put you slightly over $3000, but what a beast!

Good luck with your build and enjoy the new machine
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Old October 31, 2010, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by elimtl View Post
thx will do

Any specific model or brand parts i should shop for?
i was told gskill for ram
asus for mobo but apparently they are going downhill these days, any suggestions?

G.Skill is not going down, they make some of the most compatible stuff I've delt with in my years of building.
And at a very good reasonable Price.

As for ASUS, they are still ASUS. They have good quality across all their product ranges, and nothing stands out to me that they are on a downward trend.
Customer Service is very good from my experience as well.


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Old October 31, 2010, 03:24 PM
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just stumbled on this sale
can i get some comments gonna order it tonight if no one has neg feedback
iBUYPOWER Computer :: Halloween Intel Dr. I Special
1700$ cdn w shipping
CoolerMaster HAF 922 Gaming Case - Black

Intel® Core™ i7 950 Processor (4x 3.06GHz/8MB L3 Cache)

Processor Cooling
Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1366] - [Free Upgrade] Standard 120mm Fan

12 GB [2 GB X6] DDR3-1333 - Corsair or Major Brand ** FREE Upgrade to Corsair XMS3 Dominator **

Video Card
AMD Radeon HD 6870 - 1GB - Single Card

Video Card Brand
Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA

[SLI] ASUS Sabertooth X58

Power Supply
700 Watt -- Standard

Primary Hard Drive
64 GB Kingston SSDNow V Series MLC SSD - Single Drive

Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Optical Drive
24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black
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