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Old November 20, 2010, 09:48 AM
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  • It will be used for gaming and light photo/video editing
  • budget is 1300-1400 after rebates and pricematching
  • ordering from ncix canada
  • prefer an intel cpu and wd hd
  • only reusing my old keyboard + monitor
  • ill do a bit of overclocking
  • plan to order it in 1-2 weeks and then ill build it when the parts arrive
  • my monitor is 1920*1080

parts

case - COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
mobo - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA1156 P55 DDR3
cpu - Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156
cooler - Noctua NH-U12P SE2
ram - G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600
gpu - XFX Radeon HD 6870 900MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ
psu - XFX 750W Black Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX
ssd - OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB
hd - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM
dvd - Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X
mouse - razer deathadder 3500
fans -COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20CR-GP 120mm Red LED Case Fan x 2
os - win 7 home premium

any reccomendations would be very helpful
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Old November 20, 2010, 09:59 AM
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look at the 912, i3 530/540 cm 212+ v6gt :)

ram, whatevers on special

maybe one 6850 and clock it really high? add a second oen later?
2tb green for storage vs the black?
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Old November 20, 2010, 10:05 AM
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im gonna go with quad core so i wont have to upgrade for a while and i can get the 690 for $80 so i think its worth the extra 15
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Old November 20, 2010, 10:35 AM
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ok, the i3's offer a better bang per buck, and they clock like mad too :)
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Old November 20, 2010, 11:40 AM
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Yeah, the 1tb black is a great unit, provided you're getting the sata 3.

As for case, I have the HAF X. With the hot swappable sata 3 drive bays, a gpu fan shroud, usb 3 external ports, 9 expansion slots, for me and plenty of cooling capabilities it's gonna be good enough 4 a while.

Should be a kick ass unit. Enjoy the build and system.
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Old November 20, 2010, 05:12 PM
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will all of the parts i listed work together w/o any problems/bottlenecks?
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Old November 21, 2010, 03:11 AM
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great bargain hunting setup.

3 suggestions though

1) look into the mugen rev2 cooler, it's 35 bucks cheaper. Mine works fantastic. I've oc'ed my 875k to 4.2 GHZ with it, and the temps never get above 85C using the intel linpack burn program with 8 threads at extreme. And my cpu idles at 7c over room temp @ stock speeds with the included pwm fan running at minimum rpms (virtually silent). Great cooler, and the combined size (fan(s) + cooler) are about the same as the noctua.

2) While I love my cooler master atcs 840 case, their fans are not very good and their rated specs are outright lies. I must of spent $150 on fans looking for something I could live with. I settled on the Gentle Typhoon (made in Japan) for my case fans. NCIX has the 1450rpm ones in stock, although they are $5 more expensive than the CM ones and they do not have LEDs. But they are excellent fans.

3) You might want to consider a fan controller unless you don't might your fans going at 100% all the time or your mobo has good software control of fan speed. Scythe Kaze Q 3.5in is $20 @ ncix.

good luck!
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Old November 23, 2010, 09:22 AM
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David Milch,

Your CPU temps are too high at full load. I get nervous when they approach 70 degrees C and am most happy when they are around 55 degrees C.
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Old November 23, 2010, 09:30 AM
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Kanadien,

No need for SSD, too expensive.

If you know how to partition drives [you get the option prior to installing Windows if you do not know how to do it any other way. After installing the OS you can still partition the second drive from Windows].

WD Black are good drives and the 640GB is still a very good performer. Do not pay attention to what fishing said about the WD Black SATA 3 being important. The SSD you are looking at cannot saturate SATA 2, let alone SATA 3. And, I am not a fan of hot swapping hard drives; I do not trust electricity when it comes to my data stored on drives.
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Old November 23, 2010, 09:38 AM
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David Milch,

Your CPU temps are too high at full load. I get nervous when they approach 70 degrees C and am most happy when they are around 55 degrees C.
Not really, he has 15 degrees still from TJMax which is more than acceptable considering. Although I do understand where you are comming from, we all have comfort levels and I never like to see above 60 myself. However the chip is more than able to run that hot.

Anywho, sorry didn't mean to derail the original thread.

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