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Old December 4, 2010, 04:45 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

It's going to be mainly used for gaming and photoshop/adobe light-room. (I'm a pretty traditional photographer, not into photo manipulation, but I may want to work with scanning medium format negatives at some point in the future, and those files can be pretty large.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread


1500-1600, can go slightly over if it is justifiable.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Canada. I'll be using NCIX so they can throw it together and get the warranty. They will also price match other Canadian sites.

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.

I am leaning slightly towards AMD because their systems seem to be really great, bang for the buck wise.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

I need everything with this build. Repeat: EVERYTHING (even the mouse)

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

I've done quite a bit of research. I understand that sandy-bridge is coming out soon, but I really don't care too much about top of the line. As long as this system will do me for 3 years before I need to upgrade, great.

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

Definitely will be overclocking.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

Gonna wait for boxing day sales.

9. What resolution do you use?

Depends on the monitor I get, which I expect will be 1920.

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I'd like to invest in a really good case that will last me for at least a couple upgrades. That being said I'd rather not go above 175 on one.

SSD's - I've heard they are great for MMO's and that booting up the OS on them is awesome. What is your opinion?

AMD 965be vs 1090t: Again, can't really decide on this one. For gaming the 965be seems to be much better considering the price and performance.

GPU: 6850 vs 6870: I'd rather just get one gpu now, and throw another in later down the road when it's needed. This being said is the price difference worth it?

Any recommendations would be awesome. Again, I will be waiting for boxing day for the deals as I am pretty confident that what's out now will do me for a good while before I need to upgrade.

Thanks for the time!
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Old December 4, 2010, 05:53 PM
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If you plan to overclock, sandy wont work, its also the mid end, 2011 pin is the high end.

If you can find a i7 920 stepping D0, you'll be happy, they OC very well.

In terms of other things personally I just started using SSD's, and the difference from my WD to my OCZ V2E is night and day, everything loads instantly!

As for the ATI 6 series, the 68XX are basically the new 57XX series, with the 69XX series being the new mid/high end when they come out. I'd personally get a 580, or a 470, but im just a Nvidia fan, and have been since I ditched the 4870 x2.

You'd be smart to buy some parts used, because you save alot of money, and you can build a higher quality rig then you could for BNIB parts.

Id personally NEVER touch AMD due to bad experiences when I was new to all this, intel may cost more but you get the performance to match it, and the legendary support of almost all brands.

For brands might i sujest:

- ASUS
- Corsair (PSU wise, hate there ram...)
- G. Skill
- eVGA (Best warranty, and step-up is great!)
- OCZ (for ram and SSDs they currently make the highest performance sandforce 1200 driven SSD's, and the cheapest).

Well, I hope I helped!
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Old December 4, 2010, 06:36 PM
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Considering my price range I think the 1366 board might be a bit overkill. (Remember, I need mouse/keyboard/os/monitor with this build as well.)

What issues have you had with AMD? I've only heard good things about them, personally.
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Old December 4, 2010, 07:15 PM
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I figured I should probably give an example build of what I may be purchasing come boxing day:


OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan 80PLUS Power Supply

Corsair Cooling Air Series A70

Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5

Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710

BenQ G2420HD 24IN Widescreen LCD 1920X1080 2MS 300CDM 40000:1 DVI-D HDMI

Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black Edition Mid Tower ATX Case Black

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 6 Core Processor 3.2GHZ Socket AM3

OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive

Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black

Right now after mail in rebates and before shipping/tax this is sitting right about $1550, hopefully with boxing day sales I'll be able to save some more money without having to change the specs far too much.
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how about m12d, hr-02 , cm 912/922,
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Considering my price range I think the 1366 board might be a bit overkill. (Remember, I need mouse/keyboard/os/monitor with this build as well.)

What issues have you had with AMD? I've only heard good things about them, personally.
Crappy Athlon x2 issues.

I made my first i7 machine for $1500, mice and keyboards are cheap. Same i7 thats in this one as a matter of fact.
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