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Old December 8, 2010, 03:34 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
- Gaming, internet, and CS5

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
- $5,500-6,000.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
- Canada (NCIX)

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.
- Corsair, Western Digital, Intel, nVidia

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

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

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

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
- Q1 2011

9. What resolution do you use?
- 1080P

What I have planned:

Monitor: ($633.14) Dell Ultrasharp 24in
NCIX.com - Buy Dell Ultrasharp U2410 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor IPs 1920X1200 6MS 80000:1 DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort - U2410 In Canada.

Case: ($309.99) Corsair 800d
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower Case EATX 5X5.25 4X3.5 Hotswappable 2X3.5INT No PS USB 1394 - CC800DW In Canada.

Keyboard: (Roughly $175) Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless
elitekeyboards.com - Products

Mouse: ($119.99) Logitech G9X
NCIX.com - Buy Logitech G9X Laser Mouse 5700DPI USB with Adjustable Weights Grip and LED Color - 910-001156 In Canada.

PSU: ($309.99) Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Professional Series Gold CMPSU-1200AX 1200W ATX Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold Power Supply - CMPSU-1200AX A In Canada.

CPU: ($990.11) Intel i7 970 6 Core or Sandy Bridge
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i7 970 6 Core Processor LGA1366 3.2GHZ 12MB Cache 4.8GT/S Retail Box - BX80613I7970 In Canada.

GPU: ($1223.48) EVGA GTX580 Superclocked Fermi x 2
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked Fermi 797MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card - 015-P3-1582-AR In Canada.

RAM: ($385.95) Corsair Dominator GT 12GB w/ fan
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Dominator GT 12GB 3X4GB DDR3-2000 CL9-10-9-27 Intel XMP Triple Channel Memory Kit W/ Fan - CMT12GX3M3A2000C9 In Canada.

Motherboard: ($569.99) EVGA X58 Classified XL-ATX
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA X58 Classified XL-ATX LGA1366 4-WAY SLI DDR3 7PCIE-16 SATA2 Dual GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - 170-BL-E762-A1 In Canada.

SSD (Main drive): ($663.90) OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB
NCIX.com - Buy OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe X4 Sandforce SF-1222 Bootable SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive - OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0240 In Canada.

HDD (Storage): ($329.99) WD Velociraptor 600GB
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Velociraptor WD6000HLHX 600GB SATA3 10000RPM 32MB 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM - WD6000HLHX In Canada.

Optical Drive: ($174.99 + $27.99) Pioneer Blu Ray + LG DVD
NCIX.com - Buy Pioneer BDR-205BK BLU-RAY DVDRW 12X SATA W/ Software - BDR-205BK In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy LG GH22LS50 22X/22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer Lightscribe Black OEM - GH22LS50 In Canada.

Watercooling (Only CPU):
- CPU Block: ($74.99) EJ Water Block EK Supreme
NCIX.com - Buy Ek Water Block EK-SUPREME Hf Acetal LGA1366/LGA1156/AM3 CPU Water Block G1/4 - 3830046990198 In Canada.

- Tubing: ($18.99) Primochill Primoflex 10ft
NCIX.com - Buy Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT UV Blue 1/2IN ID 3/4IN OD Tubing (10 Feet) - PFLEXP10-34-B In Canada.

- Radiator: ($142.99) Thermochill Triple 120mm
NCIX.com - Buy Thermochill TA120.3 Triple 120MM Fan High Performance Water Cooling RADIATOR-15MM Spacing *No Barbs* - TA120.3 In Canada.

- Reservoir: ($69.99) EK Waterblock EK MultiOption Res
NCIX.com - Buy Ek Water Blocks Ek Multioption Res X2 400 Advanced Water Cooling Tube Reservoir G1/4 Acetal Glass - 3831109840092 In Canada.

- Pump: ($42.99) Ek Waterblock Ek-D5 X Pump
NCIX.com - Buy Ek Water Blocks EK-D5 X-TOP Version 2 Custom Pump TOP for D5 & MCP655 Pumps G1/4 - 3830046995070 In Canada.

- Coolant: ($14.99) Primochill PC Pure Extreme Clear 32oz
NCIX.com - Buy Primochill PC Pure Extreme Water Replacement Coolant 32OZ - Clear - 897337001080 In Canada.

- Fittings: (?)
- Fans: (?)


TOTAL: $6,249.99 (not including fittings and fans)

As you can see, I’m over budget by roughly $400 if you include the fans and fittings. Do you guys see any components that I can replace to cut down on costs? My budget is quite high, but it doesn’t mean I want to waste money on components that I don’t really need. I’m aiming closer to the lower end of my budget… Anyway, what about any compatibility issues? Other recommendations? Oh and FYI I will only be overclocking and watercooling my CPU, at least for now…

PS: I think I will wait for Sandy Bridge. So, my CPU and mobo will likely change by Q1 2011. Prices are also likely to go down for other components by then so my total will also likely decline.

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You pretty much set yourself a budget that can buy any consumer level system, you just need to pricematch.

For example the G9X can quite often be had for half the price. You could probably get faster RAM for less too. That monitor can be had a lot less as well and that was just after a quick glance, look around and pricematch, you'll probably save a good 10-20% of your cost ATM.

Use a shopbot if you're lazy, shobot.ca, pricecanada.com, etc.
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Old December 8, 2010, 05:12 PM
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How about an SR-2? The motherboard almost costs the same and you should be able to find a pair of hexcore Xeons for < 1100 in ebay. It's probably pointless I know, but if you're gonna spend that money you might as well.
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You pretty much set yourself a budget that can buy any consumer level system, you just need to pricematch.

For example the G9X can quite often be had for half the price. You could probably get faster RAM for less too. That monitor can be had a lot less as well and that was just after a quick glance, look around and pricematch, you'll probably save a good 10-20% of your cost ATM.

Use a shopbot if you're lazy, shobot.ca, pricecanada.com, etc.
Thanks for the tips. Yeah, I definitely need to take advantage of price matching. This should drive my total down to within my budget.
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Old December 8, 2010, 05:21 PM
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How about investing in a Mountain Mods case? They are THE BEST cases for watercooling.

Also, they are all customizable, and you can see your creation through this neat little flash app MountainMods.com - FLASH CYO-PICKER
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Those filco boards are discontinued at that seller, you can still get them off some tawainese websites (and korean, japanese) I think. If your buying in Q1 2011 though elitekeyboards.com is going to restock with a different brand (most likely ducky) which are very similar and for a similar price. Just thought you should know. Also, buy some red WASD keys with those Only like $3 extra I think, and they look really spiffy.

edit: also these might float your boat.
Newegg.ca - Rosewill Cherry MX Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Otherwise looks pretty good, if you make that nice of a build though make sure to take some pictures and post in the Gallery so we can drool over it! hehe..
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I'll sell ya my mobo and 970 for way less then those retail prices :D
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Those filco boards are discontinued at that seller, you can still get them off some tawainese websites (and korean, japanese) I think. If your buying in Q1 2011 though elitekeyboards.com is going to restock with a different brand (most likely ducky) which are very similar and for a similar price. Just thought you should know. Also, buy some red WASD keys with those Only like $3 extra I think, and they look really spiffy.

edit: also these might float your boat.
Newegg.ca - Rosewill Cherry MX Switch Mechanical Keyboard

Otherwise looks pretty good, if you make that nice of a build though make sure to take some pictures and post in the Gallery so we can drool over it! hehe..
Thanks for the heads up, Polygon. I have my mind set on the FILCO keyboard so I guess I have to look for the Taiwanese dealer you mentioned.

I'll definitely post up some pictures as soon as I'm finished. In exchange for all the helpful tips I'm getting; that's that least I can do for you guys!
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Id swap out the Dell 24 for the 27" as it usually goes for about 750-850 when on sale. PLUS it will help "justify" the cost of going SLI'd 580s :)
Of course if you all you plan on doing is driving a 24" 19x12 monitor drop back to ONE 580 right now and later drop in a second one IF you need it. Easy 5 bills savings right there.

Revo X2 240 is a beast, so no need for the VRaptor. You dont need the 10K vraptor for a scratch disk, it will mainly be wasted. Get a WD 2TB Black instead....or depending on IF the 3TB Black is out by the time you buy....get it instead. ;)

Also the SF2000's maybe out before you buy and they just might make the Revo X2 EOL'ed and obsolete. SSDs change to fast to really plan much ahead. So I'd play that one by ear if I were you. ALSO if you want to save some money...drop back and get a 120GB Vertex 2. It is VERY fast, will not get into a degraded state like the Revo's do and unless you have used SSDS in the past will still be VERY happy with it and with the power of the WD Black 2TB you will still have LOTS of space for games and the such. Easy 3.5 bills of saving there.

The mobo is overkill. Do you really NEED something that big with that many lanes? I doubt it, two for 580s at most and a x4 slot for the Revo (at most) == more mundane board. Get a good top of the line Asus or GB in the 3-3.5bill range and save another 2 bills. :)

That ram is GOOD but once again do you plan on INSANE OC's that require DDR3-2000? Its not like ram speed is going to make much dif in the overall performace of your system. Give it some thought and you might be able to drop back a notch and save some more coin there as well.
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Thanks for the heads up, Polygon. I have my mind set on the FILCO keyboard so I guess I have to look for the Taiwanese dealer you mentioned.

I'll definitely post up some pictures as soon as I'm finished. In exchange for all the helpful tips I'm getting; that's that least I can do for you guys!
PChome (Taiwan) - $20 Worldwide Shipping Promo - geekhack forums

Look at that link, I already went through it since I was planning on getting one. I would have one right now but I have to pay for contact lenses next week :( Shipping is $20 and it's about $109 for the keyboard (depending on which one)

As you can see, their site isn't in english but use the pictures provided on the step-by-step process.
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