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Old December 20, 2010, 09:46 AM
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Hey first time building a pc, need some advice :)
Few things to start:
- My laptop died so i need a new comp for school so i need it for the start of january, so can't wait for sandy bridge
- i will be using this for school and gaming with emphasis on gaming (WoW and COD:BO mostly)
- im in engineering so a moderate amount of CAD work and computer simulation will be used (solid edge, sketchup and matlab programs mainly). So i was wondering if hyperthreading would make much of a difference? Slightly longer rendering/ compiling times really arent an issue im more concered with it not being able to run/ crashing, so would hyperthreading really be that important?
-i plan to overclock as much as possible on air cooling for both cpu and gpu
-id like to purchase from a physical store (either Toronto or kingston, main places ive been looking at are filtech computers, future computers and canada computers) as opposed to online, but if the best price is online that'll be fine.

So far my thoughts:
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cpu: i5-760 -$199.99
mobo: P7P55D-E PRO - $179.99
HDD: 640gb sata 3 black caviar $59.99
gpu: zotac gtx 470 amp! -$292.99
ram: g.skill ripjaws (2x2gb) ~$50 is there a noticeable difference between cas 8 and 9 for gaming? also would one make overclocking significantly more difficult?
psu: corsair 650tx- 99.99
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psu: not too sure atm i was wondering if a 500W corsair would be enough for this build? otherwise ill go with the 650tx

GPU: again undecided atm and looking for opinions. so far im thinking either 1) i go for the 470 amp! edition or 2) buy a cheap $50 card for the time being and see how the 560 benchmarks. do you think the 560 will outperform the 470?

everything else (case, mouse, keyboard, monitor, os, cd/dvd) is decided/bought.

total comes to around $882.95. There is some wiggle room but ideally id like to keep it under $1000 after tax if possible.

any advice would be much appreciated, thanks in advance :)
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Old December 20, 2010, 10:00 AM
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try an i3 like 530/540
perhaps a nice giga board, ud3/4p? :)
ok for drive
try a 460 1gb or a 450,specials around the corner
youre good
start with an earthwatts 500 watter, or if you want to be fine for a few years to come, wait for a 99$ m12d at ncix on xmas day or such.


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Old December 20, 2010, 03:47 PM
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If your not doing SLI, why not change the board to gigabyte's GA-H55-USB3 and put the extra money to get a HX650 instead of the TX. The HX is modular so you'll enjoy better cable management as well as better airflow too since the cables wont be hanging around everywhere.

Everything else looks great! Good luck with your build & enjoy the new machine
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Old December 21, 2010, 12:08 AM
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Pretty solid build, but like the person above me, you could save yourself some money by either picking up a non SLI-ready motherboard, or a cheaper one. I personally have had success with this board in the past. NCIX.com - Buy MSI P55A-G55 P55 ATX LGA1156 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - P55A-G55 In Canada.

A 500W PSU would be pretty borderline for a GTX 470, especially if you will be overclocking. I would opt for the 650W, assuming you're going with a single-card config.

You build looks pretty good, good luck!
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Old December 21, 2010, 09:47 AM
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thanks for the replies
i like that msi mobo i might go that route then

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try an i3 like 530/540
perhaps a nice giga board, ud3/4p? :)
ok for drive
try a 460 1gb or a 450,specials around the corner
youre good
start with an earthwatts 500 watter, or if you want to be fine for a few years to come, wait for a 99$ m12d at ncix on xmas day or such.


oh yeah, and welcome aboard :)
was thinking about going this route but was wondering if a dual core would cut it for gaming and cad design type stuff? Thanks for the suggestions ill defiantely take a look at gygabyte and those psu in the next few days.
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Old December 21, 2010, 09:59 AM
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per core per ghz intel is better. now, in a really demanding app, 4 real cores are better than 2 and 2 virtual, of course. but from what you said up top the i3 would work very well, easier on the juice(smaller psu) etc..
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Old December 21, 2010, 04:10 PM
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A dual-core should be sufficient for the next couple years, but in reality, if you can spare $50-$100, get a quad-core. The difference in performance between a dual-core and quad-core in upcoming years will only increase.
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