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March 5, 2009 10:39:16 PM

Hey, I'm looking to spend $3000 CDN on a new desktop. I work quite a bit in 3dsmax and photoshop, and game quite a bit aswell. Here's what i've put together on NCIX, but i've hit $3200 after shipping, any suggestions on price cuts? Also, I don't know too much about the monitor, any suggestions on that?

1 x Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S
1 x Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 LGA1366 i7 Heatpipe Cooler W/ 2XNH-P12 120MM Fan
1 x Gigabyte EX58-UD5 ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 3PCI-E SATA2 Sound 2GLAN 3-WAY CrossFireX SLI Motherboard
1 x G.SKILL F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI PC3-12800 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-21 240PIN Triple Channel Memory Kit
1 x Radeon HD 4870 X2 750MHZ 2GB GDDR5 3.6GHZ PCI-E Dual DVI-I
1 x NZXT Whisper Silent ATX Case Black 6X5.25 1X3.5 9X3.5INT No PSU W/ Sound Dampening Foam
1 x Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan *IR-$5.00*
1 x Samsung SyncMaster T240 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1200 20000:1DC 5MS VGA *IR-$40.00*
1 x Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM
1 x Samsung SH-S223F/BEBN 22X Speedplus DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer OEM
1 x Logitech G9 Laser Mouse 3200DPI USB2.0 1000HZ Weight Adjustable Black
1 x Logitech G15 2ND Gen Gaming Keyboard USB Black Silver Amber LCD Panel Programmable Backlit Keys
1 x Logitech X-140 2.1 5W RMS Black Analog Speakers W/ Headphone Jack & Auxiliary Input


Thanks!!

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March 5, 2009 10:43:37 PM

First off, you should avoid the 7200.11 line of seagate drives--they have had some issues.

If you go to 1 WD caviar black 640 you'll cut the budget some, improve performance and reliability, and adding a drive isn't too hard either. :) 
March 5, 2009 10:44:31 PM

Oh and of course you can always come down a little on the mouse and keyboard--no need to drop more than 2 benjies there eithere
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March 7, 2009 3:31:52 PM

Change the mobo to ASUS P6T Deluxe to get free ground shipping on the order, or buy a $10 gift card for the same.
March 7, 2009 3:41:21 PM

save money on the g9 and get the g5. Logitech g5 is a great mouse.
March 13, 2009 12:40:40 AM

I've switched to the WD Cavier Black 750 and the G5 mouse and I'm down to $2903, which hits my budget. Thanks for the input everyone!

Any suggestions on a better monitor, or is this good? Can LCD's go over 60 fps yet? lol
March 13, 2009 12:55:37 AM

The monitor you are getting from what I can tell is an awesome monitor. I have the Samsung 2493HM and it rocks, but I think your monitor is even better. And yes they can pull way way over 60 FPS no problem. Enjoy that monitor, with the video card you have coming it should rock...I am using the nvidia GTX 295 and I must ssay...awesome..I think the 4870x2 is about the same so enjoy. LOL, who would have thought mainstream people would be using 24" monitors for every day computing....certainly not me. I came from A viewsonic 19" that I thought was the berries...all I can say is WOW what a difference the 24" makes. 5 yrs ago this was not an option. wow where we have come from. =-) I remember fighting DMA and IRQ conflicts, thinking 8 megs of ram was overkill, a singlespeed cd drive was (incredible) a video card with 1 MB of memory on board was the best you could buy. A 80286 running at 8 mhz was the top of the line. And a CGA monitor. ROTFLMAO WOW

Actually A pcjr was my first computer and I graduated to a TRS80 for my next. WOW
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