Looking to build a new Gaming Rig

Alright guys, so this is my first post on Tom's but i've been an avid reader for a few years now. I am the point where I want to building a new PC so i'm turning to you guys to get some help as i'm a bit rusty on what's what nowadays. Here goes:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early - Mid June BUDGET RANGE: ~1700$-1800$ CAD (Not set in stone so i'm open to upgrade paths that may require a bit more $$$ upfront)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web surfing, watching movies & burning homemade DVD's

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard/mouse/speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, Asus & Corsair a preference but i'm open to building a core i7 rig if it fits the bill


MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever would make sense on a 22" or 24" LCD


A few things i'd like to point out. First off i've been hearing things about AM3 being dropped by next year so i'm wondering if it's worthwhile going towards something like a Phenom II X4 955 with DDR3 Ram on an ASUS AM3 board but if i'm shooting myself in the foot by doing so i'm all ears as to what you guys would suggest instead. I wouldn't mind going straight to crossfire and getting something like two hd4870's as long as they will sustain my gaming needs for a while. Regarding the OS i'm hearing mixed reviews about going to Windows 7 as opposed to Vista 64bit, am i better paying for Vista upfront to make sure i get solid drivers for the build or will i be ok getting Windows 7 for free now and pay for it before March 1st next year? Ram wise, would a 2x2GB kit be worthwhile so i can add on later or can i manage getting a 2x4GB without a huge price jump atm? Can't think of anything else off the bat but i'm sure you guys will point out whatever i've missed soon enough. Thanks in advance for the help!
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  1. My point of view is, if you have the money, get it. That is the i7, your not going to miss out on anything, your just going to gain.

    I'll get a list going.
  2. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194
    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB

    SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5


    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    1. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W
    2. GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX

    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X

    $1490 without the m-i-r's.

    Now theres many coolers that are good to get. Here's a list:


    coolermaster hyper


    then you will need thermal compound, arctic silver 5.
  3. Looks good so far. What would you suggest for a good quality 22" LCD, i've had great experiences with Samsung in the past. Are they still worth the extra $$$? Also, i've heard the 4890 is a huge card, will i have any issues space-wise with the coolermaster case?
  4. ^ no the case is big too, and the 4890 is standard gaming card size, 10.5".

    and acer are usually considered the best for the price monitor wise now.
  5. Gotcha, what about the cpu cooler. From what i could see the Gigabyte mobo already has a backplate installed, is that going to cause any problems installing a cooler that requires it's own which seems to be the case with the coolers fullmetal suggested.
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