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1500$ gaming rig - need advice

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June 11, 2009 1:03:31 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: end June/early July

BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, viewing movies, surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Monitor, Speakers, KB+mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, ncix.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: quality brands preferred

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, no sli

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The prices listed are in Canadian $


Antec Twelve Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 1200 ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 179$

Antec CP-850 850W Cpx Dual Pcb Power Supply Modular ATX12V V2.3 80PLUS Active PFC SLI 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37094&vpn=CP... - 150$

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 324$

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 259$


EVGA GeForce GTX 280 602MHZ 1024MB 2.214GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 273$

OCZ Platinum OCZ3P1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 7-7-7-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35711&vpn=OC... - 100$

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKB 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... - 99$

Should I get a Antec 850w signature PS with a nine hundred case instead?

I am open to any suggestions that will save me some money :??: 

Thank you

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June 11, 2009 2:00:57 AM

total cost of this at the moment is 1384$
June 11, 2009 2:05:42 AM

if I do go this route, what heatsink should I get?
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June 11, 2009 2:59:03 AM

Get this HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

That PSU is overkill if you won't get another GPU, you can get a 600w PSU and be fine, like an OCZ StealthXStream 600w. If you will get another GPU, then keep that PSU.

The MB only supports Xfire, so SLI with another GTX 280 isn't an option. If you think you will add another GPU later, either get a different MB like the P6T or get an ATI card.

The Antec CP-850 is a better PSU than the Signature, believe it or not, so no don't swap it out for the signature. The CP-850 is king of all PSU's in terms of voltage regulation and performance. However if you won't get another GPU, then you can go with a Cheaper PSU and case as well. Here is one of my favorite cases:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If you won't get more than 8gb or ram, then you can look at getting this MB instead;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Good heatsinks:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35847&vpn=SCMG-2000&m...
June 11, 2009 3:30:16 AM

I'd consider getting your parts at NCIX.com

They have only 5% for certain provinces, and they price match as well. So PM all of newegg.ca prices if they're cheaper. (Their weekly deals are always good as well)

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=40031&promoi...

If you're reading this thread still OP, check that link out, $299.99 for a sick graphics card and PS
June 11, 2009 3:41:09 AM

850w and no SLI ?....ok..... And Nvidea is phasing out that 280.
June 11, 2009 10:03:52 AM

Ok thanks for the advice everyone,

Ive rethought my no sli, and I do plan on getting more then 6gb ram in the future

would this suffice?

ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35603&vpn=P6... - 319$

EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC 55NM 626MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ DDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV Out Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35504&vpn=89... - 200$ x2 (400$)

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35847&vpn=SCMG-2000&m...
Scythe Mugen 2 Heatpipe CPU Heatsink LGA1366 LGA775 Socket AM2 120MM - 40$
June 11, 2009 10:06:30 AM

Shinoda said:
Ok thanks for the advice everyone,

Ive rethought my no sli, and I do plan on getting more then 6gb ram in the future

would this suffice?

ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35603&vpn=P6... - 319$

EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC 55NM 626MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ DDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV Out Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35504&vpn=89... - 200$ x2 (400$)

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35847&vpn=SCMG-2000&m...
Scythe Mugen 2 Heatpipe CPU Heatsink LGA1366 LGA775 Socket AM2 120MM - 40$


Nice choices :) 
June 11, 2009 12:52:09 PM

ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35603&vpn=P6... - 274$

EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC 55NM 626MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ DDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV Out Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35504&vpn=89... - 200$ x2 (400$)

Scythe Mugen 2 Heatpipe CPU Heatsink LGA1366 LGA775 Socket AM2 120MM
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35847&vpn=SCMG-2000&m... - 40$

Antec Twelve Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 1200 ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 179$

Antec CP-850 850W Cpx Dual Pcb Power Supply Modular ATX12V V2.3 80PLUS Active PFC SLI 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37094&vpn=CP... - 150$

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34598&vpn=BX... - 329$

OCZ Platinum OCZ3P1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 7-7-7-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35711&vpn=OC... - 100$

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34286&vpn=WD... 78$[/b

grand total : 1550$

looks good?
June 11, 2009 3:38:05 PM

That looks like an extremely solid build to me. Should run all games at 1920x1080 exceptionally! Tom's Hardware even suggested 2 gtx 260s in SLI for that price point. Don't forget some high quality thermal paste though!

edit: If you want to save some cash switch the PSU to a quality 750w like a corsair 750tx. It is still plenty to run those 260's in SLI.
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26415&vpn=CM...
June 11, 2009 6:56:18 PM

Looks like a great build. The CP-850 is such a good PSU, and you wouldn't be saving much money swapping it out for the 750tx, I would just keep it. Think of it as a long term investment for your next PC too, its possible that you will want more than the 750TX for that build.
June 11, 2009 7:06:40 PM

xthekidx said:
Looks like a great build. The CP-850 is such a good PSU, and you wouldn't be saving much money swapping it out for the 750tx, I would just keep it. Think of it as a long term investment for your next PC too, its possible that you will want more than the 750TX for that build.


True if you can keep the 850 then by all means go for it but if you are on a budget crisis that is a few dollars you can save. But it looks to me like you can afford the 850 so like xthekidx said keep it!
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