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July 15, 2009 8:13:27 PM


BUDGET RANGE: $1400-1600. In CANADIAN dollars.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS (will be going with the Windows 7 RC)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: or (however I think Tigerdirect is cheaper)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (example: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Again, all prices are in canadian dollars.

Here is what I have come up with so far. It does not include all the parts, but covers the majority. Let me know if there are any conflicts or any better options.

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 processor - $315

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Motherboard - $418.99

Memory: OCZ Gold Tri Channel 6GB PC12800 DDR3 Memory - $99.97

Graphics Card: BFG GeForce GTX 280 - $309.97

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $109.99

PSU: Corsair TX850W - $182.99

Case: Cooler Master CM690 - $134.96

The total so far is $1571.87 not including CD/DVD drive, CPU cooling etc. Is this a good start? Any recommendations?


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July 15, 2009 8:39:30 PM

Very solid build :) 

Get a GTX 275 instead of the 280. The 275 has a little less memory, and a smaller bandwith, but will still outperform the older 280.

You didn't specify if you were interested in overclocking or SLI. If you aren't, drop the board down to an ASUS P6T SE and save yourself some money. Same board, but with no support for SLI and without the advanced heatsinks.

Let me know what you think.
July 15, 2009 8:51:43 PM

Sorry, I missed that, corrected it though. I am not set on overclocking but was planning on doing some in the future. I'm not sure if that warrants an extra $130 on the deluxe board though. I may add a second graphics card in the future. Knowing this, do you think this board would be more acceptable?

There are also two different GTX 275's. One from EVGA and one from BFG.



I am assuming they are essentially the same so it wouldn't really matter which one was used.

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July 15, 2009 8:59:59 PM

Ya but I live in Canada, and they only ship to the US.
July 15, 2009 9:01:22 PM is Canada. Or have I lost my mind? While the latter is quite possible, pretty sure I'm right. :) 
July 15, 2009 9:05:01 PM

Haha I didnt even realize. You're right, I'm sorry. Ill check all the prices on newegg then.
July 15, 2009 9:09:20 PM

When buying a video card, you're basically paying for which company you want to deal with in the event the thing malfunctions. I know that EVGA includes a lifetime warranty on the 275, and I don't know about the BFG.

As far as the different P6T boards goes, there's a LOT:
The ASUS P6T SE has no support for SLI
The ASUS P6T supports SLI
The ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 supports SLI and has advanced heatsinks
The ASUS P6T Deluxe supports SLI, has advanced heatsinks, and 2 SAS ports.

There's actually another couple of boards in the P6T family I think, but they aren't worth mentioning. What that all comes down to is make sure you know what board you are buying and what features it has lol.

From what I understand about what you want, the normal P6T that you linked to is probably the best choice. It will still do fine in light-medium overclocking, and has support for SLI in case you want to invest in another 275 in the future.
July 15, 2009 10:51:26 PM

Ok Here is my modified list including everything except a case and a CPU cooler.

CPU/Motherboard Combo: Intel Core i7 920 processor/ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: OCZ Gold Tri Channel 6GB PC12800 DDR3 Memory

Graphics Card: EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

PSU: Corsair TX850W

CD drive: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD-ROM

So far the total, including shipping, is $1,498.47.

Any suggestions for a case? I hear that the PSU has a lot of cables so that might have to be taken into consideration.

July 15, 2009 11:05:12 PM

I agree. Its changed. How does everything else look?
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July 15, 2009 11:09:55 PM

The build looks good. I haven't had the best of luck with the OCZ Gold RAM, but they seem to get good reviews overall. I, personally, would get one of the kits below instead, but I'm sure the RAM you picked will probably work fine.

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI - Retail $109.99

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail $119.99 - $15 MIR
July 15, 2009 11:17:11 PM

Ill take note of that. Any suggestions for a case?
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July 15, 2009 11:26:07 PM

The case really comes down to personal preference. Do you like clear side windows, LED lights, etc...? I, personally like Antec and CoolerMaster cases.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $59.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $79.99
July 16, 2009 12:49:22 AM

hawb said:
Ill take note of that. Any suggestions for a case?

Would suggest one of these three below, main reason is air flow and space for large graphic card and high CPU HSF Cooler.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black $134.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $139.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower $159.99

Another item you will need for any bottom mounted PSU, is a Power extension cable to connect PSU to Mobo, like the one below.

8-Pin (EPS12V) Extension Cable 12 Inches - Sleeved $7.95

Performance PC's does ship to Canada.