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Budget i7 Build - New To Building PC's

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July 25, 2009 11:05:37 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon

Budget: ~$1000 CAD. Im at around $1100 right now and plan on waiting for a few price drops.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi tasking, internet, movies, very little gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, reusing IDE DVD burner, and a IDE 500GB hard drive for media storage

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com, newegg.ca, directcanada.com, canadacomputers.com, tigerdirect.ca. My links are all over the place, but I will eventually be ordering from ncix.com and using their price matching to match the other websites.

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (existing 22" monitor)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I Want this computer to last serveral years, to be upgradeable, and to be reasonably quiet. I have never built a PC from scratch before, I pieced together my parts list from other builds I have seen on this site.

I know my video card is not the best, but I think it will be able to run fairly new games if I did decided to give PC gaming a shot. If I wanted to do more PC gaming I would buy a better video card at that time.


Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Power Supply:
Corsair TX650W 650W Atx 12V 52A 24PIN Atx Power Supply Active Pfc 120MM Fan
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC2550


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

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T SE X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SATA2 Motherboard
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD4302&v...

Ram:
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Harddrive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video Card:
Asus EAH4670/DI/1GD3 ATI Radeon HD 4670 Chipset (750MHz ) 1GB (1600Mhz) DDR3 Dual Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card $71.99
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

or

Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB 1.92GHZ DDR3 PCI-E CrossFireX DU-DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card $104.25
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD5341&v...

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July 25, 2009 11:12:03 PM

Okay i almost crapped myself when i hit the 4670 at the bottom, you really dont need an i7 for your uses, unless your multitasking is transcoding and animation then you arent going to be using an i7 anywhere near its potential. An AMD 720 triple core would probably serve your needs just fine and save you a ton, and even for gaming unless you are running a multicard solution an AMD build will serve your needs just fine.
July 26, 2009 12:15:37 AM

I think I will stick with the i7, I will be doing tanscoding, I also like the idea that its more than I need right now, because im sure in a year or two I will be glad that I did (The PC i am on right now is 5 years old, P4 1.8Ghz).

Is there a better budget graphics card you would recommend? I would be willing to spend ~$20 - $30 more on a graphics card if I was getting my moneys worth.

Does the rest of the build seem like solid choices?
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July 26, 2009 12:24:02 AM

okay, as long as you are doing transcoding then it is useful. Everything else looks like a very solid choice, i cant even find any combos to save you any more. Since you seem to be good at shopping around and know way more canadian sites than me you may want to see if you can locate a 4850 that fits into the budget, the 4800 series is significantly better than the 4670.
July 26, 2009 12:45:01 AM

I just added a Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB 1.92GHZ DDR3 PCI-E CrossFireX DU-DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card to original post for about $104 CAD.

That is about 50% more expensive than my original ASUS 4670 1GB. Is it worth the extra $35?
July 26, 2009 12:51:06 AM

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for ram..
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

also i suggest you buy your stuff from directcanada..i've used it, most of the stuff are cheaper than ncix and good shipping..i believe they still have the free shipping if its less than 100 pounds ..and at a price of something +..i forgot just check the site

also why not get the haf 932 or antec 1200
are you gonna be overclocking?


That RAM is $70 more than the ram I have selected? What am I getting for that extra money?

NCIX will price match other websites, Also, you can buy a $10 gift card and get free shipping up to 150lbs. They also do not charge provincial sales tax (8%) which makes a big difference on the price.

What advantages would the haf 932 or antec 1200 give me?

I might play around with a slight overclock (up to 3Ghz?), then if I think thats something I want to get into, I will buy a decent fan for my CPU.

Thanks for all the replies
July 26, 2009 12:57:31 AM

The dominators arent worth it, i have yet to figure out why they are so damn expensive. The ram you selected is fine, if you really want to get every last bit of performance out of your system you can get the OCZ ram for slightly more and it will perform BETTER than the corsair for only $6 more not $70
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
July 26, 2009 12:59:03 AM

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also ncix price matches? so if you tell them they'll give you the item for same price with other sites?



When you place your order, there is a button to do price matching (you have to scroll down for it), It will then pop up your items with a box for the price to be priced matched, and a box for the link to the web page with the cheaper price.

I believe someone then verfies that price matching before they ship it out.

I have not used it yet, but have read good reviews about it.
July 26, 2009 1:13:02 AM

I use ncix for all my builds, personal and for my work and I've never had a price match get rejected (unless I miss linked or messed up and it was an american site) and I'm sure I'm up to well over 500 price matches because I order for my work every second day or so.
July 26, 2009 5:35:44 PM

If you don't plan to put at least two 4870 or 2 GTX260 in crossfire or SLI, you are wasting your money...

So, in clear and simple, 400$ CAD of graphic cards minimum if you want to buy a Core i7 rig.

You cannot have a stronger computer with an i7 if you are not investing at least 1700$ CAD.
July 26, 2009 5:46:19 PM

AuzenTech Forte Low Profile PCI-E 7.1 Sound Card PCI-E Dolby Digital Live Headphone AMP
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
NCIX.com SURPRISE SPECIALS!
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In Stock 35596 $99.99 $99.99

NCIX Gaming CrossFire Bundle 2X Powercolor Radeon 4850 512MB Video Cards
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
This product can only be exchanged or replaced with the exact same item.
NCIX.com SURPRISE SPECIALS!
The Surprise Special price on this item is guaranteed for ONLY 3 minutes. Available in limited quantities only, with a limit of one (1) per customer. Hurry! No rainchecks or Price Matches for these items are available after limited quantities are sold out. Note: Your order for these items are counted only after you've completed your purchase.
Backorder 41665 $209.99 $209.99
1 x Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDMI Video Card
1 x Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDMI Video Card

Ubisoft Wheelman PC Game OEM DVD ** AMD Bundle Only **
In Stock 41490 $0.00 $0.00

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135MM Fan 80PLUS Power Supply
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Back Order 35456 $89.99 $89.99

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Triple Core Processor AM3 2.8GHZ 7.5MB Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box
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MSI 790FX-GD70 ATX AM3 790FX DDR3 4PCI-E16 CrossFire 1PCI-E1 2PCI eSATA SATA GBLAN Mo *IR-$17*
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Features DrMOS and MSI APS power saving technology
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Corsair XMS3 DHX TW3X4G1600C9DHX 4GB 2X2GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN Memory Kit
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Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio
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Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM
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NCIX.COM $10 Gift Card *Pre Activated*
FREE GROUND SHIPPING FOR THIS ORDER!
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Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
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Limit to 1 per customer.

YOUR TOTAL $1,087.89
July 26, 2009 5:50:52 PM

You also got 50$ in mail in rebate and you can use pricematch using this site...

http://hardwarecanucks.pricecanada.com/

A price match let you have the price of another canadian store. You can easily get 50$ less from the total.

For your price range, just forget the i7 build, you will get a lot more for playing games with two 4850 in crossfire.

Also, if you add a 10$ gift card you will have free shipping until the 28th july. Really a nice deal...
July 26, 2009 6:00:08 PM

^ not everyone who buys an i7 is just/a gamer.

I bought the i7 because it speeds up media transcoding an awful lot, and aids in multitasking, I also use it for gaming, but the media transcoding gave it the upper hand against Phenom II and Core 2.

Some will use their i7 machine as a workstation or just for future proofing, so you can't say "If you buy an i7, you're a very serious gamer" because most people who buy it aren't.
July 26, 2009 6:09:46 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ not everyone who buys an i7 is just/a gamer.

I bought the i7 because it speeds up media transcoding an awful lot, and aids in multitasking, I also use it for gaming, but the media transcoding gave it the upper hand against Phenom II and Core 2.

Some will use their i7 machine as a workstation or just for future proofing, so you can't say "If you buy an i7, you're a very serious gamer" because most people who buy it aren't.


Hmmmm... I am an engineer... you know MATLAB? I was making numerical audio filters for some DSPs applications. You don`t need an i7 and I was really exaggerating in making filters with 5000 coefficients.

Name them all... Cadence, Code Composer Studio, MPLAB, audio recording (I am a musician)... you don't need the extra for 100% more expense on your cpu, mobo and memory.

I will say otherwise if you were calculating data for a whole night, but 5 second less on any application is by far not worth 300$ CAD more.


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