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CAD $1600 Gaming, First Build

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September 15, 2009 5:47:46 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: CAD $1600 (+$400 for monitors)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web Development, Internet, Paper Writing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: canadacomputers.com (I am going to cut a deal instore) or if it is much cheaper, newegg.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to go with an i7 build, open to suggestions though

OVERCLOCKING: Not enough time

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I would like 2 monitors at 1920x1800 (or if both can be had for ~$400 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't care about the looks, just want functional with good airflow.


Here are two tentative builds I have, let me know which would be better, or any parts that should be swapped

BUILD1

CPU: $332.99
Intel Core i7 920 Quad-Core Socket LGA1366, 2.66Ghz, 4.8GT/s FSB, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80601920)
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd...πd=020622&cid=CPU.840

MOBO: $234.99
Asus Rampage II GENE CrossFire / SLI Socket LGA1366 Intel X58 + ICH9R + ICH10R Chipset Triple-Channel DDR3 2000(oc)/1800(oc)/1600/1200/1066Mhz 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 GigaLAN SupremeFX X-Fi 8-Ch HD Audio 6x SATA 3.0Gb/s 2x 1394a Firewire 12x USB 2.0 Micro ATX
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=022355&cid=MBD.303

RAM: $178.99
Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C8 Matched Triple 6GB Kit (3x2GB) DDR3-1600MHz 8-8-8-24 240-pin Triple Channel w/ Classic Heat Spreader Memory for Core i7
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd...

PSU: $118.99
Corsair TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=015709&cid=PSU.532


GPU: $209.99 X 2
Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 4890 1GB OC GDDR5 HD Audio Shader Model 4.1 800 Stream Processor Dual Dual-Link DVI PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=023891&cid=VDC.243.272


CASE: $159.99
Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ATX Case (RC-932-KKN1-GP)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=019666&cid=CAS.220


STORAGE: $99.99
Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1001FALS) 1000GB (1TB) SATAII 7200RPM 32MB Cache (OEM)
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd...πd=018887&cid=HDD.443.877

TOTAL: $1545.92


BUILD2

CPU: $344.99
Intel Core i7 860 Quad-Core Socket LGA1156, 2.80Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80605I7860)
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd...πd=025303&cid=CPU.840

MOBO:$149.99
Asus P7P55D LE Socket 1156 Intel P55 Chipset CrossfireX Dual-Channel DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066Mhz GigaLAN 8-Ch HD Audio 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slots 6x SATA + 1x eSATA 3Gb/s 14x USB 2.0 ATX
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=025944&cid=MBD.842

RAM: $115.99 X 2
OCZ (OCZ3P20004GK) DDR3 PC3-16000 2000MHz EPP 2.0 Ready Platinum Edition 4GB(2x2048MB) Dual Channel Kit
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd...πd=018495&cid=RAM.346.218

PSU: $118.99
Corsair TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=015709&cid=PSU.532


GPU:$209.99 X 2
Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 4890 1GB OC GDDR5 HD Audio Shader Model 4.1 800 Stream Processor Dual Dual-Link DVI PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=023891&cid=VDC.243.272


CASE: $159.99
Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ATX Case (RC-932-KKN1-GP)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...πd=019666&cid=CAS.220


STORAGE: $99.99
Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1001FALS) 1000GB (1TB) SATAII 7200RPM 32MB Cache (OEM)
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd...πd=018887&cid=HDD.443.877

TOTAL: $1525.91


MONTIOR I AM THINKING OF BUYING X 2
Samsung SyncMaster 2343BWX 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor -Black, 2048 x 1152 , 20000:1 (DCR) 16:9, 5ms, D-sub, DVI-D (Retail Box)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

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September 15, 2009 6:03:32 PM

Build no. 1 With this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And wait for HD5000 See http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270981-31-sataiii-usb... and Ctrl+F #527
Also this Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I Assume you're dealing with highly threaded Apps which won't benefit of the new Turbo-Boost So better the i7/1366
For OC'ing Asus Mobos have features like Turbo V, Turbo key and CPU Level up, So it'll give you more value for the money and won't take from your time.

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September 15, 2009 6:21:08 PM

The HD5000 looks very tempting, but I really need this computer ASAP, any idea when they will be on the market?
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September 15, 2009 6:25:35 PM

Everything is in the link above, Just go there and Ctrl+F #527 And everything is in the links in the target post.
Also I edited my previous post with other suggestions.

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September 15, 2009 8:21:31 PM

You say Asus Mobo's have those features, but the original Mobo linked was Asus... does it not have them? Also are my power supply and case suitable?
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September 15, 2009 8:39:58 PM

Your linked Mobo has those features and like 10+ more!
It's just it's small (m-ATX) and so doesn't offer enough room.
The mobo I linked seems to be TH's favorite and there's another one which is the plain P6T which provides you with the ability for 3-Way SLI if you need such power.

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