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$1500 Gaming Build [First]

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September 17, 2009 2:43:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP (Within next few weeks)

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1500 CAD (+/- $100)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming > Media > Browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Speakers

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1080 (already chose monitor)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll list what I already have and you criticize and recommend! I'll be using this computer mainly for gaming. This is my first build and I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the specs and variety of builds. I have no experience whatsoever so I'll have to really read up on what I'm doing, despite as impatient as I may be.

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B $34.99

Casing: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $79.99

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $63.99

Monitor: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $189.99

Video-card: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP SLI Supported $240.49

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $103.99

[Subtotal]: $713.44
[Handling/Taxes]: $93.98
[Shipping]: $66.10

[Grand Total]: $873.52

So you basically have ~700 bucks to choose me a PSU, CPU and MOBO (I know I'm probably forgetting something)... possibly more or less depending on what I'm recommended to change in the parts mentioned.

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September 17, 2009 3:26:14 AM

After Market CPU Cooler (since I don't like the stock Intel in Terms of Performance)
Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-GP Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler - 92mm, LGA 1156, 775, AMD 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM3 - $24.97
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail - $114.99
(Before $10.00 USD Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Your RAM selection means that you can't use an X58 Motherboard, so you should use an Core I7 860 as your processor of choice:

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $328.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

There's a few varieties of Mobos in this family. Your needs might vary:
ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $154.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That puts you at $1337.38 before shipping and taxes.

Finally, since your are planning on buying a new monitor, I'd like to point out that since they last so long, they are the best place to sink as much as you can afford on them. Odds are that in 7 years, the monitor you buy today will be one that you can still use. Odds are the the computer you build will be obsolete. So a recommendation that would cost you $50 more is:
ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $239.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

This would cost you $120 more (but has free shipping):
ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail - $339.99 before $30 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


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[Edit - Replaced CPU cooler with one from tigerdirect.ca]
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September 17, 2009 7:22:36 AM

OK here's the deal. If your serious about giving SLI or Crossfire a go later on, then forget that Antec 300 (Illusion). It's a great case for a single card set up, but it's not for a dual card set up. This case down below (CM 690) has much more room for a dual vid card set up, not to mention it has superb cooling/airflow. The board down below is what you want also. It allows for both SLI or Crossfire, and it comes with easy over clock tools, and a bunch of other goodies. No reason you should be limited to just Crossfire on a mobo. The only time you would need an i7 860 is if you do Adobe professionally, video editing for a living, etc.... but not for gaming. If this is for gaming...the go with the i5 750. That's what o/c is for. This h/s down below comes with a small tube of thermal paste, but if you plan on doing any hard core o/c go to the NCIX site and order a tube of Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal compound for around $9 CAD. I also included the o/s in this build.

*btw nice choice on that gtx 275. Those cards rock! :) 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $114.99 (Before $10.00 USD Mail-In Rebate)
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item... Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $394.98
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... $24.97
Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-GP Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler - 92mm, LGA 1156, 775, AMD 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM3

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $103.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $63.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $34.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $240.49
GIGABYTE GV-N275UD-896I GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... $129.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM | See 32-116-677CVF for Vista w/ free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $239.99
ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

Total: $1,403.40 CAD *not including rebates, shipping, and tax
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September 17, 2009 12:04:04 PM

Why_me,

I'm getting:

$1,403.40 CAD
$24 +tax/shipping (CPU cooler from tiger direct)
$183.68 for handling fees/sales tax
$82.94 for shipping


Which puts the grand total to around ~1700 total.

I know I orginally said 1500 CAD (+/- $100) but this is still looking good and I wouldn't mind spending the extra.

Is there anything more anyone would like to add?

Does this look like a pretty solid build?
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September 17, 2009 1:14:24 PM

BTW I think you forgot a second card in your total.
Yes, it's a nice build.
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September 17, 2009 7:29:35 PM

How would the card run just alone until I got another?

Only reason I'm asking is because I'd have to wait a bit until I can get another card, not that long... just wondering though

IDK how well SLI cards run while not using SLI...
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September 17, 2009 8:40:59 PM

mac0033 said:
How would the card run just alone until I got another?

Only reason I'm asking is because I'd have to wait a bit until I can get another card, not that long... just wondering though

IDK how well SLI cards run while not using SLI...


One of those gtx 275's will do just fine with that resolution.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226... <--- gtx 275 review and benchmarks
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September 17, 2009 8:49:25 PM

You might want to read: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

Based upon the fact that you aren't going to have a monitor capable of 2560x1600, you should be able to run most games at good performance at 1920x1200 (or 1920x1080). You'll get most games at awesome performance with an SLI configuration.


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