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September 17, 2009 3:13:30 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the mont

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com prefer NCIX, had good dealings in the past, but open to something different) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (Canada)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (I guess Intel, looking mostly at the i5)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680x1050)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Been lurking around for a while. This site is without a doubt the best place I have found to get information from, so I have done a lot of reading. I have done most of my shopping from NCIX.com in the past, had good experiences with them. Last time I built a complete system was around 3 years ago, and have not been paying much attention until now. At first I was just planning on getting a pre-built Dell but the advice here has certainly convinced me to build myself.

Here is what I am looking at right now (roughly) and any advice would be appreciated as I am sure I am missing out on the particulars. My budget is under $1000 CDN, with my sights slightly more set towards longevity than gaming. But only slightly.


Intel Core I5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42499&vpn=BX...


ASUS P7P55D LE LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI Crossfire GBLAN 6SATA IDE Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=43124&vpn=P7...

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Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Video Sound GLAN Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42284&vpn=GA...

G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21 Core I5 1.65V Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42744&vpn=F3...

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&promoi...

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30037&promoi...

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Seasonic SS-650HT 650W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan OEM
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36186&vpn=SS...


ASUS Radeon 4870 Dk 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI HDCP HDTV Out Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35588&vpn=EA...

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34286&vpn=WD...

So is this build any good? Parts that should be replaced with something else? Very thankful for any comments that make this easier.

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September 17, 2009 3:37:14 PM

It's a solid build. You've definitely done your homework! I, personally, prefer a full size ATX motherboard. You could step up to the GA-P55-UD3R, but you'll have to determine if it's worth the extra $35.

Gigabyte P55-UD3R ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 4PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GLAN Motherboard $149.99

A 650W PSU is overkill for a single GPU system, but that's an amazing price on the EA650. I'd snatch it up quick at that price. A quality 500W - 550W PSU would easily power your system, but you might as well get the EA650 since it's a very good deal at $70.

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September 17, 2009 7:24:01 PM

Thanks, that was just the sort of confirmation I was looking for. Appreciate the comment.
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September 17, 2009 7:40:51 PM

No problem. Good luck with your build!
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