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New gaming PC - 1200-1500 CANADIAN

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September 30, 2009 2:32:05 AM

Hello,

Me and a friend of mine will both be building similar computers (my friend's will probably be a rough clone of mine). We're looking for good overall performance, especially in gaming. Being in Canada, some parts have different availability or princing than in the states.

Here's what we have until now:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks (depends partly on 5850 availability)
BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1500 CAD, shipped

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, general usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, mouse (building the whole tower from scratch)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, willing to go to other websites that ship to canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU / ATI GPU

OVERCLOCKING: Light / Medium SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not yet, but want to have the option to do it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920-1080 or 1920-1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

Memory: 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=N82E16820231279

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405

Video card: HD5850 (when available), manufacturer undecided

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Optical: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
]http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289]

HSF: Undecided. newegg.ca has a lot less choice heatsinkwise than the american counterpart, and I'm honestly not sure what to get that I could use on a 1156 socket.

A few questions I have: How much does the video card manufacturer affect it? The 5870s are slowly becoming available on newegg.ca, and some manufacturers have yet to appear in the list (like XFX). I'm assuming it'll be the same for the 5850. Any manufacturers to AVOID? Should I bother waiting for different manufacturers, or are most OK enough?

Also, how are the motherboard, PSU and case choices? I've read of a lot of other people going for the P7P55D PRO, and it seems good for me. The PSU seems good as it is modular, 80plus certified and has a high wattage (more upgrade-ready). Finally, the case seemed like a reasonable deal to me, but how does it go against Antec 300 or Antec 900?

Finally, I'm not sure what to do about the CPU heatsink. I've looked, and there's a lot less choice in Canada. Also, since 1156 is a newer socket, there aren't many (or any on newegg) heatsinks with the proper bracket. What are others doing about their i7 860 heatsink?

Thank you for your input!

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September 30, 2009 4:13:39 AM

Nice build ! :) 

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=1023&subm... <---1156 h/s

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/category/categor...|c:493|&Sort=0&Recs=10 <---- 1156 h/s

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... <--- great one here for the $$. It's highly recommended on here. It comes with so so thermal compound....so any high o/c I would go for the MX - 2.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26895&vpn=MX-2T&... $9.99 CAD
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 4 Gram
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September 30, 2009 1:35:09 PM

Thanks for the reply. At first I didn't even notice that heatsink, as it's price was so low I didn't consider it.

Also, what about the video card? How much does the card manufacturer affect quality / warranty? I know a lot of people love XFX, but how much should I postpone my build for one?
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September 30, 2009 4:16:08 PM

Naked_n_Happy said:
Thanks for the reply. At first I didn't even notice that heatsink, as it's price was so low I didn't consider it.

Also, what about the video card? How much does the card manufacturer affect quality / warranty? I know a lot of people love XFX, but how much should I postpone my build for one?


They have a XFX 5850 for sale at NCIX, but I'm guessing newegg.ca will have that card for cheaper when they put it up on their site.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=44142&vpn=HD-585... $349.99 CAD
XFX Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card
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