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September 30, 2009 7:30:53 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably around Xmas
BUDGET RANGE: under $1500 CND
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Programming, Gaming, Multitasking Various apps (web surfing, VMWare, etc)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Cheapest place possible (Newegg works)
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: No (Maybe RAM)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or higher
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please comment on my parts selection


Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
RAM: (x2) Mushkin 4GB, DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
GFX: HIS H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W
LCD: (x2) Sceptre X22HG-Naga 22" Widescreen HD LCD Monitor - 1680x1050, 2000:1 Contrast Ratio, 2ms, DVI, VGA


Thanks in Advance!!

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September 30, 2009 7:50:31 PM

Updated.

I'm also open to i7 builds, however they don't seem to be dropping prices as fast as I would like it to...
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September 30, 2009 7:55:05 PM

Stay away from Rosewill PSUs. I would only recommend Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power&Cooling, or Antec. You also don't have a case listed.

Given your listed uses the 8gigs of ram may be useful to you, but an area where you can cut costs and get more later if you decide you need it.
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September 30, 2009 7:56:20 PM

An LGA 1156 based i7 build will be about the same price and out perform it easily especially when running large numbers of CPU intensive applications. I would stay clear of rosewill PSUs, get a corsair 750TX or an antec EA750, both are good and strong enough for 2 high end cards.
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September 30, 2009 8:04:54 PM

Updated PSU to: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W

I bought several OCZ PSUs before, none of which have died. Could you suggest a decent i7 Build?

In the case of i7 builds, would it be possible to pick out a mobo that would be able to support the next generation of i7 (the 8 core variety) when it comes out?
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September 30, 2009 9:09:17 PM

Any x58/socket 1366 motherboard should support the 6core (i9?) CPUs.

ASRock x58 extreme motherboard ($170)
i7 920 CPU ($270) <easy overclock to at least 3.6GHz>
coolermaster hyper 212 CPU cooler ($30)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600 RAM ($130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung Spinwriter F3 500 MB HDD ($50) <you didnt list a hard drive>


All pricing is subject to change. XMAS is a long way off with all the new stuff coming out recently and through the end of the year. Check back when you are ready to buy.
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September 30, 2009 9:19:21 PM

RealMarkP said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably around Xmas
BUDGET RANGE: under $1500 CND
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Programming, Gaming, Multitasking Various apps (web surfing, VMWare, etc)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Cheapest place possible (Newegg works)
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: No (Maybe RAM)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or higher
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please comment on my parts selection


Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
RAM: (x2) Mushkin 4GB, DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
GFX: HIS H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W
LCD: (x2) Sceptre X22HG-Naga 22" Widescreen HD LCD Monitor - 1680x1050, 2000:1 Contrast Ratio, 2ms, DVI, VGA


Thanks in Advance!!



$1500.00 ?? cad ,Newegg cheap??? ...
You must live way out in the sticks to consider "the egg " to be cheap ,even if their price is less that the local store it is still too much when you add the shipping cost ,and if something goes wrong you can add one way shipping to them usually in California,'cause that is where they are located their web site is just that a web site ,, no more ,, same as Tiger Direct.
And I might suggest that you consider staying with your original choice of an AMD cpu,you do not really indicate any functions that would not be handled by the AMD quad core just as fast and a hell of a lot cheaper ,,and with an upgrade path,which has yet ??? to be determined with Intel's latest...:) 
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September 30, 2009 9:28:25 PM

They did drop the PhenomIIx4 CPU prices alot this week. Last week they were as expensive as i7 920s. Might actually make sense again. By the time XMAS comes, everything could change again.
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October 1, 2009 1:06:28 AM

Quick note: if you want to compare prices, use newegg.ca and tigerdirect.ca - They have canadian prices, which may not be the same as the US ones.

So, What you guys recommend is a i5 build on LGA1366 sockets?
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October 1, 2009 1:16:27 AM

RealMarkP said:
Quick note: if you want to compare prices, use newegg.ca and tigerdirect.ca - They have canadian prices, which may not be the same as the US ones.

So, What you guys recommend is a i5 build on LGA1366 sockets?

i5 is 1156
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October 1, 2009 5:39:34 PM

RealMarkP said:
So, What you guys recommend is ...
checking back 2-3 weeks before you are ready to buy. All the answers could change in a couple months.
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October 1, 2009 5:41:30 PM

i5 5870 is good
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October 1, 2009 6:23:07 PM

Alright, I gave a shot at building an i5 Comp:


RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit [$105.99]
PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready [$84.99]
GFX: SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB [$214.49]
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz [$219.99]
MOBO: ASRock P55 Extreme LGA 1156 [$164.99]

(Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Case, SATA HDD, and DVD-Burner I already own)

Subtotal: $790.45 + Taxes + Shipping
TOTAL: $912.31 CND


This is reasonably priced (Newegg had better prices then Tigerdirect). Comments on parts?
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October 1, 2009 6:42:22 PM

Are you buying this week?

The Radeon HD 5850 is substantially faster than the 4890 and is DX11 compatible for future games that use it.
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October 1, 2009 6:46:52 PM

When is the 5850 coming out? Will it be roughly the same price as the 4890 I posted above?
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October 1, 2009 8:07:14 PM

The 5850 is out. Problem is like a week ago with the 5870 is its selling out in hours when it comes in stock. Next week it should be better. Its more expensive, but its also over 1.5 times faster.


You still havent responded to any of my comments about when you are buying. Pricing right now is pointless if you are not buying in the next two weeks.
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October 1, 2009 8:22:45 PM

Raidmax = crap; even though this is a new one, in the absence of a competent technical review I would assume it is garbage. 80+ means it probably isn't overrated (had to efficiently provide 100% of its label), but is likely still the lowest possible quality.
I agree with Hunter that for CPU intensive tasks, i7 on LGA1156 makes more sens than AMD, and I agree with DNDHATCHER that prices (and therefor answers) could be very different by the time you're ready to buy almost 3 months in the future.
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