Need advice for an i7 budget build around 1000-1500 CAD

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: during the next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Around 1000 but less than 1500 CAD, I don't want to compromise performance with budget, but I also don't want to spend too much

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Programming, Heavy simulations, MATLAB, VMWare, surfing the internet, watching movies

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, newegg, tigerdirect, ..., although I prefer the ncix so that I can ask them to assemble the parts for me


PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer i7 920, but if it's an overkill I would go for i7 860 or an i5 750. I do want a good LCD preferrably 1920 x 1200 around 22-24" and don't mind spending a little extra for it (even if it goes a little over the budget).




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet and stable PC to use as a workstation, heavy simulations, most probably put linux on it and use windows through VMWare, so I prefer at least 6-8GB RAM. I don't think that I need a powerful GPU for now, but it would be nice to see how the newest games look like these days (the last time that I put more than half an hour on a game was about 10 years ago !).
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  2. Hi obsidian86,

    Thanks a lot for the suggestions. Although I am pretty comfortable when it comes to working with computers (have been doing low level programming for more than 15 years), selecting from different products in the market with diverse specs is so confusing for me. So forgive me if I am talking non-sense !

    1. First of all, I was hoping to be able to get this done with less than 1200-1300, but after tax being added it goes for more than 1800, well I guess that's the price to pay for having a decent computer these days, but if there is a way to keep the prices down, please let me know.

    2. Regarding the BFG GeForce GTX 260, I don't seem to be able to understand the high price tag on it, by paying 9$ more I can get the following cards with almost all the aspects higher than the BFG (not sure if those aspects are just marketing gimmicks or a real performance factor)

    ASUS Radeon 4870 Dk 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI HDCP HDTV Out Video Card


    XFX Radeon HD 4870 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDCP Video Card

    3. About Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB, I have read a lot of bad things regarding the faulty firmware of the seagate drives, I don't know if this one is among them or not, but what do you think about the following

    Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

    Apart from the above concerns I am ok with the other selections, and will most probably buy them as soon as I get your/other members' views. Also if there is a promotion that I can take advantage right now please let me know.

    Thanks a lot in advance,
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