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October 10, 2009 3:37:02 PM

Here’s a new i7 860 build I’m about to start. Plan to make the purchase within the next week.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (have 19", resolution is 1280x1024) and a 42" 1080p sharp aquas plasma tv, speakers, OS (have Vista 32 bit temporarily, will buy windows 7 64bit within the first month, but 32bit should be fine to up to 4gigs anyways?), graphics card (have an HD4890 already)

I have decided to skip thermal paste and an aftermarket cooler at this point. I hope that doesn’t prove to be a dumb decision. I will buy a descent one as soon as better after market coolers come out for the 1156 socket. I also will not plan to run crossireX/SLi, but out of curiosity if I was to run a 4870x2 on a single PCIE 2.0 16x lane, will it break the card to x8/x8 or keep it at 16x because it is only one card.

CPU
Core i7 860 Processor Boxed -$330

MOTHER BOARD
Gigabyte P55m ud-2
The motherboard has been one of the tougher decisions. I still haven’t made my mind up completely, but I want to try to get a cheaper motherboard so I can put money away into other things. And as it is I probably wont be overclocking till I get an aftermarket cooler and like I said no crossfire or sli (maybe an x2 card though down the road) -$109

RAM
OCZ Gold 4gb (2x2) ddr3 1333 (PC3 10666) CL9 - $90

GPU
Already have a MSI HD4890

HDD
Western Digital 500gb hard drive 16mb Cache - $55

PSU
CORSAIR TX750w (non modular one) -$125

CD/DVD Writer
SAMSUNG Black 22X -$25.99

CASE
Antec 902 -$110.99


Total Cost: $846 CAN - Before Taxes

A couple thting that I'm still unsure of. Am I cheaping out on the Motherboard? if the power supply is overkill? how does the antec 300 case compare to the antec 902? seeing as I can get that case for $55 and put the money else were.

Also I'd like to keep my budget below $900 before taxes. And I'm a cash only guy :)  so I'd like to avoid ordering online unless I absolutely get a better price.

The stores I'm using are

http://www.infonec.com/site/main.php
http://lucomputers.com/site/
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/

All these stores are relatively close to my house so I can pick them up.

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October 10, 2009 4:11:14 PM

impaledmango said:
I also will not plan to run crossireX/SLi, but out of curiosity if I was to run a 4870x2 on a single PCIE 2.0 16x lane, will it break the card to x8/x8 or keep it at 16x because it is only one card.
16x because only 1 PCI-e x16 slot in use.

That Gigabyte P55M UD-2 micro-ATX board is going to look awful small inside that relatively huge Antec 902 case.
Small board - large case.

For a non-CF/SLI PSU the 750TX is wayyyyy over what you really need. A Corsair 550VX is plenty for the 4890 and any single 5850 or 5870 video card.

I'd say look for a less expensive case. Something in the $70~80 range.
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October 10, 2009 4:28:52 PM

how bout the MSI gd65 mother board, with the money I'm saving from the psu alone I can buy that mobo.
October 10, 2009 4:32:25 PM

and also since I'm just gaming, occasional photoshop and normal PC use, would an i5 750 be better?

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October 10, 2009 4:58:26 PM
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The i5 750 would not be 'better' than the i7 860. But it should be 'good enough' for what you're planning to use it for. Core i5 750 is a very strong CPU in it's own right.
I think you'd be happy with the i5 750 / Gigabyte P55M UD-2 / Antec 300 / OCZ 550W PSU and your 4890.
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