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Core i5 Gaming system for under $1500 CDN - Suggestions?

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October 18, 2009 2:19:39 AM

I am trying to assemble a new gaming system to augment my aging (7+ years) system. I (obviously) don't purchase new very often, so I am looking for something that is expandable and upgradeable. Crossfire/SLI is not necessary, but I want to keep my options open for the future. I've done enough research that I am sure I want to go Core i5 and with a Radeo HD 5850 based video card (even though they appear to be in short supply). I've read some of the posts and have spec'd out a system based on other people's suggestions. I am an IT professional, but this is the first time I've built a system for myself, so I appreciate any feedback. Oh, and if I can save money somewhere without sacrificing future expandability, that is, of course, a bonus.

I put together this system at DirectCanada.com:

Gigabyte P55-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 3PCI-E1 2PCI RAID 2GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard $179.99


Intel Core I5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box $218.88


Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro REV.2 CPU Heatsink Cooler LGA1366 LGA1156 LGA775 AM2 AM3 W/ 92MM Fan $21.94


Arctic Silver 5 HIGH-DENSITY Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5 Gram $8.97


G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21 Core I5 1.65V Memory Kit $94.92


Diamond Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card $282.83


Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 Atx 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No Ps Front Usb & Audio $61.82


Antec Earthwatts 750W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan $114.45


Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Ncq Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty $52.89


Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer Black OEM $31.90


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM $116.60


Kingston DataTraveler 410 8GB USB Flash Drive $27.37


Logitech MX518 Gaming Grade Optical Mouse 1600DPI USB SILVER-BLACK $54.08


Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1 Channel Equivalent 6 Speaker Real Surround Headset W/ Microphone $48.75


Altec Lansing VS4121BLK 3 Piece Speaker Stereo System $67.50


Total $1,382.89

Thanks!
October 18, 2009 2:31:35 AM

Hmm. I guess I need to add some details:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1,200 - $1,500 CDN

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Gaming. Oh, and Gaming. And web surfing, email, word processing, iTunes, etc. But we have computers that do that. So, mostly, gaming. Not really high end stuff, though. As long as I can play Lord of the Rings Online at highest quality without lagging in the 21st Hall, I'll be happy.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard is not required at this time. I have lot's of those. Unless someone knows of a really good quality backlit keyboard that's reasonable (i.e. under $50). I have a nice 24" LCD monitor that I will be using with this system.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: directcanada.com, newegg.ca. I open to other suggestions, as long as they are in Canada.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Core i5, Radeon HD 5850 based graphics adapter. Is one video manufacturer really better than another when the chipset is the same?

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't really need it to look really pretty. I'm more of a function over form person. Quiet is nice though. I really hate listening to a whole lot of fan noise or hard drive chatter.

Thanks again!
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October 18, 2009 2:36:13 AM

jbakerlent said:
Looks great, maybe change the HSF to this one:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and the HDD to this one
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately neither of those items are available on Newegg's Canadian site (newegg.ca). In fact, I couldn't find a single Core i5 Heatsync on newegg.ca, which was really annoying. The Samsung Spinpoint drive specifically states that it is not available. Weird, but true.
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October 18, 2009 2:59:34 AM

Wow, that's unfortunate, but your system is still great without them.
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