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~$1200 Gaming Build

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October 24, 2009 6:59:25 PM

Very long time since my last build...so it's time to build something decent, kind of want to get it done soon as gaming/doing anything on my laptop is causing me to rage. :fou: 
I dont really know how to distinguish a good mobo/psu/heat sink/memory(timing?speed?huh?) :pt1cable: 
Complete build would be greatly appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Might be today or tomorrow, but soon regardless

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-1300 CDN Maybe willing to go over if its really worth the difference

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming + lots of multitasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard,mouse,monitor,OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.ncix.com, www.canadacomputers.com, www.tigerdirect.ca willing to buy from anywhere local/shipping to Canada if its cheaper
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada (Toronto Area)

PARTS PREFERENCES: none.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Noise level/bling not an issue. Would like to get a i7 920 + 5870 or 5850 in the build if its possible near this price range. Canadian prices suck indeed.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2009 11:29:20 PM

Welcome to the forum.

The i7/5870 will over your budget, I'd go for something like this

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3L LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported $259.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA

If you're still under budget, you can step up to an 860 and 5870. Feel free to ask any questions you have.
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October 24, 2009 11:44:47 PM

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
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GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2
Combo Price: $433.98
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600mhz CL7 - $97.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DIAMOND Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB - $419.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $63.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Antec Nine Hundred Black - $119.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W - $88.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - $32.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total = $1257.42
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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2009 11:47:34 PM

^ Good except for the PSU.

Also, just a note for the OP that is a micro-atx board in a large atx case.
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October 24, 2009 11:52:48 PM

The PSU is fine, just because it's not Corsair doesn't mean it's no good :) 

The Antec 900 supports m-ATX.


By, the way I think the prices you listed on your first post are the ones on newegg.com, not newegg.ca ;) 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 25, 2009 12:00:58 AM

Alright, that quote sums up both of our feelings about it (I think) so I'll leave it up to the OP to decide. Fair? :) 
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October 25, 2009 12:01:38 AM

yeah sounds good :D 
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October 25, 2009 12:39:47 AM

Are you saying he should spend $20 more for an ATX board just so it looks good or makes "sense"?


Why did you post the old review? Here's the new one http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/03/03/ocz_modxstrea.... If you read through it, they actually say that it's a good PSU and for only $64 CAD after rebates it's well worth it.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 25, 2009 12:46:34 AM

Umm, it still failed. And especially badly at the non-OCZ set, HardOCP standard temperature of 45 degrees. They also said it very simply, it did not pass their parameters. They shouldn't have even redone the review just because OCZ rated it to perform at a different temp than the one they (HardOCP) rate PSUs to perform at.
Also don't even try comparing it to the Corsair.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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October 25, 2009 12:55:19 AM

Alright, you seem to be taking this the wrong way. First off, I wouldn't even dare to compare it to Corsair FYI. Here's a little quote from that review, "So while the OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w did not pass our parameters it certainly belongs to the group of units that were "good," yet non-passing, as opposed to the units that were just a waste of good solder.".

The 600W PSU will be fine for this build, whether you like it or not.
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