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New Gaming Machine (1500-2000)

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October 27, 2009 8:32:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date : Mid November.
Budget Range : $2000 maximum limit.
System Usage : Gaming, Video.
Parts Not Required : Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor.
Preferred Website : Anything Canada friendly.
Overclocking : Never done it before, but I plan on it.
SLI : Yes, eventually will need it.
Monitor Resolution : 1440 x 900 (I will most likely be buying a higher resolution monitor after the holidays).
Additional Comments : I'm looking for quality. I want this build to last a good while. I'm looking to add a second vid card in about a year.


Here's what I've spec'd so far.

CPU Type: Intel Quad Core i7 920/2.66G
HDD Capacity: 1000 GB
Memory : OCZ 12GB DDR3 1600 Tri-Channel
Optical: LG GH22NS50 22X DVDRW SATA Drive
Video Card: BFG NVIDIA GTX285 OC 1G
Mainboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Case: Antec NineHundred
Power Supply: OCZ 700W Gaming

PC Village here in Canada actually has this machine at 1695 CAD. I'm curious if I could be built cheaper.

I'm also worried that the PSU will not be enough once I add a second GTX 285.

If anyone has any suggestions to changing this build or comments about the PSU it would be greatly appreciated.

Any Canadians who know a good store to shop for these parts at, let me know.

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October 27, 2009 8:50:29 PM

One stop shopping:
www.newegg.ca

CPU Type: Intel Quad Core i7 920/2.66G
Good choice
HDD Capacity: 1000 GB
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB (set up in RAID 0)
OR
1x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

Memory : OCZ 12GB DDR3 1600 Tri-Channel
You only need a 6GB kit unless you're running some really memory intensive applications, you won't notice a performance increase in games with that extra 6GB
Optical: LG GH22NS50 22X DVDRW SATA Drive
Good choice
Video Card: BFG NVIDIA GTX285 OC 1G
Go with a GTX 260 at your current resolution, or a GTX 275 if you're planning on getting a monitor with at least 1920x1080 support. You also might want to look into ATI's DX11 cards if you haven't already
Mainboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Good choice
Case: Antec NineHundred
Good choice
Power Supply: OCZ 700W Gaming
Not sure exactly which model you're referring to, but I recommend changing it to a Corsair 750TX regardless.

I'd roughly estimate that this build should cost somewhere between $1,000-1,500CAD; I didn't bother to do the math.

EDIT: I decided to do the math... it came out to just under $1,400 CAD.
October 27, 2009 9:06:20 PM

Thank you

whats the difference between the Asus P6T Deluxe V2 and ASUS P6T SE ??? besides about 80 bucks....

Also, I actually do need 1920x1080 support and Im curious about the ATI dx11 cards... everything I read seems to point at the ATI 5850 HD.. can you recommend a good make ? I believe this will also work with this build.
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October 27, 2009 10:20:06 PM

If you want the video card to last for 3+ years (so DX11 will become significant) then the 5850 is both faster and cheaper than the 285 you listed initially. Its just bloody hard to find right now as they continue to sell out hours after coming in stock.

You could maybe get a combo deal with the Antec 900 and Antec True Power 750W PSU if you look.
October 27, 2009 10:31:58 PM

The P6T Deluxe V2 comes with improved heatsinks for overclocking and support for SLI (more than one Nvidia video card)

The P6T SE has neither of these, but it does still have support for Crossfire (more than one ATI video card) that the P6T Deluxe V2 also has.
October 28, 2009 4:26:29 AM

Newegg.ca doesn't always have the best prices in Canada. You'll usually find better deals at NCIX.com, and DirectCanada. In fact, NCIX will often pricematch competitors which is a nice little bonus.
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