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November 12, 2009 11:13:11 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: ~$700 W/O Monitor or Video Card.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor or GPU

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca, NCIX.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Newfoundland, Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: See comments below.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if I have to for my price range.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I don't plan on it, unless I can be convinced otherwise.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Monitor Not Required

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already have a HD 5850 ordered, so I need the rest of my system. I was thinking of using a core i5, but I don't know anything about bottlenecking. Also, I don't know; what PSU to get, difference between MoBos, or difference between DDR3 Dual-Channel RAM. I don't plan on Crossfiring, I'd rather a single gpu solution.

With all that in mind, I had this chosen;
-RAM, OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820227495 (Is there any problem with that one? It's cheaper than the Ripjaws one, maybe there's a reason for that?)

-CPU and MoBo combo, Intel Core i5 and ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDe...t=Combo.291937

-PSU, Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817371015

-HDD, Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822136319

-Case, COOLER MASTER RC-690

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811119137

-CD/DVD Drive, Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16827118030

Would this all work together? I'm not great at choosing this stuff, any help?

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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 2:25:12 AM

lolzololz said:
I'm not great at choosing this stuff
Liar.


Only thing I would think about changing is the WD HDD for the samsung F3 500 or F3 1TB.

Well, I also prefer the looks of Antec cases and would get a 300 illusion instead, but thats cosmetic.
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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 2:30:38 AM

Hmm, for some reason the links didn't work correctly, but assuming that is the same RAM I was looking at, the problem is that it is very high latency RAM, which hurts performance quite a bit.
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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 2:33:31 AM

True that CAS7 or CAS8 RAM around the same price would be better than that CAS9, though probably wont make a couple percent difference outside of benchmarking.
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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 2:43:42 AM

Yep, and that ram is really tempting (it is practically free after MIR and Combo), but the latency is why it is so cheap.
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November 13, 2009 8:52:12 PM

Is the PSU any good for the system?
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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 9:05:20 PM

Antec Earthwatts is a decent, economical power supply.
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November 14, 2009 10:24:23 PM

dndhatcher said:
Antec Earthwatts is a decent, economical power supply.


I heard there might be a problem with the power connector lengths, would it work with my case?
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a b U Graphics card
November 16, 2009 5:04:48 PM

The RC 690 is midsize, not full tower so I doubt it. Usually its only a problem in full towers with a couple extra inches between the PSU and motherboard. If it is a problem, power extensions are pretty cheap and should be easy to get.
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