BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1400 Canadian excluding parts I have below
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, media server, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Dell U2410 1920*1200), speakers, OS, hard drive (have SSD and a 2gb hitachi)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com and will be price matching with other online sites for black friday!!!
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, preferably with lots of SATA ports on MOBO and lots of hdd bays
Case- was thinking antec 1200 but not sure it will hold the latest graphic cards such as 5870 (currently beyond budget but if I upgrade it would be nice to not need a new case). also would like quite a few 3.5 bays if possible
Motherboard- would like to have quite a few sata ports if possible
Processor- thinking of i7 920
Video card- thinking of NOT a 5870... prob beyond budget but not at all available anywhere and want to get now. also not a MAJOR gamer but would like something that can play the latest games even if not at highest res. One other important thing to note is that I am looking to have a 3 monitor setup... maybe not all 3 for gaming, but would like a card that can support 3 outs at once
All help appreciated- if there's anyway I can get feedback soon that would be awesome as I would like to submit order on friday including price matches!!!
328.99 i7 920
303.18 Antec bundle 1200 and antec cp 850 PSU
250.16 Asus P6T Mobo (not deluxe)
174.99 Powercooler ATI Radeon 5770
234.99 Corsair dominator 6gb ddr3 1600
49.99 Xigmatech dark knight cooler
33.97 Samsung dvd burner 22x
Total 1375 Cdn. think I can get some things down (920) by price matching for example newegg.ca is $20 cheaper. The antec 1200 bundle with PSU seems like a great deal. wouldn't mind putting some extra $ in for a 5850 put probably won't find one and I'm also not a major gamer. Ram might be overkill... but it is a good discount, regular 280 but was a special deal with the mobo..
Think i shoudl get the P6t deluxe or does it matter?
Also recall I have an ssd HD, and another HD, and windows
It's a good build, but the 850W PSU is overkill. Crossfiring will usually only need a 750. You might want to see if it's cheaper to buy a smaller PSU outside of the bundle (I'm also not sold on Antec PSUs, but that's more of a personal choice).
I would stick with the regular mobo, unless you really need the extra 2 SATA connections or the 2 extra USB slots.
I would look into other RAM. I know its in a combo, but the board doesn't list DDR3 1600 as standard memory (could just be Newegg). You'll also save a bit by dropping down to DDR3 1333.
Getting a 5850 if you're not a gamer would be overkill (by like $175). The 5770 is a good choice.
The only potential issue would be the RAM, so check that out. Other than that, it's a good build with as much upgrade potential you can get with Intel.
The i7-920 processor and X58 motherboard are old technology, and past their prime. Intel will be coming out with new i9 processors and motherboards in 2010, but these will be expensive because they are not targeting the home PC user.
Keep in mind that the P55 motherboards for the i750 tend to be substantially cheaper than the X58 motherboards for the i920. In addition, for gaming you only need to buy two sticks of DDR3 ram for the P55 motherboard compared with three sticks for most X58 boards, which save even more money for the same performance. You should be able to save about $200 USD when you take into account the cost savings associated with the differences between the processors ($90), the motherboards ($80), and the RAM (2 versus 3 sticks, $30). Thats not a bad deal considering you are not sacrificing anything in performance!