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November 26, 2009 2:19:08 PM

was wondering if anyone could suggest any tweaks or alterations to this without costing more as this system is already over my budget of $2,000 canadian shopping at NCIX canada.

MB: asus maximus III formula intel P55(I5-I7 ready)
CPU: intel core I5-750 lynnfield 2.66ghz 8mb l3 95w
VID: 2X xfx radeon 5850 1gb each in crossfire
RAM: corsair XMS3 8gb(4X2) ddr3 1600 cl 9-9-9-24
HD: western digital 1tb caviar black sata II 30gb/s 7200 rpm
OPT: sony optiarc cd/dvd rw 24X sata lightscribe
case: Antec 1200 mid-tower gamer case
power: corsair 750-watt sli/xfire 80+ certified
xtra cooling: corsair CWCH50-1 water cooling
windows 7 pro 64 bit

this seems like a good system to me for gaming but also seems fine for other functions as well like surfing, watching vids and well worth the money with the I7 upgrade ability of the mobo in the future(by then the -9 will be out i know *sigh*). why the costs are still so high in canada is ridiculous(profiteering/gouging no doubt) but wtf can we do about it other than use ncix's price comparison thingy.

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November 26, 2009 3:14:59 PM

All I'd question is the Win7 Pro. From all I've read the home premium does everything the home user needs. I use Win7 Home Premium 64 bit and like it. Save about $100 US.

November 26, 2009 8:22:52 PM

only reason i went pro was on someone's advice since i like to replay older games i own and apparently need the "XP" mode that pro offers. i know i can play old games on my current xp machine using the compatibility function. unless i misunderstood what that function is. if i misunderstood, then for sure i'll follow your advice and go with the premium instead. can put that money saved towards a bigger, nicer monitor than my current 19" lcd.
November 28, 2009 1:39:11 PM

still hoping for a few more opinions b4 i order this beast. that's the problem with such a good & reliable site such as tom's...posts get relegated to page 6 pdq lol. if i order now, i might luck out and the vod cards might be back in stock soon and i can get this for my xmas gift.
November 28, 2009 1:43:54 PM

ok what has the maximus board have that the cheaper asus p55 pro/evo,msi p55 gd65/gd80 or even gigabyte p55 ud4/ud5 hasn got
November 30, 2009 1:42:14 PM

i'm not the one to answer that. this system was a recomendation and i substituted 3 components but the mobo wasn't 1 i switched. i'd be curious to know as well.