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November 28, 2009 12:26:05 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks to one month
BUDGET RANGE: (1000-1200) After Rebates 1000-1400 w/ monitor

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Gamepad, mouse, keyboard, speakers, ect.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (,, or any canadian computer part seller.



1)I'll buy the 5850 at NCIX
-Which model would you take?

2)For the motherboard, I'm looking for a MB supporting a "light" overclock. Based on this french article (sorry I don't find it in english) Here I'm expecting to overclock it to 3.2Ghz w/turbo. I gues this mobo is good for me:
At Newegg

3) For the RAM... I had an excellent article (I think it's from Anandtech, but I can't find it...) comparating a bunch of sticks with various frenquency/latency. I can't exactly remember, but there was some price/performance comparisons. The thing that I loved in this article is that they used cheap sticks and overclocked them (downclocked the frequency and lowered the latency) to simulate expensive lower frequency, but low latency sticks. I'm looking for something similar, I wish you know what I'm talking about. In that case, I'm open to any suggestion (if you have the link to the article post it please!).

4) Hard drives:
I want a RAID 0 array
I'm looking for a cheap SSD drive compatible with TRIM. I don't think it'll necessary fit in my budget, but I'm still intrested to upgrade it a bit.

5) PSU: Something resonable ;) 

6) Drive: Cheap one

7) Cooler: Open to suggestions x)

8) Monitor:
I'll maybe play on a TV so I'm not looking for the ''big ass screen that cost me an arm'', maybe something like 23-24'inch 5ms (maybe 2ms [FPS player], but I heard that you couldnt make the difference).

9) Case:

Thank for reading :) 

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November 28, 2009 9:00:49 PM

Any +1?

Graphic Card: XFX 5850, I can have it at a local computer shop for 342CA$
-The saphire version is cheaper, I'm wondering if the XFX version worths its +40$.

Mother Board: At NCIX
At Newegg 189.99CA$

CPU & memory: Combo deal on amazone 296.97CA$ for both
I'll go with these RAM (following Toms suggestions):
Crucial CT2KIT25664BA1339 4GB $96.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
RAM+CPU= $296.97

Driver: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD 34.99CA$

PSU: Can't decide =(
Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W $129.99 Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $149.99 Before 20$ mail in rebate

My first impultion is to get the Antec because it is cheaper.

Case: 79.99CA$ Free Shipping

Monitor: I do want a 1920x1200 monitor =()
What do you think bout this one:
ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms $319.99 ($289.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping


I have three ?????
1) If I am going for two Samsung F3 (110$), which RAID card controller should I get?
2) Never heard bout this cooler (Coolermaster Hyper 212 31$). Any +1?
3) I'm looking for a good bang for buck solid state drive compatible with TRIM (I'll be running on win 7).

Brings me to 1535$...
November 28, 2009 9:36:59 PM

The XFX has lifetime warranty, but if it varies $40 then I'd get the Sapphire. The XFX is usually only $10 more in the States. Why buy worse memory for more money? The one I recommended is faster and cheaper, why get junk? Corsair if it same with rebate. Good monitor.
1) IDK :) 
2) Here is your +1, its #7 out of top 10 coolers and the cheapest there.
3) I'm not your SSD or RAID guy.
November 29, 2009 1:48:14 PM

Are you sure that the warranty is still applicable if you overclock it?
I haven't ignored your ram pick, but I just saw that combo and these ram are Tom's recommandation for top bang for buck overclocker ram.
For the PSU, I'll probably put a second G/C and overclock to a higher frequency when it'll be needed. I just want to avoid a PSU limitation later if I need to increase the speed of my computer.
November 29, 2009 1:53:14 PM

Their warranty states you can overclock it and they will still repair.
November 29, 2009 1:55:11 PM

That's good! Let me check if it covers the Canada.