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December 13, 2009 5:16:28 AM

I've decide against buying form ibuypower and am now going to get the parts off newegg and build it myself.

It will be running on Windows 7 64bit by the way.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible, as I'd like it to arrive before Christmas. The budget is as close to 1500 as possible(tax, shipping, included), but the cheaper the better ;) .

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/3d animation/Video editing/playing(especially HD) And these are all very important, and in no specific order.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

OVERCLOCKING: Just a bit, couple hundred mhz, also depends on processor.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Depends, see additional comments.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 24" 1920x1200 Samsung


PARTS PREFERENCES: Just take a look at these, you don't have to use them in the build if you've found something cheaper/better/etc.
So I have a few ideas of some parts:
Case--Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower I like this case, 3dgameman rates it a "100% Kickass Product" but it's somewhat expensive. Significantly cheaper is the XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC ATX Full Tower which has maaaaassive fans.

CPU--AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz (125W) or the 140W; what's the difference?
NOTE:If you can build a sub$1500 i7/i5 computer, without cheaping out on any other important parts, I'd probably go that way, as I hear Intel is better.

GPU--SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail If you can fit a more expensive graphics card into the budget, obviously go for it.
I like the performance for price of ATI cards, but I think the Physx part of nvidia is pretty cool.
So maybe give me a few options to choose from, or you still do that thing with the cheap nvidia card as a physx card, that runs alongside an ATI card?



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: --
Was considering doing a RAID 0 configuration with under cheap enough hard drives. I don't need much capacity in these as I have a 1TB data hard drive.

Maybe put in one of those blue cathode lights.

And if possible, make it quiet :)  (Not a priority at all)


Thanks guys!

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December 13, 2009 1:04:46 PM

CPU: 125W is TDP (Thermal Design Power) which is up to how much wattage a cpu uses. Doesn't mean it WILL use that much at all time. Only under load. Naturally, the lower the TDP, the cooler the cpu & more energy is saved & possibly the higher the overclock due to lower heat. Low energy cpus usually cost more than higher ones.

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Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129024
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$50.00 Instant


$159.99
$109.99

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136319
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$74.99

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XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150443
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy



$430.49

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OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227346
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant


$157.98
$147.98
($73.99 each)

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ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131404
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant


$174.99
$169.99

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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy



$219.99

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy



$121.99

Subtotal: $1,275.42
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It still needs a keyb/mouse combo. Anyway, the case is a tight fit for the gpu. Def. can't have an internal case fan behind the harddisk cage. You can swap it out for a full tower + a quality 500W PSU. That would be over budget. As I know the case + PSU would run you $200-ish. However, this gpu won't be outdated for a long while. Or you could downgrade the gpu to HD 5850 for ~$330 and throw in a good cpu cooler like:

Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-GP - Retail

$17.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Unfortunately, they don't carry the better Hyper 212 cooler.
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