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December 18, 2009 10:49:34 PM

I have a budget of about CAD$1500 (not including keyboard/mouse/monitors/speakers/OS), How is this build so far? All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Case - Antec 900 - $119
Mobo - X58 SLI w/ TripleDDR3 1600+, 7.1 Audio, Dual Gigabit Lan, 1394, PCI-E, 3-way SLI $309
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25137%28ME%...
CPU - Core i7 920 $329
RAM - Corsair 6GB XMS3-1600 PC3-12800 Core™ i7 Triple Channel DDR3 Kit (3 x 2GB) w/ Intel XMP $176
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22567%28ME%...
HDD - Western Digital 640GB Caviar Black $80
DVD - Samsung SH0S223L - 29
PSU - Corsair HX 750W - $169
GPU - e-GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 55nm Super Clocked 896MB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDTV-Out

I'm just wondering how that looks. I plan on doing some overclocking (3.8ghz most likely), and I have some questions.
1. How well is the stock cooler for getting those speeds? I assume the chip will be a D0.
2. How well is the motherboard and ram for overclocking?
3. Is that RAM decent for overclocking?
4. The ram has high timings, 9-9-9-24 XMP/JEDEC, are those noticable compared to say 7-7-7-19 ?

other than that, how does that build look? Thanks alot.

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December 18, 2009 11:14:07 PM

Suggest a 500 GB per platter drive such as Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12

The Corsair memory has been way overpriced last 3-4 weeks

The Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 PSU is superior to the 900 / Corsair HX for just about same price

As for Gfx...take ya budget and look at list below

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09


$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
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December 18, 2009 11:25:13 PM

Alright, I'll go with the Seagate 500gb 7200.12 (this is faster than the WD640?),

Can you suggest better memory? I'm after some decent 1600mhz low latency sticks.

As for the Case+PSU, is it better than the corsair psu ?

and for my price range, I guess the 5850 it is.

Thanks
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