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Is this i5 gaming build ok?

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January 2, 2010 6:40:13 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I am buying something tomorrow, either this exact build or something better if it's recommended.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, mouse, OS, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca or any other Canadian website if it has a much better price

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: I only plan to overclock the GPU immediately but i would like to and almost certainly will overclock more in the near future.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1280x1024, will be buying a new higher res monitor in maybe a couple of months.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The power supply I'm buying from a friend for $100 USD which is much less then the listed price. I'm actually already over budget by about $50 with the build i have listed, which isn't a problem but if you have any suggested changes I should make please nothing much more expensive.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (I'm getting this from a friend for about $105 CAD.)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... (I'm not too happy about this burner but I have a headache and don't really have the time to do more research on this so any suggestion for a good cheap burner would be really appreciated)

Total $1300 CAD inlcuding taxes and shipping.

Oh and I also plan to buy some arctic silver thermal paste unfortunately newegg.ca doesn't sell it for some inexplicable reason so I'll be getting this at a local computer store.

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a b K Overclocking
January 2, 2010 6:54:26 AM

a very strong build. not much about it i would change, if anything.

im really struggling to come up with any other comments really. though id recomend a decent aftermarket cooler. its one ofg the best investments you can make, since itt will allow for a much stronger OC. plus, they usually come with TIM, so it may save you a trip ;) 

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a b K Overclocking
January 2, 2010 9:20:56 AM

the antec sg 650 is a nice power supply but the corsair hx650/hx750 perform just as well or even the seasonic x 650 wich is currently the best 650 watt out are cheaper

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a c 148 K Overclocking
January 2, 2010 2:58:03 PM

-Consider the pro version of this board which adds USB3 and 6 GB/s SATA for $24 more.

-The WD640 is an older 320 GB per platter drive......suggest a new generation 5090 GB per platter drive such as the Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12. Check the THG performance charts in Storage Section of THG home page to determine which of the two works best for your intended usage as one shines in some areas and the other shines in others.

The SG-650 is the best PSU in it's size range ..... but it's expensive. I notice on the newegg site it lists the CP-850 as something "other customers bought" with their 600. It had been my understanding that the CP series PSU's only fit the P183, P193 and 1200 cases. But since the 600 is rather new, and I couldn't find any reviews of it, it would be worth checking to see if you could use the CP-850 ($139) ... you'll save $50.....get extra capacity for a 2nd GFX card and get a PSU that's beats the SG series in many categories.
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January 2, 2010 8:19:48 PM

welshmousepk said:
a very strong build. not much about it i would change, if anything.

im really struggling to come up with any other comments really. though id recomend a decent aftermarket cooler. its one ofg the best investments you can make, since itt will allow for a much stronger OC. plus, they usually come with TIM, so it may save you a trip ;) 


Yeah i fully plan to buy an aftermarket cooler before i do any serious OC, i just didn't include it now because i figure the stock cooler will be fine for this build without any OC, and since i don't plan to OC right away and i'm already over budget i decided not to include it.

obsidian86 said:
the antec sg 650 is a nice power supply but the corsair hx650/hx750 perform just as well or even the seasonic x 650 wich is currently the best 650 watt out are cheaper


Those might be cheaper in retail but I'm only paying about $100 for the antec, I don't think i can get a good PSU for less then that.

JackNaylorPE said:
-Consider the pro version of this board which adds USB3 and 6 GB/s SATA for $24 more.

-The WD640 is an older 320 GB per platter drive......suggest a new generation 5090 GB per platter drive such as the Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12. Check the THG performance charts in Storage Section of THG home page to determine which of the two works best for your intended usage as one shines in some areas and the other shines in others.

The SG-650 is the best PSU in it's size range ..... but it's expensive. I notice on the newegg site it lists the CP-850 as something "other customers bought" with their 600. It had been my understanding that the CP series PSU's only fit the P183, P193 and 1200 cases. But since the 600 is rather new, and I couldn't find any reviews of it, it would be worth checking to see if you could use the CP-850 ($139) ... you'll save $50.....get extra capacity for a 2nd GFX card and get a PSU that's beats the SG series in many categories.


For the board, honestly I can do without those features so i'd rather not spend the $24 since I'm already over.

I know the WD640 is an older drive but unfortunately none of the newer generation 500gb platter drives are an option for me. I REALLY wanted to get a Spinpoint F3 but for some reason newegg.ca doesn't sell them so thats not an option. The other 500gb platter drives are too expensive for me atm, and as far as I know the seagate 7200.12 aren't 500gb platter, but even if they were I've heard too many bad things about seagate so I don't really wanna go that route.

Regarding the psu, im only paying $100 for the antec SG-650, and since I'm not planning on adding a 2nd gpu I really can't justify spending an extra $40 for the CP-850.
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a c 148 K Overclocking
January 10, 2010 6:29:49 PM

fr0gpunch said:
and as far as I know the seagate 7200.12 aren't 500gb platter, but even if they were I've heard too many bad things about seagate so I don't really wanna go that route.


I think your confusing the 7200.12's with the 7200.11's which had a firmware issue. I'm noticing that most NAS vendors are including 7200.12's in their units these days....probably more for the low sound / heat levels than performance as they are in small boxes.

And the 7200.12's definitely include 500 GB platter drives. Just click on 500GB / platter seagate. Also note that a 750 GB drive can use twin 500 GB platters by using only 75% of the platter to write data on.

http://omgili.com/jmp/DyQaNGXlfMo4L_nFcVZ9fCe_BTyQEtQq2...
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