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Upgrade for LFD2, WoW.Approx $700 or less please

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January 4, 2010 11:49:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks (if the reasoning behind parts sounds justified)

BUDGET RANGE: Less than $700 CAD Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing Left4Dead2, TF2, World of Warcraft (HIGH settings, I desire NO LAG) and general system use. My current system lags to a high extent when I have more than 30 tabs open in my web browser.

Wireless Logitech Keyboard
MX revolution Mouse
Decent Altec Lansing ATP4 speakers
LG Super Multi Optical Drive
2x Samsung 2ms 22” Samsung monitors (T220 and 226BW)

640GB WD Caviar Black SATA HD (bought in August 09)
EVGA GeForce 9800GTX+ 512mb (bought in August 09)
Corsair vx550w PSU (bought in August 09)

I WILL NOT be re-using my…
Bad Aspire mid-tower
Athlon 4400+ CPU
2gb PC3200 Kingston ram
DFI NF4 Motherboard


PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU I lean towards Intel because the i5 750 kicked major rear in the December System Building Marathon. I also do not mind the PCIe limitation because I am a SINGLE GPU kind of guy (as you all say in your heads “…loser...”)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I’d like my GPU,ram and mobo selections to benefit from some easy beginners overclocking


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 now, but I will consider moving up to 1920x1080 in the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want good cooling, so I am considering the CM HAF932 case as it seems powerful and quiet. Also, not included in the budget – what would be a good aftermarket cooler for my CPU when I save up some more cash?

These are the parts I am CONSIDERING. I want your opinions on a system for me though:

Intel i5 750

Gigabyte GA-P551-UD4P motherboard (This was selected in the SBM because it is easy to overclock and I like that gigabyte has a back-up BIOS. Not sure if the new Sata 6GB and USB3 matter to me)

G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD (I read that this is “AMAZING” overclockign ram, but do not really understand why)

Cooler Master HAF932

Total $706 CAD

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January 5, 2010 12:05:24 AM

The other advantage of that mobo aside from USB3 and SATA6Gb/s is that it does not use a foxconn socket (which aren't exactly safe to overclock on). You could get the UD3 version of that board to save yourself some money, and not have extra PCIE slots that you won't use. And is still a pretty good overclocker from what I have gathered.
January 5, 2010 1:10:48 AM

Ah okay, so the UD3 and U4 are both suitable choices then, I see.

How about the ram? Is that a good call? or is there a cheaper route with comparable results? Corsair seems to cost a fortune =/
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January 5, 2010 9:01:54 AM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD

Okay! How about these two choices for ram. Opinions? $40 difference. I wonder if the performance is worth it? The UD4P is capable of 2200 speed ram I think

ORRRR am I way off track and would Corsair or OCZ or Kingston or Patriot have something suitable for me?
January 5, 2010 1:50:51 PM

Firstly, I am a novice overclocker myself, so I don't know yet what to look for in components, I'm still learning, and the only overclocking I've done on my RAM is to tighten the timings.
For gaming, low latency 1333mhz or 1600mhz should do you.
I've heard from a pretty knowledgeable/arrogant poster at another forum that this Kingston HyperX RAM $142 is a good overclocker (HyperX series), but personally I don't see why you should spend more than $120 on low latency 1600mhz or 1333mhz RAM.

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January 5, 2010 2:18:36 PM

Grab the ripjaws $104.99

Those things OC better than Corsair Dominators, and won the recent F1OC overclocking competition taking 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th places.
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January 5, 2010 2:22:26 PM

Oh and grab the HAF 922 instead $109.99, $89.99 after MIR. $50 cheaper and basically the as the 932. Major diff is slightly smaller (but still fits a 5970 even) and 1 less fan, though you can just pick up the missing fan itself for $10.
January 5, 2010 6:32:14 PM

Ah thanks for the replies everyone.
My choices are greatly narrowed down. I'll head to the memory section to double check on which ripjaws to buy for sure at todays prices and that should be it.

For aftermarket HSF, it looks like one can't go wrong with the Corsair watercooling kit or perhaps the Megahalems if a retainer bracket for the i5 socket can be had