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January 24, 2010 5:23:38 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 weeks from now. BUDGET RANGE: Up to around 1250 Canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.tigerdirect.ca or any other Canadian place. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE:No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've had problem in the past with video cards getting fried so that's one of my main concerns with building this pc. This will also be the first time I'm building a pc from scratch.

ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer Motherboard - LGA1156, Intel P55 Express, Dual-Channel DDR3, Intel DMI, NVIDIA SLI, ATI CrossFireX
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

XION Power Real 1000W ATX Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-GP Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler - 120mm, LGA 1366, 1156, 775, AMD AM3, AM2+, AM2
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum RAM - 4GB, 2x2GB, 1333MHz, DDR3, Low Voltage, Dual Channel
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Cooler Master Thermal Compound
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


Does anybody see anything inherently wrong with the setup? Any optimizations I should make?

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January 24, 2010 5:29:06 PM

Your CPU wont work with your mobo, the PSU is way overkill and a POS your HDD are so so

Do you want a s1156 or a s1366 ?

Then we can work on the other stuff
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January 24, 2010 5:37:10 PM

I'm not really sure on any of that stuff. I can certainly downgrade the PSU and perhaps even use my current one.

Should I be switching out the motherboard or the CPU?
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January 24, 2010 5:47:10 PM

For your budget i would look into something like this maybe even add in a HD 5850 case you upgrade the monitor latter on. Others might have there 2 cents to add in but it looks good to me. Any question feel free to ask



Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $6.99
• 2 year: $11.99
$24.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$119.99
$109.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102858
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $19.99
• 2 year: $35.99
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$189.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$129.99
$119.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231321
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$123.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128412
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$149.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
$119.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$29.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Subtotal: $1,163.90
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January 24, 2010 6:10:59 PM

Okay thanks for the list.

So if I were to scrap the Windows 7 part to save money and just use my current Windows XP, should I use that saved money on a better CPU or GPU?

EDIT: Or would it be better to just spend the money on the upgrade to Windows 7?
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January 24, 2010 7:29:59 PM

ifyouseekay said:
Okay thanks for the list.

So if I were to scrap the Windows 7 part to save money and just use my current Windows XP, should I use that saved money on a better CPU or GPU?

EDIT: Or would it be better to just spend the money on the upgrade to Windows 7?


Well @ your rez there is really no need for a better GPU or CPU + that is a good CPU going with windows 7 64 bit will allow you to use all your ram ( some pros and cons to 64 BIT OS http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/should_you_up...

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