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3000$ budget on a gaming pc, need advice!

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February 23, 2010 7:12:46 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: 2000 - 3000$ (shipping and handling included)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, online gaming, rendering (HD photos and videos (adobe collection)), web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, speakers, sound card, 250GB HDD (but need a 2nd HDD for gaming), disk drive


PARTS PREFERENCES: NO western digital HDD, ATI Graphics card, Intel core i7

OVERCLOCKING: maybe (need to learn about it) CROSSFIRE: Yes (but farther in the future)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is it more efficient to overclock a intel core i7 920 (2.66 ghz) to 3.33ghz or pay an extra 500$ to get a intel core i7 960 at 3.33ghz and with liquid cooling or fan cooling? I'm looking for it to be durable.

I'm planning on paying with a monthly payment option (advanced payments are a must for me) and it will all be in Canadian dollars.

System must be compatible with:

Turtle beach, Montego 7.1 surround sound card

LG, Super multi blue internal blu-ray disc rewriter model no. BH08

ACER, H213H 21.5 inch LCD monitor (HDMI, VGA, DVI inputs) Preferred input: DVI

Here is the computer that I'm looking at:

It's that type of pc but with an intel core i7 960 processor on it

NOTE: The system is to be purchased immediately BUT payed off LATER/over time with a MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN
February 23, 2010 9:13:08 PM

I would use an EVGA motherboard (1366 socket recommended if you plan on upgrading to core i9)
X4 power supply
There are many monitors cheep now
Core i7 920
Corsair Ram 1866 MHZ
And defiantly raid 0 SSD (Extream performance)
February 23, 2010 11:11:58 PM
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February 23, 2010 11:43:17 PM

Antec 1200 $180

Antec CP-850 $135
Sized for 2nd GFX card and even am added dedicated PhysX if you wanna go that way.

Asus P6X58D $320

Intel 920 $300

Corsair CAS 7 $190

Intel 80 GB SSD $320

Seagate 7200.12 $100

Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):


XFX 5870 $420

Heat Sink $93
Note fan speed recommendation: "Minimal air resistance between fins allowing best balance between noise and performance in range of 800-1200RPM. For all out performance, fan RPM at 1600 or above is recommended."

HS Fan $12
You can use two of these in push-pull config if you want

Note....if you want MoBo to control fan speeds you'll need one of these:

$ 7
US outfit near Canadian border, ships to Canada.

$2089 w/ twin HS fans
Add $420 if ya want Xfire right away.