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February 24, 2010 4:36:45 AM

Alright so i've been having some trouble finding the parts i wanted in Canadian stores so i will have to change a few things. This is what i have so far.

CPU- i7 860

Intel DP55WG Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, 8 Channel Audio, SATA

GPU- XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

PSU- Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

HDD- I heard good things about the Samsung Spinpoint (any suggustions on which one?)

RAM- G.Skill Ripjaw 6gb


I couldnt find the motherboard i wanted to so i changed to this one. Any input?. And i read that i will need at least 500mb hdd for video editing. Also read alot of good things about samsung spinpoint. Which one would work best for video editing and sound recording/ editing? this is my first build and could use all the help i can get.


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February 24, 2010 5:12:21 AM

I might do abit of gaming but the pc will mostly be used for sound recording and editing. I also have a few videos on my video camera i want to upload and edit. Nothing to crazy. my budget is around $1500 but i wouldnt mind spending a little less. I notice newegg has alot better prices then the canadian websites. Wish newegg shipped to Canada. Im not exactly sure but i think the monitor is only about 18"
I think i'm going to go with Windows 7
Not sure which G.Skill Ripjaw to be honest. Any advice would be much appreciated. Like i said this is my first build and not exactly sure what to buy.

Also i read that i will need at least a 500gb hard drive to do video editing. So i guess the 1tb these hard drives have should be plenty?

Seem to be having a hard time finding this exact GPU. Is there another one somone might suggest for video/sound editing. Dont think it has to be anything crazy since i dont do alot of gaming.
February 24, 2010 5:16:36 AM

Newegg does ship to Canada if you use the site. That's what I linked to above. That RAM it is awesome for a low price.
February 24, 2010 6:10:38 AM

i7 860 -305

GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 motherboard -140

RAM 117

Sapphire 5750 -156

Antec Sonata case with EA500 PSU -130
(this case is reasonably quiet and so a good choice for audio editing)

Caviar black 1TB -100

DVD burner -31

Windows 7 64-bit -120

Blu-ray drive -70

Then get a better monitor

You are still well under budget with all that, just need to add a keyboard/mouse and reasonable speakers
February 24, 2010 1:39:14 PM

As usual, Proximon has a very nice system put together for you. Here's a combo deal for your CPU and an upgraded version of the motherboard suggested above. I think the upgraded board is worth the extra $22. $466.98 (Intel i7 860 + Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3P combo)

I put together nearly an identical system over the weekend and it's an awesome machine. I used the CPU + motherboard combo I linked to and 8GB of G.Skill Ripjaws RAM since my customer is using this build for CAD and Photo/Video editing. You will be very happy with the build Proximon put together.
February 24, 2010 3:30:21 PM

Thanks guys I really appreciate all your help. I will go for the combo for sure. I'm not sure if I will need it but I was thinking about getting 6 - 8gb of ram but I guess I could always get more Down the road if needed. Now I just have to find out if it's worth while ordering from USA cause of shipping and taxes.
Thanks again
February 24, 2010 7:03:36 PM

I think ships from Canada now. NCIX, that I linked originally, is also a popular choice and can be quite competitive with free shipping and no GST type deals.
February 24, 2010 10:59:23 PM

is the 500w psu enough?
February 25, 2010 3:15:01 AM

Yup, the 500W Antec PSU is plenty for the system with a 5750 GPU.
February 25, 2010 3:23:51 AM

Yes, quite adequate for a 5750. It's quite a power sipper actually. Something like 75W at full load.

You might want to get a higher efficiency unit, to save money on the electrical bill... also there's just the question of future upgrades and the possibility you would want a stronger gaming card in the future.

I would probably get this Antec TP-550 for those reasons:

You could pair it up with the NZXT Hush:

Or the Antec Sonata without a PSU:

or the more pricey Antec P183:

And then it that price range you also have a few others that are quiet.