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March 26, 2010 3:28:37 AM

Hey everyone, need some feedback/comments on a system I'm planning to build in a few weeks. I do have a lot of unknowns in this build, so hopefully I can get some good feedback on this.

Want:
Mid-tower PC
High End gaming - should be able to handle this for 3 years at least (games such as BF2: BC, COD: MW2, future GTA V, etc)
Computer Life: 4+ years
Dual boot XP (32 bit) and 7 (64 bit)
No overclocking

Objectives
Should run as cool as possible
Should be as silent as possible
Soft budget of 3k CDN (it's flexible, but this is my target max, Canadian funds)
If crossfiring, motherboard should have a wider than normal space between the two PCI-E x16 slots (ie as seen in the ASUS P6TD Deluxe)

Preferences:
CPU: Intel i7
Graphics: ATi (Sapphire)
HDD: 750GB min
RAM: OCZ
PSU: Corsaier, but definitely not Antec

I was toying around with the idea of liquid cooling, but am still unsure.

This was a sample build I was thinking of, however it seems to be overbuilt in many areas.
(Note, all computer prices taken from canada computers: http://canadacomputers.com/)

$334.99: Core i7 930
$479.99: Ati Radeon 5870 - Vapor-X
$479.99: Ati Radeon 5870 - Vapor-X
$305.99: Asus P6TD Deluxe Socket 1366 + Intel X58/ICH10R
$189.99: Corsair HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX EPS12V Power Supply
$99.99: Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-922M-KKN1-GP)
$69.99: Seagate Barracuda (ST3750528AS) 7200.12 SATA 3.0Gb/s 750GB 32MB Cache (OEM)
$37.99: DVD Drive
$50.99: Keyboard/Mouse
$174.99: OCZ (OCZ3P1333LV6GK) DDR3 PC3-10666 1333 MHz Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits 6GB (3x2048MB) T/C Kit
$239.99: Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Full HD 1080p, 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black , 1920 x 1080, 50000:1, 16:9, 5ms, DVI-D, HDMI, Tilt, Pivot and Height Adjustable (Retail Box)
$17.99: DVI cable
$75.00: CPU FAN

Total: 2557.88 (2890.40 with 13% sales tax)

Thanks in advance for your advice/input.
March 26, 2010 4:39:54 PM

First off ... Win7-64 has Full XP emulation mode ...

4+Yrs = Socket 1366

Extreme gaming (3Yrs) .. 920 or 930 +1600CAS7 + Zahlman ... 5970x1 (5870x1 .. 5850x2)

This all implies an 850W PSU and a Seagate 1200.12 or Spinpoint F3 1TB.

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March 26, 2010 4:47:11 PM

The CPU and the PSU are golden ...

I am recommending 2x5850s or ONE 5970 (or the new nVidia counterpart)

You REALLY need some RipJaws 1600/CAS7s, in there ... REALLY.

.... what else ...
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March 26, 2010 4:49:03 PM


Also, in your case ... It looks like a Kingston 64GB boot SSD would be helpful ($150).

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