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$1800-2000 Gaming Build need advise

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April 13, 2010 3:50:52 AM



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week

BUDGET RANGE: $1800-$2000 before tax

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, everyday stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: preferably ncix.com, you can pricematch it with shopbot.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: I7 930

OVERCLOCKING: Yes but not hardcore

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Most Likely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hi Guys this is my first build, I'm not very pro with hardwares so my friend is gonna help me with it. So far I'm wondering between few choices and in need of some pro advise, all your helps are greatly appreciated.

btw I'm in BC so there will be 12% tax on everything :pfff:  the 2000 budget is before tax and I have windows 7 already so no need to buy that

I'll most likely be buying from http://www.ncix.com/ and pricematch it with shopbot.ca

Here is the list that I've selected so far, please comment on it

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Case: Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38996&vpn=RC-922M-KKN...

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=46706&vpn=P6X58D%20Pr...

I'm not very familar with mobos so what's the difference between ASUS P6X58D; ASUS P6TD deluxe and Gigabyte X58A-UD3R?

just wanna know why is Asus more expensive than Gigabyte

CPU: Intel Core i7-930

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=50913&vpn=BX80601930&...

RAM: G.SKILL F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34717&vpn=F3...

GPU: Here is where I'm not sure, I read on a few bench marks and decide to go with either xfire 5850 or 1 5970, need some good advise here please.

DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support

HD: Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB Sata2 7200rpm

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=31000&vpn=WD1001FALS&...

PSU: I'm not sure whether I need 750W or 850W

Optional: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SSD would be nice but it might be a little over my budget

Basically both xfire 5850 and single 5970 build will be around 2000 after tax, which is better in you guys' option and I would love some other recommendations as well.

Thanks for the help
April 13, 2010 4:01:29 AM

xfx 5970 FTW>
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April 13, 2010 4:29:28 AM

5970.
The 5970 is 2 underclocked 5870s, the xfire 5850s are...2 5850s :p 
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April 13, 2010 4:36:31 AM

For the mobo, go for the Gigabyte x58a ud3r, it is very powerful and cheap mobo with sata 3 and usb 3. It can overclock like its bigger brother on air while being alot cheaper( aka the ud7 and the ud5). For gpu, if you have the money go for the gtx480, it give alot more min fps which is the most important thing in gaming performance than a 5870 and sometime it can even beat a 5970 in some games like strangely Dirt 2 which is a Ati optimized game (I am always ROFLING when i see that)
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April 13, 2010 5:34:33 AM

Thanks for the feedback ;D

idk about gtx480 i read quite a few reviews they seemed on par with 5870s and they have high temp problem...but i guess ill do more research...btw just wondering what psu should i use for those
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April 13, 2010 5:41:31 AM

I'd say wait and get a few more opinions. In general everything looks pretty good, but I'm too tired to offer a well-thought-out opinion at the moment. :) 
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April 13, 2010 10:54:12 AM

coldsleep said:
I'd say wait and get a few more opinions. In general everything looks pretty good, but I'm too tired to offer a well-thought-out opinion at the moment. :) 


Thanks for the reply :D ...just have a quick question, which psu do I need for a single 5870?..would Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V be good enough or do I need more than 600w?
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April 13, 2010 11:19:50 AM

well 600w could run 1 card but if you want to xfire in the future then you need a good 750w imo.
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April 13, 2010 5:23:29 PM

Yeah a good psu like the seasonic x750, gold 85+, nice warranty and Seasonic make alot of psu for other company like corsair and etc. They are server grade stuff.
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April 13, 2010 8:25:04 PM

Thanks for all the inputs :D 

After a night of research I think I'm almost ready to hit the order button

I changed my list quite a bit, this should be the final setup ;p

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
CPU: I7-930
GPU: Powercolor Radeon 5870 1GB (only one that is in stock)
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
Case: Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower or Coolermaster Storm Sniper
RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24
PSU: Corsair TX650W 650W
DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L
SSD: Intel X25-M 80GB 34NM

So I stepped down on gpu and got myself assd instead, also saving almost $200 from the initial build.

Any last minute comments/suggestions before I hit order?

Thanks

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