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April 14, 2010 4:29:41 AM

Budget: About $1800 Canadian including tax

In around June I will be building my first system and I was wondering if this would last for a few years. This would be a system that I would be using Adobe After Effects, Video encoding, and a lot of Gaming. I am looking for more of a LGA1156 socket and will be done on a 1680x1050 screen resolution.

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

Graphics Card: 2x ASUS EAH5770 Version 1 Cooler (Crossfire), would rather not have version 2 cooler because it exhausts heated air into the case more then out. Would also rather not have a 5850, as with 2 5770's it's pretty much equal to a 5870, and by the time I upgrade my graphics cards, it'll probably be when the next windows comes out with dx12.

Power Supply: Super Flower Golden Green 800W, 80 Plus Gold

Case: Cooler Master Sniper Black Edition, or maybe even HAF X depending on how much it costs when it comes out

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz)

Hard drive: 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SataIII 6Gb/s 64MB cache (RAID-0) for OS's/Programs
1x Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SataII 3Gb/s 64MB cache for Storage

Wireless Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN951N Triple Antenna (mostly will be using ethernet line)

CPU: Intel i7 860 @2.8GHz

CPU Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ with 2 fans

DVD/CD Drive: 2x ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X

Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry 2 Touchscreen LCD to control all the other fans because the mobo I'm getting can not support more then 3 fan headers

I will be getting half of my parts from Taiwan and half from Canada.

April 14, 2010 10:13:53 AM

You can just as easily upgrade a 5870 vs two 5770s. However, your power bill will be much higher with two 5770s and it's socially irresponsible to be running such an inefficient configuration.

Also, be wary of your PSU - that sounds like a no-name brand, and I wouldn't trust it. If I were you, I'd get a name-brand 600W (eg. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic).

You're really going overboard with the fans. The Hyper 212+ can be cooled with one fan, and having an additional fan just adds noise without giving you much benefit. The only reason you'd want the CPU to be coler is so you an overclock it more! As for the case fans - two 120mm fans is more than enough for adequete airflow. One intake + one exhaust = lots of CFM. Any more, and you're just wasting power.

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April 14, 2010 1:35:38 PM

You don't need two 5770s (or even a single 5850 or 5870) to game at 1600x resolutions. A single 5770 would be fine.

Here's what I would build (prices/links from

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Asus P6X58D Premium $585
RAM: 2x Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $510
GPU: HD 5770 $153
HDD: 3x Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $300. Just as fast the WD 6 GBps and faster than the 3 GBps. They're cheaper than both. The Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB would be preferred, but may not be available.
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $90
Case: Coolermaster 690 $80 before 10 USD rebate ($70 in total)
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30. I agree that the second fan is unnecessary to start with.

Total: $1,773
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April 14, 2010 4:09:50 PM

I agree with Excelblue I've never heard that PSU manufacturer. (Since your building
a new system why not invest more on your PSU), it will serve you well trust me. If
you want to cut the cost then you can opt for a cheaper case like the antec 900 /
1200 which provides good airflow and a lot of room, that case also comes with its
built in fan controller so you can leave that one out. One more thing, 5850 will be a
much better choice since it produces less amount of heat compared to 2 5770s and
it will provide better minimum framerates because there will be no interface delays
between 2 cards. These are just advises it's still your call. ^^ cheers
April 14, 2010 11:30:43 PM

Well I might go with a system similar to what MadAdmiral said, but what's the difference between the P6X58D Premium and the P6X58D-E? other then the premium being 32nm compatible. In canada the premium is almost 50 dollars more then the -e, but I'm not sure how much it is in Taiwan, most likely a lot less. I probably wouldn't need 12GB of ram, so I will stick with 6 for now. Yes I am planning to overclock, especially the Asus graphics card's since if you overclock with their utility and the card breaks, they will repair/replace it. As for the PSU, I'm still not completely sure, I know that it's the most important part of a system where you would not want to cheap out on...but yea... Only reason I chose LGA 1156 p55 over the 1336 x58 is because of how much cheaper it is.


Edit: Nevermind both the premium and -e boards support 32nm, but it seem like the premium has an extra rj45 lan port for dual gigabit lan, which I doubt I will be ever needing it
April 25, 2010 6:13:16 AM

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