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$1300-1600 Multi-purpose Computer: Final List

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April 21, 2010 10:37:37 PM

Hey again everyone,

Here's my final list of parts I am taking into consideration for my upcoming computer:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The first week of May, 2010.

BUDGET RANGE: $1300-1600ish without monitor. Trying to keep it $1600 with the monitor.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Modeling/Rendering (XSI/Softimage), Adobe CS4 Suite, Gaming, Watching Movies,
Currently I am going to school for 3D Game Animation and when I have spare time I really would like a computer which can run upcoming releases of games fairly well.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Can't think of anything at the moment.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://ncix.com/ and http://www.newegg.ca/ (Will allow others long as there's no high shipping cost and is trusted).
Preferably not http://www.tigerdirect.ca/

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe; I heard Nvidia is not doing so hot and currently I'm using a 9800 GT and I really would like to try out a Radeon. I found a review on Tom's Hardware that stated that these types were the "best bang for your buck." If this is true please enlighten me. :) 

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
My main concern is cooling. Where I live the summer gets really hot and the computer room my girlfriend and I designated is probably the warmest room in the whole place. Not trying to make it sound drastic; just looking out for my upcoming computer.

I am looking for a quiet case which can support a lot of fans (Add more into my budget?). Also whichever is compatible with my parts.

Mainly I am looking for the best MOBO and CPU within my budget since these seem to offer the best long term upgrade. Do these support USB 3.0 that is listed below? Not sure if I should go with a P2 or a i5/i7.

For HDD I am looking at whichever is in stock or performs better. Also considering a SSD, but if I can avoid the extra cost and upgrade some other parts I will.

For the PSU, whichever fits my final build - If that’s the i7/i5 or the P2.

Is the cheap thermal paste just as good?

GPU: Mainly here and with the CPU/MOBO/Monitor I am looking for my best long term use and best products I can get now - as other parts I can upgrade eventually.

From: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
Would 2 x GeForce GTS 250 1GB in SLI Configuration or 2 x Radeon HD 4850 1GB in
CrossFire provide a little extra boost for the price? Or maybe a single Radeon HD 4890 perhaps beat out the Two PNY VCG98GTEE1XPB GeForce 9800 GT EE 1024MB graphics cards?

XFX has the best warranty on cards, right?

As for monitors I am considering a 24” IPS monitor ( http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/s-ips-lcd-list.php ) or just a big LCD monitor (listed above unless there is something better). I really have never seen an IPS monitor and honestly, viewing angles really don’t matter to me. Colour quality does though and if the IPS is better, is it worth it?

Thinking of this (small list):
i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro
Combo Price: $374.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
$116.49 (x2)
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC
$89.98
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
$89.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
$29.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
$29.99
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W
$104.99
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
$31.97
ASUS Radeon HD 5850
$339.99
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
$144.99
SCEPTRE X270W-1080P Black 27"
$309.99
Logitech MX518
$49.99

Without Monitor: 1489.85
With Monitor: 1799.84

Still missing:
Keyboard
Headset
Sound card

Other:
Intel X25-M Mainstream (SDD - Debatable)
$319.00


... And the long list with links:

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
$183.00
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

or

i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro
Combo Price: $374.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
$116.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
I will buy two bundles for a total of 8GB.

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$84.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

or

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$89.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Perhaps:
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$319.00
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD Drive:
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
$29.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
$29.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$109.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

or

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TC Paste:
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 30 Gram
$31.97
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=3322 [...] %20Cooling

GPU:
*(TWO) PNY VCG98GTEE1XPB GeForce 9800 GT EE 1024MB Graphics Card - 1024MB, GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, Stereo, Dual VGA Support
$105.99 (x2)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

or

XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$119.99 (x2)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

or

ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity
$339.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Monitor:
Hanns•G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built in Speakers
$339.79
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASUS MT276HE Black 27" 2ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 ASCR 50000:1
$359.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SCEPTRE X270W-1080P Black 27" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 60000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers
$309.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$144.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Mouse:
Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
$49.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Thanks again and looking forward to your responses,

Keithley
April 21, 2010 10:51:57 PM

The build looks decent, but neither of your GPU choices really make any sense. It's never a good idea to go with two mid-range GPU's right off the bat. That limits your upgrade options, uses more power, creates more heat, and some games don't scale well at all with multiple GPU's. It's best to get the best single GPU you can afford. That way you have the option of adding another card later if needed. I would try to squeeze a 5850 into the system. Since you're a student, you can go to www.win741.com and see if you qualify for a discounted version of Windows 7 to save some money.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...
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April 21, 2010 11:03:00 PM

for the choices you have here is my opinion
i5 750 (965 is just over clocked 955)

haf 922

samsung f3

Antec EarthWatts EA750

gpu:i have to say they both suck. go for 5850
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April 21, 2010 11:03:19 PM

or 5870
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April 22, 2010 7:23:58 AM

Thanks for the replies guys!

I updates the list (small version) and I believe that's looking good. If there are a few minor things I could tweak to get that price down I would greatly appreciate it. Any further responses on the questions above will also be greatly appreciated. :)  Take care and g'night,

Keithley
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April 22, 2010 3:36:52 PM

Going with Windows 7 Home Edition instead of Professional would be an easy way to save some money. The Hyper 212+ cooler comes with thermal paste, so you don't need the MX-2. MX-2 is great paste, but you have it listed as over $30. It's certainly not worth $30 to save a degree or two.
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April 22, 2010 5:59:27 PM

Sound Card -

on board sound will cover 99.99% of users...unless you're doing studio quality sound work, i doubt you'd need a sound card...

Keyboard -

I personally go with the cheapest logitech keyboard that I can find...nothing against the other keyboard makers, but for $10 - $15, I've never had problems...why fix it if it ain't broke...Personally, I don't see any need for fancy gaming keyboards...in my opinion, the cheap ones do just as good.

Video card -

check your software...if it can utilise CUDA, then go nVidia based...if CUDA is not used, go ATI based...

XFX (currently the best warranty) has the 'Double Lifetime' meaning the original buyer and the secondary buyer (you and if you sell it, the person you sold to) will have a lifetime warranty.
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