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April 22, 2010 5:57:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of the Month.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mainly gaming, but I will also be using Photoshop, 3ds Max, and some video editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have peripherals and OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm in Canada so I will be using NCIX.com,I have a NCIX store nearby so I wont have to worry about shipping. :)  I will also use Newegg.ca if NCIX is out of stock or has a cheaper price.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I have no parts preferences.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I will be overclocking but nothing extreme.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I need a new monitor...I'm hopping to get a 24" 1920 x 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is somewhat my second build (got help from friend on first one). I don't really care on how loud this rig will be or how it looks as long as it performs well. I would also like to keep the price around the $2000 CAD range.

The Build

CPU: Intel Core i7 930 $309.99

Motherboard: Here's an area that I need help in. There's so many motherboards out there I'm having a hard time on choosing one. Basically I'm looking for a great board that meets my needs and can help me get a decent OC. I'm looking at ASUS P6X58D-E. If you guys can suggest a better one for me please do so.

HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B $59.99
Fans: X2 Scythe S-FLEX 120mm $13.57

PSU: Corsair Professional HX750W $159.99

Ram: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB $189.99

GPU: Need help here too. Should I go with two 5770 in crossfire or a 5870?

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $48.99

SSD(Boot Drive): OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB $145.00

Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 $109.99

Optical: Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM $35.99

Monitor: ASUS VW246H 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor $249.99

Total:
$1981.1 CAD or $2031.11 with a 5870

This is what I have in mind so far... a bit indecisive on the motherboard and GPUs and also a friend suggested that I should stay away from SSDs for now and wait till cheaper and better ones comes out. So any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you guys in advance!
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April 22, 2010 6:11:30 AM

Dtrot said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of the Month.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mainly gaming, but I will also be using Photoshop, 3ds Max, and some video editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have peripherals and OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm in Canada so I will be using NCIX.com,I have a NCIX store nearby so I wont have to worry about shipping. :)  I will also use Newegg.ca if NCIX is out of stock or has a cheaper price.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I have no parts preferences.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I will be overclocking but nothing extreme.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I need a new monitor...I'm hopping to get a 24" 1920 x 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is somewhat my second build (got help from friend on first one). I don't really care on how loud this rig will be or how it looks as long as it performs well. I would also like to keep the price around the $2000 CAD range.

The Build

CPU: Intel Core i7 930 $309.99

Motherboard: Here's an area that I need help in. There's so many motherboards out there I'm having a hard time on choosing one. Basically I'm looking for a great board that meets my needs and can help me get a decent OC. I'm looking at ASUS P6X58D-E. If you guys can suggest a better one for me please do so.

HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B $59.99
Fans: X2 Scythe S-FLEX 120mm $13.57

PSU: Corsair Professional HX750W $159.99

Ram: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB $189.99

GPU: Need help here too. Should I go with two 5770 in crossfire or a 5870?

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $48.99

SSD(Boot Drive): OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB $145.00

Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 $109.99

Optical: Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM $35.99

Monitor: ASUS VW246H 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor $249.99

Total:
$1981.1 CAD or $2031.11 with a 5870

This is what I have in mind so far... a bit indecisive on the motherboard and GPUs and also a friend suggested that I should stay away from SSDs for now and wait till cheaper and better ones comes out. So any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you guys in advance!


I've never had an Intel build, so I can't speak for the RAM/CPU/Mobo.

But what I can tell you, is hands down go for the single 5870 over the 2x5770s.

For a few reasons. Only some games really see a significant increase in FPS from Xfire. Also, buying 2 lower end cards is basically locking out the possibility for adding another GPU as an upgrade.

Let's see if I can explain that better. If you buy 1 5870 and 2 years from now you want to throw in another one to increase your systems capabilities. You simply buy another one. If you already have 2 5770s, in order to upgrade you have to buy 2 new cards, or go with a single card upgrade.

Either way, slotting yourself for 2 5770s on a fresh build seems inhibitive to me I guess.

Just my 2c
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April 22, 2010 10:43:50 AM

Everything looks good, except that I'd get the HD 5870 instead, for the reasons stated by cmcghee, and also, I'd get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200RPM instead. If you can fit it into your budget/squeeze a bit more cash into your budget, I'd get a bigger SSD - Corsair Reactor R60 for around $30 more either an Intel X25-V 40GB for around $10 less, or a Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB for $25 more.
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April 22, 2010 7:57:26 PM

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have the UD3 model, which works perfectly. Since its seems like you want high end, Id recommend this one because it has dual LAN.

Also, id change your heatsink. TH did a good review of heatsinks and showed that its best to either go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus or Sunbeam Core Contact
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 22, 2010 8:41:50 PM

I dont believe the UD3 supports crossfire, so unless you're sure you do not ever want that its a bad choice.
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April 23, 2010 12:47:56 AM

First off if you're spending $2k canadian and not getting a 5970 then you might as well stop right away.

And agreed drop the SSD for now and put that towards your 5970.

Otherwise generally speaking your choices are fine and will work well.
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April 23, 2010 12:48:01 AM

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Don't get the SSD, get something that will up the performance of your computer.


Are you suggesting that an SSD has no improvement on a computer's performance?
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April 23, 2010 12:53:24 AM

First off if you're spending $2k canadian and not getting a 5970 then you might as well stop right away.

And agreed drop the SSD for now and put that towards your 5970.

Otherwise generally speaking your choices are fine and will work well. said:
First off if you're spending $2k canadian and not getting a 5970 then you might as well stop right away.

And agreed drop the SSD for now and put that towards your 5970.

Otherwise generally speaking your choices are fine and will work well.


5870 @ 400 dollars, 5970 @ 700 dollars.

There gets to a point where the performance no longer justifies the cost. I think for me PERSONALLY (thats capitalized so we all know it's an opinion) I don't think I'd touch a 700 GPU.

The 5870 is an excellent powerful card.

Also see the monthly bang/buck GPU listing from Tom's. The only reason the 5970 gets an honorable mention is because its the only one in the 700 dollar range.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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April 23, 2010 4:17:58 AM

I really appreciate the replies guys. I've decided that I would go with the 5870. I'm kinda with cmcghee358 here...the $700+ GPU is a bit much for me.
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