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April 23, 2010 1:17:27 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Flight Sim(IL-2), General Gaming, light CAD

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anywhere that ships to Canada. I've been using NCIX.com. If prices are the same as another site, I'd prefer purchasing from here since I am planning to use their $50 set up option.

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING:No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If this is a cost effective way to update (I think it is), then yes, in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already have a spare hard drive (I can't for the life of me figure out how to find what model it is, but its about 3 years old) If hard drive speed won't slow down my PC during gaming then I will use it instead of buying a new one.

So far I'm thinking

Processor
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

MoBo
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

RAM
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

GPU
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

Case
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

PSU
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

DVD Writer
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...


Thanks for your input

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April 23, 2010 1:29:50 PM

I actually found some bundle deals. It's cheaper but the RAM and PSU changes, I think its similar quality though.

Processor
Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

MoBo/RAM
NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal ASUS P7P55D Pro P55 DDR3 Motherboard & G.SKILL 4GB DDR3-1600 C7 RAM
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46526

GPU/PSU
NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB Video Card & 650W XXX Edition Modular Power Supply
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52200

Case
Antec Six Hundred Mid Tower Gaming Case 600 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT 1 SATA Hot-Swap Bay No PS
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

DVD Writer
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

Total Cost now is $1116.33, what do you think?
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April 23, 2010 1:40:22 PM

It looks pretty good. I would probably change the case to either the Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690 or HAF 922.

I would recommend getting a new HDD. Older drives are a lot slower and it will just make you system seem old. It's fine to use an old drive as a data drive, but I'd pick up a Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB as your main drive.
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April 23, 2010 2:06:27 PM

Thanks!
How are:

HDD:
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 320GB 2.5IN SATA 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42252&promoid=10...

Case:
Coolermaster cm 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26048

What is the reasoning behind changing the case? I don't actually know much about cases, I was just going for one that looked cool :p . All the ones in my price range seemed to have 120mm fans which I thought was the biggest factor.
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April 23, 2010 2:46:58 PM

That HDD is not the one I mentioned. It's a 7200.4. You want the 7200.12. There is a huge difference.
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April 23, 2010 2:55:32 PM

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April 23, 2010 3:04:24 PM

That's the one.
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April 23, 2010 3:39:42 PM

CAD and ATI gaming cards is not a good mix....your gonna want to switch to an Nvidia 470 for CAD. You could do CA on an nVidia Quadro or Fire GL workstation card but that would kill gaming.
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April 23, 2010 3:44:01 PM

That's true, but CAD is listed as the last priority, and light at that.
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April 23, 2010 4:23:11 PM

I think the 5850 should be alright. I have an 8800GT 512MB right now and while its slow sometimes, it does everything I need to. I checked around and from what I've read, the 5850 should be better than that, please let me know if I'm wrong. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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