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$1200 CAD New System Build

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?noheader=1&sku=42499

MoBo
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sku=43120

RAM
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sku=42747

GPU
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sku=52255

Case
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sku=47260

PSU
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sku=42532

DVD Writer
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sku=49597


Thanks for your input
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  1. 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?noheader=1&sku=42499

    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?noheader=1&sku=47260

    DVD Writer
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
    http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sku=49597

    Total Cost now is $1116.33, what do you think?
  2. Best answer
    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.
  3. 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=1009

    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.
  4. That HDD is not the one I mentioned. It's a 7200.4. You want the 7200.12. There is a huge difference.
  5. Right, sorry. Here is the correct one I think.

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36050&promoid=1009
  6. Best answer selected by Carpiquet.
  7. That's the one.
  8. 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.
  9. That's true, but CAD is listed as the last priority, and light at that.
  10. 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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