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April 27, 2010 7:12:52 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE:1400~1600 CAD with monitor

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, home use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: everything is required

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix, newegg canada, but im not attached to these sites

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES:

I have already bought the antec ninehundred two gaming case

and, My friend has suggested the following build:

Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box

ASUS DirectCU Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ DVI HDMI Display Port DX11 PCI-E Video Card

Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E RAID GBLAN CrossFireX SLI USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard

G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan

LG GH22NP20 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL 16X/12X 2MB IDE OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080~1920x1200) around the $200 price range

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please comment on my friend's recommendation and offer me some better alternatives if there are any. Help me save a few bucks. Thanks! :D 

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April 27, 2010 7:50:28 AM

That's a fine list, great parts.

Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
You save a bit there and the F3 is generally the better gaming drive.

Other than that, you could save a bit going AMD...

X4 965
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...\-_-19-103-692-_-Product

890GX Gigabyte board
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The difference in performance would not be terribly noticeable in gaming. You could use the same RAM.

You could also trim it down more with an X4 955:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

We can certainly trim even more with little effect on gaming, by using an Intel i3 or AMD X3... just a matter of what prices you have and how much has to be trimmed.

Best Direct is another place to look at:
http://www.bestdirect.ca/
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April 27, 2010 4:23:36 PM

If you plan on xfire in the future, be aware current gigabyte implementation of USB 3.0/SATA 6 sucks and uses PCIE lanes, which means no xfire + USB 3/SATA 6.

It's in the wrong direction, but the only solution there is to use Asus boards.
Xfire board $195
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

IMO for gaming, go with a 955 build and the above MOBO.
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April 27, 2010 4:33:24 PM

Stick with the i5-750. It's arguably the best gaming CPU out right now. I just went from a 790X Phenom II 955 build to an i5-750, and I'm very impressed at how well everything performs and overclock's etc. I'm running at 4Ghz on air with moderate 1.3v vcore, I could never get my 955 over 3.7 stable...even with a 1.5 vcore. Also, most DDR3 1600 memory is made for the 1156 chipset, so you get better compatibility across the board that way. ASUS are generally viewed as the best mobo's, but I've had good luck with an inexpensive Biostar (99 bucks at Fry's after MIR.)
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April 27, 2010 10:38:59 PM

banthracis said:
If you plan on xfire in the future, be aware current gigabyte implementation of USB 3.0/SATA 6 sucks and uses PCIE lanes, which means no xfire + USB 3/SATA 6.

It's in the wrong direction, but the only solution there is to use Asus boards.
Xfire board $195
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

IMO for gaming, go with a 955 build and the above MOBO.


The problem you are talking about has nothing to do with the boards. It's an Intel issue built in to the CPU. AMD is actually better at handling the bandwidth currently... here is a quote from this TH article
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...

"AMD vs. Intel?

For some reason, Intel's mainstream chipsets only support PCI Express 2.0 on the primary links that are used for graphics. This applies to both LGA 775 and LGA 1156 platforms. While Intel claims PCI Express 2.0 support for its LGA 1156 based PCH, it limits throughput to PCI Express 1.1-class performance. This is naturally a problem when we start looking at the latest high-speed motherboard-down controllers.

AMD, on the other hand, upgraded the link speeds on its 700- and 800-series chipsets, which means that current AMD mainstream and enthusiast chipsets don’t create bandwidth bottlenecks for high-speed add-on devices."

If you are not going to crossfire, it's not going to be a big issue. If you are planning to crossfire and want to utilize USB 3 and SATA 3 also, then it could become a bottleneck.

As to the relative worth of the CPU options in current games, this monthly article covers it well:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,259...
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