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Approx. 2500 gaming build - graduation gift

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May 4, 2010 2:31:42 AM

just finished my degree at University of Waterloo and my parents sought fit to finance a new build as a graduation gift. Opinions? Thoughts?

PURCHASE DATE: next few weeks
SYSTEM USAGE: Games, Photoshop, Internet, MS office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE: newegg.ca
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel core I7, ATI, ASUS mobo
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
CROSSFIRE: possibly in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1280

Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package
ASUS Rampage III Extreme
ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ 950W
Intel Core i7-930
G.SKILL PI+ Turbulence 12GB DDR3 1600 6-8-6-20
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb
LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner
SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 5870 2GB - will continue to use my dual 4890 vapor-x until available

either
COOLER MASTER V8
or
Thermaltake Frio

and in the future will add
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 256GB SATA III
ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive Converter
May 4, 2010 3:26:27 AM

Some recommendations

That case is alarmingly expensive - nearly $300 with tax and shipping...
For the motherboard, a much cheaper alternative should serve you well
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

For the PSU you can easily drop down to a 850W (or even less)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Get this RAM as well
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Finally, I prefer this HSF
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

I understand that this build is coming at no cost to you, but the above build is just a bit too unreasonable. If you are really into spending extra, consider purchasing a new (or second) monitor with the money you save.
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May 4, 2010 3:26:52 AM

Also, I just noticed your current configuration, and would like to add that you are in no way in need of an upgrade... Not trying to be harsh, just maybe your money could be better spent elsewhere.
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