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May 4, 2010 9:18:02 AM

I've been slowly scouting out parts for this new computer over the last 3 months or so and I'm finally getting to the point where I'm really starting to detest using my current setup. My aim is to complete this new build within 3 weeks or so (May long weekend for those of you in Canada)

My Budget was originally 1000$ Canadian, but I've found that that isn't as feasible as I had originally thought, and I've ballooned my budget to roughly 1200$ give or take 100$. I also got a 1000$ tax return that I wasn't accounting for when I started building which has made paying the little extra not so bad.

The main purpose of this machine's going to be gaming, as well as various artistic jazz, photoshop, movies and all that.

The parts, and prices that I paid for them (including tax), that I already have are as follows:

Monitor----Samsung P2350 23IN 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 50000:1 2MS----Christmas Present
This is the closest monitor that I could find a link to... mine doesn't seem to exist on the internet...

Hard Drive----Intel X25-M 80GB 34NM Postville 2.5IN SSD SATA Solid State Disk Flash Drive----190$

CPU----Intel Core i7 860 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ Hyperthreading 8MB Cache----275$

Ram----Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 7-8-7-20 Core i5 Dual Channel Memory Kit----140$

PS----Antec Truepower New 750W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan----90$

Case----Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio----60$

Total cost so far: 755$

My mouse and keyboard are taken care of, speakers as well, I'll probably just throw in some random disc drive that I have lying around my room... I've got 3, all of varying age/quality and I don't know which is which anymore.

I don't truly care where my parts come from, the cheaper the better, I've got a history with NCIX tho, since I live a ferry ride away in Canada. And I've got one 10$ gift card for NCIX, but that's one purchase, also they try to price match so...

I don't have a preference as far as parts go, just want quality, like I assume everyone else does.

As far as Overclocking goes, I'd like to get my i7-860 as high as possible with what I've got while still remaining stable, as such I haven't purchased a mobo yet, since I hear that mobos are the most attributing factor to overclocking.

As for crossfire, I'm unsure about whether or not I should.. since the p55 mobos that I can use don't lend well to it... or atleast, not as well as their X58 counterparts.

My main questions are:

Is the ram I purchased ok? I bought it on a whim, and can still return it if there is something tremendously better.

Specifically what mother board(s) should I be looking for? And why?

Should I go the crossfire route and get an appropriate p55 mother board, and run two GC's? Or not worry about it and only run one?

I know absolutely nothing about heatsinks or cooling devices, are they a requirement or will my i7-860 be able to OC on air?

So.. what Mother Board and Graphics Card Combos should I be looking at for around 500$ combined range? If there is some huge gap, I'm willing to fork over a little extra cash.

Thank you for all your help, this computer has been more of a head ache than I ever thought it would be. And I'm starting to get frustrated, and willing to spend money over time.

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May 4, 2010 9:29:29 AM

Welcome to the forum.

The build advice form in my signature has some information that could help us make better suggestions, but for now...

1) Yes that RAM is fine

2) It's up to you whether you add a second GPU down the road, but for now just buy one. Here's a crossfire capable and a non-capable board.

3) Add in this HSF for OCing

4) With that budget you should be able to get the 2nd motherboard (crossfire capable) as well as a nice 5830

You could be able to sqeeze in a 5850 as well...

Here's a nice combo with the mobo and HSF
May 4, 2010 7:12:28 PM

SSD drives are too expensive for the performance boost. Better to get a Samsung f3.
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May 4, 2010 7:40:31 PM

5850 is the best choice for your GPU (Unless you can afford the 5870) I would not go with a 5830, it just is not worth the price for its performance.

You can get a mobo that has XFire so that in a year or two you can add another card, though I personally am a believer of one good card > two weaker ones, usually when I am at a time for XFire needs I go with a new card. But it is personal preference. Though at the resolution you will be playing a 5850 or 5870 will be plenty of juice for gaming for a long while.

$500 for GPU and mobo...I would likely grab a lower end mobo and have a 5870. But again I am a non XFire guy. Maybe someone here would sacrifice graphic power for a better mobo that has XFire, but buying a weaker card so that in the future I can add another weaker card rather than just having a strong card to begin with has never been something I wanted to do
May 4, 2010 7:43:37 PM

get corsair PSU instead of crappy antec
May 4, 2010 9:11:41 PM

The TP-New is not crappy, nor are many Antec PSUs.
May 4, 2010 9:36:12 PM

I'm not going to sell and rebuy parts I already have... They're there, whether or not they were a great idea is irrelevent. I just need to know about the mobo mostly.