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New Gaming Rig! ~$1800 CAD w/ no GPU

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May 14, 2010 9:22:11 PM

So, I'm building a new rig with a budget of about $1800. I will be reusing my current GPU (a 285) for a bit until the new ATI cards come out and I've saved up enough for them.

Here's what I've got so far:

Case : ATCS 840

Ram : G.Skill DDR-3-1600 6GB (9-9-9-24)

PSU : Corsair HX Series 1000W Modular Power Supply (I will be doing multiple GPU setups in the future)

CPU : Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (or 930?)

Cooler : Corsair H50

Mobo : Asus Rampage III

SSD : Intel X25-V 40Gb SATA II (It's cheap, plus raid in the future?)

HDD : Re-Using two 500GB drives.

Soundcard : Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro 7.1 (Will buy after, as I'm short on the extra cash)

OS : Windows 7 Home Premium

CD Drive : Re-suing two older ones.

I'm simply looking for advice. Is there anything that should be replaced?

Note that I can't shop online (age restriction... no credit card... lol), So I'm kind of limited on what I can buy. It has to be available at my local computer shop.

Also note that I am a FIRST time builder, so any advice would be great.
May 14, 2010 10:04:46 PM

You may never need that sound card. Onboard sound is good enough for almost everyone.

It would be better to get some CAS 7 or CAS8 ram instead of the CAS9 you have. SHould be able to find some at around the same price.

930 is newer and better than the 920 if its not a ton more expensive.
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May 14, 2010 10:34:19 PM

^+1. Also, a good 850W will support two GPUs fine (I wouldn't recommend tri-fire or triple sli anyways).

  • Silverstone ST85F-P -$150-

    Finally, that 285 should do fine for you for a good while.
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    May 15, 2010 1:46:29 AM

    Unless you already have the tower, I would rather get a HAF932.

    If you have no plan on using 2 video cards, getting a LGA1366 board is probably a waste of money, you can get very nice P55 boards for 150-200$CAD; the CPU will cost you the same, but I think the turbo boost on LGA1156 is a bit more aggressive. If you decide to go for the i7 9XX, I think the price difference between the 920 and 930 is ridiculous (something like 5$) so might as well go for the 930. Regarding upgradability, I think Intel already announced they will use 2 new sockets for their next generation CPUs.

    For the audio card, unless you are a professionnal or have a very fine ear, you can probably use the on-board or get a much cheaper card in the 50-100$ range.

    If you can save some more $$$ by getting a smaller PSU, something like a 850W, it would be more than enough.

    With all the money you might have saved from the suggestions above, get a slightly bigger SSD like the X25-M 80GB or ever the 160GB model. This will allow you to add a few programs to the drive instead of just the OS.
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    May 15, 2010 2:11:12 AM

    Here's what I suggest:

    Case : Suggest HAF 932 or Antec 1200

    PSU : Corsair HX Series 1000W is way too big unless you are thinking twin nVidia 480's or ATI 5970's. Use the Corsair HX 1000 w/ the HAF 932 or Antec CP-1000 w/ the Antec 1200 if you're buying one of those two cards .... otherwise one of these:

    Antec CP-850 (only w/ antec 1200 / P183 / P193 cases)
    Antec SG-850
    Corsair HX850
    XFX 850 Black Edition

    Ram : G.Skill DDR-3-1600 6GB (9-9-9-24) cheap CAS 9 doesn't make sense w/ a $400 MoBo. CAS 6 DDR3-1600 does that MoBo justice.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

    CPU : Intel Core i7 930

    Cooler : Corsair H50 is gimmicky. Choose ya budget and get one of these:
    $60 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
    $38 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

    IC Diamond or OCZ Freeze as the TIM
    http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


    Mobo : Asus Rampage III would be my choice also

    SSD : Intel X25-V 40Gb SATA II (It's cheap, plus raid in the future?)

    HDD : Re-Using two 500GB drives....will drag down performance of rest of system unless they new 500 GB per platter HD's. Use the sound card money here:

    Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

    (http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

    Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

    Soundcard : Use on board from R3E
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