$1300CAN Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month BUDGET RANGE: 1300-1350 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Schoolwork, Internet Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor(for now), OS)


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type Intel, Evga, Asus, Gigabyte


MONITOR RESOLUTION:1440x900 for now, will upgrade to 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 within 5 months

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've already done all the pricematching for the cheapest I could find.

CPU: i5 750 $207.79 Best Direct
MOBO: ASUS P7P55D E PRO $189.99 Canada Computers
RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws $108.29 Best Direct
CPU COOLER: CM HYPER 212 PLUS $22 Best Direct
DVD DRIVE: SAMSUNG S233C $20.49 Swift Gamers
CASE: LANCOOL K62 $101.99 Canada Computers
PSU: SEASONIC M12D 850W $144.99 NCIX
HDD: SAMSUNG F3 1TB $77.22 Best Direct
GPU: EVGA GTX 470 $356.99 Newegg
TIM: MX-3 $8.99 NCIX

The websites listed are the ones I will be PMing from.
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  1. That seems pretty good, but I question the wisdom of the hot-running, power hungry 470.

    Get a 5850 for less or a 5870 for a bit more.
  2. I just read in the Hardware Canucks review of it that it matched performance of the 5870 and even beat it in some situations.
  3. The EVGA GTX 470 is a good card performance wise. It lacks in the cooling and power consumption departments.

    I would say get the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X 1024MB. Nice bit of overclocking potenial with a good cooler. I dont know if it is in your price range but it is what I would get.
  4. MoBo / CPU - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX MoBo w/ Intel Core i5-750 $394

    CM HAF 922 $110

    PSU - Corsair TX850 $150 (after $10 MIR) Seasonic you chose is also a great PSU but in limited supply ATM

    You've chosen an 850 watter presumably because you want to SLI at a later date...if not get a 650 watter. Howver if you want to seriously overclock and dual GFX Cards, I'd upgrade your PSU to one w/ a 10.0 performance rating in the list below.

    For comparison purposes , the list below contains performance ratings (10 scale) at jonnyguru.com / prices as per newegg (US) on 02/21/2010 and ones w/ double asterisks (**) made it onto silentpcreview.com's Editor's Choice List meaning they excelled at both electronic and acoustic performance:

    Antec SG-850 - 10.0 ($220) **
    Antec CP-850 - 10.0 ($110) **
    XFX 850W Black Edition 10.0 ($185)
    Corsair HX850 850W - 10.0 ($180)

    Antec TruePower Quattro (TPQ-850) - 9.5 ($150)
    Corsair TX850 - 9.5 ($140)
    Seasonic M12D 850W - 9.5 (NLA) **
    NorthQ Giant Connector 850W - 9.5 (NFS)
    Etasis ET850 - 9.5 (NLA)
    Silverstone Zeus ST85ZF - 9.5 (NLA)

    Enermax Revolution 85+ 850W - 9.0 ($250)

    Thrmaltake Toughpower XT 850W - 8.5 ($216)
    OCZ Z Series 850W - 8.5 ($200)

    NorthQ Black Magic Flex 850W - 8.0 (NFS)
    Coolmax CTG-850 - 8.0 (NFS)

    SilverStone Decathlon DA850 - 7.5 ($230)
    Enermax Galaxy DXX 850W EGX850EWL - 7.5 (NFS)

    SilverStone Strider ST85F - 7.0

    Silverstone Element ST85EF 850W - 6.0

    NFS - Not For Sale / NLA = No Longer Available

    GFX Card - ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 470 (in US comes w/ free DVD Burner) $359

    Heat and power must factor into a GFX choice however w/ the above case / psu combo, you have no concerns there. Here's a recent comparison between the 470 / 5850 / 5870


    Defining product value means something different to everyone. Some readers take heat and power consumption into consideration, while others are only concerned with FPS performance. With regard to value, there are several ways to look at the $350 GeForce GTX-470 and compare it to the closest rivals: either the $310 ATI Radeon HD 5850, or the $390 ATI Radeon HD 5870 . In terms of product price to FPS performance, the GeForce GTX-470 is one of the most affordable DirectX-11 video cards available. Here's a breakdown of the average USD cost per FPS recorded for nine of the tests conducted in this article:

    # Radeon HD 5850: $11.40 per FPS
    # GeForce GTX 470: $11.42 per FPS
    # Radeon HD 5870: $11.65 per FPS
    # GeForce GTX 480: $12.54 per FPS
    # Radeon HD 5970: $14.03 per FPS

    NVIDIA's GF100 Fermi GPU delivers more than just a giant boost to video frame rates over their previous generation, it also delivers GPGPU functionality that is usable in- and outside of video games. Comparing video game frame rate performance between the GTX 470 and the ATI Radeon HD 5850 still puts the 448-core GF100 GPU ahead of the competition by significant margin in DX10 tests, and a decisive lead in DX11 applications. In a few cases, the Zotac GTX 470 also matched or exceeded performance of the ATI Radeon HD 5870. As inventory begins to match demand, manufacturers will become more competitive with pricing and bundled extras, so be sure to shop for your best bargain.

    RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 $107 (after $15 MIR)
    You chose CAS 9 which is slowest, these CAS 7's are $1 cheaper (after $25 MIR), faster at CAS 7 and DDR3-1600 which will get you 4 GHz + OC's more and are low profile so won't interfere w/ Heat Sink for CPU

    Heat Sink - Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler $34

    The Hyper 212 pales to the newer competition. the 2000 / 2100 finishes 3rd losing to two $60+ alternatives.


    Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2000: Trailing right behind the two leaders is the $35 Mugen-II cooler, which already includes AMD mounting hardware and a premium Scythe Kaze-Jyuni Slip-Stream fan... all for only half the cost of the the other two options. The SCMG-2000 model has already received honorable mention for our Editors Choice Award pertaining to value, and it consistently finishes at the very top.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The Scythe Mugen-2 Revision B model SCMG-2100 heatsink is identical to the first version, model SCMG-2000. The only difference is that Mugen-2 Rev. B uses a newly developed F.M.S.B. (Flip Mount Super Back-Plate) for more convenient mounting onto the motherboard. There should not be any cooling performance between these two models, despite marketing hype.

    the Hy[er 212 still gets an honorable mention

    If you're looking to cool your overclocked CPU on a budget, and the $35 Scythe Mugen-II is too large for your application, then consider the Cogage TRUE-Spirit, but four heat-pipe rods may limit the thermal range this cooler can handle compared to more robust coolers. You'll want a better fan (or two), and the aftermarket Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru Kit for an extra $10, but there's certainly some performance to be had from the TRUE Spirit. Once inventory is available, the Zalman CNPS10X-Performa is a cooler worth considerating. Beyond these, there are only a handful of other CPU coolers I might consider worthy of high-temperature overclocking projects on the LGA1366 socket. Xigmatek's HDT-S1284EE offers four 8mm heatpipe rods in the base, and sells for $40, and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus isn't a bad deal for $29.

    TIM - OCZ Freeze $6 or IC Seven Carat Diamond
    Outperforms AS stuff



    DVD Burner - Asus ASUS Black 24X D DVD Burner $30 (Highest rated Unit on newegg)

    Total $1190
  5. An overclocked non-reference GTX 470 might be a good deal, but the same can then be said for a non-reference 5850.
    For instance
  6. Yea i'll go with a 5870 but the xfx one.


    MoBo / CPU - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX MoBo w/ Intel Core i5-750 $393.98

    Case - Lancool PC-K62 $101.99
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41147 PMing off of Canada Computers

    PSU- S12D Seasonic 850W $109.99

    GPU - XFX 5870 Reference cooler $400ish need a website still

    RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 $107 (after $15 MIR)

    HS - Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B $36.97
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47758 PMing off of DirectCanada

    Fans - Scythe Ultra Kaze 120MM High Static Pressure Fan 38MM 3000RPM 133.6CFM 45.9DBA two of these $13.34
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26744 PMing off of DirectCanada

    \DVD - Asus ASUS Black 24X D DVD Burner $29.99

    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB $77.22
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49262 PMing off of BestDirect

    Total is $869.48 without a GPU, shipping($50 for both websites) and tax(5%)
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