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May 28, 2010 3:31:57 AM

Hi, I'm looking for some feedback/advice on a system I am planning on putting together over the next couple weeks. Here's what I have in mind (and the prices I'm being quoted in CAN $$$). This rig is going to be used for 99% gaming though I really want to emphasize quiet! My current system is audible from the other room even when idle so I'd be willing to take a small downgrade in some areas if it meant a noticeable difference in noise reduction.


Case: Silverstone Fortress FT02B - $253.58
Pretty firm on this case, love everything about it.

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D-E X58 ATX LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI USB3.0 SATA 6GB/S Motherboard - $267.90
If there's anything better in this general price point I'm open to changing.

CPU: Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W - $313.99


GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5870 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.8GHZ - $439.99
I will be adding another one of these cards down the road as funds come in.


PS: Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX - $209.99
If there's anything better in this price point I'm open to changing.

RAM: OCZ Gold OCZ3G1333LV12G 12GB DDR3 3X4GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-20 1.65V Triple Channel Memory - $329.99
Again, if there's a better suggestion I'm open.


Not needed:

Monitors, speakers, hard drives, dvd drives.


With the case I've chosen I'm not sure if I will need to get an aftermarket heat sink, I really don't know enough about them currently.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!





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May 28, 2010 4:11:47 AM

Sorry, read the template after I posted. Missing details:


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, once I figure out how to do it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, quiet, quiet.
May 28, 2010 4:32:11 AM

^ Well for HD 5870 crossfire, I dont think you would require an 850W PSU...
Drop to a 750W...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Or this would be my favorite if you want a QUIET PSU and dont mind spending a little more for that...
Seasonic X750 Gold
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46110&vpn=X-...

And as for the case, The windowed one is cheaper
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47756&vpn=FT...

And as for the CPU cooler, it would be better you swap out the stock cooler with an aftermarket cooler - Quieter and keeps the CPU cooler even at stock speeds...
The current favourite - CM hyper
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Or even this is a very good buy if you want to further reduce the noise
Corsair H50
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

And for gaming, going with 12GB doesnt make sense...6GB would suffice...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
May 29, 2010 1:43:08 AM

Thanks for the reply.

My reason for the 12gb was simply that I get it at the $329.99 as part of a promotion when it's regularly about $400. I budget myself to a complete new system every 4 years so I figured for the extra hundred bucks the extra 6 gigs may pay off in a couple years from now with new game req's. Could be overkill though as you say.

I'll add the CM cooler to my list, reviews look good on it. The 2nd cooler you listed makes me a bit nervous, I know zero about liquid cooling, would it be simple to get going, and would it be significantly more effective than your first link?

!