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June 6, 2010 11:42:42 PM

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of June BUDGET RANGE: ~ $2000 CAD before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE(Most-Least): Gaming, Movies, Internet Photo Editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any is fine, all from one, see comments for more.
PARTS PREFERENCES: 23" LCD to be used with my current 17" on portrait.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, See comments
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 + 1024x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have lots of pets, so would like to get all the parts from a single site and have them assemble for me(normaly only $50).
SLi/Crossfire is a potential but if I go 5970 I don't think it's necessary ever. If I go 5870 then I would like the potential to add a 2nd one.
I have not included cases as I have no idea for size airflow etc. they are the one thing I have not done that much research on(not big on aesthetics).
Not sure about the PSU either.
Would I see any performance increase with a sound card? only going to be 2.1 sound.
*LCD is on sale ATM, that is the one part that I can get anywhere so deals on other sites would be good.
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Both Build will contain: (or similar)

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz - $228 CAD
HSF: Hyper 212+4 heat pipes - $29 CAD
SSD: Intel X25-M 80GB - $270 CAD
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB - $86 CAD
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB 1600 CAS7 - $115 CAD
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W - $115 CAD
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $123 CAD
*LCD: 23' Acer Monitor - $180 CAD

-Total $1146 CAD


Build 1: 5870

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5870 - $420 CAD
MoBo: P7P55D-E Pro - $215 CAD

Total: $1781 CAD


Build 2: 5970

GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 5970 - $700 CAD
MoBo: ASUS P7P55D-E LX - $156CAD

Total: $2002 CAD

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June 7, 2010 4:31:56 AM

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June 7, 2010 6:40:52 AM

^ Nice build...
Some suggestions...
1. PSU - Change to Corsair 750TX - better quality...
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26415&vpn=CMPSU-...

2. HDD - I would prefer the Samsung F3 1TB over that Seagate

3. Memory - Is this the 1 you are talking about ?
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42744&vpn=F3-106...
the one you had listed links to newegg.com, which I think has prices in USD...

4. CASE - My pick would be the Cooler Master HAF 922

And I would get the 1st option of going with a single HD 5870 now and adding 1 more later on...
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June 7, 2010 7:12:48 AM

Corsair TX-750 is good. If you want modular, go HX-750.

Samsung F3 is a bit better than the Seagate.

for cases: Cooler Master HAF 922, Antec 902, Cooler Master 690 II are good.

If you use a 2.1 system then unless they're costing hundreds, the inbuilt sound should suffice.

getting windows 7 off newegg's a bit cheaper too:
http://tinyurl.com/win7-hp-64bit
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June 7, 2010 3:18:44 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz - $228 CAD
HSF: Hyper 212+4 heat pipes - $29 CAD
SSD: Intel X25-M 80GB - $270 CAD
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $100 CAD
RAM: G.Skill 1600 7-8-7-24 - $129 CAD * was 115 with bundle
PSU: Corsair TX-750 - $145 CAD *-$40 with rebate and sale
Case: HAF922 - $130

-Total $1031 CAD


Build 1: 5870

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5870 - $420 CAD
MoBo: P7P55D-E Pro - $215 CAD

Total: $1666 CAD + OS and Screen


Build 2: 5970

GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 5970 - $700 CAD
MoBo: ASUS P7P55D-E LX - $156CAD

Total: $1887 CAD + OS and Screen

Swapped out the Memory and PSU. Ripjaws I was looking at were the 1600 7-8-7-24's I have up there now, they were a bundle with something else for -$15.
Just to check the TX-750 should be enough for single 5970 or Crossfire 5870s right?
I'll swap out the HDD also.

Looks like the HAF922 is what everyone on the board suggests. Its Big and cheap so can't complain.

Any more deals you guys know of?
Any suggestions on whether to go 5970 and cheaper board without Crossfire, or 5870 and the option to get a 2nd down the line?

Edit: Broken link
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June 7, 2010 3:31:31 PM

It's more cost effective to go 5970 than 2 5870's, especially if you're not afraid to push the 5970 a bit. But for the love of god, please don't get the power color one. The XFX one is same price
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=46762&vpn=HD597ACNF9&manu...

Performance wise it's a bit less, but it's a good $250 or so in savings.

A 750 TX is more than enough for a 5970. In fact, you could do it on a 650W no prob.
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June 8, 2010 7:55:55 PM

Best answer selected by xanderbox.
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