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June 8, 2010 1:15:35 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July

BUDGET RANGE: $2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the internet, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Nothing !

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
CROSSFIRE: Not for now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (2 monitors, but only playing on 1)

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my final build and I need an evaluation. Were could I save money ? Does my Build make sense at all ? Do I need a 5850 to run games at my resolution ? Should I get a 500MB HDD and get Mushkin CAS 6 ? etc.

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COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASUS 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Grand Total: $2,433.29
June 8, 2010 1:49:30 AM

That's a horrible build.

First off, if you want to game with 2 1080p monitors you're gonna need at least xfire 5850's, though you're better off with a 5970.

Case wise a HAF 922 is more than enough, a 750TX is more than enough.
That HSF is overpriced and the CPU is a waste of money.

You should first decide if you ever want to go from 2 way to 3 way eyefinity. If you do plan on doing so, you'll need to go x58 or AMD.


If you go x58

Case
HAF 922 $110
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU
5970 $735
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Don't get MSI one.

PSU
750 TX $116 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM
G SKill Trident 6 gb DDR3 2000 9-9-9-24 $210
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

You can underclock these to run at CAS 6 at 1600, or tighten timings to run at cas 7 at 2000.

CPU/MOBO
i7-930 and GA ud3 $514
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

HSF
CM Hyper 212 Plus $30
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Love how it's half the price of the US version AND in stock. lol.


HD
F3 is fine.

SSD is fine.

Mouse and Keyboard are personal decisions so they're fine, though I think that mouse is kinda a waste.

Monitors are fine

Total including your keyboard, mouse and 2 monitors $2,470 before taxes shipping and MIR

If you want to save ~$185 drop to a Phenom II x4, this MOBO and back to the Ripjaw 4GB kit of RAM.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
June 8, 2010 3:31:38 AM

banthracis said:
That's a horrible build.

First off, if you want to game with 2 1080p monitors you're gonna need at least xfire 5850's, though you're better off with a 5970.

Case wise a HAF 922 is more than enough, a 750TX is more than enough.
That HSF is overpriced and the CPU is a waste of money.

You should first decide if you ever want to go from 2 way to 3 way eyefinity. If you do plan on doing so, you'll need to go x58 or AMD.


If you go x58

Case
HAF 922 $110
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU
5970 $735
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Don't get MSI one.

PSU
750 TX $116 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM
G SKill Trident 6 gb DDR3 2000 9-9-9-24 $210
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

You can underclock these to run at CAS 6 at 1600, or tighten timings to run at cas 7 at 2000.

CPU/MOBO
i7-930 and GA ud3 $514
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

HSF
CM Hyper 212 Plus $30
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Love how it's half the price of the US version AND in stock. lol.


HD
F3 is fine.

SSD is fine.

Mouse and Keyboard are personal decisions so they're fine, though I think that mouse is kinda a waste.

Monitors are fine

Total including your keyboard, mouse and 2 monitors $2,470 before taxes shipping and MIR

If you want to save ~$185 drop to a Phenom II x4, this MOBO and back to the Ripjaw 4GB kit of RAM.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


In fact, I wont be playing on 2 monitors and that explains why I didn't choose neither 5850s nor a 5970.
Since I'm planning on overclocking my CPU at a least 4GHz ( At first, I wanted to get an i7 930, but with the 875K at barely the same price, I chose the unlucked one so I can save on my MOBO + RAM) and I do think the Noctua isn't terribly overpriced since it's one of the best out there. But, since you recommended the CM, I would like to know why because you could be right.

Case and PSU wise, if you tell me the HAF 922 and a 750TX is more than enough I would be pleased to save on those. :) 

For the RAM, don't you it's a bit overpriced ? What about this Kit of RAM : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E1682...
Otherwise, could you explain me why to choose the one you suggested ? (Why 6GB, CAS 9 ???)

Sorry if I wasn't clear about me not going eyefinity. I'll update the thread.

Thanks :) 


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June 8, 2010 3:55:12 AM
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RAM wise x58 works on tri channel memory, hence you need 3 sticks of RAM, meaning 3 or 6gb. Since 4gb is the current standard, people mostly opt for 6gb. You're linking 4gb kits, not 6gb kits.

Re: Trident RAM
Quote:
Getting back to the theme of today’s article, we wanted to find the absolute best memory available for under $150, and we have a clear winner. Reaching a data rate more than 100 MHz higher than its closest competitor, G.Skill’s Trident DDR3-2000 (model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD) took a clear lead that earns it an award. The fact that it was also able to run its rated DDR3-2000 at CAS 7 and our preferred DDR3-1600 at CAS 6 simply reaffirms its award-worthiness.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dual-channel-ram-dd...

CM is enough to take the CPU to 4.2, don't really need anything more expensive. Won't hurt, but if a $30 HSf is enough, why pay more? We're talking 2.5 degrees and 1.9 db here for $80 more.

http://frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2525&pa...

Unlocked processors are a waste of money. You're paying extra for a processor that neither performs nor overclocks better than the standard versions they are based upon (i7-860 in this case).

Quote:
Our perceptions changed when Intel told us that they will not be binning these processors in a special way or marketing them at die-hard overclockers, but instead at system builders who can utilize the unlocked core features to provide cheap pre-overclocked systems with minimal fuss.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3742/intels-core-i5655k-c...

June 8, 2010 11:51:42 AM

Best answer selected by onethree.
June 8, 2010 11:56:54 AM

Thanks Banthracis !
Helped me a lot.
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