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1700$ (affordable high-end PC + Monitor)

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June 11, 2010 8:08:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: June - July 2010
BUDGET RANGE: 1600 - 1700 (before shipping)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Compile/Synthetise large computer projects (can take 15-40 mins on my dual core T-7500), Watching video and Web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg.ca COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada (Montreal)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer Intel and i would like to go with ans Asus, but im open to suggestion

OVERCLOCKING: YES (but not by much, CPU and GPU only)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (if i need to upgrade)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Its my first time building a PC with my own hands, so im pretty excited about it. I take any suggestions or hints.

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366
300 $
Comments: For the extra 10$, i went from 920 to 930. I also want the QPI
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HEATSINK: COOLER MASTER compatible Hyper N 520
33 $
Comments: I just don't trust the fan Intel provide with the CPU. Should I trust it?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
250 $
Comments: I like the price for a Sata 3 & USB 3 board. I dont really care about USB 3, but i want the Sata 3 for my HDD (6 Gb/s)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MEMORY RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
260 $
Comments: Its quad channel kit, will it be used to its full potential by the X58? I also like Corsair, but thats a preference.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GRAPHIC CARD: HIS Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
320 $
Comment: I dont really want to pay the extra for the 5870, i would prefer to have only one powerful than 2(sli or cross) mediums, that way i can easily upgrade later on. I also like the mod cooler (iCooler V), specially if im gonna OverC it. I checked the Vapor-X version too, but its not available.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CASE + PSU: Thermaltake Element G ATX Mid Tower w/ 850W W0319RU
190 $
Comments: Seem like a good deal to me, the PSU by itself cost around 100$. The case is also flashy and cool-looking with the LEDs fans (i know, its useless, but eh!)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
100 $
Comment: Not much choices with SATA 3 HDD. I dont really want to pay the price for an SSD and I need a good amount of storage.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MONITOR: ASUS Black 21.5" 2ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1)
180 $
Comments: The contrast ratio seems low to me, but i like the price for the size. What does ASCR stand for?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD-DRIVE: SAMSUNG Black SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support
30 $
Comments: Not gonna use it a lot
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

THERMAL PASTE: Arctic Silver 5
10 $
Comments: Heard good things from silver paste
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

TOTAL PRICE: around 1675 $ canadian

Thanks for you thoughts on my build
June 12, 2010 9:06:03 AM

I would recommend you to buy the case without the power supply and buy a 650W Corsair HX series witch are more reliable. If you do not want to crossfire or sli then you do not need more then 650W for any card.(except 5970 and possibly other dual GPU card's)
I do not have the time to check the prices now(working) but see how does that fit in your budget, and also change the RAM with the ones WR2 recommended above.
As for CPU coolers i do not know anything about those 2 models so i can no recommend a better one on air. If you could stretch your budget a little more you should be buying the sealed water cooling CPU cooler(with fan included) from corsair. Could help a lot if you plan on overclocking the CPU. Here is the link http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... .

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June 12, 2010 4:42:32 PM
June 12, 2010 5:35:43 PM

Hey your in the same boat I was a week ago, down to the same city! My budget was a little tighter than yours, but here's what I came up with. I will link sohodiffusion (a store in Montreal where you can also pickup) and newegg, whatever has the best price. Sometimes sohodiffusion and newegg come close (after shipping on newegg), so I listed sohodiffusion for those.

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/14288/GIGABYTE-GA-X58...

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/10807/INTEL-CORE-I7-9...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/13476/G-SKILL-F3-1280...

EDIT: noticed you wanted more ram, probably want to shoot for the triple channel and unless you really really need 8gb, I'd go with WR2's suggestion or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682....

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

XFX RADEON HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ 2XDVI HDMI DISPLAY PORT DIRECTX11 PCI-E
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/13445/XFX-RADEON-HD-5...

COOLER MASTER STORM SNIPER BLACK EDITION MID TOWER ATX CASE BLACK 5X5.25 5X3.5INT 1X2.5 NO PSU
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/15909/COOLER-MASTER-S...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 PLUS DIRECT TOUCH 4 AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/13507/COOLER-MASTER-H...

ASUS 25.5IN VW266H WIDE, 2MS 1920X1200 20000:1(ASCR),HDMI, 300CD/M2,DVI-D,SPEAKER
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/12369/ASUS-25-5IN-VW2...

+ any decent dvd drive

Total is $1640.37 (edit: add $70 for the 6gb of ram) over the two sites, might want to check ncix too. The stock intel heatsink is fine if you're not overclocking or only slightly overclocking.

The mobo is one of the best for such a good price, great reviews and tom's hardware 2010 choice award. I chose the i7 920 over the 930 because its just a difference of one multiplier for $50, could just overclock to that difference. G.Skill has good ram, cas 7, you might want to go 6gb triple channel but its up to you, that mobo supports dual & triple channel. HDD is good, very nice price. I chose XFX and that model because its not overclocked, and reference design (fan at the back). A reference design goes with the airflow of the case, keeping the overall system cooler, a non-reference design may keep the video card cooler but won't be good for the overall system. XFX has a double lifetime warranty as well (have to register for it on the xfx site though, its free). Storm Sniper for its superb airflow, space, ease of installation, and fan control knob (already a quiet case though). You should probably have a 650w PSU, more if you are going to crossfire/sli or do more than slight overclocking. Corsair, Seasonic, and Antec are good brands (for Antec truewatts is better than earthwatts). That heatsink is pretty well reviewed, and for a great price.

I had trouble choosing a monitor and i also wanted 16:10, this seems to be the best one for a reasonable price.
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