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June 14, 2010 11:41:53 PM

I posted multiple times about a new System but now that I have the money I want your opinions & advices.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week-end (19th & 20th of June 2010) BUDGET RANGE: 1000$ Canadian After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 1.Gaming; 2.Web Surfing; 3.Photoshop; 4.Watching Movies & Video.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (20' Acer 1680x1050), Speakers, OS (Ubuntu 10.04).

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel; Mid Tower (ATX).

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Later down the line.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Plain and Simple. Will allow me to run newer games at max settings and will allow me to continue playing at lower settings for the next few years.

[Picked Items]:

CPU:

Mother Board:

RAM:

GPU:

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX

DVD R/B: SAMSUNG Black 22X

CASE:

Thanks, ZereoX.
June 15, 2010 2:53:02 AM

Bump.
June 15, 2010 4:50:36 AM

^ If you run Linux most of the time, then it would be better to stick with Nvidia cards as their drivers are more optimized for that OS than ATI...
Here is a build...
i5 750 + ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - Has SLI support as well as Crossfire...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

RAM -
Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD - Get a SATA drive instead of IDE - Thinner cable - less clutter
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video card - GTX 465
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CASE - A very good -
CM 690 Black
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Rest same - Might come about CAD 30 more than your budget, but IMO if you want a build that would run Linux great as well as game well, then sticking with Nvidia seems sensible...

But if you just want a build that would run games great in Win, then AMD + ATI would offer very good performance for comparitively lower amount...
X4 955 + HD 5850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

Gigabyte/ ASUS 890GX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Rest same...The HD 5850 is faster than the GTX 465 and the X4 955 does offer very good performance for the money...

So its upto you to decide...
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June 16, 2010 4:22:12 AM

After a little bit of searching my research has ended and the following has taken the spots for my next build. Please leave comments or possible improvements:

[Picked Items]:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition C3 (Combo with RAM)

Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (Combo with CPU)

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX

DVD R/B: SAMSUNG Black 22X

CASE: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW

Total:
881.91$CAD.
943.05$CAD with Shipping and Additional fees.
June 16, 2010 4:43:59 AM

^ You cant do SLI on that mobo, so no 2 Nvidia cards and hence no use of going for such a high powered PSU and a Crossfire supporting mobo...
I would rather suggest you to drop to a good 550-600W PSU, a cheaper mobo with 870/ 880 chipset and invest in a more powerful graphics card like the GTX 465 or GTX 470...that would be a better build for gaming...

And check out other canadian sites like ncix, memoryexpress, canada computers...you could save on shipping and additional charges...
June 16, 2010 12:29:35 PM

Here are my updated picks after your Recommendations. I'm still not to sure about the motherboard and I still haven't checked other site for pricing but will be doing this once I know what MB I will be using

[Picked Items]:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition C3 (Combo with RAM)

Mother Board: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (Combo with CPU)

GPU: MSI N470GTX-M2D12-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi)

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

DVD R/B: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner

CASE: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW

Total:
953.92$CAD.
1,036.55$CAD with Shipping and Additional fees.
June 17, 2010 4:52:22 AM

My pick would be this one...After Rebates and including shipping, the price difference would be about CAD 10, and IMO that case is worth it...
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The rosewill that mosox suggested is good, but the CM is a better buy IMO...
June 17, 2010 11:13:34 AM

Maybe get a HD 5850 so you can have some other better parts.
June 18, 2010 8:17:23 PM

I almost bought a Phenon II x4 965 combo with the OCZ RAM, but backed out because of the really sketchy reviews. I opted to combo it with the MSI 870 MoBo. After savings and rebates, they will come to $250, and you can find RAM by itself at decent prices.

The 870 has solid reviews and is a really good value as well.
June 25, 2010 1:50:08 AM

[Update Bump]

I will be ordering my PC tomorrow and I have decide do go for a AMD Phenom X6 1055T. I know the gaming performance are lower than a AMD Phenom X4 955 BE or a i5-750 but the Thuban allows for a better future-proof PC in the long run. With only a 30$ difference between the 955BE and the 1055T it was hard for me to ignore it + more and more Games/Software will take advantage of multiple cores in a 2 or 3 years. I should be able to achieve really high FPS and also be able to run at a lower settings down the line. So here is what I chose:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (201.79 $CAD)

Mother Board: Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H (134.96 $CAD)

RAM: G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO Eco PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 (112 $CAD)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5850 (308.55 $CAD)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (39.79 $CAD)

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W (79.32 $CAD)

DVD R/B: LG GH22NS50 Black 22X (19.72 $CAD)

CASE: Coolermaster Elite 310 (36.30 $CAD)

Price: 932.43 $CAD
Price + Fees + S/H: 993.74 $CAD.

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June 25, 2010 4:52:22 AM
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^ The 1055T is also a very good CPU and when overclocked, it will surely perform better...
And as for the parts, vertainly a better ventilated case...With such components, I dont think it is a good idea to go with such cases...
Get this case at the least...
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223641/VL80001W2Z/TH...
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/ttake_v3_bk_edi...
June 25, 2010 1:48:44 PM

gkay09 said:
^ The 1055T is also a very good CPU and when overclocked, it will surely perform better...
And as for the parts, vertainly a better ventilated case...With such components, I dont think it is a good idea to go with such cases...
Get this case at the least...
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223641/VL80001W2Z/TH...
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/ttake_v3_bk_edi...


Thanks a lot. I will definitely check out that case and any other case to maximize airflow. Next time I post here I will have picture of the build.

Thanks, ZereoX.
June 25, 2010 3:53:02 PM

If you were to get something like that, which is actually in the range im looking at, it would be very helpful to put a fan in the front slot.
July 5, 2010 12:49:22 AM

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