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Gaming Rig Revised

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July 10, 2010 11:39:11 PM

Hey guys, I need a little help. I had parts picked out (with the help of some nice folks here) for my gaming rig, but my brother just bought a PS3 Slim and an Xbox 360 Slim with a handful of games (he took the console path instead of building his own PC).

Anyways, here are the parts that were picked out:

CPU
Intel Core i7 930
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

MOBO
Gigabyte GA-890XA-UD3
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

RAM
Mushkin Blackline 6GB (Sold out so I need to pick a new one from the website)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...

ODD
Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE SATA Black 22X DVD-Writer OEM
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

PSU
Antec TPQ-850 TruePower Quattro 850W Continuous Power Supply
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

CASE
Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ATX Case
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...

OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

GPU
XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870 Black
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

My problem is, now that we have 2 consoles and a handful of games, I may not need some of these parts for gaming. The only PC games I'm looking forward to is Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3, that's it (I want to play these on max settings)

Now I'm thinking, with someone's help, you could find ways to cut costs for 2 reasons: save money, and/or use the money saved to upgrade another part (example, i7 930 to i7 960 perhaps?)

I've always bought prebuilt PC's and they never last more than 2 years for me. The logic for wanting to upgrade from the i7 930 to i7 960 is because, 3+ years down the line, I still want my PC to be able to run everything smoothly with no lag (like opening iTunes, running anti-virus, etc.) By then, I won't be gaming on my PC anymore, it will be more everyday-use. I'm just worried the i7 930 won't be as powerful as the i7 960 3+ years from now, hence it won't run the programs as lag-free as possible.

I'd also like to be able to do minor upgrades (add more ram, crossfire) down the line to increase performance.

The only thing I want to keep is the case. My current pc sounds like a jet engine, even after everything boots up, so I'm thinking, with those huge fans, and the ability to add more fans, my case could keep things cool inside the pc and keep it quiet.

So, will anyone please help me out? Thanks in advance

EDIT: Please shop from this website: http://www.canadacomputers.com/
: Also, when you click on the product, if you scroll down a little bit, it will tell you the ITEM AVAILABILITY. I live in HAMILTON (2nd column 2nd row in the list), if it's not there, I would have to pay for them to ship it here to the city, but I'd rather buy the items they have in stock and save my money and spend it elsewhere.

Again, thanks for the help in advance

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July 11, 2010 3:53:05 AM

EMP-Static said:

CPU
Intel Core i7 930
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

MOBO
Gigabyte GA-890XA-UD3
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Now I'm thinking, with someone's help, you could find ways to cut costs for 2 reasons: save money, and/or use the money saved to upgrade another part


That LGA 1366 socket CPU is incompatible with that AM3 socket mobo :pt1cable:  To save money:

AthlonII X3 440 - Phenom II X3 720BE if you have no non gaming CPU intansive tasks on the horizon or just hit a 955BE for a gaming rig ^^
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July 11, 2010 3:55:13 AM

If those games are the most intensive you'll be getting then you could easily save some money by getting a 5770. Should be able to run those at max (or near max) settings, costs only half. If you might be playing more than that too, you could save a bit by going for a 5850 and clocking it to the 5870 and beyond

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That LGA 1366 socket CPU is incompatible with that AM3 socket mobo :pt1cable: 

err.. yeh, that too

If you're willing to do a small o'c on the 930, then it'll be just as good as the 960, but much cheaper, but going with the cpu's batuchka recommended is a much cheaper option, without a large performance hit (although there will be a bit)
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July 11, 2010 3:59:50 AM

batuchka said:
That LGA 1366 socket CPU is incompatible with that AM3 socket mobo :pt1cable:  To save money:

AthlonII X3 440 - Phenom II X3 720BE if you have no non gaming CPU intansive tasks on the horizon or just hit a 955BE for a gaming rig ^^


I just noticed that now, lol. I was browsing through different mobo's and I probably just pasted the wrong link. Thanks for the input by the way.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2010 4:02:22 AM

You are welcomed ^^
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