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$1500 Gaming Build Compatability Check / Advice and Suggestions

Hey guys, this is the first time I'm picking out my own parts so I'll need any advice, comments, suggestions, etc., to get the most out of my PC with my budget. I'm also not sure if these parts are compatible so I really, really need help on that part.

Here goes:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 2 weeks or less as of today.

BUDGET RANGE: Roughly $1500 (mail-in rebates are out of the question)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, multitasking (iTunes, chatting, surfing, anti-virus, etc.) are all tied and everyday use (such as watching videos, Blu-ray quality movies, etc.,) and school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse and keyboard, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.canadacomputers.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI

OVERCLOCKING: I don't know how but willing to learn so I could save money in the future instead of upgrading

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I don't know how but willing to learn so I could save money in the future instead of upgrading

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 32 inch HDTV (1920 x 1080) or a small monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: -I prefer a cool and quiet PC with speed and performance.
-Upgradeability for more power a couple of years down the line.
-Longevity of the build (would like my PC to last me at least a few years)


http://www.canadacomputers.com/shopping_cart.php?sort=2a : Over budget :(

CPU:
Intel i7-930
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&item_id=028693

MOBO
Asus P6X58D-E
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_342&item_id=027361

Memory:
G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 6GB (3x2GB) Triple Channel Kit
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_311_312_612&item_id=023345
NOTE: If 4 is enough for my needs without sacrificing performance, I'd buy it. Please confirm, or estimate from looking at my parts/needs.

HDD:
WD Caviar Black 500Gb
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_210_212&item_id=020449
NOTE: I'm thinking Seagate since they're a bit cheaper but I'm not sure if they're reliable and I don't want to lose any performance either.
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_210_212&item_id=027644


PSU:
Antec TPQ-850 TruePower 80+ Bronze, Active PFC
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=014263

GPU:
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5850 Chipset
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=030307

CASE:
Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ATX
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_111&item_id=019666

ODD
Any cheap ones

OS
Windows 7
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  1. Best answer
    ^ Some suggestions...

    Mobo - Get the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R - Cheaper and equally good...
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_342&item_id=028490

    PSU - Why do you need 850W ??
    Get the Corsair 750TX, saves money and would suffice even for 2x HD 5870s...
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_441&item_id=015709

    CASE - Why not get the HAF 922 ?? Similar to the 932 and is very spacious...
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112&item_id=023780

    Rest are fine...
  2. ^ Apparently the GA-X58A-UD3R seems to have some problems (high pitched whine w/C1E on) and other issues, it may be a good idea to stick with the P6X58D-E. Otherwise good suggestions.
  3. ^ More than the high pitched whine, the DOA was a bigger problem before some days, but of late, have seen that the currently shipping boards are fine, but again not sure about the whine though...
    Also the reason why I suggested UD3R the presence of eSATA and also the price...
  4. gkay09 said:
    ^ Some suggestions...

    Mobo - Get the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R - Cheaper and equally good...
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_342&item_id=028490

    PSU - Why do you need 850W ??
    Get the Corsair 750TX, saves money and would suffice even for 2x HD 5870s...
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_441&item_id=015709

    CASE - Why not get the HAF 922 ?? Similar to the 932 and is very spacious...
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112&item_id=023780

    Rest are fine...



    Great, thank you. I will swap the PSU and the case with your suggestions, but I'm going to play it safe and stick with the MOBO I picked out rather than get the GA-X58A-UD3R MOBO . I would rather pay a little extra than deal with problems as Lmeow has pointed out.
  5. gkay09 said:
    ^ More than the high pitched whine, the DOA was a bigger problem before some days, but of late, have seen that the currently shipping boards are fine, but again not sure about the whine though...
    Also the reason why I suggested UD3R the presence of eSATA and also the price...



    What do you mean by "the presence of eSATA"? Sorry if it's a dumb question.
  6. ^ eSATA - http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-esata.htm
    In short, a faster way to connect external storage devices...

    As for the HDD, Seagates drives failure rate is comparatively higher...
    See if you are getting the Samsung F3 500GB...faster than both of these and is comparatively more reliable than the Seagate...
  7. gkay09 said:
    ^ eSATA - http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-esata.htm
    In short, a faster way to connect external storage devices...

    As for the HDD, Seagates drives failure rate is comparatively higher...
    See if you are getting the Samsung F3 500GB...faster than both of these and is comparatively more reliable than the Seagate...


    I'd like to get what you have suggested, but I can unfortunately pick out parts that are on that website.

    What do you think of these 2 PSU's?

    Antec TP-750 Truepower New 750W Continuous Power Supply
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=021534

    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Modular Power Supply TRX-750M
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=027015

    I don't mind paying extra $$$ if it means it's better, more reliable, etc. But at the same time, if the cheaper one is as good as the more expensive one (performs the same, just as reliable, etc.) then I'd go with that.
  8. ^ Are you looking for a Modular PSU ??
    If Yes, then the Antec or this if you are fine with Mail-In-Rebates - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=023483 ...
    If NO, the the Corsair 750TX that I had linked...
  9. gkay09 said:
    ^ Are you looking for a Modular PSU ??
    If Yes, then the Antec or this if you are fine with Mail-In-Rebates - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=023483 ...
    If NO, the the Corsair 750TX that I had linked...



    I didn't know what you meant by "Modular PSU" so I just Googled it, lol, I'm not tech-savvy. Anyways, no I'm not. I just want a good PSU installed, let it do it's job and totally forget about it. So, I'll be sticking with what you suggested.
  10. Best answer selected by BreakDOWN.
  11. gkay09 said:
    ^ Are you looking for a Modular PSU ??
    If Yes, then the Antec or this if you are fine with Mail-In-Rebates - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=023483 ...
    If NO, the the Corsair 750TX that I had linked...



    Sorry, a thought just occured. Even if I'm not looking for a modular PSU, can't I just install this, let it do it's job, and then forget about it?

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=027015
  12. BreakDOWN said:
    Hey guys, this is the first time I'm picking out my own parts so I'll need any advice, comments, suggestions, etc., to get the most out of my PC with my budget. I'm also not sure if these parts are compatible so I really, really need help on that part.

    Here goes:


    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 2 weeks or less as of today.

    BUDGET RANGE: Roughly $1500 (mail-in rebates are out of the question)

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, multitasking (iTunes, chatting, surfing, anti-virus, etc.) are all tied and everyday use (such as watching videos, Blu-ray quality movies, etc.,) and school

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse and keyboard, speakers, monitor

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.canadacomputers.com

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI

    OVERCLOCKING: I don't know how but willing to learn so I could save money in the future instead of upgrading

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I don't know how but willing to learn so I could save money in the future instead of upgrading

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 32 inch HDTV (1920 x 1080) or a small monitor

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: -I prefer a cool and quiet PC with speed and performance.
    -Upgradeability for more power a couple of years down the line.
    -Longevity of the build (would like my PC to last me at least a few years)


    http://www.canadacomputers.com/shopping_cart.php?sort=2a : Over budget :(

    CPU:
    Intel i7-930
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&item_id=028693

    MOBO
    Asus P6X58D-E
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_342&item_id=027361

    Memory:
    G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 6GB (3x2GB) Triple Channel Kit
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_311_312_612&item_id=023345
    NOTE: If 4 is enough for my needs without sacrificing performance, I'd buy it. Please confirm, or estimate from looking at my parts/needs.

    HDD:
    WD Caviar Black 500Gb
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_210_212&item_id=020449
    NOTE: I'm thinking Seagate since they're a bit cheaper but I'm not sure if they're reliable and I don't want to lose any performance either.
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_210_212&item_id=027644


    PSU:
    Antec TPQ-850 TruePower 80+ Bronze, Active PFC
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=014263

    GPU:
    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5850 Chipset
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=030307

    CASE:
    Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ATX
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_111&item_id=019666

    ODD
    Any cheap ones

    OS
    Windows 7



    A Few HDD's In Raid-O to Speed things up! and for Mutlti-Tasking!
  13. GunBladeType-T said:
    A Few HDD's In Raid-O to Speed things up! and for Mutlti-Tasking!



    I unfortunately won't have funds for a few HDD's as of now, but in due time, I will buy a couple more for it :)
  14. Hardrive cost around $50-$80 (160GB-320GB)at least for me I don't need that much drive space just raid-0 Speed!
  15. @BreakDOWN, that Thermaltake PSU did not fair well in many reviews...So better stay away from that...
    My options - Corsair 750TX/ Corsair 750HX or Antec TP 750...

    And I dont think for day-to-day tasks, RAID 0 would help much, but a SSD would...
  16. Well For the Price of a top of the Line Intel SSid which has the fastest performance, you can purchase around 5-6 Hard Drives For a Server Case. Than again if you have a laptop and money to burn those SSid's are perfect around 3 together.
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