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July 14, 2010 7:49:24 AM

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=2... : Over budget :( 

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

MOBO
Asus P6X58D-E
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Memory:
G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 6GB (3x2GB) Triple Channel Kit
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
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=1...
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=1...


PSU:
Antec TPQ-850 TruePower 80+ Bronze, Active PFC
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

GPU:
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5850 Chipset
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

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

ODD
Any cheap ones

OS
Windows 7

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July 14, 2010 9:00:58 AM

^ Some suggestions...

Mobo - Get the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R - Cheaper and equally good...
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

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=3...

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

Rest are fine...
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July 14, 2010 11:31:54 AM

^ 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.
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July 14, 2010 12:26:19 PM

^ 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...
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July 14, 2010 12:59:35 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Some suggestions...

Mobo - Get the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R - Cheaper and equally good...
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

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=3...

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

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.
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July 14, 2010 1:04:30 PM

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.
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July 14, 2010 1:15:56 PM

^ 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...
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July 14, 2010 1:33:05 PM

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=3...

Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Modular Power Supply TRX-750M
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

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.
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July 14, 2010 1:58:11 PM

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=3... ...
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.
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July 14, 2010 2:01:48 PM

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July 14, 2010 2:52:23 PM

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=2... : Over budget :( 

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

MOBO
Asus P6X58D-E
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

Memory:
G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 6GB (3x2GB) Triple Channel Kit
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
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=1...
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=1...


PSU:
Antec TPQ-850 TruePower 80+ Bronze, Active PFC
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

GPU:
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5850 Chipset
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

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

ODD
Any cheap ones

OS
Windows 7



A Few HDD's In Raid-O to Speed things up! and for Mutlti-Tasking!
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July 14, 2010 2:54:39 PM

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 :) 
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July 14, 2010 3:19:07 PM

Hardrive cost around $50-$80 (160GB-320GB)at least for me I don't need that much drive space just raid-0 Speed!
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July 15, 2010 4:03:54 AM

@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...
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July 15, 2010 1:04:16 PM

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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