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$1200 Canadian Gaming Build

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July 16, 2010 7:10:37 AM

Hey guys, doing a build for a friend with his budget. Here goes;

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible, probably as soon as as we finish this build online.

BUDGET RANGE: Close to $1200 (not going over it) (no mail-in rebates)
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, ODD/HDD are being salvaged.



PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI (willing to try out NVIDIA)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - most likely in the distant future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - most likely in the distant future

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

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Starcraft 2 is the only game he'll be playing on max settings. He prefers "tri-channel" hardware... or something like that. The CASE and the CPU is a must

CPU - $309.99
Intel Core i7 930

CASE - $199.99
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Gaming Case
-Reason: Future-proofing it

OS - $109.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)

ODD - $0

HDD - $0
-Can always buy in the future

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-4 gigs is fine, unless you guys say 6+ gigs is the minimum nowadays
-Will add more in the future as necessary.

Just a recap, not really a gaming rig, just a really, really, fast PC within his budget.

Thank you guys in advance and see you all in the morning.
July 16, 2010 11:57:10 AM

July 16, 2010 12:10:37 PM

^ Hi there...
Looking at his requirements, I dont think he would need the i7 9xx...
I would rather suggest the i5 750/ i7 860 for his usage...
The overall platform cost would also go down...
And i5 750/ i7 860 are really fast CPUs - i5 750 is comparable to i7s in gaming and in other tasks though slower but just @ 2.66GHz, are faster than the fastest Phenom clocked @3.4GHz...
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July 16, 2010 12:14:14 PM

I've been here a short time but I know enough to trust you (I enjoy reading these threeads) but he really has his eyes set on those 2 parts. He'll actually be over at my house this afternoon in the hopes of buying the parts right away.

My guess is he's just wanting to future-proof his CPU, just like his CASE. Everything else can pretty much be thrown out and replace, my guess anyways.
July 16, 2010 12:45:01 PM

BreakDOWN said:
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Starcraft 2 is the only game he'll be playing (on max settings), so it's not really a gaming rig.
Not a gaming PC? So he might be willing to compromise on the SC2 on Max settings? If he's not, there's not really any point in calling this build anything other an a 'gaming rig'. That SC2 request will trump all other hardware requirements.
July 16, 2010 12:47:29 PM

Alright, he's on his way to my house right now. I told him to come over because I'm getting sick and tired of calling him.

Anyways, if it was up to me then I'd take everyone's advice here. But he doesn't want to back down on the 2 components for some odd reason.
July 16, 2010 12:51:12 PM

He's paying the bills so he gets to choose. For a single HD 5850 which is about as low a GPU as you want to go with a 1920x1080 monitor/TV a good 500W PSU is fine. Antec EA-500D Green EarthWatts 500W would cover everything in a single video card system.
July 16, 2010 1:40:53 PM

Hey guys, this is BreakDOWN's friend. First of all, sorry for all the troubles.

Second, this is what I have so far:

I cheaped out on the GPU because I'm willing to play on medium settings for Starcfraft 2 and play on a small monitor instead. When I save up more money, I'm either going to buy another GPU and crossfire, or just buy an entirely more powerful card. This way, the other components would be able to handle it with ease.

I'm also going to cheap out on the memory and stick with 4 gigs (planning on getting more 6+ gigs when I have the money saved up as well).

What do you think? And recommendations for 4 gig memory? I'm a little over, but it can't be help. Again, I do apologize for any trouble's I've caused.

July 16, 2010 1:52:21 PM

We can't see your shopping cart list. It's something 'website cookie' related.
You can just list the parts (links not needed) and we can look them over for you.

The tri-channel X58 and i7 930 take RAM in sets of 3 stick. 6GB is the usual starting point.
July 16, 2010 1:53:32 PM

Im thinking you picked the HD 5770? Not a bad choice. If you're thinking of a 2nd (which is a good match for a 1920x1080 monitor/TV) you'll want to size the PSU for that workload.
July 16, 2010 1:55:23 PM

The only things that aren't 'go fast' parts are the PSU - just needs to provide the right amount of power - and the case. Your system won't perform better with a $200 case vs a $100 case.
July 16, 2010 2:09:51 PM

Intel Core i7 930

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770

Asus P6X58D-E Socket 1366 Intel X58

Cooler Master HAF X
-Reason: Able to house XL-ATX (not yet standard, but I'm sure it will be). If the HAF 932 fits XL-ATX, I'll go for that and save some money

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)

Corsair TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX

That comes to $1169.94.

July 16, 2010 2:20:38 PM

Is there a Quad Crossfire setup in your future? XL-ATX will not replace ATX any more than E-ATX did. It will just be another specialized offshoot for unusual configurations.

Corsair 550VX is 'right sized' for 2x 5770s. A Corsair 650TX should handle any single current and future video card... except the GTX 480 and the dual GPU types like HD 5970.

Asus P6X58D-E is not a bad choice if you're interested in USB3 and SATA 6GB/s. Since you have these features built into your MB you won't need extra expansion slots to add in USB3/SATA 6GB/s expansion cards.
July 16, 2010 2:30:00 PM

I went with the HAF 932 instead of the HAF X and saved $50. I'm also going to stick with the current PSU as I might get a more powerful card down the line.

You also make a good point about the USB 3 and SATA 6GB/s thing. Are there any other MOBO's you recommend?
July 16, 2010 2:38:49 PM

The only other MB I'd suggest is the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. It would save about $25 but I like the ASUS P6X58D-E a bit better.

Any PATA HDD or CD/DVD drives? I don't think the ASUS P6X58D-E has any support for those legacy parts.

Did you pick a set of RAM yet?
July 16, 2010 2:44:20 PM

For an extra $25, I'll just stick with the MOBO I have now.

EDIT: As for RAM, still shopping around.
July 16, 2010 2:56:06 PM

Picked out RAM:

G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 6GB (3x2GB) Triple Channel Kit

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July 16, 2010 3:09:32 PM

Thats a reasonably good set of CL 9 DDR3 1600 at a nice price. Gets overall good customer reviews over @ NewEgg.

What was the total the parts you picked?
July 16, 2010 4:31:48 PM

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