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'Upgrade' for 3yr old homebuilt, new $1700 budget

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July 22, 2010 11:25:49 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: <= Two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Hoping to stick around $1700 max after tax, before any rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, cd drives, extra storage HDs, case, psu

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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I’m looking to reuse some parts from my old home built computer into an upgrade for this three year old system. Trying to avoid newegg, even newegg.ca, because I don’t want to be surprised with any custom’s fee’s when I receive the parts.

My main question is whether the PSU will still support the new components and a general compatibility check.

Current parts
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The current PSU is Corsair HX520
http://www.corsair.com/products/hx/default.aspx

Current case is the Thermaltake Armor
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1277&ID=14...

Current HD’s are a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2d1099f...

And a 500g WD Caviar Blue
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=301


Proposed new part list
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Intel Core i7 930 $328
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=50913

Gigabyte X58A-UD3R $223.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49016

OCZ Platinum DDR-1333 6G(3 x 2g) 7-7-7-20 $177.08
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37356&promoi...

XFX Radeon HD 5870 $439.00
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52825

Kingston SSDNow V Series Gen II 64GB $149
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=50540

Windows 7 Home premium OEM $118,
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45271

Total $1,447.94
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July 22, 2010 12:54:21 PM

Good selection!

Just a comment on the Win 7 OEM - with OEM, you cannot transfer the OS by uninstalling from one computer and then re-installing to another computer.

Also, you will run into activation issues if and when you change/upgrade the motherboard of the computer on which the OEM Win 7 was originally installed. I did this, and had to place a call to Microsoft, explain my motherboard change, and then they activated it.
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July 22, 2010 1:32:48 PM

If gaming is your focus, you can save quite a bit of money dropping to an i5 750, 4gb RAM and a P55 motherboard without any real loss of gaming performance.
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July 22, 2010 8:31:32 PM

Thanks for the tip about the OEM version. Same answer for that as the other response. I'm basically looking to max out single solution options for the budget in the hopes that this basically lets me have the system last me for another three or four years, same as this current one has.
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