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July 23, 2010 6:26:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primarily gaming; Also planning as possibly using it as a Media Center.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and Mouse

Power Supply: Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer Black OEM

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, Ncix, anything that is Canadian-friendly.



OVERCLOCKING: I don't know how but I'd be interested.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Most likely 1920x1200

This is what I'm thinking:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

Motherboard: This is where I need help, I don't really know what's compatible with what I want.

GPU: I want to get a Radeon HD 5850, and would like to get a second one for crossfire when needed. However I don't know which manufacturer to go with.

RAM: I'm thinking somewhere between 4-8gigs, but I don't know which brand, and things like what voltage I need to looking for.

Case: I guess this is dependent on the motherboard, I'm open to any suggestions.

Monitor: I'll be buying my monitor locally, hopefully with a resolution of 1920x1200.

Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm new to this so I want to make sure all the parts work together.

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July 23, 2010 6:48:13 PM

Swap the HD to a SPinpoint F3 1tb.

The Mobo for P55 to get would be an Asus P7p55D-E Pro.

However, if this is just a gaming rig, then you can just get a Phenom II x4 955 and Ga 790 UD4. Very minor difference in gaming for a lot less.

GPU: Any major brand is fine, so GA, Asus, XFX, Sapphire all work fine.

RAM 4 gb is fine. Look for G skill ECO or Ripjaw 4gb, DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24

Don't think build will be under $1000 including a monitor. Do you also need OS?