BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$1600 CAD (preferably including 13% tax)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: multi-tasking between 10 programs or so (want to run virtual desktops), cs5, some gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: 1st preference: Canada Computers . 2nd preference: Bewawa or TigerDirect.ca. Last pref: Ncix, NewEgg..... whichever gives a cheaper cost. CC is close to where I live, so I would prefer to go to the store to pick it up. Bewawa has free shipping to where I live too.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Core i7, XFX video card, WD HD.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: My current Samsung 225BW goes up to 1680x1050, but I'm considering getting at least a 24" with a 1920x1080 res in the future.
- Can drives C (OS/programs) and D (data files) be mirrored to E and F automatically with RAID or is some special software required? If so, suggestions?
- How frequent these items go on sale? Anything to hold back on just in case something newer is coming up in the next few weeks (and prices of the old dips)?
- Compatibility with each other? Most concerned about this.
- I went with triple channel ram and motherboard. Is there a real improvement and somewhat future-proof? Or should I save some $ and go back to dual channel.
To give you an idea of what I'm currently working with: moving up from an ancient p4 1.7ghz, 2x40gb hd, 128mb ati 9600 pro. So what I got is great and will probably not upgrade for at least another 2-3 years.
Also, since I'm getting a whole new set up, I'm going to get rid of my keyboard and mouse. Plan on moving to:
Triple channel is worth the money and for your hard drives you should go with 2 samsung spinpoint 1tb they are fast and thy willl cost you the same price as getting the two u posted and the case is up to you I I like X myself but that's me
Thanks for your input.
I took a look at samsung spinpoint f1 but it has 32mb cache and uses sata, not 64mb cache and sata3 like the ones I picked. The samsung did have 2.1ms better average seek time though. Doesn't make a huge difference?
the samsung spinpoint f3 is the fastest HHD... excluding wd veliciraptor XD but u never have to buy them.. they are old if u want something fast for OS and games u should get a SSD but they are very expensive now... and they ahve bad capacity
Yes, SSD is too expensive right now, so I'm going with the regular HD.
wow didn't even realize your choice of power supply. When choosing power supplies one thing you should actually look for is surprisingly the brand. Brands like Corsair Seasonic and XFX are usually among the best. I would recommend any of those brands' 650w or 750w power supplies.
and also the graphics card. are you sure you dont want something more powerful then the 5770, like the gtx 460. I know you're going to be using this for CAD but still for $20-$40 it could be worth the investment
That psu got enough reviews and was modular so I thought it was decent. I guess I should've checked out newegg's psu section. I'll most likely go with the XFX 350W you mentioned since it is modular (otherwise I would've gone with your corsair):
As for the graphics card, I'll think about it too. I wanted to go with the 5770 since I don't place pc games as much (nothing too intense anyways), but I didn't want something that sucked too much. If anything I thought about later getting another 5770 and cross fire them when it becomes even cheaper (will 650w be enough when this happens -- I used http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js... and all I ended up with about 500W when I configured it with 2 5770).
Yes, 650w should be enough on that XFX for two 5770's and remember that it's not always the wattage that makes the difference. you should check the manufacture's website for detailed specs about 12 volt rail output, or just ask around on forums like this. and sorry for the newegg.COM link, i didn't realize you were purchasing from Canada.
(btw, i hope that 350w was a typo )
also, are you sure about water cooling, you could pick up an air cooler that'll do the job fine, you would just have to be sure on case dimensions and that the cooler would fit. And since you're not overclocking the stock cooler that comes with the processor should be adequate.
I probably will not go with the cooler I mentioned to begin with, but just stick with the fans from the case. If it gets any hotter then I like, I'll probably get it, or go with an air one to save costs.
So I guess since everything looks good, I'll start shopping around. Thanks!!!