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$1300 Gaming System

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August 10, 2010 3:25:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: ~1300 CAD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX, Newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (22" Samsung Syncmaster 2233 RZ)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for best gaming PC (with overclocking) in this price range. Are all the parts decent for overclocking to around 3.5-3.7?

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Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box $242.82
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

CPU Cooling Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V H.D.T. 3HEATPIPES Heatsink LGA 1366 775 AM2 754 939 940 W/120MM PWM Fan $69.99
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35800

Motherboard Gigabyte P55A-UD3 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI RAID GBLAN CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard $147.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

DDR3 Memory (RAM) Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/4G 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit $139.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

Video Card GeForce GTX 460 675MHZ 1024MB PCI-E Dual DVI Mini HDMI $259.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

Computer Case Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio - Black $149.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

Power Supply Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan $74.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty $56.44
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

DVD Writer LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM $29.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

Full assembly and testing of the system $50

TOTAL: $1229 CAD



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August 10, 2010 3:36:54 PM

the gtx 460 is a good card. but it would be more useful and powerful if you SLI them. if not. go with a ati 5850.

An overclocked 460 can beat a 5850(stock). Very even cards, but overclocked 5850's can handle their own.

I would go with the 460 personally, it's cheaper and will overclock to very good performance numbers.
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August 10, 2010 3:40:25 PM

Agreed with the hard drive and the HAF 922. As for the cooler, the Noctua is extremely silent, but doesn't perform any better than the Dark Knight. It's worth it for heavy overclocking.

However, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 is easily the best performing budget cooler out there, while the Scythe Mugen 2 provides similar results, but with much less noise and a higher price tag. For all but extreme overclocks, these are more than good enough.

Cooler Master PSU's tend to be average at best. You might consider Antec, Corsair or the more expensive OCZ lines, these are far better and more stable.

Why the 460? It's great for crossfire due to the brilliant SLI scaling, but as a single card ATI ones are better bang for the buck. Your motherboard supports crossfire, but the second slot is 4x, so don't count on it providing a benefit.

May I recommend a 5850? For modern games, it's more than powerful enough and provides excellent value for money.
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August 10, 2010 3:48:50 PM

cm hyper 212 cost higher than normal price in newegg. i agree in the cm hyper. but buy it from other places. like amazon.
i also agree on the psu. should go for another brand. in the gpu. your right, the 5850 would be better suited. sorry for the 460 sli'd . i forgot about the mobo he picked
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August 10, 2010 3:58:57 PM

I'm happy I posted on this forum! Very fast and useful advice! :D 

CPU Cooler: For the hyper 212, will it allow me to go to 3.5-3.7?

Case: Great, I'll switch to the HAF 922 as you all reccomended. Will it fit with the CPU cooler etc?

PSU: What specific PSUs would you suggest?

Card: Only reason I chose Nvidia is because I've used their cards for so long with no problems. Is there an alternative to the 460 that is on par with the 5850?

Great advice so far :) 
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August 10, 2010 4:03:59 PM

haff 922 is a big case. it will fit.

cpu cooler would take you to that. or even 4ghz!

corsair 650watts or a corsair 550 watts would suffice

like what silmar said a 5850 would be an excellent choice for the money, it can crush(when i mean crush, i mean max out the settings) of today's games
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August 10, 2010 4:12:40 PM

xurwin said:
haff 922 is a big case. it will fit.

cpu cooler would take you to that. or even 4ghz!

corsair 650watts or a corsair 550 watts would suffice

like what silmar said a 5850 would be an excellent choice for the money, it can crush(when i mean crush, i mean max out the settings) of today's games

rolleyes@crush XD
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August 10, 2010 4:53:25 PM

Aiu said:
I'm happy I posted on this forum! Very fast and useful advice! :D 

CPU Cooler: For the hyper 212, will it allow me to go to 3.5-3.7?

Case: Great, I'll switch to the HAF 922 as you all reccomended. Will it fit with the CPU cooler etc?

PSU: What specific PSUs would you suggest?

Card: Only reason I chose Nvidia is because I've used their cards for so long with no problems. Is there an alternative to the 460 that is on par with the 5850?

Great advice so far :) 


- Quite easily, some people got 4GHz on that cooler without any issues, 3,5 should work without much of an effort.

- The build you picked fits in much smaller cases than the 922, which is pretty darn close to being a full tower.

- Antec 650W NeoPower, Corsair 650W HX (or TX is modular isn't required), OCZ ModXStream 600 or 700W,...

- Nvidia's latest generation is inferior to ATI's. They consume more power, produce more heat and offer less performance per dollar. The 460 isn't as bad as its bigger siblings, but not powerful enough I'm afraid. Besides, don't worry about your card not working properly. ATI now makes excellent quality drivers, unlike it did a few years ago. On the other hand, Nvidia released some epic fails of drivers recently.

Sorry, the card that directly competes with the ATI 5850 is the Nvidia 470, but its overpriced, consumes a vast amount of power and is extremely hot.
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August 10, 2010 5:33:39 PM

Great looks like I'll be switching to the 5850.

EDIT: After reading some reviews, I am seeing that the 460 1gb and 5850 are very similar at 1680x1050 resolutions, which is my monitor's native resolution.

I can't seem to justify the increase in price for the 5850 at 1680x1050, as many sites are reporting that they are almost or completely equal at this resolution...

Thoughts?



Any concerns about the other parts (Motherboard, Memory) in regards to overclocking?

Thanks so far! My build is looking far better already!!
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August 11, 2010 9:53:39 AM

Aiu said:
Great looks like I'll be switching to the 5850.

EDIT: After reading some reviews, I am seeing that the 460 1gb and 5850 are very similar at 1680x1050 resolutions, which is my monitor's native resolution.

I can't seem to justify the increase in price for the 5850 at 1680x1050, as many sites are reporting that they are almost or completely equal at this resolution...

Thoughts?



Any concerns about the other parts (Motherboard, Memory) in regards to overclocking?

Thanks so far! My build is looking far better already!!


a gtx 460 1gb overclocked will be able to match 5850 at stock. so i say go with the 5850. you have the money. why go for a inferior gpu with just narrow margin
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