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New Gaming PC - 1000-1300 CAN - advice?

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August 18, 2010 3:09:38 PM

Hi everyone,

First time poster here...

This will be the 4th PC I build for gaming. I've gained a bit of experience each time but usually get out of touch with technology between upgrades so any general advice is good too! I'm looking for counter-recommendations or maybe any details or incompatibilities I missed in my proposed build. I purchased the 460 GTX after rave reviews and thought I'd test it in my current system to see if it upped performance significantly, and although it helped it was bottlenecked by the rest of the PC... so I'm ready to upgrade.

The old system for reference was a Core2Duo system (low end) with 4 Gigs DDR2 and a 9800GT. It will be used for "secondary gaming" and productivity.

Here is the low down:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week

BUDGET RANGE: 1000.00 - 1300.00 CAN

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Pure Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and Mouse (will replace these later), GFX Card (EVGA 460 1GB already on hand)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca seems good (never ordered there before) or Canada Direct

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel-based system and probably an LGA1366 based system

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (have done it, but tbh I want to ensure stability before I play around with it)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (in the future plan on going 2x GTX 460s)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1650x1080 AND 1920x1080 (when the wife isn't watching TV!)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet would be nice, but I can deal with some noise. The purpose of the LGA1366 build is to ensure it will last a bit longer.
I've never used a 3rd party cooling solution but wouldn't mind recommendations or feedback for this as well. I don't intend to OC right off but may like to once the system is stable (minimal OC'ing experience).


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Current plan:

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
(already purchased)

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Price: 303.97

Mobo: EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Price: 259.99-30.00 MIR
Comment: This is interesting... been a while since I built a PC but EVGA is making MOBOs now?
Got good reviews in any case...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Price: 104.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Price: 155.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Price: 89.98
Thanks for the advice Silvune!

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Price: 79.99

DVD/CD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Price 19.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Price: 104.99

TOTAL: 1020.92 (Tax in, about 950 b4 tax+shipping).
August 18, 2010 10:07:22 PM

I have a similar system myself with the only additons being two F1 HDD's and an SSD. I would definately recomend ditching the stock Intel HSF and going for something like the Titan Fenrir - it offers better colling and is much quieter.

From recent experience of 200/400 series Nvidia cards some have bog standard coolers - so if you can pick one up with a better cooler then this will also help keep the noise down. Nvidia cards by design love to rev their fans up on boot but soon settle down
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August 18, 2010 11:16:49 PM

I can see few reasons to get the HAF 932 over the 922, as the size difference is insignificant, you get very similar cooling ability, dust filters (the 932 doesn't have them) for a lower price.

For a quiet CPU cooler, choosing one from here would be wise: http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks

Maybe you should check SPCR's recommended cases list as well as the HAF series isn't known for being quiet.

I know everyone raves about Corsair, but you can probably get higher quality, more efficient, modular PSUs for a similar price. Check out the Antec Truepower New TP750. Altho I don't think you'll need a 750W PSU unless you're planning on OCing both your GPUs.
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August 19, 2010 2:51:36 AM

Thanks for the comments. I took a look at the PSU but not sure I need a modular one... presently I do have one and it's nice though...

For the case I think I will switch to a 922 (wasn't sure if I should go med or full anyway!) Thanks!
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August 20, 2010 5:48:28 PM

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