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About to purchase! Final thoughts?

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August 25, 2010 4:57:48 AM

Hey guys! Pretty excited, as I am about to order my machine. I’ve got (most) of it spec’d out below, but want to check the forums before I hit the “Buy Now” button.

Four things that I am wondering about here.

1) Any suggestions on a good match to this system for video card(s)?
2) Should I be looking for a more expensive power supply? Would a RAM upgrade be worth it at all, and if so, to what?
3) General thoughts – compatibility, bottlenecks, price, etc... How’s it lookin’?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now

BUDGET RANGE: Whatever it comes to, pretty set by now since it’s mostly picked up by now

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, listening to music, gaming (Starcraft II mostly, probably others down the road), MS Office, video calls, watching (1080p) movies, basic programming, music editing (most likely using professional grade software), photo/video editing (hobby, does not need to be professional grade), SolidEdge ST, SketchUp. Possible use as a media server.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, mouse, keyboard, 1.5TB and 500GB removable HDs are on my desk waiting

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca (open to other reliable e-vendors, preferably Canadian)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: (See below)
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (hopefully, eventually... I would like to run it on its own for awhile, and once I’m more confident with it, start OC’ing)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe – I am open to it. I am also open to getting a nicer card, and possibly adding a second in the future. Whatever you guys think.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (preferably)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (See first paragraph)

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COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders – OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

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...

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


+ 2 monitors


Thank you so much!! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


Cheers,
Riley
August 25, 2010 5:14:19 AM

Really nice, no problem. Couple with one GTX465 or GTX480 would be sweEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEet.
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August 25, 2010 3:19:13 PM

Newegg.ca isn't exactly the cheapest place to build a rig in Canada.
CPU-Intel Core i7 930 -$299.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=50913&promoi...

CASE-COOLER MASTER HAF 932 -$129.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=33029&promoi...

PSU-NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Gigabyte GTX 460 768MB & Corsair TX650 650W Power Supply -$269.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=55280&vpn=GB...


MOB0-GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -$219.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49016&vpn=GA...

PSU-OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W -$55.55/ $35.55 after mir
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=33041&vpn=OC...

CPU Cooler CM V8-$50.75
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35004&vpn=RR...
Better cooler imo.Corsair (CAFA70) Air Series A70-$ 59.99 after mir
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8...
Best-Thermalright Venomous X-RT- $65.05
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14650AC0418&v... X- RT&manufacture=THERMALRIGHT
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1389/6/

HDD-Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB-$87.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=50895&promoi...

DVD-Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM -$19.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42349&vpn=SH...

NCIX will pricematch any instock item sold in Canada and now ships out of Ontario which makes charges cheaper.


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August 25, 2010 3:21:24 PM

Then try Tigerdirect.ca too.
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