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New Gaming Pc for around 1200$CAD

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August 25, 2010 4:48:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-September

BUDGET RANGE: 1200$-1300$CAD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Surfing, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, anywhere else with a good price

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CANADA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, but I'd like to stick with items that are well reviewed

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Max Resolution (1920×1080)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ideally very quiet


The current build: (but suggestions are very welcomed!!!)

Case: $90 COOLERMASTER HAF922

PSU: $105 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V

Mobo: $160 ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

CPU: $215 Intel Core i5-760

GPU: $333 ASUS EAHD5850 DirectCU ...

Memory: $99 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 2x2GB

CPU Cooler: $30 Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212

OS: $100 Windows 7 Home Premium

HDD: $80 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB

So what do you think ? BTW, it's my first homebuilt PC.

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August 25, 2010 5:13:48 PM

make sure your motherboard has 3 spaces between each pcie slot so that your video cards wont get hot when you get sli/crossfire. another thing I would consider is getting xfx video cards. they offer double lifetime warranties on their stuff so if you ever resell it, it'll make it resell value higher. one more thing, I would get a full tower case instead of a mid tower. nzxt has a new case coming out that is really nice for 139 dollars.
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August 25, 2010 5:57:50 PM

Since you're up in Canada, I'd definitely try out NCIX.com for prices. The i5-760 is $199, and things are generally cheaper. You can also pricematch any other Canadian website like newegg or bestdirect.ca (which also has nice prices + free shipping always).

Secondly, if I were you, I'd swap out that video card right away! You can save $100 and get very similar performance with a nice GTX 460 1gb card. For $1200 or $1300 you could even fit two 460s in your budget, which would be a huge upgrade.
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August 25, 2010 7:26:29 PM

So, I'm still not sure about the GPU. I thought about a HD5870. But is 2 GTX 460 better?
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August 25, 2010 9:11:34 PM

Do I have to change my mobo ? What is the best GTX460 ? Also is it hard to SLI 2 GTX460?
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August 25, 2010 9:32:28 PM

That motherboard should be perfect!

The best 460 is arguable, but the Palit Sonic OC one, and the Galaxy Super OC one have some of the best performance results out so far. They both run at 800mhz (the stock is 675mhz). Personally though, I'd buy the EVGA OC one here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SLI is pretty easy to do, you basically just plug them in, and change one setting in the nVidia control panel (it gives you the option to configure one as a PhysX only card... or do use them for SLI, etc.). There should be a few guides / forum questions on that too.
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August 25, 2010 10:05:35 PM

Ok ... great. So I'll surely go for 2 GTX460 768MB OC. So guys, what do you recommend for the case ?
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August 26, 2010 2:27:31 AM

jasonw223 said:
2 GTX 460s are WAY better than a 5870. At real high resolutions 2 460s will even beat TWO 5870s. nVidia is the way to go at the moment.

Take a look at some reviews:

http://www.techspot.com/review/309-geforce-gtx-460-sli-...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/09/geforce_gtx_4...


Eh at the techspot review, the 5870 in CF beats out the 460 in sli tho...
The 460 SLI can beat the 5870 CF at low res (1680x1050).
But the 460 in SLI can beat a 5870.
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August 26, 2010 4:02:07 AM

With 2 GTX 460, do I have enough space in a mid tower case like the Cooler master HAR 922 ?
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August 26, 2010 3:51:43 PM

I finally decided to go only with 1 GTX 460 1GB OC and we'll see in the future (2-3 months) for another one. For the case, I think I'll stick with the CoolerMaster HAF922. BTW, I need suggestion for a monitor (full hd, max 23 in)
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August 26, 2010 5:35:39 PM

@sinhoyin - 460 SLI = QUITE a bit cheaper than 5870 CF. These cards are $200-225, while the 5870s where I live are $410+. So, $450 for an SLI setup that competes with a $820 crossfire setup... Still a tough choice?

@uness06 - Yep, you've got PLENTY of space in that HAF case of yours. And yeah, you can always add a second one in later! I bought two monitors in the past while, one is a 23" LG, the other a 24" BenQ. Here are those links. I prefer the picture of the LG to be honest.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=53667&vpn=G2...
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August 26, 2010 6:48:38 PM

THANKS alot. I think that I can't wait to septembre. I'll start buying some stuff today .
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August 30, 2010 7:50:36 PM

Last question ... I'm hesitating for the GPU between an EVGA GTX460 Superclocked 1024Mb and the ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2 DI/ 1 GD5. What do you think?
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September 1, 2010 1:11:17 AM

Just compare the clock speed (stock is 675mhz, higher is better) and the price. I'm a fan of EVGA personally (warranty, step-up program, etc.) - but either are good!
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September 13, 2010 6:22:57 PM

I just saw a discount for the EVGA GTX465 Superclocked 1024 MB (901G-P3-1467-AR). Should I buy this one instead of the EVGA GTX460 Superclocked 1024Mb (01G-P3-1373-AR)
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