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August 27, 2010 7:26:03 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: 1000-5000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching hd movies, homework, video/audio editing software, capture card recording to console, fraps recording

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: canadacomputers.com, pccyber.com, other good websites

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Core i7, Nvidia DirectX 11 Card, best cooler for CPU to overclock & 120Hz or 240Hz (if available) 0 - 2ms response time monitor

OVERCLOCKING: Yes only CPU

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to play all games on ultra max settings smoothly & no lag such as Left 4 Dead (16xQ or higher CSAA, 16x or higher AF), Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty 4, Battlefield Bad Company 2 (32x CSAA, 16x or higher AF), Metro 2033, Crysis (16xQ or higher AA, 16x or higher AF), Singularity, Grand Theft Auto 4, Fear 2, Need for Speed Shift & other upcoming DirectX 11 games.

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Build I want to get

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
CASE - Cooler Master HAF 932
CPU - Intel Core i7 930 (Overclock 4 GHz)
MOBO - Evga x58 Classified
GPU - Two Evga GTX 480 Superclocked in SLI (Because it's better driver than Ati Radeon HD 5000 series)
RAM - 6GB Triple Channel Memory 1600MHz
PSU - 1000 watt
HDD - 1.5TB Sata II 64MB Cache 7200 RPM
ODD - Blu-ray burner
Sound card - Asus Xonar Essence STX

Please change if this is too overkill thank you.
August 27, 2010 7:58:55 AM

Cabinet: HAF-X

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GTX480 is good. But would suggest a GTX460 1GB SLI. Would cost you cheaper and would give your better performance. Try this in SLI. A single Palit GTX 460 Sonic thumps HD5850.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get the 2GB version of the card and SLI. Only $30 more.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Try the new AX series. Even 850W is too much. But just a little head room. It would be enough!

HDD: Go for smaller and more number of drives. Better data reliability. If you loose one drive you don't loose all data!
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August 27, 2010 4:38:51 PM

he said he wants 2 gtx 480s
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August 27, 2010 4:41:30 PM

the noctua nh-d14 is an awesome cpu cooler, the SAMSUNG® P2370H LCD is a nice screen, its 23" it has a 70000:1 contrast ratio and 2ms response time
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August 27, 2010 4:43:24 PM

i would choose a watercooling system though
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August 27, 2010 4:43:28 PM

gordon_81 said:
the noctua nh-d14 is an awesome cpu cooler, the SAMSUNG® P2370H LCD is a nice screen, its 23" it has a 70000:1 contrast ratio and 2ms response time


This, I second the Noctua NH-D14, just picked on up and it's rather silent plus it's a beast for cooling. I couldn't really ask for better on air.
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August 27, 2010 4:45:11 PM

a bigger monitor SAMSUNG® P2770H LCD - 27" Wide, 16:9 HD Format, 1920x1080, 2ms Response, 70000:1 Contrast Ratio, 300cd/m² Brightness - D-SUB, DVI, HDMI
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August 27, 2010 8:08:19 PM

Soundcard isn't really needed, especially if you're using any sort of digital out.

ATI's 10.8 drivers just came out and they now have a superior multi-GPU system compared to SLI, hardocp just did a review of them.

IMO a 27in monitor at 1920 would be stupid. Way too low of a pixel density.
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