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August 27, 2010 6:10:20 PM

Hi all! Well, after a couple of weeks of being the ghost in the machine getting sub-par build skills back up some (and sheesh how things have changed in the last 7 years!!) here's what I've come up with system wise. It's Intel based simply because of potential plans to SLI the GPU's and I've no preference for AMD or Intel (both have thier pros n cons), so if you've suggestions for a better build at same cost, cheaper parts, more built-in flexibility for upgrades down the road (last system I built was 6+ years ago), please feel free to chip in :D . Here's the set-up so far:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: 1400$-1500$ CAN Before Rebates, including shipping

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, video conferences & rendering (weird I know but hey, that's the job), surfing the internet, watching movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, ncix.ca, DirectCanada

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: none (Intel based platform or AMD based makes no difference to me)

OVERCLOCKING: God only knows

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: See below

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd prefer if the system would be considered "ok" for at least 4+ years - by OK I know that gaming will stink inside of 2+ years, but hopefully the SLI will compensate .... some

Processors: Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box 1 $242.82

Heatsinks: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro REV.2 CPU Heatsink Cooler LGA1366 LGA1156 LGA775 AM2 AM3 W/ 92MM Fan 1 $29.99

Motherboards: MSI P55A-G55 P55 ATX LGA1156 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0

DDR3 Memory G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-7-7-24 $138.21

Video Cards: GeForce GTX 460 675MHZ 768MB PCI-E Dual DVI Mini HDMI $209.00

Computer Cases Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case Blk 4X5.25 $101.99

Power Supplie: Seasonic SS-600ET 600W EPS12V 24PIN ATX PFC 80PLUS Bronze 6PIN 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan OEM 1 $99.99

LCD Monitor: ASUS VH235T-P 23IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 16:9 5ms 250CD/M VGA HDMI $205.20

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM $123.05

Hard Drives Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN OEM $104.42

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August 27, 2010 7:53:05 PM

Be careful which WDD caviar black 1TB you get. The WD1001FALS is an older, slower model than the WD1002FAEX.
This is the one you want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could save money going with a cheaper Seasonic built PSU like a corsair HX620 or Antec neo Eco 620. Use that money to get the substantially faster 460 1GB model.

The i5 760 mildly overclocked can handle far more powerful of a graphics card than a 460.
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August 27, 2010 8:48:29 PM

CPU-Intel Core i5 760 -$199.99
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54753&vpn=BX8060...


NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i7 760 Quad Core CPU & MSI P55-G55 CrossFire DDR3 Motherboard -$279.99/ $259.99 after mir
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=55331&vpn=P55%2D...

HSF-HYPER 212 PLUS -$23.60
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=19461BV3952&v...

MOBO-ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA -$180.65
http://www.onhop.ca/catalog/product/10859858
MSI P55A-G55 -$142.37/$122.37 after mir
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54097
MSI P55A-GD65 -$192.72/ $172.72 after mir
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54096

RAM-Any of the kits linked are good -@$100
for Newegg.ca links right click open
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...

GPU-GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GEFORCE GTX460 1GB -$225.36
http://www.onhop.ca/catalog/product/10935139

CASE-Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced -$79.75
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225611/COOLERMASTER/R...

PSU-XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W -$99.99 XFX's OEM is Seasonic
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Seasonic M12D 750W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan -$99.99
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35154&vpn=M12D%2...

LCD-ASUS VH235T-P-$ 196.49
http://www.ecsrv.com/ShopSearchPage.aspx?No=220146&ST=V...
Get an additional $30 off with Canada wide rebate not store specific
http://pccyber.com/?v=Product&i=LCD-AS-VH235T-P

OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM-$93.79
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222137/MICROSOFT/GFC_...

HDD-Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB -$87.48
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/227170/Western_Digita...

Some of these components have prices ending this month.
Ncix's new sale starts tonight.
As always they pricematch any instock item in Canada:) 
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August 29, 2010 3:54:19 AM

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August 29, 2010 3:55:51 AM

Many thanks for the suggestions and tips ~ much appreciated! Missed the mobo/cpu combo but still got about 100$ in price matching if it all goes through :D 
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August 29, 2010 11:29:34 AM

badhat said:
Many thanks for the suggestions and tips ~ much appreciated! Missed the mobo/cpu combo but still got about 100$ in price matching if it all goes through :D 

Thanks i'm glad i could help! :) 
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