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Trying to build a high performance PC -needs advice and suggestions-

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September 1, 2010 8:56:58 PM

I have a budget around $3200 canadian. this is what I've put together so far. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated. I'm fairly new to this and I've been going off the advice of my friends and co workers to try and build this.

$1069.97 intel core 980xtreme I7 CPU

$374.99 ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, RAID, Hyperthreading, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s

$92.99 x2 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
OR (($189.99 OCZ (OCZ3G1333LV8GK) DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz Gold Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) Kit))

$450.00 radeon 5870 chipset video card

$239.99 OCZ (OCZSSD2-2VTXE90G) Vertex 2 Extended SATA II 2.5" 90GB Solid State Drive, Read: 285MB/s, Write: 275MB/s

$169.99 Cooler Master HAF 932 case

$129.97 Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration, 80+ Bronze, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications, Vibration Dampener Included

I also want some kind of liquid cooling system cause I want to try overclocking for shitz n giggles. Also need to know if I need any kind of extra fans or something.


I'll be using it primarily for gaming and video editing.
I'll keep it until it can't play the latest games on high framerate
I have a 720p projector or the option of a 1080 p samsung television.
For speakers I have a big surround sound system. onkyo receiver, paid $750 for it a year ago it sounds awesome.

Thanks for the help/advice in advance people.
Also if there are any downgrades that won't affect the performance all too much I'd be very interested.


September 1, 2010 9:15:16 PM

I have an older pc that I plan to pull other parts from, like 2x 500 gb hard drives. Dvd rw and whatever else I can salvage from it.
September 1, 2010 9:24:30 PM

What will this be used for? How long do you keep your builds? What resolution monitor do you have?
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September 1, 2010 9:42:30 PM

I'll be using it primarily for gaming and video editing.
I'll keep it until it can't play the latest games on high framerate
I have a 720p projector or the option of a 1080 p samsung television.

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September 1, 2010 10:10:14 PM
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You only have one graphics card so you dont need that expensive of a motherboard. You could get the ASUS or Giagbyte models priced $100-$150 below that and still have a great system.

You are overclocking anyway so you should save money and drop down to an i7 930 or 950 at most. The overclocking cap doesnt go up that much on the i7 900 series.

A good 120mm tower CPU cooler will let you get almost as good of an overclock with alot less expense and alot more safety.
Scythe SCMG-2100, Xigmatec Balder, Sunbeam Core contact Freezer, Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus are all good. Go with the Prolimatech Megahalems or Noctua 140 if you want the best aircoolers available.

With an x58 motherboard you want to get a 6GB (3x2GB) RAM kit. They use triple channel memory.

For spending that much money you should have a 5970, not a 5870.

That Ultra X4 750 got some bad reviews for voltage instability. Other x4 series reviews had failed 80+ certifications and such. For that price I would bet you can get a more stable Corsair or Antec 750Watt PSU.
September 1, 2010 10:40:25 PM

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September 2, 2010 11:06:18 AM

with a budget like that, and setup you plan to use, you should be putting your money into the video and sound cards. the 980x isn't worth the money, and you can overclock the 930 to 4GHz on air without any issues whatsoever. Try a build something along the lines of this (maintained your SSD and chassis preference):

Chassis: Coolermaster HAF 932 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 139.99
CPU cooling: Thermaltake Frio - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... - 59.99
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5970 4GB - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 1009.99
PSU: Antec TPQ-850: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 149.99
MoBo: ASUS Rampage III Extreme (could switch to Gene if prefered) - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - 389.99
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... - 249.99
CPU and RAM combo: Intel Core i7-930 and OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item... - 451.95
Sound card: ASUS Xonar Essence ST PCI Interface Audio Card - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... - 227.99

This all totals $2679.88 before taxes, shipping and mail-in rebates, and $3092.63 (-50 USD MIR) after taxes and shipping (at least for me in Ontario.
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