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September 5, 2010 2:25:08 AM

Hi everyone,

I've decided to build my first PC and would like some feedback on my build. I'm Canadian so I've been looking at Newegg.ca as well as PC Cyber Canada for the parts. My budget sits somewhere around $1200.


GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s
Item #: N82E16813128409

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Item #: N82E16819115067

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
Item #: N82E16820231321

SPARKLE SXX4601024D5UNM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item#: N82E16814187115

Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167025

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151188

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
Item #: N82E16817341017

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item#: N82E16811129021

Silverstone 6" ATX extension cable kit Model PP04
Item #: N82E16812162006


So, here are a few very quick questions:
1. First, is there anything that doesn't seem right, doesn't fit, wouldn't be compatible or would otherwise cause things to blow up? I've done quite a bit of research and I believe everything is in order but I'm sure you guys know tons more than I do.

2. I am undecided between getting the GTX 460 video card from GigaByte or Sparkle. The former is more popular and feels like a safe choice, but the latter offers a lifetime warranty. Thoughts?

3. I've read that this mobo only supports memory running at 1.5V, which is why I went with the ECO that runs at very low voltages (1.35V). Will this be a problem for me or will I be able to get the full speed out of my memory on this mobo without fear of destroying something (as I'm new to this I'm a bit hesitant to fiddle too much with OC'ing)?

4. Is a 600W power supply enough for this system?

5. I know the Antec Nine Hundred case is extremely good, but it is a bit expensive. Would I be able to get away with using this case instead: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Item #: N82E16811129066)? Would it still run cool enough? Suggestions?

6. Do I need the Silverstone 6" ATX extension cable kit Model PP04?

Other than that, the system is starting to reach the upper bounds of my budget, especially since I have still to buy the OS. I may end up not purchasing the SSD as it's not super necessary (but would be cute).

Also, does anyone know of any deals or combos that might save me some money? I haven't really been able to find too many ... maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's in Canada???

Thanks in advance -- this forum is super, super helpful.

DCM

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September 5, 2010 11:44:00 PM

Nobody's got any suggestions or ideas? You don't have to answer my questions if you don't know but any general thoughts would be helpful please.
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September 6, 2010 7:20:02 PM

antec 300 illusion is a good case it should be good enough for the system and as for the make of the gpu i would just go for the one that is cheaper, also if you get the p55a ud4p if you are going to SLI in the future usb3 and sata 6 will be disabled, only if you add a second gpu, this only appears in the gigabyte boards, i think the asus p7p55d-e pro is the best bang for buck lga 1156 board, and the 600 watt psu should be fine, but i would rather get an antec earthwatts 650 watt psu as antec make very good quality psus so do corsair and seasonic, although the OCZ psu should be fine
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September 6, 2010 7:27:26 PM

+1 for the p7p55d-e pro and the earthwatts 650w. Would add XFX to that list of other quality PSU makers. 650w is going to be more than enough for this system. If you were to get a quality PSU, you could probably even SLI 460's on this.

Would also suggest dropping the 40gb of SSD for now. Prices are coming down pretty quickly and 40GB isn't going to do much for you. SSD's don't have an effect on gaming other than loadtimes, which would already be pretty low with this setup.

Tom's did a review on all the different 460 cards out there. I would look at that for some guidance. Their verdict was pretty much that each card has its pros and cons, so it depends what you're looking for.
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September 7, 2010 12:31:41 AM

Thanks very much guys! I'll go for the board and psu you guys suggested.
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September 7, 2010 12:35:02 AM

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