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2000$ gaming. advice before purchase

Last response: in Systems
September 15, 2010 3:39:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of september

Budget Range: 2000-2500 CAN$ max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, etc

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: -- I'm Canadian

Country of Origin: CA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : I don't mind
Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 for now

Here's what I've come up so far. This is my first home made build, any advice on compatibility / upgrades will be greatly appreciated.

ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131642
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211
Combo: 689,99

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked FTW 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Price is around 2200 before rebates. Keep in mind that those prices are in CAN$ so a little higher than standard pieces in USD. I would eventually add a second 480 in the future.

September 15, 2010 6:16:02 AM

CPU + Mobo
i7 930 + ASUS Sabertooth X58

GSKillz 6GB DDR3 CAS 7

CPU Cooler - How about the current best ?
Thermalright Silver Arrow

Video card - IMO 2x GTX 460 in SLI would easily outperform GTX 480 while being cheaper, also Nvidia and ATI are launching their newer cards by this year, so if you want more power, then upgrade to those...

PSU - XFX 750W

CASE - Maybe the HAF 922 or the Storm Sniper


HDD - Same


Total - ~1685 before rebates...