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2500 Dollar budge - Help me build!

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September 15, 2010 10:32:39 PM

Alright, so I'm planning on building a new computer (finally). I really don't know what I want, or whats good for the money, but there is a few things I want.. (This should include Shipping to Canada Ontario)

Cpu - Quad or six core?
Motherboard -
Graphics Card - 5970? ( I want a DX 11 Card)
Ram -
PSU - 1000W?
Hard drive - 500gb (velociraptor?)
CPU cooler - Noctua NH-D14?
Case - Antec Dark fleet HF 85
CD Drive -

This PC will be used for heavy gaming, and some video editing / rendering. All the latest games GTA4, Crysis, and future games should be able to run very smoothly. Should I get one gpu, or should i crossfire two cheaper ones? And CPU, should I just stick with quad core, or get six core? A question - Are games coded for specific amounts of cores? For example, TF2 has a video option - Multi-Core rendering. Will this enable to be rendered on 4 cores? or 6? or 8? I think the cpu cooler is one of the best out there (I could be wrong), and this case I like and is for a good price. What do you guys think about the other parts? ( keep in mind, if im getting the Noctua cooler, the ram can't have large heatsink.)

I don't need parts such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse or anything, just internal parts (and case)
September 16, 2010 12:28:13 AM

As far as I know some games can utilize no more than 4 cores some people will argue that and say that each core will be utilized even if the game isnt coded to run on more than one core. The nice thing about having cores that arent in use while gaming though is that the background processes can be set to run off of the cores that arent in use. I believe both to be true in some cases.
As for a cooler I use and love my Prolimatec Megahalems it is considered by many the best i7 cooler out. Prolimatec was started by a couple of engineers that worked for thermalright and were tired of being shot down so they started their own company. Check out the reviews, You have to buy your own fans but it is worth it.
September 16, 2010 1:11:13 AM

Here is what I came up with it doesnt have a Raptor but I included a SSD and 2 1tb Seagate barracudas for raid.

MOBO: EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i7 950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB)DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video cards: 2 Evga GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked FTW 1536MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec TPQ-1200 1200W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Kingston SSDNow V Series 64gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD burner: LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler AND fans: Prolimatec Megahalems/ 2 COOLER MASTER Blade Master 120mm fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total with shipping 2629.43/minus $100 worth of rebates $2529.43 [:bohleyk:1]
September 16, 2010 3:11:11 AM

+1 For D1RTYJU1C3's build.
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