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First build! $1000 to $1500 CAN

Hi guys, haven't been around these forums in a long time, but I'm here to ask for some help. I'm building my first computer, and it'll be quite similar to the recent 1000 dollars System Builder Marathon computer, but I was just hoping someone could check over my specific choices to make sure I haven't missed something silly.

I'll try to follow the "How to Ask for New Build Advice" guide.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within approximately a month


Budget Range: 1000-1500 Canadian dollars


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, general use


Parts Not Required: Excluding all peripherals.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ncix.com, www.newegg.ca Canadian sites are very much preferred


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: Intel processor, but not real preference


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920 by 1080


Additional Comments: Quiet is good, but not at the expense of a lot of performance

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Here are the parts I'm looking at:

CPU: Intel Core i5 760: $310
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=54753&vpn=BX80605I5760&manufacture=Intel

CPU Cooler:Thermalright MUX-120: $60
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=47595&vpn=MUX-120&manufacture=Thermalright

GPU:MSI GTX 470 Twin Frozr II: $355
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=54634&vpn=N470GTX%20Twin%20Frozr%20II&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar

Memory:G-Skill Trident 2x2Gb: $100
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231259&cm_re=gskill_trident-_-20-231-259-_-Product

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black 640Gb: $70
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=34286&vpn=WD6401AALS&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1223

PSU:Corsair TX650: $100
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26414&vpn=CMPSU-650TX&manufacture=CORSAIR&promoid=1223

Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E LX: $140
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=51257&vpn=P7P55D-E%20LX&manufacture=ASUS

Total: $1135

The case will be a Silverstone TJ10, which I've excluded from the price since I definitely splurged on that (I've had my eye on it for a few long time now).

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Any help you could provide (comments, suggestions etc) are welcome. Thanks!
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  1. Oh wow.... TJ10 is a P.O.S.

    Get a nice coolermaster. Like the haf X... the TJ's are... TERRIBLE for the price.
  2. Fair enough. What about the internals though?
  3. I just realized that the G.Skill RAM asks for a voltage of 1.65V. I read somewhere else on this forum that this may cause problems since most motherboards supply 1.5V by default. Will this be a problem, or will I just have to change something manually in the BIOS?
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    Intel Core I5 760 -$205.99
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200AC1456&vpn=BX80605I5760&manufacture=INTEL

    Btw i have the MUX-120 push/pull on a i7 860 idles at 32C and the fans are dead silent 20db.

    Thermalright MUX-120 X-SILENT -$44.79
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14650AC6616&vpn=MUX-120&manufacture=THERMALRIGHT
    Extra fan for push/pull Thermalright X-SILENT-120 120MM -$6.62
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14650AC6930&vpn=X-Silent-120&manufacture=THERMALRIGHT

    If you buy the Tridents and decide to add more in the future you might have cooler problems i don't know for sure the spacing on an Asus board..
    You might luck out though cuz my Gigabyte P55-UD5 and 8GB of Corsair Dominators 52mm tall all fits with the MUX-120.

    Or you could buy faster ram for the same price.It's not an issue to set-up 1.65v ram on any 1156 mobo.1.5v is just the mobo default voltage for post.
    And faster ram will default to 1333Mhz until XMP and dram voltages are adjusted in the bios to vendors specs.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007610%20600006127%20600006066%20600006156&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=147%7C20-226-103%5E20-226-103-TS%2C20-145-285%5E20-145-285-TS

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB -$62.49 everday price
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/214535/Seagate/ST31000528AS/

    ASUS P7P55D-E LX -$128.96
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/227476/ASUS/P7P55D_E_LX/

    Antec Truepower New 650W -$69.99 after mir
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36263&promoid=1223

    I realize the psu is a promo but do yourself a favour and register at NCIX for the newsletter promo's the sales change once a week and you'll see them in your inbox.
    They always have a good quality psu on sale from Antec,Corsair,Seasonic,XFX,OZC.
    I would buy a modular as well because you can often find a good one at the same wattage as a non-modular for the same price.]

    And as always NCIX will pricematch any instock item in Canada.
  5. Thanks Davcon, that's very helpful. One last thing, I've noticed that the capacitors on the Asus LX board seem close to the socket, and I've heard of some other builders have problems with such things before, in that the HSF bracket would come into contact with the capacitors. Do you see that being a problem?

    For image of the board:
    http://assets6.skroutz.gr/sku_pictures/0052/7244/ec58cfbcf63c233283a7f185fa330e34.jpg
  6. theworminator said:
    Thanks Davcon, that's very helpful. One last thing, I've noticed that the capacitors on the Asus LX board seem close to the socket, and I've heard of some other builders have problems with such things before, in that the HSF bracket would come into contact with the capacitors. Do you see that being a problem?

    For image of the board:
    http://assets6.skroutz.gr/sku_pictures/0052/7244/ec58cfbcf63c233283a7f185fa330e34.jpg

    Nope i think you'll be fine the MUX-120 has excellent base height and dimm intrusion characteristics.
    For example it mounted on my board no problem and it has way more capacitors.
    http://www.giga-byte.ca/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3159#ov
    Here's an additional link for reference concerning some of your questions regarding ram and heatsink clearances.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2535-2.html
  7. Great, thanks again, Davcon!
  8. Best answer selected by theworminator.
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