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September 25, 2010 5:42:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: October 11th

Budget Range: 1500 Before Rebates

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

Parts Not Required: mouse and keyboard, monitor..

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg strictly..

Country of Origin: Canada ( im aware they only ship U.S. but I have an office in blaine WA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: none in particular.. preferablly ASUS mobo.. and an ATI gpu.. no nvidia please unless strongly suggested... and i7 processor.. windows 7 prof 64 bit..

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if in price range

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: my other pc budget may be 2100$.. or may be 1500.. if it turns out to be 1500.. i have a slight idea what to build for a 1500$ pc so i thought id let you guys put on together

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September 25, 2010 7:09:05 PM

Intel Core i7 930 + XFX HD 5850 + OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $687.97 + $45 MIR

XFX HD 5850 + Corsair 850W PSU $374.98 + $35 MIR

Asus Rampage III Gene MOBO + Asus DVD Burner $231.98

Samsung Spinpoint F3 $74.99

Antec 300 case $64.99 + $15 MIR

Cooler Master Hyper212+ CPU Cooler $29.99

Total $1464.90 before rebates - $95 MIR = $1374.90

If you feel you don't need the second GPU, you can drop the second GPU/PSU combo and get a ~750W PSU and possibly a SSD as well. My theory is gaming performace over loading times which is why I opt for the dual GPU over the SSD.

If you don't plan to OC you can drop the CPU cooler, the stock one will be fine.

The 850W PSU will do fine but ideally, you would want to go with 950-1000W. Well worth the investment plus the rebates will compensate for it.
a b 4 Gaming
September 25, 2010 7:15:45 PM

I really think it would be worth your while to also consider NCIX as a supplier for at least some of your parts if you live in B.C.
For example.
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus -$19.99
GPU-since you have the luxury of perusing US and CAN prices i would look at
Ati 5850/5870 or Nvidia GTX 460 1 GB /470
Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM -$16.99
XFX 650W XXX Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze- $69.99 after mir
Corsair VX550W 550W -$54.99 after mir
Intel Core i5 760 -$199.99 you may want to go since it ships free.
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA -$179.99
$179.67-Canadian just Pricematch at Ncix Canada
Cases worth considering.
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced -$ 79.99 Canadian
Seagate Barracuda (ST31000528AS) 7200.12 1TB -$ 59.99 Can
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit-$139.99 US ships free
$139.79 - Canadian pricematch at Ncix

Some pretty decent pricing considering it's in Canadian dollars on par with any U.S. deals if not cheaper.
I wouldn't use the NCIX US site cuz they practice what does as far as shipping goes.
You have the luxury of mixing and matching US( and Canadian pricing(Ncix) as well as taking advantage of which ships alot of items for free. is useless 90% of the time their because shipping charges are atrocious.

Hope this helps somewhat!
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September 26, 2010 11:46:20 PM

Thanks both of you! Ill take both your suggestions into serious consideration, and kureme thank you very much for the info but you double linked some items! ahahah i found them by myself on newegg regardless :) 
September 27, 2010 12:20:50 AM

For $1500:
CPU:Intel Core i7 930 Bloomfield
GPU:ATI 5970
PSU:Corsair 650TX
MB: Asus Sabertooth
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced SP 6GB
Case: HAF 912
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
SSD: Intel X25-V 40GB
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
ODD: Asus DVD Burner

Should add up to right around 1500 bucks.
a b 4 Gaming
September 27, 2010 2:45:46 AM

1366 build.
Cpu-Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield -$299.99
Intel Core i7-930 -$284.99

NCIX Gaming Bundle P6X58D-E X58 LGA1366 Motherboard + Intel Core i7 930 Retail Processor Bundle -$459.32 USD

NCIX Gaming Bundle P6X58D-E X58 LGA1366 Motherboard + Intel Core i7 930 Retail Processor Bundle -$479.99 CAD

G.SKILL F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM Ripjaws 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 240PIN Triple Channel i7 Memory -$138.75 USD

G.SKILL F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM Ripjaws 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 240PIN Triple Channel i7 Memory -$144.99 CAD

other ram kits worth considering

September 27, 2010 3:45:43 AM

Well this is what Im considering so far.....

Mobo - Asus sabertooth lga1366 x58 -

case- gamer haf 932

Fan and heatsink- ZALMAN CNPS10X -

os - Windows 7 professional 64 bit

psu - corsair 850 tx -

gpu - a 5870 of some brand.. not sure which yet.. contemplating on .. .. or ..

cpu - i7 950 with recent price drop

HDD - samsung spinpoint f3 1tb

OD - one of the ones you guys recomended

RAM - Mushkin enhanced redline 6gb cas 6 1600mhz-

I feel like im missing a component here.. if I am let me know hahah and let me know what you think ..

grand total 1600$ .. 100$ over budget but thats fine
September 28, 2010 2:49:21 AM

In the event of my budget being 2000$ which is a 50% chance.. I was thinking this?

mobo - p6x58d-e

gpu - Hd 5850 crossfire

Ram - mushkin ridgeback 1600 cas 6 6gb

Those three changes.. what you think?
September 28, 2010 3:25:23 AM

Given the performance of the gtx 470 when compared to the 5870 and 5850, it makes a lot of sense to at least consider it.

An HD 5870 for $389 performs, on average, about the same as a gtx 470 which can be had for up to $100 less.

A 5850 at the same price as a gtx 470 is outperformed by a noticeable amount.

A 5970 for $680-$700 is outperformed (by wide margin) by a pair of gtx 470's which can cost as little as $560 after rebate.

A 5970 for $680 - $700 is outperformed by two 1 GB gtx 460s for as little as $400.

two of these 470's is $560

two of these 460's is $400

The price/performance is heavily on nvidia's side right now.

EDIT: SLI scales better than crossfire right now, too.
September 28, 2010 10:50:24 AM

If the budget is 2000, as mortonww said, a 460 or a 470 should be considered.
September 28, 2010 11:21:31 PM

Yes now that I look at it.. I will get a 470 crossfire or 460 if the budget is 2000.. one question though.. are the cards to thick to crossfire? will they not fit on my motherboard.. ( p6x58d-e) .. and what is the power consumption for both in crossfire?
September 28, 2010 11:37:37 PM

Sorry for being lazy.. well it seems I will get a pair of 1gb 460's.. as their performance is very impressive despite the 500$ pricetag.. and about 650watts and I have a 850 watt power supply.. not bad.. I doubt they wouldnt fit either.

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September 28, 2010 11:53:46 PM

Oh they will fit fine, unless you have some abnormal one with a huge cooler that takes an extra slot. And you can get 2 768mb's 460's in SLI for a little over 300 and the performance won't be a huge difference but for the might be considerable. The 460's max power consumption is 160 watts, 2 of them is 320. A 650watt PSU should be enough to SLI them IMO. An 850 can do triple SLI with them no problem most likley.
September 29, 2010 12:59:20 AM

Alright well I think ive figured out my build... thanks you guys for all the help! I think Ill go with the 1gb 460's.. just for the extra power boost ;)  and I dont know who to select for best answer ahaha
September 29, 2010 1:07:03 AM

Well thats me! LOL Just kidding, its your choice.
September 29, 2010 7:34:01 PM

ahahah will do :) 
September 29, 2010 7:37:58 PM

Best answer selected by adam873873.