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$1500 Gaming PC in progress - Help appreciated

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September 28, 2010 5:14:06 AM

Hello, please see a description of the situation in the Additional Comments below.


Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1500 Canadian before taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
http://www.sigmawave.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future (or now, if recommended)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Hi, my friends and I are all in the market to buy new gaming PCs, with a budget of $1500 Canadian before taxes. None of us are overclockers, and we'd like to have the PCs setup professionally, so we need to buy most of our parts (except monitor, basically) at the same (preferably local) location. While their selection in certain categories (RAM) isn't huge, Sigmawave (see link above) is local and seems to have very good prices.

Here are the parts I've worked out so far, with questions below:


CPU: Intel Core i5 Quad 760 2.80GHz 8.0MB 2.5GT/S S1156
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?searchText=Intel...
$208

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E PRO P55 DD3 A+SR+GBL+1394
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?searchText=Intel...
$189

Memory: 2x Kingston 2.0 GB DDR3-1333 CL9
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?searchText=kings...
$106

Graphics Card : ASUS - nVidia GeForce ENGTX470/2DI 1.28GB PCI-E 2xDVI MiniHDMI SLI
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?search=true&sear...
$334

HDD: Western Digital - Cavier Caviar Black 1.0TB 7200RPM SATA600 64MB
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?search=true&sear...
$97

CD/DVD R/W: LG Electronics GH24LS50 24X DVD+/-RW SATA w/SW+LS OEM
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?search=true&sear...
$31

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM DVD - 64-bit English
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?searchText=windo...
$115

Assembly & Three Years Labour and the Manufacturers' Parts Warranty (One Year Sigmawave Shipping & Handling)
$50

Power Supply: ???
Case: ???
Monitor: ???
(See questions below)

Total Price: 1130$


And now for my questions:


1. Do you have any comments or advice about the chosen parts?

2. a. What minimum power supply will these parts need?

b. What if we want to add a second graphics card later on?

c. Can you recommend any power supply on the sigmawave site?
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?cur=dep-8,cat-94...

3. For a case, a sigmawave salesman recommended the CM Storm Scout, which I saw was also recommended in one of the reference threads here.
a. Should we nonetheless get a more expensive case?
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?cur=dep-8,cat-81...

b. Will we need a case with USB 3.0 ports to eventually take advantage of the motherboard's USB 3.0?

4. We all already have monitors, so that can wait and be purchased elsewhere. With that said, though, do there appear to be any particularly good deals at sigmawave?
http://www.sigmawave.com/products.aspx?cur=dep-8,cat-88...

5. With these parts, it seems likely that's we'll have to go low-end on power supply, case and monitor to fit within budget. Would you downgrade any of the chosen parts to make room for a better power supply, case or monitor?

6. Here it gets a little complicated. Unlike my friends, I already have a case and a reasonably recent power supply.
Case: XG Sidewinder:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/1513
Power supply: Antec NeoPower 650 Blue
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now, assuming that power supply is enough, would you upgrade any of the parts to fill the budget? 2x 4G RAM, for example? Or maybe go to 1136? A SSD to install Windows on? Or a really good monitor?

I know I'm asking a lot, but any help at all is very appreciated. Thanks!
September 28, 2010 11:30:52 PM

spentshells said:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...

470 29 dollars cheaper

you should really check out this site


Thanks for the suggestion! Unfortunately, overall, the prices seem to average out to the same, with some items being slightly less expensive than at Sigmawave, and others slightly more. And with the nearest store 2 hours away, I'd have to pay for shipping, so it'd be more expensive in the end.
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September 30, 2010 4:11:19 AM

So things fell through, and now it's only me buying a new PC, so questions 2 to 5 don't really apply anymore. With that said, though, I'd really like any opinions on question 6, if anyone has any input.
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