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October 19, 2010 4:34:22 AM

Hello everyone!

It is finally time to upgrade to a new computer!
I mostly will be using it for games and 3D work for school. Therefore I took the i7 950.
My budget is around 1100$ max.
Please tell me if everything is fine or should I change something

Things I do NOT need: Video card (I have a HD5870 v2 from Asus), Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse.

I will be ordering from this website: www.sohodiffusion.com It's situated in Montreal, Canada.
So here what I came up with:

Processor: Intel-Core i7 950
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 750gb
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V

All of this is around 1000$ before taxes.

Thank you for your time guys!!!

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October 19, 2010 4:54:20 AM

Your RAM is dual channel and the i7 950 can take advantage of triple channel DDR3, so maybe look at this set:

Damn. I was expecting to find the G.SKILL PI series 6 GB CAS 7 set, but couldn't. It's a 3 x 2 GB kit that runs at 1600 MHz on 1.5 volts. See if you can find something similar.

for HDD:

Damn. I was expecting to find the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB, but search returned no results.

This drive is faster than the one you've selected because it uses 500 GB platters instead of 250, though:

http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/14632/WESTERN-DIGITAL...

The F3 would've been a bit less expensive.

Everything else looks fine.

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Anonymous
October 19, 2010 6:08:35 AM

Thanks for your advice mate!
I have found something to replace the memory I previously chose with:

Patriot Viper 2 Sector 7 6gb ddr3

http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/17215/PATRIOT-VIPER-I...

I am not very familiar with this company and their RAM, so I also looked at this one:

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/11376/OCZ-OCZ3X1600LV...

I have another question: Is there a big difference between dual-channel and triple-channel RAM?
Thanks for your input =)
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October 19, 2010 6:24:06 AM

^ Some suggestions...
Mobo - Get this ASUS board, actually is better than the ASUS -E
ASUS Sabertooth X58
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/17632/ASUS-SABERTOOTH...

RAM - A good RAM set -
Corsair 6GB DDR3
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/13179/CORSAIR-CMX6GX3...

Other good case options
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/11929/COOLER-MASTER-H...
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/16662/COOLER-MASTER-C...

PSU - Get any of these - These have the required connectors to power 2x HD 5870s, if going Crossfire
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/11327/ANTEC-TP-650-65...
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/12874/SILVERSTONE-OLY...
http://www.sohodiffusion.com/prod/15710/XFX-650-WATT-PO...

And as for the difference between Dual and Tri channel, for day-to-day usage it wont have any significant effect, but for for heavy CAD work, they would be advantageous...
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October 19, 2010 7:38:48 PM

Indeed Ive read some reviews on the ASUS Sabertooth X58, and its an amazing motherboard!
I am getting that one, and the best part is, the price of my system is even cheaper now!

Also I am a bit concerned about the memory.... What other good options are there ?
Thanks !
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October 23, 2010 3:50:33 AM

Best answer selected by mishkasky.
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