Help! $3000 (CDN) Gaming Rig.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks. Need to refund a laptop first, mailing tomorrow.

Budget Range: $3000 CDN, before taxes, before MIR.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. What else do you use a computer for ;) ?

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers, Sound Card.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None, leaning towards i7 and dual 480s :D

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - Preferably in a x16 x16 setup.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Noise is not a concern, nor is power consumption. This will be my second ever homebuild, and haven't been keeping up with the latest tech, so I'm at an almost complete loss as to what to get.


These are what I've been looking at so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960

GPU: 2* MSI N480GTX-M2D15-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Optical: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer

Total: 2050.94
As you can see, I'm still missing a Motherboard, PSU, RAM, and a CPU cooler.

So! We have $1000 for you to use on the remaining four items, and to make any adjustments you feel necessary to the above.

If you think its wise for me to wait until the Sandy Bridge launch feel free to say so, but know it will be unlikely I will purchase one at launch and that there will always be something worth waiting for on the horizon.

Any insight you can offer me will be VERY much appreciated.

The Viscous Sac.
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  1. Motherboard, you can go with Asus Rampage III Gene. Or Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.
    RAM I advise go G.Skill Ripjaws series.
    PSU I recommend Corsair 1000W.
    CPU Cooler, I don't quite know but many uses Zalman or Corsair cooler.
  2. I'm no expert, but I've been lurking a lot for my homebuild, so I guess I can say something.
    The i7 960 is a total waste, it's a little bit more powerful than the 950 and costs the double. If you're going to overclock, just get the 950, and save the other money for Sandy Bridge when it will come out.
    Dual 480s are cool, but if I were you I would wait the new Radeon 6xxx.
    For the hard drives, I prefer Western Digital. Since a 120gb SSD won't have much space for games, I suggest you a Caviar Black. They also come with 5 year warranty, instead of the 3 y. warranty of Samsung HDDs.
  3. Intel Core i7 960 - $599.28 free shipping

    Intel Core i7 950 - $289.99

    OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 120GB - $235.52/$205.52 after mir

    HAF 942 HAF X - $173.50

    Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX - $241.50

    Corsair Professional Series Gold CMPSU-1200AX - $269.89

    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA - $229.99 free shipping

    G.SKILL F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM Ripjaws - $133.36

    Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $181.99/before $30 mir

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB - $141.49

    Thermalright Venomous X - $64.04

    Thermalright Venomous X-RT - $65.05 X- RT&manufacture=THERMALRIGHT

    Thermalright X-SILENT-120 -$6.62

    Prolimatech Armageddon CPU Heatsink Cooler - Dual 140MM Fan Capable - $54.99
  4. Awesome, thanks for the feedback guys.

    Yeah, I agree that, afterseeing the price difference, I might as well get a 950 to OC and pocket the extra cash.

    The 6000 series, from what I could find, are releasing this friday. I'd happily wait for those :p But, my question is wouldn't those bottleneck the CPU? I mean, dual 5970s are bad enough, with their $630 starting price, I can only imagine how the 6870s are going to be priced.

    And to you Davcon, thanks for pricing those for me! :D

    So, whats the deal with the 6000 series?

    And does anyone else have anything to add?

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