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November 11, 2010 12:42:05 AM



Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so


Budget Range: $800-$1200 CDN


System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)


Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Likely at local store (Memory Express)


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: min 1280x1024 true colour


Additional Comments: Will either have store build or help from my dad. This is what I've figured on so far (will likely add second GPU in near future):


- Processor: Intel Coreā„¢ i7 Processor 950 3.06GHz w/ 8MB Cache

- Mobo: eVGA X58 SLI LE w/ TripleDDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan 1394, PCI-E, 3-way SLI

- Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 7 Series DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-12800 Low Latency Kit

- Drive: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

- GPU: (1) eVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI

- PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA 650W Power Supply w/ Triple +12V

- Case: Whatever fits best, cools well & allows for necessary upgrades

Looking to keep this running 3-4 yrs with necessary upgrades.


Thanks for your answers.



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November 11, 2010 2:57:16 AM

SOme changes -
Mobo - Get this one - It is cheaper and better...
ASUS Sabertooth
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX30387(ME).aspx

RAM - This one is on sale and is better than the Patriot
Mushkin
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26834(ME).aspx

CASE - Antec 300
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX20934(ME).aspx

PSU - IMO this would be good if you want to go SLI as this has the required power connectors too
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26068(ME).aspx

For your resolution even the 768MB would suffice IMO
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX29652(ME).aspx

Seagate HDD on sale -
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24082(ME).aspx
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November 14, 2010 11:47:15 PM

Best answer selected by BLT88.
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November 15, 2010 12:28:47 AM

Looks like I'll be building the following,

Processor:
Intel i7 950

Mobo:
Asus Sabertooth X58

RAM:
Kingston ValueRAM 6GB

HDD:
Seagate 1TB Barracuda

DVD:
LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer

GPU:
eVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB PCI-E

PSU: (good call on this one gkay09)
Corsair HX 650W Modular Power Supply

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Versatile Mid Tower Gamer Case


mosox, the 1055T was a processor I was definently looking at, it is a better value for performance but overall performance goes to the i7 950 for anything under $400 from what I've seen.

This rig should be good for the next 3-4 yrs, for 3-D rendering, with some upgrades.

Anyways, thanks again for the responses.

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November 15, 2010 2:22:36 AM

^ RAM - Better options...Actually that Mushkin that I had linked, was on sale and was pretty cheap, but I guess the price has jumped...
These are better than that Kingston at the same price range...
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22565(ME).aspx
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22567(ME).aspx
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX29669(ME).aspx

CASE - Even this Antec 200 would do,...
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25103(ME).aspx
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