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November 21, 2010 5:35:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a week or so

Budget Range: 1500 before rebate.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, programming, and a little of everything else.

Parts Not Required: mouse,keyboard,monitor, operating system.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.ca, newegg.ca, or where ever is cheap.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I'm looking for a AMD + ATI, but willing to mix it up if it seem appropriate.

Overclocking: Yes, much later.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, much later.

Monitor Resolution: 1400x900

Additional Comments:

Right now I got a old p4 way back from 2003, so I'm pretty out of loop with what good or what bad.

This build has to last me as long as my current p4 ( 7+ years).

Thanks for the help.

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November 21, 2010 6:36:21 PM

Let me start by saying you should wait until Sandy Bridge is launched (1Q '11) and reviewed before making a substantial investment in new hardware. Yes, it could/should be that significant.

Next: Of all your PC uses, gaming will mostly drive the need for more powerful hardware. Screen resolution is important in gaming, and if you do not plan to change your screen siz and resolution, you don't need to spend anywhere near $1500 to assemble a good system.

If you want to buy now and prepare for, say, 1920x1080 resolution: An i5 750, a Gigabyte or Asus motherboard that will support xFire at x8-x8 or better, an HD 6850, a 750W/850W psu from Corsair or Seasonic, a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HD, and a Cooler Master HAF 912 case can be assembled for about $850 US including the OS. Sorry, I don't have access to Newegg.ca

If you want to buy now and plan to stay at 1400x900: An AMD configuration will prove to be lower cost and a better value. I don't speak "AMD", so perhaps someone else will come along and whip one up for you.

Bottom line: What resolution do you want to prepare for?
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November 21, 2010 6:49:33 PM

If you want to purchase your PC now AMD is not the best option, If you are set on AMD wait till bulldozer comes out.
But if you are fine with Intel here is a suggestion:


i7 870 $309.99
Asus Rampage III GENE $249.99
Corsair XMS3 Classic 6GB $94.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB $69.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X DVD Writer $28.99
Antec TruePower 750W $119.99
Cooler Master HAF 922 $89.99
XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB $239.99
Scythe Mugen-2 Rev.B $44.99

The total is about $1250

You could also add a SSD
OCZ Vertex 2 120GB $229.99 w/$30.00 MIR

Edit: As Twoboxer said Sandy Bridge is coming out in Q1 2011
So it is in you best interest to wait till the beginning of next year
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November 21, 2010 6:55:31 PM

Well, the current monitor I have is actually quite old (3+ years) and I will most likely upgrade in a year or 2.

I'll probably buy a new monitor around $200 CDN, so I want to prepare for a resolution with that price, I'm guessing a 1920x1080.

I'll have a look at your intel build, thanks.

Edit: What are the predicted improvement for sandy bridge/bulldozer?
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November 21, 2010 7:27:45 PM

The i7 870 provides multi-threading, but provides very little additional benefit for gaming compared to the price premium over an i5 750:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=107

So consider the additional investment thinking the 870 may run faster when you use multi-threaded apps . . . or benchmark lol. The $80 US difference is almost half the cost of a new, larger monitor.

If you plan to OC your cpu, then faster memory is a good idea so that it does not limit your OC ability. However, faster memory on its own will not make a noticable difference in gaming or in most other apps. If you stick with 2x2GB 1333 CL9 from Mushkin or G.Skill you can put another $20 US toward that monitor.

Any of the Cooler Master HAF series are good cases . . . 912/922/932 depending on your wants and needs.

Again, sorry I can't do a Newegg.ca config.
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November 21, 2010 7:49:47 PM

OK, something has changed . . . I can get to Newegg.ca lol. So . . . (Gwarsh, they cream you for shipping up there lol):

i5 760 $210 ($1 more than the 750 lol) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

To allow for USB/SATA 3.0 and crossfire at x8-x8:
ASUS P7P55D-E $175 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.Skill 2x2GB $57 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Seasonic 850W $120 (only $10 more than the 750W) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $75 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Sony DVD/CD burner $19 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Windows 7 $100 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
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November 21, 2010 8:42:33 PM

Ok, I took part from both Twoboxer and JE_D and this is what I have.

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Scythe Ninja 3 SCNJ-3000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Total = $1,283.44 with shipping + tax

Please let me know if there is anything I should change.

EDIT: Uh...... I just noticed the motherboard doesn't support triple channel........ Changed memory.
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November 21, 2010 8:57:48 PM

OK, because of the stupid ADVERTISING, the links don't work for me lol.

The memory kit you have is incorrect - this platform uses DDR3 memory in pairs (yeah, I know, ddrTHREE memory, but it runs dual channel here). So you need 2x2GB, 4x2GB, or 2x4GB. If you need more than 4GB of memory, I'd recommend using only 2x4GB sticks - it often works out better with less stress on the mobo:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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November 21, 2010 9:07:49 PM

Twoboxer said:
OK, because of the stupid ADVERTISING, the links don't work for me lol.

The memory kit you have is incorrect - this platform uses DDR3 memory in pairs (yeah, I know, ddrTHREE memory, but it runs dual channel here). So you need 2x2GB, 4x2GB, or 2x4GB. If you need more than 4GB of memory, I'd recommend using only 2x4GB sticks - it often works out better with less stress on the mobo:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


lol, yep changed it, look like my edit was too late.
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November 21, 2010 9:09:23 PM

At $1500, I'd be doing a Asus Sabertooth X58, i7-950, DDR3-166 CAS 7, Full Tower 850 watt system w/a GTX 470 factory overclocked.
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November 21, 2010 9:16:11 PM

Buy from NCIX.com or memoryexpress.com, they both pricematch online competitors. Also use shopbot.ca, pricebat.ca, and pricecanada.com to find the best price for each component you have.
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November 21, 2010 9:18:11 PM

NP! Enjoy the build . . . . but I'd still wait for Sandy Bridge unless you absolutely have to buy now. This is NOT one of those "if you wait things always get cheaper faster" lol.
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November 22, 2010 12:36:03 AM

Twoboxer said:
NP! Enjoy the build . . . . but I'd still wait for Sandy Bridge unless you absolutely have to buy now. This is NOT one of those "if you wait things always get cheaper faster" lol.


+1

I totally agree with you. I currently am waiting for Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge, before I pull the trigger on my next build.
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November 22, 2010 12:43:57 AM

Here's a preview of Sandy Bridge. The processor looks like it may perform better than Intel's current top of the line in some games and applications, between 10-20% better than current mid-range processors.
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November 22, 2010 1:02:13 AM

Yeah, to be sure we have more info than just Intel - Anand has done some work with a crippled part. But without a real price and some other info . . . too much is up in hte air.

But it looks good.
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November 22, 2010 1:04:35 AM

I am also waiting for sandy bridge, I hope prices are reasonable for early adopters. I am planning on picking it up in around early may, so hopefully prices are around $200 for processor for the i5-2400 and $150-200 for the mobo for a p67 board.
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November 22, 2010 1:15:35 AM

is there any guess at what a p67 mobo will cost? if its around the same I'm going to wait.
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