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I7 750 Gaming Build - $1500 - Final Look

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November 28, 2010 10:15:44 PM

Okay, after some great advice and a bit of work I think I have my first build spec'd. Please take a look and let me know what you think! :bounce: 

Purchasing Timeline: Dec 2010 - Jan 2011

Purpose: Gaming, Watching Movies

Budget: ~$1500 CAN before taxes and shipping


CASE: AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black SECC Japanese Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $160CAN
(Second Place COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $200CAN)

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $285CAN
(Second Place GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $220CAN)

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 - $294CAN

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - $133CAN

VIDEO CARD: EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $315CAN

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $80CAN

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $140CAN

COMBO DRIVE: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $20CAN

THERMAL COMPOUND: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - $10CAN

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - $100CAN

I have a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers and an external drive to store pics, movies, etc.

TOTAL COST: $1537CAN
(All prices are from NewEgg.ca)


Future Expansion: The power supply is sized based on my plan to add a second GTX 470 video card, an internal HDD and a Tuniq CR-T120-EX-SV Tower Extreme CPU Cooler. I will also either replace my RAM with larger sticks or add 3 more sticks when I feel the need.

Overclocking: I plan to overclock as required but don't expect it to be needed for a couple years.

Alright, here is your chance to talk me down from the ledge! :pt1cable: 

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November 28, 2010 10:23:31 PM

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RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - $133CAN
get G.skill 6 gigs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 129.99(US)

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SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $140CAN
Get A-data or Mushkin SSD... Crucial isn't the best....

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November 28, 2010 10:30:30 PM

I would say just wait for SB, by the looks of it it offers a 20% performance jump for the same price and its due by early January. Though for your needs, even the soon-to-be-replaced 760 is better, you lose no performance (X8/X8 doesn't really hurt) for a ~ $200 lower platform cost.

On the GPUs, look for 6870s, nearly the same performance as the 470s both in single card and Crossfire, but can be ran perfectly with a 650W. Also, you can find one for $250, which is $100 less for a pair.

Finally, go for SF based SSDs (Vertex 2, Corsair Force, Callisto Deluxe, Adata S599), all are consistently faster than the Marvell-based Crucials, especially the smaller drives.

Bottom line is, since you're not building right away, just wait and see. In the next two months both Caymans from AMD/ATI and SB+P67 from Intel will come out and should shake up the market.


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November 28, 2010 10:33:33 PM

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I would say just wait for SB, by the looks of it it offers a 20% performance jump for the same price and its due by early January. Though for your needs, even the soon-to-be-replaced 760 is better, you lose no performance (X8/X8 doesn't really hurt) for a ~ $200 lower platform cost.

On the GPUs, look for 6870s, nearly the same performance as the 470s both in single card and Crossfire, but can be ran perfectly with a 650W. Also, you can find one for $250, which is $100 less for a pair.

Finally, go for SF based SSDs (Vertex 2, Corsair Force, Callisto Deluxe, Adata S599), all are consistently faster than the Marvell-based Crucials, especially the smaller drives.

Bottom line is, since you're not building right away, just wait and see. In the next two months both Caymans from AMD/ATI and SB+P67 from Intel will come out and should shake up the market.
+1 Isn't there 22 NM SSDs coming out too?
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November 29, 2010 2:04:30 AM

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November 29, 2010 2:05:33 AM

Patience is a virtue on this occasion I see. I will wait until January and hope to find some GOLD!

Thank you!
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November 29, 2010 5:34:27 AM

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