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Looking to Build a Gaming Rig ($1500CAD)

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December 19, 2010 8:34:56 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the holidays

Budget Range: $1500 (CAD)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Network sharing


Parts Not Required: optical drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers or OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: CPU: Not fussed, not sure what is the front runner at present. GPU: Nvidia rather than Radeon (because that's what I'm used too more than any other reason).


Overclocking: Maybe - never overclocked before, not fussed either way.


SLI or Crossfire: SLI, eventually if required.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (HD Monitor/TV via HDMI cable)


Additional Comments: Looking for DDR3 RAM, around 6-8GB if that's ok nowadays.

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December 19, 2010 9:54:26 PM

Hello,

Here's what I'd suggest :

CPU : Intel Core i7 950 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU Cooler : Corsair H70 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Case : Coolermaster HAF 922 (mid-tower), HAF 932 (full tower) or HAF X (full tower) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Motherboard : Asus Rampage III Formula http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Memory : Corsair Dominator GT 6Gb (3x2Gb) or 12Gb (3x4Gb) DDR3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Graphics Card : GTX 560 (To be released in Q1'2011 and compatible for 2-way SLI) Approximately 350 $
PSU : Corsair AX850, HX850 or TX950 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Boot drive : OCZ 32Gb http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Storage drive : Seagate or Western Digital, 1Tb or 2.

Hope this helps,
al360ex
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December 19, 2010 10:05:20 PM

^uhhm... tell me why the gtx 560 would cost the same as the gtx 570?

and the H70 is loud.. I'd suggest just getting a good air cooler like the SCMG-2100 off newegg.

also really wouldn't go with a SSD at all if its not at least 64GB..
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December 19, 2010 10:19:00 PM

Oops, my bad, I meant to write 250-300$

As for the H70, it isn't loud if you replace the fans by 2 Noctua NF-P14FLX
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December 19, 2010 10:39:08 PM

al360ex said:
Hello,

Here's what I'd suggest :

Boot drive : OCZ 32Gb http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Storage drive : Seagate or Western Digital, 1Tb or 2.

Hope this helps,
al360ex



Thanks man, now is there any kind of performance issues with having games installed on a different HDD to the one with the OS?
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December 20, 2010 12:09:05 AM

Nawp, just make sure you install them on the right drive, generally "D" because the OS/SSD should be ":C"
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December 20, 2010 12:28:31 AM

vindictive said:
Nawp, just make sure you install them on the right drive, generally "D" because the OS/SSD should be ":C"


Job done, thanks for the help. Just need to cut the corners a little now on the suggested spec as its closers to 1900 than 1500. I picked a GTX 570, is that any good?
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December 20, 2010 12:55:32 AM

Def. Its fantastic.
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December 31, 2010 5:18:12 PM

Ok guys

After reading your very helpful posts and Tom's latest $2000 build article I have the below spec'ed out, can you let me know what you think?

Case:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119160

Storage Drive:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

GPU

MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127552

PSU

Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
Item #: N82E16817151100

RAM

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMT6GX3M3A1866C9
Item #: N82E16820145292

MOBO

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128423

CPU

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211

OS SSD DRIVE

A-DATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820211485
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December 31, 2010 5:46:16 PM

BTW that comes to $1640 CAD, which I think is a lot of bang for the buck? Would also like to make sure that I can SLI in the future...... I presume I will be ok with games like Crisis etc on high settings?
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December 31, 2010 8:46:09 PM

NOTE: I've changed the PSU to a

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
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January 1, 2011 2:35:07 PM

Just realised that the new PSU isn't module either, but I think the price difference makes it worth it?
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