[New Build] $1200 CAN Workstation

Approximate Purchase Date: I want the parts in my hands before March Break so I can build and use my computer during March Break.

Budget Range: $1200 although if necessary I will go to $1500 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking, Audio production, Photoshop/Illustrator/Premier/Bridge, Minecraft, Web browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Windows 7 64 bit.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, www.futureshop.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I prefer Nvidia and Intel.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (I already have a monitor).

Additional Comments: I want to run Windows 7 64 bit. A quiet PC is very important to me because I'm doing lots of audio production which means I'll also need a good firewire card so I can hook up my audio interface. I need a good graphics cards so I can run Minecraft at least 80 FPS on far with fancy graphics.
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  1. Do you have Windows 7 64-bit? If you don't, is it included in your budget above?
  2. I do have Windows 7 64 bit. I'll add that right away to parts not required.
  3. All from Newegg.ca:

    Processor (CPU) : Intel Core i7-950 $309.99

    Motherboard : ASUS P6X58D-E $249.99

    DDR3 Memory (RAM) : CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) Model CMX6GX3M3A1600C9 $86.99

    Video Card : EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 1GB $194.49

    Computer Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP $139.99

    Power Supply : CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-600CX $79.99

    Hard Drive : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB $99.99

    DVD Writer : ASUS Black 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner $20.99

    CPU Cooling : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 $29.99

    Thermal Compound : ?

    Total : $1,212.41
  4. I looked at the parts and everything seems to check out! Thanks for the build!

    If I order this build in 2 months, will there be any better parts for the same price?
  5. There's Intel's Sandy Bridge that was just officially announced today. Better price-performance-ratio.
  6. When are they going to available to the public?
  7. Supposedly during the first quarter of this year.
  8. Well, its out now. Anyone have any recommendations? I'm looking at the new i7-2600k. Any ideas on which mobo I should buy or if I should still buy the same mobo?
  9. Since you've chosen a K-Series and will be paying a premium for it you might as well utilize its full capabilities. This narrows the choice of motherboards to those having the Intel P67 Express Chipset.

    From Newegg.ca:

    Processor (CPU) : Intel Core i7-2600K $334.99

    Motherboard : ASUS P8P67 Deluxe $239.99
    or ASUS P8P67 PRO $189.99

    DDR3 Memory (RAM) : CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 $114.99
  10. Just wondering, if I can use my Nvidia Geforce 7900 from my old tower in this build you gave me. Also, is possible to do SLI using the GTX 460 and the 7900?

    Thanks again for all the help,
  11. box801 said:
    Just wondering, if I can use my Nvidia Geforce 7900 from my old tower in this build you gave me. Yes you can. Also, is possible to do SLI using the GTX 460 and the 7900? No. SLI requires that the graphics cards have the same GPU on all of the cards. So this means you would have to get another GeForce 7900 or two GeForce GTX 460s.

    Thanks again for all the help,
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