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Buying Today - Final Check Please

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March 25, 2011 12:55:35 PM

Hey everyone, I'm buying my parts today and would like to do a final check with everyone here to see if my parts are okay. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for any input, or for just dropping by anyways.

Anyways, this is what I was recommended:

Free
HAF X

215$/235$
i5 2500(K) [Depends if your OCing I'll let the final decision be your choice]

180$
Asrock Extreme4 P67

$84
Ripjaws 8gb DDR3 1333 (Future Proof, you have the budget to get this)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=035766

200$ AR
Asus 6870 DirectCu listed above

$115 / $130

Cooler Master 700w/850w Silent Pro (Even though this is overkill you'll have the option to crossfire in the future, I suggest the 700w since that's the recommended. If you don't feel that's good enough 850 is an option)

50$
WD Black 500gb

$100
OS - Win7

$25
CD/DVD

Give or take - 989$


but after much thought since I couldn't sleep because I was excited, I came up with this (I tried to lower the price down):

CASE - FREE
Cooler Master HAF X

CPU - $309.99
Intel Core i7-2600
NOTE: I can't be hassled to overclock, so I just went with this. Plus it's got hyper-threading, which sounds cool, lol.

OS - $99.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)

Optical Drive - $24.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM

Hard Drive - $54.99
Western Digital Caviar Black (WD5002AALX) 500GB SATA3 7200RPM 32M Cache (OEM)

Memory - $51.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit
NOTE: Should I go with faster memory and drop to 4 GB, or stay with 8BG?

Graphics Card - $184.99
Asus EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 DirectCU ATI Radeon HD 6850 Chipset (790MHz ) 1GB (4.0Ghz) GDDR5 Dual Display DVI/DisplayPort PCI-Express 2.1 Graphics Card
NOTE: I went with the lower graphics card because I don't need to play everything at max settings, but this is just my assumption. Anyone's opinion is better than mine at this point.

Motherboard: $179.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 (B3)Socket
Note: Are there any identifying mark on the box or the motherboard itself letting me know it's the B3?

Power Supply - $129.99
Corsair TX Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX
NOTE: I went with the 850 watt power supply for an extra $15 (compared to the 700 watt).


Or maybe someone could merge these 2 lists and come up with a better list for the same price, or cheaper.

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March 25, 2011 1:43:53 PM

Check with www.newegg.ca they have the Intel® Core™ I7 2600 at a little less expensive than the price you have listed. Also you don’t have a SSD drive step up as a boot drive. This can make a big difference on boot times and access for anything that is on it. You can pick up a drive like the New Intel Solid-State Drive 510 SATA 3.0 (6Gbit) or the older Intel X25-M 80GB for about a $100 less. If you can find a spot in your budget for them you will be very happy that you did.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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March 25, 2011 1:53:52 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Check with www.newegg.ca they have the Intel® Core™ I7 2600 at a little less expensive than the price you have listed. Also you don’t have a SSD drive step up as a boot drive. This can make a big difference on boot times and access for anything that is on it. You can pick up a drive like the New Intel Solid-State Drive 510 SATA 3.0 (6Gbit) or the older Intel X25-M 80GB for about a $100 less. If you can find a spot in your budget for them you will be very happy that you did.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team


I'm not really interested in SSD's at this point, but thanks for reminding me about it though. I'm just more concerned about my parts, I just want to make sure they'll work well together.
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March 25, 2011 2:07:10 PM

Version-eX said:
I'm not really interested in SSD's at this point, but thanks for reminding me about it though. I'm just more concerned about my parts, I just want to make sure they'll work well together.



EDIT: On second thought, maybe someone here could rearrange my list to include an SSD without losing the i7-2600 =)
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March 25, 2011 2:08:18 PM

Version-eX said:
I'm not really interested in SSD's at this point, but thanks for reminding me about it though. I'm just more concerned about my parts, I just want to make sure they'll work well together.

+1 on no SSD if your on a budget.

If that build is primarly for gaming...I would do it way different. As far as over clocking these SB cpu's go... you can hit 4.0ghz just by upping your multiplier and still be running cool with the stock intel cpu. You can do this in the same amount of time it took you to register on this site. Like a few min. max.

Not sure what your budget is, but I know what I'd do.

First the psu.... 750w to push two 560's in SLI if you ever add another card in the future...

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... $79.99
Antec EA-750 EarthWatts 750W Continuous Power Supply

Now the vid card....

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... $ 249.99
Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Chipset (830Mhz) 1GB (4000Mhz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI-I/Mini HDMI Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

And ...for a gaming build...one choice stands out above the rest...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards
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March 25, 2011 2:14:04 PM

Why_Me said:
+1 on no SSD if your on a budget.

If that build is primarly for gaming...I would do it way different. As far as over clocking these SB cpu's go... you can hit 4.0ghz just by upping your multiplier and still be running cool with the stock intel cpu. You can do this in the same amount of time it took you to register on this site. Like a few min. max.

Not sure what your budget is, but I know what I'd do.

First the psu.... 750w to push two 560's in SLI if you ever add another card in the future...

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... $79.99
Antec EA-750 EarthWatts 750W Continuous Power Supply

Now the vid card....

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... $ 249.99
Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Chipset (830Mhz) 1GB (4000Mhz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI-I/Mini HDMI Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

And ...for a gaming build...one choice stands out above the rest...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K



I forgot to mention I'm new to all this. It would actually be my first time building my own PC today, let alone overclock something. I read about overclocking on a dozen webpages in the last few hours and I'm sure the pros outweighs the cons at the right hands, but I guarantee I'm not the type of guy to overclock, lol.
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March 25, 2011 2:18:04 PM

Why_Me said:
+1 on no SSD if your on a budget.

If that build is primarly for gaming...I would do it way different. As far as over clocking these SB cpu's go... you can hit 4.0ghz just by upping your multiplier and still be running cool with the stock intel cpu. You can do this in the same amount of time it took you to register on this site. Like a few min. max.

Not sure what your budget is, but I know what I'd do.

First the psu.... 750w to push two 560's in SLI if you ever add another card in the future...

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... $79.99
Antec EA-750 EarthWatts 750W Continuous Power Supply

Now the vid card....

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... $ 249.99
Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Chipset (830Mhz) 1GB (4000Mhz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI-I/Mini HDMI Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

And ...for a gaming build...one choice stands out above the rest...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards



I play games casually and I'm fine not running these games on ultra settings if it means paying less for the graphics card and allocating that money on to the i7-2600. I'm aware that i5-2500 is good for gaming, but it would personally benefit me more to get the i7-2600 in the long run. Also, thanks for letting me know about the B3 Stepping Chipset logo, I was wondering about that.

I need to buy my parts locally for warranty purposes. I know there are cheaper places to shop, but the warranty I'm getting is really good if I buy from them. They'll match the manufacturer's warranty in-store, meaning they'll replace my hardware (if there are any problems with it), on the spot, versus paying to shipping it out, waiting, and then receiving it. The warranty alone is good enough reason for me to buy locally, considering I use my PC daily.

As for my budget, I've got $1000 saved up. I need to pay in cash though and before the mail-in rebates. The mail-in rebates will save me money, but I still need to pay the regular price then deal with the coupons after my initial purchase.

As for the SSD, I can live without it for now, I'll always have the option to buy it later one anyways. Unless someone out there can fit that into my budget.

As stated above, thanks for any input, it's greatly appreciated. I'm just waiting for any adjustments (if there are any) and the "green light" and then I'm off to the store.
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