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Please critique my CAD$1200 build!

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April 1, 2011 1:56:50 AM

I posted a build earlier but I've made a number of changes so I'd like some opinions on my revised build. This build is right up against my budget cap so any upgrades in one area would need to be offset by cutbacks elsewhere.

One additional question: if I can throw in an extra $100 is it worth getting a 50GB SSD as a boot drive? Or would that $100 be better spent elsewhere?

Thanks in advance for any tips!

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow.

Budget Range: CAD$1200 + HST (before MIR)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, home office, music, photos

Parts Not Required: Need everything but speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Using CanadaComputers since there are local stores (so no shipping $$) but TigerDirect has a store nearby as well and will consider online purchase from Newegg.ca or ncix if there's a good reason.

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe in future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Here is what I have so far (all prices from Canada Computers):

Case: Antec 300 $49.99

Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 $179.99

CPU: 2500K i5 Sandy Bridge $219.99 (price matched with Newegg)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL) $51.99

Video Card: PowerColor (AX6850 1GBD5-DH) $169.99 ($149.99 after MIR)

PSU: Antec TP-650 Blue Truepower New 650W Continuous Power Supply $99.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000524AS $59.99

Boot drive SSD: OCZ (OCZSSD2-2VTX50G) Vertex 2 SATA II 2.5" 50GB Solid State Drive, Read: 285MB/s, Write: 275MB/s

DVD Drive: LG GH24NS50 - OEM $25.99

OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64bit $99.99

Monitor: Asus VH236H, 23" Widescreen Full 1080p LCD Monitor $169.99

KB/Mouse: Logitech (920-002565) MK120 USB Wired Desktop Keyboard & Mouse Combo $17.99


Total: $1255.88 + taxes
April 1, 2011 4:52:33 AM

Nice build :)  Looks like you did good with your money.
April 1, 2011 7:11:11 AM

The SSD would be a very good investment. You wont regret. it. Just make sure to only have your Operating System installed on it and maybe another server-based program (Adobe Photoshop, Ect.) on it as well.
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April 1, 2011 3:07:50 PM

Perhaps instead of investing on a SSD, you should consider getting 8GB of ram - for CAD, ram is primordial. An SSD might boot applications faster, but once they are open, the ram will dictate the pace of your work...
April 1, 2011 3:32:41 PM

Sorry, I should clarify, CAD=Canadian dollars :-), not CAD the engineering software.
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