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April 18, 2011 4:45:28 AM

Ok, so I've been waiting for the new SSDs to come out for a while now, and now that they are out, I am no closer to having any clue what I should be doing. My situation is this: I currently do not have a desktop PC. I haven't needed one for a long time, and I just haven't had a lot of time to spend on gaming, so it's been at the bottom of my list of things to spend money on.

What's changed is that I recently purchased a Samsung UN55C9000 TV, and I figured I'd get the best use out of it by playing games (and movies) on a good PC instead of my old ps3.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP


Budget Range: $2000+ CAN for tower


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet/Movies, 3D Gaming/Movies


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor sort of

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, North American sites


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: Samsung monitors, would like to use the best quality or quietest parts available


Overclocking: Probably


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: 1080p (main), would like to have 2x 3d ready monitors @1920x1200 or higher resolution, independent of tower price, for a total of 3 monitors running at once.


Additional Comments:
- My old lady has a cat, which has wreaked havoc with pretty much every piece of electronic equipment I own. Keep cat hair in mind when considering cooling/silencing options for the tower.
- I usually use Sennheiser headphones when playing games, and have a set of reference monitors that I watch movies with. Would it be worth it to get an actual set of 5.1 speakers (small, small room) and a dedicated sound card for this PC (independent of tower price)? I definitely have some penis envy gong on when I go over to my brother's place to watch movies. I do love the immersion of a great movie late at night with the whole surround sound thing. Again, small room for gaming/movies, think den.
- I would like to be able to upgrade in the future to be able to play new games, within reason. That said, I am not against spending another 2k every couple of years on a completely new build, so if something seams superficial to that goal, leave it out, or give reasons as to why it should stay.

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April 18, 2011 6:12:32 AM

All orders over $75 CAD @ Direct Canada are FREE SHIPPING.

This build includes dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s, 8gigs of low voltage RAM, Windows 7, top rated modular psu, and the #1 gaming monitor out there atm. 120hz, 2ms LED 1920 x 1080 3D monitor. As far as the speakers go...I use a three speaker set up, but then again I do all my movie watching on my TV. Same with the 3 monitor set up...I couldn't imagine trying to game, and watch three monitors while doing it...but that's just me. There is a Nvidia 3D kit with glasses and emitter that hook up to that monitor to give you the 3D thing.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC5964&v... $79.69
Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC6371&v... $112.88
XFX 750W Black Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD0300&v... $178.70
Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

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

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC5303&v... $59.80
Coolermaster V6GT CPU Heatsink Cooler LGA1155 LGA1156 LGA1366 AM3 2x 120MM PWM Fans 800-2200RPM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $82.46
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $21.32
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR4878&v... $59.69
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive Oem

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066&v... $237.18 MIR. Savings: $15.00 $222.18
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066&v... $237.18 MIR. Savings: $15.00 $222.18
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $99.69
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10690MN9432&v... $356.25
BenQ XL2410T 23.6IN Widescreen 120HZ LCD Monitor LED 1920X1080 2MS DVI HDMI HAS Pivot 3D Ready

Total $1,744.83 CAD *not including rebates, tax, etc..

http://www.benq.us/products/product_detail.cfm?product=... <----- more info, specs, and pics of that monitor

http://apcmag.com/first-look-the-benq-xl2410t-.htm <----- review of that monitor
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April 18, 2011 4:40:06 PM

I would swap out the older 320GB per platter WD640 Black with a newer design 500GB per platter Spinpoint F3 1TB. Other than that great looking build.

You might want to stick with Antec cases as they have fan filters for the cat unlike the Haf cases. The 300 Illusion or 900/902 would be worth looking at.
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April 18, 2011 11:09:47 PM

Wow, that looks great. I really do like that monitor, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Is there any reason I couldn't use one of the new OCZ SSDs as a boot drive?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Something like that one, which is in stock at the moment. I would prefer a 120GB one, but I'd rather not wait on stuff to come in.

And for the other HDD, like anort3 said, something along the lines of this:

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

or

WD Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&v...

What kind of difference in performance can I expect from an HHD between SATA 3 and SATA 2? I've heard lots of people prefer the Samsung HDDs over WD, but I'm not sure if that was in reference to Western Digital's SATA 2 drives or not.

That just leaves the case up in the air. Would this Antec 902 case fit the CPU heat sink Why_Me posted?

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC9501&v...

I managed to google up a 2010 thread here about those two cases in particular, which brought up good points for both of them. I'm kind of leaning towards the Antec case right now, just because it looks nicer.
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