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Suggestions for first build ($1500)

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May 19, 2011 2:07:08 AM

This my first build and I wanted to get some opinions.

Approximate Purchase Date:
This week or next week for sure

Budget Range: $1500 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Software Development, University School Work, Gaming, Movies, Music

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, (any cdn online really)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None (first build)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire
: Not now, sometime in the future

Monitor Resolution: Any good monitor really.

Additional Comments: Good performance overall, wouldn't mind if it was quiet also


Intel i5 2500K (Purchased)

Noctua NH-D14 (Purchased)

ASRock P67 Extreme4

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti


ASUS 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

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May 19, 2011 3:18:10 AM

looks goo first build i havent had to critique but look into the 6950 it gives better picture quality in movies than the 560 ti and it is a better card for gaming too.
May 19, 2011 4:02:57 AM

Thanks for the reply. Scratch Windows 7. I just remembered I get professional for free from my University lol.

What do you guys think of this monitor

Its $20 more but its LED.

I looked into the 6950, its slightly more expensive than the 560ti. How does gtx 560 ti sli compare to a cf 6950; is it worth the extra?
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May 19, 2011 4:06:37 AM

ya that monitor is nice! the 6950 cf performs almost as good as gtx 570 sli at stock settings you have to oc the snot out of a 560 ti to get those speeds
May 19, 2011 11:00:03 AM

if you're getting an 6950 (which is a very good card) try to research into one with a BIOS switch and if its compatible to flash cause then u have got yourself a 6970 from a 6950 :) . i personally like the Twin frozr as the cooler is quiet and keeps the card itself cool. im not 100% if its a PCB model so it might not be able to flash but you could OC it very well with that dual fan cooler :D 
May 19, 2011 11:02:35 AM

Unfortunately, it looks like what might have been the last flash-able card on Neweggis sold out.
May 19, 2011 11:54:16 AM

Yeah the 2nd monitor is great i've seen it in a shop but i hate monitors with speakers for some reason, even if i won't use em :D 

Now, about which Gpu to get... I got XFX 5870 and its perfect, but i've heard so many people saying they have problems and have to RMA. Xfx offers lifetime warranty though and you always get a new one that works at the end of the day. However, I would recommend to buy the MSI cause of the fans system and the ability to fully use MSI afterburner to tweak the card. MSI has never let me down on any product i've bought in the past years.
May 19, 2011 2:15:22 PM

the msi will be a little quieter and cooler but also more expensive. just flip a coin you'll be happy either way
May 19, 2011 4:49:08 PM

unless you plan on gaming at res higher than 2560x1600 or using eyenfinity, save your money and see if you can get the 6950 1gb. fps benchmarks for 1 gb and 2gb 6950 are identical at res <2560x1600 (30-40usd less). If you're planning to CF in the future, IMO the 6950 1gb is the better card than the 5870. the 6000 series show a 15-20% boost in scaling from the 5000 series. tho nvidia is giving out crysis 2 with the 560ti...
these choices, building the pc is easy. choosing the parts is the hard part