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August 15, 2011 8:54:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late September

Budget Range: $1800-$2400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Movies - Programming - Internet - Microsoft Office

Overclocking: Yup

Processor:
• Intel Core i5-2500k
Motherboard
• Gigabyte Z68 UD3H
RAM
• 8GB Corsair Vengeance
SSD
• OCZ Vertex 2
Hard Drive
• Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Hard Drive
PSU
• Corsair enthusiast 850 Watt
GPU
• 2x HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo
Case
• NZXT Crafted – Phantom White



Here's an updated build of everything from ME and the prices etc. if I were to build this then this is exactly what i would be getting so advice? (all prices in Canadian dollars)

Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower $159.99

CPU: i5-2500k $209.99

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68X UD3h $164.99

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB $69.99

Hard Drive: 1TB Caviar Black $79.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 E 120 GB $189.99
(Is this worth the money or should I just not get an ssd?)

CD Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Drive $29.99

GPU: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo $289.99 x2 = $579.98

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 $129.99

Monitor: 2x BenQ 24in Widescreen LCD 169.99 x2 = 339.98

Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow $79.99

Mouse: Razer DeathAdder $49.99

CPU Cooling: Corsair - H60 High Performance CPU Cooler $74.99

Thermal Compound: Arctiv Silver 5 $9.99

Assembly: $40

2 Year IPR System Replacement Plan: $167.99

Total After Taxes: $2666.18

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August 15, 2011 9:16:44 PM

what resolution will you be gaming at?
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August 15, 2011 9:27:23 PM

Not entirely sure tbh, as high as possible i suppose
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August 15, 2011 9:31:42 PM

Ok for gaming most likely you are going to want to step down to the Intel Core i5-2500K. Right now with games very few of them will take advantage of more than 3 threads. Because of this the Intel Core i7-2600K’s hyper-threading has very little value for gaming. Now since the differences between the Intel Core i5-2500K and the Intel Core i7-2600K comes down to the Intel Core i7-2600K having hyper-threading, 100MHz, and 2MB of cache. So you need to ask yourself if the 100MHz and 2MB of cache is worth the $100 price difference?

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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August 15, 2011 9:52:38 PM

But wouldn't spending the extra hundread on the i7 help to 'future proof' the build? Although most games don't take advantage of more than 3 threads now that could change in the next 5 years as technology advances couldn't it? I'd rather spend the extra hundread now than have to buy an entirely new cpu for $300 in a couple of years.
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August 15, 2011 9:53:26 PM

Zabombafor said:
But wouldn't spending the extra hundread on the i7 help to 'future proof' the build? Although most games don't take advantage of more than 3 threads now that could change in the next 5 years as technology advances couldn't it? I'd rather spend the extra hundread now than have to buy an entirely new cpu for $300 in a couple of years.

the i5 will be strong enough for 5 years. especially with a good oc
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August 15, 2011 10:15:25 PM
August 15, 2011 11:05:47 PM

Ya i did some reading and the i5 when overclocked is about the same as what the i7 can accomplish so unless im doing something far more demanding than gaming it probably isn't worth the $100, so i think ill get the i5 like u guys say
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August 16, 2011 9:07:05 PM

Here's an updated build of everything from ME and the prices etc. if I were to build this then this is exactly what i would be getting so advice? (all prices in Canadian dollars)

Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower $159.99

CPU: i5-2500k $209.99

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68X UD3h $164.99

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB $69.99

Hard Drive: 1TB Caviar Black $79.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 E 120 GB $189.99
(Is this worth the money or should I just not get an ssd?)

CD Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Drive $29.99

GPU: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo $289.99 x2 = $579.98

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 $129.99

Monitor: 2x BenQ 24in Widescreen LCD 169.99 x2 = 339.98

Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow $79.99

Mouse: Razer DeathAdder $49.99

CPU Cooling: Corsair - H60 High Performance CPU Cooler $74.99

Thermal Compound: Arctiv Silver 5 $9.99

Assembly: $40

2 Year IPR System Replacement Plan: $167.99

Total After Taxes: $2666.18
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