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January 1, 2012 6:46:32 PM

Hello,

It's my first time building a PC, and I'm wondering if all the parts in this rig will work together, if it's possible to save money by getting equivalent quality parts for cheaper, and if I'm missing anything. All the prices are in Canadian dollars.

Thank you for your help.

OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps Sandforce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
$99.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
$49.98

Western Digital WD15EARS Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
$149.98

2x Powercolor Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5.0GHZ DDR5 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DP Dual Fan PCI-E Video Card
$551.88

1 x ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard
1 x Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
$456.14

Scythe Bay Rafter 2.5 Rev B. 2x 2.5IN Hard Drive SSD 3.5IN Drive Bay Mounting Kit
$9.98

Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer SATA Lightscribe OEM
$24.72

Coolit Systems Eco CPU Water Cooling System AUTO-REGULATED & Maintenance Free LGA1366/1156/1155/AM3
$49.99

OCZ Z-SERIES 1000W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX 83A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 135mm Fan
$134.99

Samsung S23A300B 23IN Widescreen LCD Monitor LED Backlit 1920X1080 5ms 250CD/M2 5M:1DC DVI VGA Black
$199.98

Gigabyte GM-M6900 7 Button Wired Dual Lens Optical Gaming Mouse 3200DPI LED Display U *IR-$10*
$29.99

Microsoft Comfort 3000 Curve Wired USB Interface Keyboard
$19.07

Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT USB3.0 No PS
$114,99

Total: $1900

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January 1, 2012 11:25:31 PM

street-pirate said:
Hello,

It's my first time building a PC, and I'm wondering if all the parts in this rig will work together, if it's possible to save money by getting equivalent quality parts for cheaper, and if I'm missing anything. All the prices are in Canadian dollars.

Thank you for your help.

OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps Sandforce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
$99.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
$49.98

Western Digital WD15EARS Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
$149.98

2x Powercolor Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5.0GHZ DDR5 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DP Dual Fan PCI-E Video Card
$551.88

1 x ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard
1 x Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
$456.14

Scythe Bay Rafter 2.5 Rev B. 2x 2.5IN Hard Drive SSD 3.5IN Drive Bay Mounting Kit
$9.98

Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer SATA Lightscribe OEM
$24.72

Coolit Systems Eco CPU Water Cooling System AUTO-REGULATED & Maintenance Free LGA1366/1156/1155/AM3
$49.99

OCZ Z-SERIES 1000W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX 83A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 135mm Fan
$134.99

Samsung S23A300B 23IN Widescreen LCD Monitor LED Backlit 1920X1080 5ms 250CD/M2 5M:1DC DVI VGA Black
$199.98

Gigabyte GM-M6900 7 Button Wired Dual Lens Optical Gaming Mouse 3200DPI LED Display U *IR-$10*
$29.99

Microsoft Comfort 3000 Curve Wired USB Interface Keyboard
$19.07

Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT USB3.0 No PSU
$114,99

Total: $1900



First of all what website/s are you shopping at?

No, if this is for gaming and you want to save money, keep the i5. It is the best price/performance for gaming processors.

You don't have a OS. Do you need one?

You won't need a 1000w PSU. A Corsair/Antec/XFX/Seasonic 850w would do just fine. Tomshardware did two 6950's an a OC'ed proc on 650w. A 850w will be fine.

The Self Contained water coolers are fine, but you would also be fine with something along the likes of a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo. Without the website/s I can't tell if It'd be cheaper though.

Sandforce SSD's have had lots of troubles, although a recent firmware update has supposedly fixed them. That OCZ ssd has a 3.5 to 2.5 adapter included so no need for the adapter, unless you plan on using all of the 3.5 bays with other hdd's.

Keep in mind new AMD GPU's come out this month and they will be much more powerful. This month. If you don't mind waiting the GPU's you've picked will come down in price, and you could get those. You could also buy the more powerful GPU at around the same price hopefully. I don't see why you need to get the HIS 6950's, the powercolor one's will do just fine.

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January 2, 2012 2:44:42 AM

First of all, thanks for your replies.

I'm shopping at NCIX. Sorry, I should've mentionned that.

About the OS, I still have an install left on my old CD, but thanks for the thought.

I was thinking that I would get the 1000w PSU in case I want to get a third card down the road, but now that I think about it, by the time I need to upgrade, the 6950 will probably be completely obsolete.

The heatsink you suggested is 15 $ cheaper than mine, but I'm willing to pay that if it means quieter operation. Will it make a difference? The case comes with 2 fans. Should I throw in an extra one? The case says it can control three fans. I can still add more than that, but they will run at full speed all the time, right?

About the new AMD GPUs, the suggested retail price on a 7970 is 550$, the same as both my cards, and it should give me similar performance, but it would be a lot more future-proof because I could add another 7970 when games catch up to my rig. Is that a good idea?
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January 2, 2012 2:46:16 AM

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January 2, 2012 11:40:39 AM

street-pirate said:
First of all, thanks for your replies.

I'm shopping at NCIX. Sorry, I should've mentionned that.

About the OS, I still have an install left on my old CD, but thanks for the thought.

I was thinking that I would get the 1000w PSU in case I want to get a third card down the road, but now that I think about it, by the time I need to upgrade, the 6950 will probably be completely obsolete.

The heatsink you suggested is 15 $ cheaper than mine, but I'm willing to pay that if it means quieter operation. Will it make a difference? The case comes with 2 fans. Should I throw in an extra one? The case says it can control three fans. I can still add more than that, but they will run at full speed all the time, right?

About the new AMD GPUs, the suggested retail price on a 7970 is 550$, the same as both my cards, and it should give me similar performance, but it would be a lot more future-proof because I could add another 7970 when games catch up to my rig. Is that a good idea?

By the time you wanted triple crossfire, it'd probably be obsolete.

I guess the water thingy probably would be quieter, but I can't find any specs. Sometimes the fans and pumps are fairly noisy on those. And what if the pump fails? You can't use your computer. I would love to have a full custom loop, but I don't know about the Closed Loop ones. At least with a heatsink fan, if the fan breaks you can still use your computer.

I don't know how the case "controls" the fans. I believe that they are molex connections to the PSU so they would run at max all the time. The fans on it aren't very loud though. It has spots for six fans. Personally, I would build your computer with no extras right now. Than if it NEEDED extra fans, I would add them. This would go for almost all extras. This way you only get what you need.

Cooling System:
-Front: 120 mm fan x 2, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA (one is optional,can be swapped for one 200mm fan)
-Top: 120 mm fan x 2 or 200mm fan x 1(optional)
-Rear: 120 mm fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA
-Side:120/140 mm fan x 1 (optional


On the 7970, that's what I would do. You wouldn't immediately have the hassle of Crossfire and its issues, and you could still upgrade later to a crossfire setup. And if its launching this month, why not?
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