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January 23, 2012 11:28:59 PM

Alright guys, I have a few months off school starting in two weeks so i'm looking to build another computer. Cost isn't that big of an issue BUT i'm looking to spend approximately $1500 CDN ($1400 USD). Leaning towards Intel this time around as i built previous with AMD. Overclocking is a definite so possible cooling opitions? Probably liquid cooling, but lets see what other alternatives you guys have. Oh, and a SSD as a main option also.. Ha

This is my set up now, probably will keep the case (unless convinced otherwise) .. Don't think I will need bigger PSU though. Unless dual GPU's are brought into play.

Case: Antec 1200
Mboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3200MHz
RAM: Corsair Vengence 2 x 4GB
GPU: AMD Radeon 6950
HDD: 3 x 1TB Western Digital Black
PSU: Corsair TX750

Soo hit me with some ideas. I'm interested in everything. THANKS. BTW. This build is obviously gaming. 1920 x 1080. BF3 is the main


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January 24, 2012 12:02:33 AM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR H70 Core High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$81.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$53.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$299.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

XFX Black Edition FX-797A-TDBC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$599.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The video card is currently out of stock and if you want to wait for it that's up to you but if you don't and you can't find one anyplace else of any model or brand then you could go with this one as an alternative;

EVGA 03G-P3-1595-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified ULTRA 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$569.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The total for thi build is $1415.94 and if you go with the 580 classified it will be $30 less , also if you keep your ram it would be another $53 less.
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January 24, 2012 12:09:25 AM

I suggest just tossing in a high capacity Crucial SSD, 7970, and just invest in a good cooler to OC your CPU.

Hell, even get a kick-ass case for kicks and giggles.
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January 24, 2012 12:28:26 AM

I can't make a case for an AMD build over $800

Total cost of Sandy Bridge build = $1,430

Antec 1200 V3 - $ 170 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Antec Red 120 mm - Later http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Antec CP-850 - $ 140 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 - $ 190 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Intel Core i5-2500K - $ 230 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Hyper 612 PWM - $ 50 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
(2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 - $ 50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) - $ 250 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) - Later Same
Barracuda 1TB - $ 135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Chronos Deluxee $ 200 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
MSI DVD Writer - Freebie w/ HD

-The case you wanted is matched with a 10.0 jonnyguru rated PSU which is unbelievably quiet and low temperature. Get the side fan later when you SLI

-Ya have a CPU cooler which comes within a degree of matching the best on the market, toasting th=e H&0 for example by a whopping 3C
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

-The SSD is in Tier 3 , the fastest units in the 120/128GB size range.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

-The MoBo / CPU is seems to be one of the most popular combination on newegg right now....and the MoBo has a full 3 year warranty.

-The GFX card in SLI is 40% faster than a 580.....with ya budget, the choice is ....start out w/ 2 GFX cards or start out with the SSD and 1 GFX card .... the 2nd way is much easier.


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January 24, 2012 1:24:08 AM

Is it possible that i could overclock with my setup right now? Well obviously would need a cooler, but do i need a large PSU?
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January 24, 2012 1:30:28 AM

The computer that you have now isn't that bad and you could certianly overclock it if you wanted . You would not need another psu the one you have is fine. Yes if you got another cooler that would help and it would depend on how high you wanted to overclock.
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January 24, 2012 1:49:42 AM

You said you were going to reuse the case, so I'm assuming you can reuse other parts as well? If so you don't need a new PSU, RAM, HDDs, etc.

$1400CAD should be enough to grab an Intel 1155 mobo, 2500K, and two mid range Nvidia cards. I would see about setting up a 3D surround system. Not sure you can squeeze the monitors in at this time however. You might if you reuse your current one as well.
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January 24, 2012 3:13:58 AM

Thats actually a good idea. Simply buying new mobo, cpu and gpu's. i might actually consider that as well!

Sort of off topic question; Do SSDs really make that much of a difference? Or should i stick to my HDD.
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January 24, 2012 3:24:57 AM

If you want something sick, build a submerged system in a fishtank. You fill up the tank with mineral oil and submerge everything except the HDD, ODD, PSU, and some sort of hub so you can access ports. The normal CPU heatsink will even work.
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January 24, 2012 3:28:58 AM

Sick yes, but not as effective as one might think.
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January 24, 2012 4:06:40 AM

Welp, it looks like this thread has been successfully trolled.
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January 24, 2012 4:13:03 AM

There's nothing wrong with an oil submerged build. You do end up needing a radiator and pump to cool the oil as today's increased TDPs just generate more heat than the oil alone can dissipate. Puget systems has been selling kits for this exact setup since 775/1366.

You can also dunk your psu, ssds, and even HDDs if you seal them correctly.
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January 24, 2012 4:33:27 AM

Right. But considering oils thermal properties you are better off using water. Oil is a neat idea and very sick/wow factor, but totally not worth the cost.
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January 24, 2012 4:46:46 AM

bevannss said:
Thats actually a good idea. Simply buying new mobo, cpu and gpu's. i might actually consider that as well!

Sort of off topic question; Do SSDs really make that much of a difference? Or should i stick to my HDD.


As a happy SSD ownwer for two years plus, I think it is def worth it. Its not really about boot times but overall system responsiveness, and you will notice a difference.

The 1200 is actually a decent case, with plenty of room for what you're proposing.

I like the Sandybridge/2500k/dual card route.

If you do opt for a maintenance free water cooler, the H100 is superior to pretty much anyhthing else. It will perform like a very high end air cooler but can keep your system cool quietly. The H70/80 units are ok, but tend to be a little loud. So either go all out and spend $110 on your water cooling, or get decent performance from an air cooler for about half the price.
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January 24, 2012 10:12:50 AM

Dubya
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