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February 29, 2012 2:47:11 PM

Hello all,

I'm looking into building a new pc

build: somewhere within the next month or two

Cost: 1200-1400$

Location: canada

Equipment not needed: keyboard, mouse, speakers, PSU, Chassis, graphics

OC: maybe

SLi: Yes.

These are the components i'm looking into getting



CASE: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_111...

Processor: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&...

SSD: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=179&i...

CPU Coller: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8_135...

Motherboard: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_72...

Memory: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_31...

PSU: http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_44...

Now, the 1200-1400$ includes the already purchased chassis and PSU.
I'm currently using sli GTX 460. I plan on upgrading to the new Nvidia once they come out. I'm wondering if the 1050 watt is too much, because I don't know how much the new Nvidia will push in terms of power. If so, i'll bring the PSU back and buy lower wattage, like an 850.
I'm wondering if this PSU will suffice:

http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_44...

Does anyone recommend anything different based on experience of the listed components.

Your help is greatly appreciated,

Thanks.

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February 29, 2012 2:50:45 PM

Keep the HX 1050W you never know when you need extra power.
February 29, 2012 3:02:21 PM

Looks pretty good all around - these would be my suggestions:

1. Ditch the liquid cooler and go with a strong fan like the Noctua D14: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

2. The HX1050 is kind of overkill - drop that to an 850 and invest the difference in upgrading your GPU. You'll most likely never use all that power - most systems will never need a PSU over 900W - you could probably get by with a TX750 and be fine.

3, Do *NOT* get a single 8GB RAM module - Sandy Bridge does *NOT* mix well with a single 8GB chip - you need 2 x 4GB in order for it to function properly - something like this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And watch the heat sinks if you plan to use the Corsair Vengeance.
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February 29, 2012 4:11:14 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Looks pretty good all around - these would be my suggestions:

1. Ditch the liquid cooler and go with a strong fan like the Noctua D14: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

2. The HX1050 is kind of overkill - drop that to an 850 and invest the difference in upgrading your GPU. You'll most likely never use all that power - most systems will never need a PSU over 900W - you could probably get by with a TX750 and be fine.

3, Do *NOT* get a single 8GB RAM module - Sandy Bridge does *NOT* mix well with a single 8GB chip - you need 2 x 4GB in order for it to function properly - something like this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And watch the heat sinks if you plan to use the Corsair Vengeance.



Good point on the PSU. I'll go exchange it for a lower modular( looking for less cables :)  )
Correction on the memory, I though it was dual-channel (must've miss-read), thanks for that. I was thinking of getting at lease 8GB of RAM for the simple reason to get rid of the paging file to reduce reads on the ssd. Now, i'm not sure is 8 will suffice to do that without games having to fail due to not enough RAM. I also read that the Corsair XMS are good modules. I've noticed you have Corsair RAM. Which modules do you have?

As for CPU cooler, I currently have the Cooler Master v8 and its a hassle to clean and this model is of similar design (fan in the middle). I'm not in a smoke environment anymore, so i'm sure my pc will breath better. I'm just looking for efficiency with less bulkyness. Sometimes its a pain to reach cables when you have a monster of a cooler.
February 29, 2012 6:02:10 PM

case: cooler master haf 922
mobo: asus p8z68-v pro
cpu: intel i5 2500k
cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
video card: amd radeon hd 7950
ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
hhd: western digital caviar black 500gb
(you can get 1tb 1.5tb or 2tb also)
ssd: crucial m4 64gb
psu: corsair ax850
optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
February 29, 2012 6:09:33 PM

I like @xtremegamer2da-max build just change the mobo with Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 and you stay with a few bucks in the pocket.
February 29, 2012 8:41:15 PM

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Correction on the memory, I though it was dual-channel (must've miss-read), thanks for that. I was thinking of getting at lease 8GB of RAM for the simple reason to get rid of the paging file to reduce reads on the ssd. Now, i'm not sure is 8 will suffice to do that without games having to fail due to not enough RAM. I also read that the Corsair XMS are good modules. I've noticed you have Corsair RAM. Which modules do you have?


The Corsair XMS series is decent - I'm not going to say it's anything spectacular. Crucial and Kingston would be better bets.

On both systems I have I run 4 x 4GB modules. The main reason I run them on my gaming system is that I mainly use my PC primarily for HTPC and media management purposes and gaming is second on that build. The Z68 runs at 1600, and my AMD system runs at 1333.

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As for CPU cooler, I currently have the Cooler Master v8 and its a hassle to clean and this model is of similar design (fan in the middle). I'm not in a smoke environment anymore, so i'm sure my pc will breath better. I'm just looking for efficiency with less bulkyness. Sometimes its a pain to reach cables when you have a monster of a cooler.


That is true to a certain extent - that's why I usually don't recommend - say the Noctua D14 on some builds because of the way the motherboard is laid out. I was using a Silver Arrow on my Gigabyte 990FX and eventually had to chuck it because I could not reach the 8-pin voltage connector. Sometimes a smaller fan is the way to go. You might want to check out the Noctua NH-U9B or Corsair A70 if they're available where you live.
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