Advice on new system


Jul 4, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: In 2-3 Weeks.

Budget Range: 1500 - 2000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Screen.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: For a Processor i'd like to check into the core I7's. The rest matters little.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, though I am open to suggestions.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like overkill for now, and for it to be average in 2 years. Also I would prefer a completely modular PSU.


ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Corsair H80 High Performance CPU cooler

ThermalTake Armor+ ATX full tower case

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W Power Supply

Now for video cards.. I have no idea... id like about 500 to go into it. So it would either be for 2 cards in SLI/Crossfire or 1 Badass card.
I was thinking of either 2x Nvidia 560 GTX or 2x Sapphire Vapor-X 5870's....

I would like to make this computer as futureproof as possible... All input is very much appreciated.


Sep 30, 2009
You don't want to stick with 1366 anymore, that's already a dead end. Sandy Bridge are more efficient and Ivy Bridge is soon to be released. Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge will run on 1155 chipset. I'm sorry but you can't use it has to be and there will be shipping fee... isn't there other sites to use for Canada? Here's something I'll recommend:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
MOTHERBOARD: P67/Z68 motherboard
CPU COOLER: Hyper 212+/Mugen 2
RAM: 4-8gb DDR3 1600mhz
HDD: 500gb-1tb HDD [samsung spinpoint is like 90CAD :(]
GPU: 2x 560 ti or 2x 6950 :)
Case: Your choice
PSU: 750W+
Any optical drive

Sorry I don't know teh sites for canada :p
^+1 But here's the build.
i5 2500K $210
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 $127
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600 $44
Seagate 500GB $37
Antec HCG750w 80+ Brnze $95
HAF 912 $52
2x Sapphire 6950 2GB Dirt3 $608
Total: $1073

Just to tell you, your system is going to be outdated in about a few months not even a few years. A FEW MONTHS. Don't be dumb and spend all of that all right now. BD in 1 month, IB in a few as well as Trinity in a year, 7xxx in a few months, Kepler in a year, Maxwell and possible 8xxx in 2 years. Your system is outdated pretty soon. Oh don't forget ARMH's quad-core low TDP SOC's next year and the final product a year after.

Lol you're still on the i7 1st generation lolololololol

I think I ran one of them off today. :)

It's depressing though...if a guy sinks $1,500 in a build today, it's outdated in a year or so...well maybe not outdated, but new socket, new technology, vid cards, etc... it's good, yet it sucks.

Your surprised everyone is recommending a 2500K over a 960 for a gaming build?