I7 Gaming Rig - $1700 CAD

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE AND BUDGET: Within the next week, $1700 CAD roughly

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: FPS gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor needed but not included in budget

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca and NCIX.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly, depends which upgrade makes the most sense in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Would like to go 1920 x 1200

Note: Typically newegg.ca has the lowest prices but NCIX has cheaper shipping, so some items from NCIX are in fact cheaper solely based on shipping costs.

Here's what I have hammered out so far with the help of the many other i7 threads:

Intel Core i7 920 + Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R Combo Deal
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182477

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231230

XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150329

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112154

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

LG DVD Burner
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=32234&vpn=GH22NS30%20BLACK&manufacture=LG%20Electronics

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22438&vpn=66I-01939&manufacture=Microsoft

Notes:
- The case is mostly a personal choice. I like how it looks (clean and simple) and it looks like it should provide adequate cooling.

- The 750 W power supply may be overkill for a single GTX 260, but if I plan to SLI then it makes sense. Plus newegg.ca is crazy and current the 750TX is cheaper than the 650TX.

- Again, newegg.ca is crazy and the 750 GB Caviar Black is the same price as the 640 GB. Make sense? No, but I'll take it.

- I decided not to get an after market cooler since I won't be overclocking. In the future if I feel the need to overclock I will probably buy one along with some thermal paste.

Totaling up all those parts come out to approximately $1500 CAD, but with taxes and shipping the final cost comes out to approx. $1700, which I'm happy with.

Also I'm looking for (probably) a 24" 1920 x 1200 monitor, but I'm in no hurry to get one. If anyone has any recommendations I'd love to hear'em (especially if you think I should go smaller due to my graphics card choice).

So, thoughts?






 

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Thanks for the review, I think it may just have solidified the K7 as my next case to own.
 

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Just a though, try your build on www.directcanada.com as well. Free shipping for orders >300$ and <100lbs and they don't charge provincial taxes outside BC. Some items are pricier than others (like the CPU, 15$ more, but the MB is 35$ less after MIR ...).
 

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Was looking at this video card:

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

Its only 8 dollars more than the card in my original post, still comes with COD:WaW (the game I really want, I already have COD4) and EVGA's warranty is just as good as XFX's.

The question is will I even get $30 MIR from XFX and is the overclocking something simple that I can do myself or is it worth it to getting the EVGA card?
 

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Thanks for the recommendation, I'll try it out and compare prices
 

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Thats a pretty nice deal on that RAM, considering Newegg has it for $150. Will I notice a substantial difference between 1333 and 1600 RAM?

I'll try some price matching, and that gift card idea is a good one too.
 

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with your budget you should look into the Asus p6t delux v2

You will notice the pc being snappeir and quicker in applications and some games.
 

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DirectCanada didn't offer any real price difference from what I had priced out early.

Ordering exclusively from NCIX, using price matching and free shipping did however save me about $100. Only problem is NCIX doesn't have the PC-K7B. Oh the agony.

The P6T Deluxe put me uncomfortably above my budget, however I am considering upgrading to the regular Asus P6T, and then pocketing the rest of the savings (to put towards a monitor).

Now to find a replacement case, the Cooler Master RC-690 looks nice, but I really had my heart set on a Lian Li case and NCIX's Lian Li selection sucks....
 

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When I ordered my parts I used their price matching and I used www.shopbot.ca and some other sites.

make sure that the parts are available and are in stock with canadian pricing.

The website has to have visa verified on it to
 

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Price matching doesn't invalidate a manufacturer's MIR does it? That wouldn't make sense.

Just don't price match to a price that has a manufacturer's MIR taken into account right?
 

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No the MIR will not get invalidated, when I did mine I had couple of MIR's I know one is in process :)

When you price match make sure it's the price before the MIR, and just the instant rebates work.


Also I want to recommend you a better hard drive take a look at this
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/190346/Western_Digital/WD6401AALS/
$87.35

Here is what I found so far:

Intel Core i7-920 Processor, LGA1366 Socket, 45nm Manufacturing Process, 731 Million Transistor Count, 2.66GHz Clock Speed, 4.8GT/s FSB Interconnect, 8MB Cache Memory
$356.99
http://www.esng.ca/productDetail.php?category=Processors%20-%20CPU&subcategory=&pid=734200035811&isid=9334

Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan (CMPSU-750TX)
$106.38
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC8887&vpn=CMPSU-750TX&manufacture=CORSAIR

ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard (P6T)
$296.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35603&promoid=1029

OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
$108.56
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220BD6202&vpn=OCZ3G1600LV6GK&manufacture=OCZ%20TECHNOLOGY

SUPER MULTI 22X SATA GH22NS30
$25.44
http://www.newoemtoners.com/storage-devices/super-multi-22x-sata-gh22ns30

Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 3.5' SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (WD7501AALS)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283
$99.99

XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$250.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150329

Here is a good case that might fit your needs
Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio (THREE HUNDRED)
$65.59
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/155716/ANTEC/THREE_HUNDRED/

$10 Giftcard for free shipping
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=26890


Total: $1320.43

That price is amazing if your price matches gets approved, usually takes one day.

Make sure you order during the weekdays not on a weekend.

Here is another case that I think you might like
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=33029&vpn=RC-932-KKN1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER

And if you are planning on overclocking get this aftermarket cooler:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=35004&vpn=RR-UV8-XBU1-GP&manufacture=COOLERMASTER

Also if you are not a big fan of the onboard sounds like me get this sound card:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35596&promoid=1029
 

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Thanks for all your hard work, but you forgot the OS thats why your price is so low.

Price matching rules.
 

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I think I've finally decided what I'm going to do.

I'll most likely be buying the RC-690, Gibabyte UD3R and using all the savings from NCIX to upgrade to the GTX 285 and barely squeeze under my budget.
 

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if you want to save more get the Antec Three hundred and the Gibabyte UD3R will be upgradable through a bios update to make it SLI enabled.

Also check out the ATI 4850X2 2GB , the prices should be lower then the GTX 285, and should perform very semilar.
 

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You think the Antec 300 can hold that big GPU? It looks pretty small and just seems to cheap to be housing such expesinve parts :p

I think I'd rather pay the little bit extra for the GTX 285 and stick with a single GPU...
 

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Everything has been ordered, and NCIX has already approved all my price matches! :bounce:

Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case
Corsair TX750W 750W
Gigabyte EX58-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58
Intel Core i7 920
EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 285
OCZ Gold 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600
Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB
LG GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

Totalled up to $1766.59 CAD, which I'm very happy with.

Thank you sassan for all your help, you are awesome.