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Alright. I'm ready to pull the trigger on a purchase soon, AND my budget went up! However, despite that, I didn't go overboard because I don't want to get more than I'd really need. My budget now is $2000 (give or take $100) Canadian in case anyone was wondering.

 

Here's a list of parts I've chosen:

  • Cooler Master Storm Sniper
  • Some LGA1156 board. Please recommend one (preferably with Realtek based audio) :)
  • Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.66GHz
  • Noctua NH-U12P SE2
  • evga GTX470
  • Corsair HX750 750w modular PSU
  • 2GB of...? (I am using 2GB as a starting point. I can add more later on. If I do so, I'll probably add a substantial amount. Maybe even 8GB)
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD (May change to Samsung Spinpoint F3)
  • LG 24x CD/DVD driver/burner
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • D-Link dwa-140 usb wireless adapter

 

I'll post the final price via Newegg later on. I just listed this from the top of my head.

 

Please post your thoughts about this. :) Thank you!

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Microcenter for that 930! Imperative!! :)

 

 

BIG NOTE: Wireless adapters with W7 x64 are painful. Drivers are crap...you might have to work some magic to get one working...search plentifully before buying!

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I can't Microcenter the 930. I have no idea if there's even one in Canada.

 

However, I think I can get one through another retails shop nearby. Still working that price out, though. Haha.

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I'm buying my i7-930 setup from Newegg in a couple of weeks, so I've been looking at a lot of the same parts you have here. Why the NH-U12P over the NH-D14? I like the price on the MSI X58 Pro-E. Have you read good things about it? I'm currently looking at the Asus P6X58D-E, which is discounted to $209.99 U.S. right now. Also, why not save a little money, and get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB?

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The D14 is more extreme than I'd need. The NH-U12P would still allow for a nice overclock too.

 

Yes, I've read good things about the MSI X58 Pro-E.

 

And I've always known Western Digital to make good products. However, the Spinpoint F3 does have good reviews as well. How is it vs. the Caviar Black?

- I noticed that one of the Caviar Blacks has a 64mb cache. Would that be necessary or even beneficial?

 

EDIT: The Spinpoint F3 is looking more and more enticing.

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I'm going off of the reviews as well. Seems like the F3 benchmarks faster, has a really great rep, and is slightly cheaper. However, like you, I've also had really good experiences with WD. Just trying to squeeze everything I can out of my budget.

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I'm starting with 3 gigs and I'll add more later on if I feel the need to.

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Microcenter for that 930! Imperative!! smile.gif

 

 

BIG NOTE: Wireless adapters with W7 x64 are painful. Drivers are crap...you might have to work some magic to get one working...search plentifully before buying!

 

 

I put a wireless adaptor in one of my older systems and has been working fine for over 6months.. (win7x64) will try to check what brand/model it is when I get home (if I remember, just installed a i7-980x in my main system last night and it's currently setting at stock settings wacko.gif so I may get distracted).

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I put a wireless adaptor in one of my older systems and has been working fine for over 6months.. (win7x64) will try to check what brand/model it is when I get home (if I remember, just installed a i7-980x in my main system last night and it's currently setting at stock settings wacko.gif so I may get distracted).

 

That's good information to hear. Please do! :)

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Hmm... If I went X58/i7 930... How long do you think that would last in terms of being "future proof?"

 

Also... I know that on the i7 930 the speed of it varies... but does the voltage also vary accordingly?

 

And... I'm honestly considering going with an AMD quad because while I may be able to afford the i7, it may well be wasted cash if I'm not going to be able to fully utilize it.

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That's good information to hear. Please do! smile.gif

 

 

Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter

 

the system it's in is typically used for internet browsing and folding..

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