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Hi fellow overclockers, after years of buying computers from dell I have decided to become a real Jedi and build my own lightsaber (lol)

 

Here is the machine I have made up from CanadaComputers (I m from Toronto).

 

Of course it looks fine to me but I have no clue if this thing can actually come together... ITS MY FIRST TIME =P

 

I AM a gamer and this machine is mainly for some Starcraft II laddering, and some audio and video editing. I am hoping this thing will be able to run Diablo III (decently) when it comes out.

 

Please tell me if I'm missing anything in the build cuz I AM a n00b.

 

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With the monitor, It costs around CAN$1668 before tax and$1910 Canadian Dollars after Tax.

 

I am wondering if this is a good buy or not =/

 

I m thinking of waiting until Chrismas to buy this whole thing... anyway, thank you so much for your help!

 

*Feel free to leave a comment and give me some tips on building a computer*

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Thx Kevin

 

One quick question: should I be getting the i7-950 instead of the 875K?

 

The 950 is actually CHEAPER by 50 bucks ... I dunno why but seems like 950 is a newer cpu?!

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If you are going to wait until Christmas, many of these parts will probably be cheaper, but there will likely be newer products as well.

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You'd be far better off asking again when you have the money in your hands and you are ready to press the buy button because prices change and technology improves so fast in the PC industry. ;)

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@paul: I do have the money right now... its just that my frds are telling me not to buy until the holidays... saying that its gonna be cheaper =/

 

Another quick question:

 

I have no idea how to choose the memory for my mobo/cpu

 

What would be a nicely capatible RAM for the Asus Rampage III/Maximus III series with a i7-950?

 

is Cosair Dominator a good one? I heard G.Skill is a good brand for gaming rigs

 

... and what speed should I buy?

 

I am so confused by all the different numbers for RAM... (12800, 16000, 20000 etc....) =.="

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The i7 950 will put out a bit more heat than the i7 875 will, that you were looking at, and me personally, I like the unlocked multiplier!

Either way, your gonna need a good cpu cooler! If you did get the i7 950, the cpu cooler that comes with it wont be enough!

These are some of the best performers:

Corsair H50

Corsair H70

Noctua NH-D14

Prolimatech Megahalems

Thermalright Venomous X

 

Also Corsair Dominator is very good memory, imo better than G.Skill

In this area, I would get the highest frequency you can afford, I would suggest some DDR3-2000

Higher frequency means better throughput, bigger bandwidth!

The CPU & MB, you choose, will dictate if you get triple channel memory, or dual channel.

 

I might spend a little more on your choice of video card!

Unless you plan on running SLI with 2 of em???

 

BTW, thats a good running Hard drive you chose!

I have the WD 1.5TB black with the 64Mb Cache, and it is very fast!

 

I know the 650w PSU will most likely be plenty for you.

But you might want to take a look at the Corsair 750w PSU

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Thx AIinc your comment helped me a lot!!! So nice of you ^^

 

I m just getting one GTX460 for now... cuz of my budget... might get another one later..

 

I m considering the i7-950 because I heard that the 1156 is gonna be replaced soon

 

So I m gonna switch my build and get the Asus Rampage III Gene (1366) + i7-950

 

My new build looks like this: (btw I wanted get the corsair dominator but its sold out on CanadaComputers =.=")

 

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I'd rather you go with the ASUS Sabertooth X58 opposed to the GENE. While the GENE is a nice board, its microATX and your case supports the full length. Plus if you're planning on running two GTX 460s, its always good to have room for a sound card or network card. The GENE won't allow that, the Sabertooth will. Same with the Gigabyte UD3R.

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I agree, go with a full ATX board, not a mini!

Like the Rampage III Formula, I can say, it is an excellent board!

Or the Sabertooth!

Gigabyte also makes an excellent board!

 

Or this Asus board for the i7 875

ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131482

 

Oh ya, you were asking why the 950 was cheaper than the 875, it's because Intel always jacks the price up a bit, on any of there unlocked CPU's

The i7 875 is actually a pretty new cpu!

 

Also, if you think you can swing the extra cash, I think you'd be better off with this case!

 

COOLER MASTER HAF 932

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

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AHHHH ic.... then I guess I should get the full atx version of GENE, which is the FORMULA + 950 or 875K

 

a little more expensive, but i guess it better for the long run ^^

 

btw Alinc, the coolermaster case is great but I like it WHITE, what do u think about this NZXT case that looks like a stormtrooper?

 

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

 

Its like 170 bucks

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