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Thanks a lot for all your help Airolden - solid input from what I can tell. +Rep.

As an update I'm now the proud owner of:

CPU: Intel Core i7-950
Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Formula
RAM: 6GB Mushkin Enhanced Redline DDR3 1600
SSD: OCZ Vertex 120 GB
PSU: Corsair AX850
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922
HS: Noctua NH-D14
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

All that I'm missing now is the GPU, a couple of HDDs and maybe a couple of new monitors and I should be in gaming heaven in no time.

Sweet deals out there if you do a little bit of jumping through hoops and comparison shopping - everything I've picked up so far is coming in around roughly $1,350 CAD (before tax and the little bit of shipping I had to pay), which is surprisingly better than I thought I'd do...

Anyone have any recommendations on 23" or 24" monitors that will do this rig justice for a reasonable price?
From my experience there really isn't any reason to get one of the expensive monitors over just a standard one. I got this Acer p244w for about $130 refurbished and it has an extremely nice picture quality.

You could opt for one of those monitors with nice built in speakers, a built in TV Tuner, 120Hz frequency, and all the bells and whistles but consider if it is really worth the premium.

I would personally just suggest going on Newegg and browsing for one made by a brand you trust rather than looking at the monitor specs. Monitor specs above all can be extremely misleading, such as response time.

Its really up to you, and I am glad that I've been of assistance.
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post #12 of 12
Hi again the build is looking solid :-).
To the mobo I'll add that as far as upgradability goes the ud3r and sabertooth or so on are fine but your choice is a solid one, so the question is just if you'd want to divert the saving to another component as the loss isn't anything really for your needs. Also by the time you want a proper upgrade like 2 years time there'll be a new enthusiast socket from intel anyway. Either way good choices on mobo.

The SSD, there are many others out there that are good such as the many sandforce 1200 SSDs and yer OCZ is on shaky ground so as far as warranty goes etc... Check out a few recent reviews on real world performance, there are many solid choices out there.

HDDs the Samsung 1TB F3's are cheap and great

For monitor well I'm going for a Dell U2311H myself and heard good things about the 24" variant which got past it's initial issues. Those are both e-IPS panels and are better quality than TN panels but have slower response times, I wouldn't see the difference hence why I'm one of those who could game on it just fine, I think some people are sensitive to different things visually. If you want a TN you can look at Dell, Samsung or BenQ for decent reviews and you won't go far wrong! Be warned when reading monitor reviews many can either not even look at it and say it's great or go in depth and criticise everything without letting you know even though it's got problems it's better than the many others. A good review site it http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/ although they don't have a huge amount of reviews there are a fee others I can't remember :/.

Great build and good luck with it! Good luck with the monitor and don't get too bogged down with it, seriously you can get mislead online. Looking at a few in a store to see what you like may help a lot then order from your website, just know that store lighting will be hugely different from what you have at home!
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