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Hi everyone. I have put a list of parts for an intel build using i950 and Gigabyte motherboard X58A-UD3r

I am looking for opinions on the parts I have selected and any way I can improve the board.

I wish to purchase all my parts from www.canadacomputers.com

What I want is final critique on is if the parts I have chosen are good or if there is something better I should choose to get the best performance or bang for my buck and ensure that this machine will be future proof for upgrades as time goes on. The following are a list of parts I have chosen and at the end of the list is the expectations of what I would like the board to do:


CPU - Intel Core i7 950 Quad-Core Socket LGA1366, 3.06Ghz, 4.8GT/s FSB, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm (Retail Boxed) $329.99

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Socket 1366 Intel X58 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 2200/1333/1066Mhz 4x PCI Express x16 Slots GigaLAN 8-Ch HD Audio 2x SATA 3Gb/s+6x SATA 3Gb/s 2x USB 3.0+10x USB 2.0 ATX $222.99

Ram - Corsair XMS3 Dominator 3GB (3x1G) DDR3 1600MHz CL8 DIMM w/DHX+, Optimized for Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition $99.99 (THIS RAM IS ON THE QVL FOR THE MOBO)

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1002FAEX) 1000GB (1TB) SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache (OEM) $ 94.99

Solid state harddrive: OCZ (OCZSSD2-2AGT40G) Agility 2 SATA II 2.5" 40GB Solid State Drive, Read: 280MB/s, Write: 270MB/s $99.99

Graphics Card - $260.00 are approximately prices I see for most of these cards but which card do I select for Nvidia 460? There are so many here I don't know which one's are good for SLI?

Anyone able to suggest which 460 cards to use for SLI from this website:


Power Supply - Corsair TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan $ 169.99

CASE - Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ATX Case (RC-932-KKN1-GP) - $ 139.99

CPU FAN - What's a good fan if planning for overclocking?????

CD/DVD BURNER - Still not sure ??? Help???

Total cost so far : $1417.93

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 to $2000


This is what I would like to do on this system

Single Bootable System (Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition or Windows 7 Professional Edition)
Duel Bootable System (Windows 98 & Windows XP Professional)
Duel Bootable System (Linux Fedora & Windows XP Professional)
Duel Bootable System (Linux Fedora & Windows 7) - Considering buying Windows 7 at this time as Market seems to be changing
Internet Explorer Browsing
High End Graphic PC Gaming
Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Access, Excel
Outlook Express Email
Regular Email (Example: google, yahoo, etc)
Downloading/Uploading Streaming Video

Music Player
Computer Programming (Visual Basic, C++, Java, Perl, HTML/XHTML)
Viewing youtube videos
Flash player capable
MSN/AOL Messenger

Games to be played on System:

1) Counterstrike 1.6
2) Counterstrike Source
3) Bad Company 2
4) Any high graphic end first person shooter game that comes out later in future. Would like to make certain that this system will be able to play any future games.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker, Operating System (WINDOWS 98, WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL, LINUX Fedora)


Graphics Card
Hard Drive
Power Supply
Computer Case & Fans
Heat Sink
DVD/CD Burner
Floppy Disk (If possible - Yes I know its not used anymore but would hope for it)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.canadacomputers.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada, Ontario


OVERCLOCKING: I would like to overclock the CPU and the memory.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes would like SLI capable cards.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using a SyncMaster 931w with 2000:1 Dynamic contrast. Using Windows XP Pro with the following settings at 1152 x 864


Computer needs to be able to do multi-tasking with multiple windows open without freezing or clogging.
Ability to ALT TAB out quickly and access programs
Ability to quickly use Fast User Switching Mode on Windows XP
Computer Fans Need to be quiet (Friend has a computer and sounds like a vacuum cleaner/airplane combo when turned on - don't need this)
Low to moderate power consumption if possible
Something that will suit my needs and will continue on in future for quite sometime.
Any addition items that would prove to be useful please list them that should be considering when making a computer.
Ability to easily upgrade or replace

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I would suggest you get 6gbs of tripple channel ram instead of 3gbs. Also for a GTX 460 get a 1GB MSI Cyclone, they overclock well and come with great cooling. Power supply you will never need 950w for what your going to be using. Instead get a 750w Corsair HX because the HX series is modular and saves you a lot of hassle with all the wires.

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If you are on a budget with the ram, really honestly dont worry about high speed ram, for ddr3 size is more important than speed. I feel like 6gb 3x2 is perfect, me myself use 4gb 2x2 b/c dual channel has its benefits and i was on a budget.

Second I would deffinatly change the SSD, that ssd might have nice speeds posted, but its IOPS which is VERy important for SSds is capped at 10k, other sandforce drives have 50k IOPS, I personally recommend the C300, even the 64gb from crucial, its sata6g capable with 350 read and 75write, its write speed is slow as it may seem, but ssds arent for writing too, its read speed is out of this world, and write speed is still fast with a 15k iops write and 60k read. If you want a 100 dollar SSD that is sandforce get the 40gb corsair force.

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I don't know the reason you prefer Canada Computers-but NCIX has similar prices and a much better selection.I will use their links for comparison-they also price match
I would make some changes-
i7-930-you will not get much difference between the 950-especially after you overclock it.PSU is overkill,a nice 750w will be perfect for SLi 460's with room to spare.The SSD is sub-par,get a sandforce or RealSSD.Need better RAM-it does make a difference.
PC Power & cooling Silencer 750w $139.40
Mobo-Gig. X58 UD3R$235
GSKill PI 1600 CL8 3x2GB$142.
CM 932$134
Zalman Flex CPNS cooler$54
MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 1GB$254.99
GSKill Pheonix pro 60GB$169
WD Caviar Black 1TB sata3 HDD$105
Samasun DVD writer$28
Scythe Slipstream Kaze JYUNI 1600 rpm 88 cfmx2 $16
total $1566.94 before shipping /tax
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