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Help me with a $1300-$1400CAD Conroe system w/ LCD too!!

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August 13, 2006 1:49:52 AM

Hi there. I'm building a complete new system. I will be using the computer for gaming, multitasking, and more. Gaming is not my top priority but I would like good experience with it. NCIX.com has pricematch so the supplier doesn't really matter. I live in Canada so Newegg isn't available to me. I've put up a list of components (LCD included). Please I need suggestions/advice/help thanks. I'm not buying right now but I will buy soon, preferably at the end of August. So I just need some information before-hand, before I actually purchase the parts. My budget is #1300-$1400 CAD. A little bit over is fine but not too much. Most of the prices are from NCIX's weekly special. NCIX's weekly specials will always have similar or lower prices for the items. I will be overclocking my CPU but not video card.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Allendale
http://www.avuspartner.com/index.php?main_page=product_...
$ 239.00

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
http://www.pcvonline.com/productDetails.aspx?id=3968
$ 171.00

RAM: OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18495&&promo...
$ 199.98 ($239.98-$40 MIR)

Video Card: ATI Radeon X800 XL 400MHZ 256MB 256BIT 1.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI-I TV-OUT Video Card
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...
$ 142.79

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18409&promoi...
$ 113.99

Case & PSU: Antec Sonata II Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 450W Air Duct 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=15422&promoi...
$ 109.98

LCD Monitor: Cannot decide on this one, I'm looking farward to the following:

BenQ FP93GX 19IN TFT LCD Black 2MS 700:1 1280X1024 0.294MM SXGA VGA DVI Monitor - 255.99
LG 1932TX 19IN LCD 4MS 1280X1024 1400:1 ANALOG/DVI F-ENGINE Black Monitor - $ 289.99
Samsung 940BF 19IN LCD Black 2MS 1280X1024 700:1 ANALOG/DIGITAL VGA DVI-I Monitor W/ DVI Cable - $ 299.99
Samsung SyncMaster 940BW 19IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1440X900 4MS 500:1 VGA DVI-D HDCP Black - $ 253.99
Viewsonic VX922 19IN TFT LCD 1280X1024 650:1 2MS VGA DVI-D Silver Black Monitor - $ 275.99
ViewSonic VX924 19" LCD 3ms 1280x1024 DVI VGA LCD Monitor Retail - 289.99

DVD Writer: LG GSA-H10N DVD+RW 16X8X16 DVD-RW 16X6X16 Dual Layer 10X/6X DVD-RAM 12X Writer 2MB Black OEM W/ SW
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18464&promoi...
$ 37.98
(When the lightscribe LG one is on weekly special, I'll update the price, just a few dollars more)

CPU Fan: Thermaltake CL-P0114 Big Typhoon Copper Alum CPU Heatsinkfan 1300RPM 54.4CFM 16DBA LGA775 S939
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=15812
$ 57.41

Speaker: Logitech X-230 2.1 Speaker System Black 32RMS 64W FDD2 White Box
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...
$ 38.99

Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech Internet Pro Desktop Black Internet Keyboard & Optical Mouse PS/2 OEM (Single Pack)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=14293
$ 21.45

That is the list. I have a few questions regarding this build:
1. Will the Thermaltake Big Typhon fit into Antec Sonata II case?
2. I will be ocing e6300 to 2.8GHz hopefully. Are there any BIOS issues with the motherboard?
3. Is the PSU enough for a future DX10 card upgrade?
August 13, 2006 5:40:03 PM

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You may as well wait and see what the video card requierments are going to be when DX10 come out. But as far as i can tell if you want to be ready you might want to get a 1kW PSU. I would just wait and see. If a PSU upgrade is needed make it then. everything else you have looks good.


i seriously doubt he will ever need a 1kw psu.

I'm getting an Enermax 620w liberty modular off ncix. Its stable and tough, should be great for a long time.

EDIT: If you need the comp now, get what you want now, don't wait for DX10. If you can wait and won't mind do that. If you can't wait, but want to get DX10 when it comes out, get a cheaper card now, then replace it after DX10 comes out. If you care, the x1950's are coming out soon so you might want to wait for that.
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August 13, 2006 6:17:54 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I will not wait for the sole sake of DX10. The X800 XL is a great card for its money. It is old technology though but the only thing I care is p/p ratio.

Can someone help me with the other two questions and the monitor selection? I'm really looking at low response time 19" ones. Widescreen doesn't matter. Thanks.
August 13, 2006 6:54:30 PM

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Thanks for the input guys. I will not wait for the sole sake of DX10. The X800 XL is a great card for its money. It is old technology though but the only thing I care is p/p ratio.

Can someone help me with the other two questions and the monitor selection? I'm really looking at low response time 19" ones. Widescreen doesn't matter. Thanks.


You could get a 19" crt like me if you want cheap performance. 8) However if you don't have the space i do't know much about LCD's :cry: 
August 13, 2006 11:41:19 PM

I never said I would want an 19" CRT. Since you said, can you recommend me a 19" CRT?
August 14, 2006 3:43:20 AM

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I never said I would want an 19" CRT. Since you said, can you recommend me a 19" CRT?


Viewsonic E90FB... should be under $200 american
August 14, 2006 3:56:37 AM

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You may as well wait and see what the video card requierments are going to be when DX10 come out. But as far as i can tell if you want to be ready you might want to get a 1kW PSU. I would just wait and see. If a PSU upgrade is needed make it then. everything else you have looks good.
Yeah, if you plan on running a dual socket AM2 system with quad G80s.
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