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April 6, 2007 11:36:03 PM

Here's the story.
I live in Iceland but I am visiting CANADA from 10th-16th of april, in iceland computer parts are really expensive (8800gts 320mb cards at 500+$).
I'm planning on buying everything except the power supply and case in the states.
I'm not decided if I should take the C2D or AMDX2.
I want a 8800 graphics card and at least 2gb ddr2ram at 800mhz.
I'm ordering from newegg unless you can proof to me that some store would be better for me.
So hows your suggestion?

Please include links to the product and total cost.
I'll be using the computer mainly for gaming, I am a competitive gamer and want to maximize my ability.
I'll also be multitasking and using programs such as sony vegas video and photoshop cs2.

Ps. I dont need a screen, I have a nice crt and I don't like lcd's.


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April 7, 2007 12:33:41 AM

Something like this would work

Could go with the 6300 to save a little

Like this board because it has 3 PCI slots, firewire, and S/PDIF optical out even if you're not planning to use SLI.
RAM DDR2 Personally I think Crucial go to RAM mfg enter mfg and Model number of board and it'll will tell you what's compatitible.

Use the smaller one for OS and programs

Someday you'll need it

Optical Drive Just got a Samsung 18X DVD Burner that is very quiet but Lite-On, NEC, and LG all make good drives
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April 7, 2007 6:20:56 PM

I've been thinking of getting
with the mobo that's in the combo but i'm not sure if I should wait until the pricedrop and then buy the cpu.
What mobo do you reccomend for AMD?
I've also been thinking of getting a 150gb raptor and a EVGA 8800gts 320mb graphics card.
I'm not sure what memory I should buy, any suggestions?

(i'm a gamer and my parts will be intended for gaming)
April 7, 2007 6:27:32 PM

I'd recommend not getting AMD right now (C2D is much better for gaming). However, that can always change at any time with both companies constantly updating products.

A Raptor is nice but, if you have a limited budget, I'd suggest just getting a Seagate 7200.10 (I went with 500GB) or Hitachi T7K1000 (when they are available through parts retailers).

EVGA 8800GTS is a very nice graphics card. Both the 320MB and 640MB work very well. If you plan to SLI, you want the 640MB - otherwise, the 320MB works just fine.

Unless you are overclocking, get any decent DDR2-667. If you are overclocking, what you want depends on how agressive you plan on overclocking.
April 7, 2007 9:00:13 PM

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail (if you need to save a few bucks, you can downgrade this to E6400)

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

SeaSonic M12 SS-500HM ATX12V / EPS12V 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


Comes to about $1085 no rebates (I added a PSU because you will need a good PSU for this system, if you consider that you don't, then scratch it off the list and substract $115 from the total)
April 7, 2007 10:27:24 PM

I've been thinking of getting
with the mobo that's in the combo but i'm not sure if I should wait until the pricedrop and then buy the cpu.
What mobo do you reccomend for AMD?
I've also been thinking of getting a 150gb raptor and a EVGA 8800gts 320mb graphics card.
I'm not sure what memory I should buy, any suggestions?

(i'm a gamer and my parts will be intended for gaming)

Check out the CPU chart and compare the CPUs you're thinking about. Looks the the C2D 6400 performs about as well as the 6000 for almost $100. If you decide to go with AMD, I'd definitely wait for the price drop, which I think is next week.
April 7, 2007 10:58:58 PM

Spend the extra few dollars to get a later revision DS3 (you really want Rev 3.3).

I prefer the Seasonic S12 Energy+ (quieter and more energy efficient than the M12).

Other than that, Emp's suggested build looks very good.
April 9, 2007 4:09:30 AM

I've decided that I'll buy the amd 6000+ because I can't wait for the intel pricedrop and amd's pricedrop is today.
I've also found out that newegg doesn't ship to canada, what cheap stores do?
April 9, 2007 3:09:09 PM

April 9, 2007 3:49:25 PM

Newegg doesn't go to Canada
April 9, 2007 4:38:18 PM

But since you'll be here in Canada fairly soon (?), delivery might take awhile. Plus they'll need a few days to process your order and payment. Or else you'll need to get Express Shipping from them. But Direct Canada is the cheapest. might have a very hard time making the timing work for your trip. Where in Canada will you be? If you're in Ontario, there are a bunch of places I can recommend that will be cheap (not as cheap as online, but still very good) that you can just walk in and buy everything you need.

You'll have to forgive the Americans around here......they think Newegg ships to anywhere in the world.....they don't. Just the U.S., end of story. I think it's habit around here, everyone automatically goes to Newegg but doesn't see the word CANADA in posts :roll:

Where will you be visiting in Canada? And what's your budget in Canadian dollars? I can put a quick list together for you.
April 10, 2007 4:23:06 AM

I'm thinking around 1400 canadian dollars (around the same as 1200us).
I will be staying in Vancouver.
The build doesn't have to be exactly at 1400 it can go lower or even 50-100can higher.
I was thinking of going AMD since the recent pricedrop.
It would be great if you could put something simple up for me.
April 10, 2007 1:51:57 PM

Nice specs to build here.

What case would you guys recommend? Good looking, modest cost. Not a huge honker.
April 10, 2007 2:50:14 PM

Vancouver. :(  Ok, I'm in Ontario but I'll do my best in a pinch. The problem here we're combating is TIME. You don't have it. So concessions have to be made.

Here's my best crack at it:

Ordering online won't work, you don't have enough time in all likelihood. Your next best bet is to walk into a store and buy direct. But we don't want to pay a fortune, now do we? Here's what you do:

NCIX is an online retailer, very decent pricing. They have an outlet store right in Vancouver. Walk in and buy everything right off the shelf, prices should be the same as online :)  Here's where they are:

1843 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C.
V6J 1Y5, Canada
Fax 604-739-0513

Now we need a system list. You said no case and no PSU, $1400 +/-, for gaming. So you don't need a top end need gaming power. And you mentioned AMD being cheper since prices in Canada are ALOT higher than in the U.S. and Newegg. Our American friends seems to forget that when they suggest a kickA$$ system from the Egg :roll: Here's my list......but since you don't need a PSU or case, I think you can get a C2D system:

CPU: C2D 4300. More than enough horsepower for gaming.
$225 (see Yanks?? We pay ALOT more that you guys!!! ;)  )

Motherboard: Biostar 965PT. Will do just fine, and will also overclock if you want.

CPU Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro. Not absolutely necessary, but will keep your rig cooler and quieter, and is needed if you overclock.

RAM: PC-5300, CL4 stuff, do just fine and overclock if you want.

GPU: EVGA 8800GTS 320mb.

Hard Drive: Either a 36gb Raptor or 2 Barracudas in RAID 0, your call. Here's the Raptor:

Optical: Samsung SH-S182. Good, quiet, cheap.

Remember you need a GOOD power supply, don't use garbage. And a decent case.

Subtotal: $1135 +6% GST tax +7% Provincial tax =

TOTAL: $1285

Since you technically have money left over, toss in a 320gb Barracuda drive for storage. That'll put you right at $1400 CDN.

You also said you have a screen. I assume you already have a mouse and keyboard, so you just need the tower, no PSU or case.

There ya go! Hope that helps. Good luck!