Rate my cheap ass gaming rig please ! This is Canadian currency btw. I think i have a good PSU, CPU and GPU. But nout quite sure about the rest. I like the RAM for fast timing. Keep in mind i'm a poor ass student, SO 600 $ (CAD) is pretty much what i have. I'd still like to be able to upgrade in the future with better CPU and RAM.
A couple of things.....First if you get these parts as is I think that you will be happy with the system as it stands. You could save some money on the ram through the egg, say Gskill for a few bucks less. The HSF is good but there are some brands that could save you $8-10. Might you ever up grade this system? Think about a PS in the 600-700 range, if you should ever want 2 GPUS. The CPU is good but a Phenom 9950 125 watt from the egg is about $180. It all comes down to your choice but do look at the ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
These are 4gb kits, several brands for less than $60.
If you are not unwilling to buy Intel, I'll go along with Smartel's picks.
Unless you plan a moderate to high overclock (i.e. will do none to light), you don't need an aftermarket CPU cooler at all.
The Mushkin RAM is a very good choice, btw. RAM that runs on the JEDEC standard 1.8V may save you all kinds of grief down the road.
You still need to add a hard drive and optical drive, unless you already have them.
With those changes it comes just a little bit over 640$ and I think you would get a much better system.
if you'd actually consider getting a pentium for $100, get a core 2 duo e7200, alot better performance for $20. but if you don't want to spend the extra money your probably fine without it.
btw, i though that the athlon 64x2 cpus cremated the pentiums, intel chips don't get better 'til the core 2s
I practically have the same rig you proposed...and I absolutely love my rig...I was able to take advantage of crazzy ass promo codes and combo deals...ended spending $400 for my cpu+gpu+ram+mobo+case+psu (had hdd and dvd drive) and i really think I got great bang for my buck...
As others have said, you can save about $20 or so by getting cheaper ram...that mobo's chipset is solid, especially if you want to upgrade to a phenom later down the road...(imma wait till prices drop a bit more)
You need to find a site that sells to Canadians, like www.ncix.com for example, or www.memoryexpress.com. Use Newegg as a reference if you want, to check specs and user reviews, but they won't ship to Canada.
Hey, it is open I didn't expect it to happen until the holiday shopping.
It seems to have about the same prices as NCIX. The Q6600 is cheaper at newegg.ca, but the WD6400AAKS is more expensive, etc.
I notice that the reviews on the Canadian site are in fact taken from the same database as the US site Newegg.com. It was weird to see 426 reviews for Xigmatek HDT-S1283 on a brand new Web site, but it makes sense now - the reviews are actually written by Americans over the past 8 months.
The timing is important, especially if you overclock. Keep in mind that the mushkin timings if 5-4-4-12 are reported at 1.8 V. They can become better at higher voltages. Mushkin just happen to be more honest than others. Others will push timings as much as they can, with voltage up to 2.1V or worse, then claim great timings.
There's a Corsair 4GB at newegg.ca for $145 that gets 4-4-4-12 at 2.1V. Because of the voltage thing, it's not really that much better than the Mushkin. It costs $61 more too. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145194
Don't get me wrong, I love Corsair, they do great stuff, but I prefer Mushkin's approach when it comes to RAM ads.
Some poor guy in another thread bought some RAM advertised at 4-4-4-12 at 2.1V. Trouble is, he put it in an OEM system, where you can't tweak the RAM voltage. Now he's stuck with RAM that runs at 6-6-6-18 on 1.8V.
Rule #2: ALWAYS buy RAM that will run at its advertised timings on the JEDEC STANDARD 1.8V. Advertising that you don't meet the standard doesn't make it okay.
Even though i'd really really like to get the intel CPU and Mobo recommended here, It's just way too expensive atm. I may have to stick to AMD. Actually I may have to go lower than what i suggested in th OP. 5600+ Windsor or something, with a potent but basic Mobo.
I can't spend 200 $+ on a CPU and mobo, as i chose to get the best GPU i could afford atm.
I did change the PSU and CPU cooler. Antec 550 with -70 $ insta saving ^^