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$1000 Canadian Non Gaming Machine

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January 31, 2009 7:55:00 PM

Hi, I have pieced together this system completely from scratch after reading a bunch of threads and reviews on my own and was just wondering if anyone had any input on different parts or anything while keeping about the same price.

Some items prices are lower than the webpage says because I will be pricematching them. Keyboard-$18 MX518 Mouse-$50 Sonata III w/500W PSU-$120 4670-$112 P5Q Pro-$155 Q9400-$280 DVD Drive-$27 Western Digital 640GB HDD-$90 G-Skill 4GB ram-$62 Samsung 920NW 19in-$155

Total: $1069 Canadian

I will not be gaming that much if at all so the 4670 should be good I believe, to give you an idea of how little I really care about gaming....right now I have a 5600 Ultra lol.
I'm thinking it is probably worth it to throw in a cooler for about $60 right? I am open to all suggestions, I have no preferance, if you think that an AMD build would outperform this by all means go right ahead and suggest that. Thanks for looking.
January 31, 2009 10:56:22 PM

You don't need a cooler if you won't overclock; the stock cooler is pretty good. I'd apply the $60 towards a 22" monitor.
January 31, 2009 10:59:54 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. Yeah, I was thinking I should probably go for a 22" monitor, will the 4670 still run HD video good on a 22"?
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January 31, 2009 11:06:54 PM

The 4670 is a lot of GPU really. You could play some pretty intense shooters on medium settings with it @1680x1050. This system would run 10 movies at once :) 
February 1, 2009 1:29:44 AM

Alright! That puts my mind at ease, thanks. As for the shooters that's good to know in case I ever get the urge to kill something lol.
I think I'll switch the ram to what you suggested and look closer at my board selection but I'm still leaning toward the P5Q because it makes the whole order get free shipping.....
Thanks for your input.
February 1, 2009 3:59:17 AM

That's two reccomendations for the memory so I'll be going with that one than.

I was just looking at some charts and see that the phenom 2 940 is pretty close to the Q9400 in benchmarks so I was thinking maybe going that route seeing that I could get a cheaper mobo like the GA-MA780G-UD3H and save some money. Any input on this idea/mobo? Thanks.
February 1, 2009 5:02:39 AM

For the ultimate savings look to pair up that Phenom 2 940BE with a 790GX with 128mb sideport memory and use the integrated HD3300 :p  Example, w/o LCD

Adds up far less even when u throw in a 22" hehe

February 1, 2009 12:59:01 PM

dmelchart, the quality of the motherboard that you selected for the Q9400 and the one for the Phenom 940 isn't necessarily the same. If you ever want to overclock, the Q9400 might be a better buy.
February 1, 2009 1:05:28 PM

Err i think for a non gaming rig i will look to undervolt as low as i can while keeping chip at stock speed hehe
February 1, 2009 2:06:26 PM

batuchka, your prices are in $US, not $CDN. The difference is significant, the motherboard and the PSU are available from, but not from While it might be a good motherboard, it isn't available from any site in Canada.
February 1, 2009 5:00:09 PM

Once again thanks for the comments. I looked at batuchkas shopping cart and as soon as I saw the 940 for $230 I was pretty sure that was from but thanks for the suggestions anyways. Ghislaing, I think that I probably will want to overclock later on when I feel that I could use a bit of a boost in performance and use a free "upgrade" so I'm in aggreance with you and think that I will most likely go with the Q9400.