A few weeks ago I posted I was looking for an under $1000 gaming PC. I got a lot of good suggestions, but as usual I got carried away. I need the build to stay under $800, so I can't afford to 'add $30' here and there.
I live near a TigerDirect store, so I'll be buying from there to save on shipping, and the guys there are always willing to help me out/give me some deals. This means I'll be using prices/pieces from TigerDirect.ca (I live in Canada).
Right now I'm pretty open to ideas, you guys know what you're doing. I was thinking of getting
Tigerdirect has poor selection and prices. It would be cheaper to buy from ncix.com. They will price match (use pricecanada.com to find lower prices), you pay no PST unless in BC (which more than makes up for shipping charges), and they have good customer service.
That case isn't set up to run crossfire...but one decent vid card is fine. I'm not so sure about that PSU they recommended to you...if they are anything like the employees at Bestbuy, then they are probably tards for the most part..... Anyways that case you picked is a decent one, and it's set up to run another 120mm fan on the side vent....which I would get if I were you...better cooling/airflow. Here's a few parts to get you started. If mounting that heatsink is a hassle, NCIX has a bolt through kit for the "Thermalright LGA775 BOLT-THRU Kit for Ultra 90/120 & HR-01 Retail Box"...makes a world of difference.
To save money, I'd go with the P5Q Pro since it's quite a bit less. That's the cheapest Crossfire mobo worth recommending.
E5200 for sure.
Here is the best RAM deal on in Canada right now: Buffalo Firestix DDR2-1066. It's not well known in these forums, but excellent memory and you will be able to OC high and run a high RAM divider as well given the E5200's OC characteristics of low FSB/high multiplier. If you want them, you'd have to jump on them right away. These would be excellent when paired with the P5Q Pro.
Try to fit the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and backplate into your budget if possible, because the highest possible OC gives you the best value for your money.
If you need to save on the HDD, the WD Caviar SE16 320GB drive is excellent value.
Try to get the 4850 512MB video card if possible, but on a tight budget, look at the 4830.
+1 to NCIX.com. The have a new sale that starts every Wednesday, and that includes surprise items that are ridiculously cheap (like my RAM recommendation above). Check out the sale that has just started tonight and also next Wednesday's sale too.
I too would recommend NICIX but just because they have more brands than tiger direct.i got a good deal on a Q6600 there back in 07'. there is newegg.ca but there too pricey for me but they offer free shipping on everything