Hello everyone! This is my first time building a computer. Here's a list of preliminary information:
Country: Canada Stores: Newegg.ca (yes it's finally here!), TigerDirect, NCIX, and local shops including CanadaComputers Budget: $1000-1500 CAD, obviously cheaper the better (I'm still a student) Games I want to play: Empire Total War at max (or near-max) setting, Crysis, Farcry, GTA, etc. Hopefully be able to play games released in the next 5 years Parts already have: OS (Windows XP Professional), Mouse, Keyboard Brand Loyalties: No, as long as it's a quality product. Overclock CPU: I've never done it before but I'm willing to as long as there's instructions and it won't screw anything up, like computer lifespan. Do you want a system that supports SLI or Crossfire?: Not mandatory. From the research I've done it seems like for the average gamer it's better to just get a really good video card than to get 2. When do you plan to build it?: Last week of April 2009.
So, here's the rig so far:
(prices are in CAD and does not include tax and S&H and does not factor in any MIR)
On a 15" monitor, a 9800 GTX will play anything. If you plan on upgrading your monitor any time though, you will need more power most likely for Crysis. I would use an ATI card so that you can crossfire later, maybe go with a 4830 right now, then when you decide you want a 22" inch monitor, add another one in crossfire. I would recommend getting a Corsair 650tx, the ocz PSU's are ok, but not the greatest quality.