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My list-o-parts for a budget gaming PC, what do you think? (Canada)

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April 22, 2009 4:00:27 PM

Hello ladies and gents, I've been a long time lurker, first time poster. I've been out of the game since about 2004, but I've decided to get back into it and build a new computer. I was hoping that you'd be kind enough to advise me on my list of parts, the computer I'm trying to build is to accomplish the following:

- I will have this computer hooked up to a 52 inch LCD TV at all times (I think that means that it is an HTPC, right?) HDMI output would be nice.
- I would like to be able to play some high end games on it
- I would also like to be able to overclock it, to get the most bang for my buck
- I'm going to need wireless capabilities as well

With all this said, without further adieu, the parts that I have chosen so far:

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CPU:
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Pretty self explanatory, I think. It's a cheap, somewhat powerful processor, and from what I've read this thing overclocks well. I am hoping to be able to overclock it from its stock 2.5ghz to something like 3.75 or 4ghz.

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This is one of the choices I've made that I'm most unsure of. Its a lower end gigabyte mobo with only 2 ram slots, which may be a problem in the future for me in the case I'd like to add more. It also doesn't support CrossFire, so I don't have the option of adding a second video card in the future. Is there another option that wont increase my budget too much?

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This is where most of the money is going. I wanted to get a really high end video card so that I can play some higher end games. It also seems to have gotten some pretty good reviews. I'd be willing to take some suggestions here, though; is there any other video card within the same price range that you think I could get some more power out of? Let me know :D 

RAM:
OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The RAM's title confuses me, but it has the best specs for the best price that I can see. It says NVIDEA SLI-Ready Edition, but that doesn't mean I NEED to be using SLI to get the most out of it, right? Just thought that this might be the most value for my money, seeing as they had the best timings of the ram I looked at for the same price, and they're on sale for $25 off this week.

DVD Burner:
Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Nothing fancy here. Just your average, run of the mill, cheapo burner.

Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite 360 RC-360-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Basic black case. It's a smaller Full ATX supporting case, the fact that it wont take up as much space is appealing. User reviews say it is of pretty good build quality.

Power Supply:
Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This one I have no idea about. I've never personally heard of "Rosewill" until now, but its gotten great reviews and its one of NewEgg's best selling power supplies... not a good reason to choose it, I know, but its all I have to go on as I dont know very much about choosing power supplies. Its 500 watts though, I think that should be enough. Suggestions VERY welcome here, I have no idea on this one really...

CPU Fan:
Dynatron P985 92mm Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Not surprisingly, another choice that I'm not too sure of. As I've mentioned, I plan on overclocking my CPU. I know that I'm probably going to have to upgrade this one a bit if I want to get the most out of my CPU...

WiFi Card:
No idea. Not much selection that I could see on NewEgg, so I don't really know what to get. I'll probably just buy one locally.

TOTAL COST: $637.69 CAD ($510.15 USD assuming 20% exchange rate)

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And that's the build. You'll notice that it doesn't have a hard drive, I know that I left that out. 1TB drives go on sale pretty often for around the $99 CAD price point, I'm going to wait on one of those. Also missing the to-be-added WiFi card.

So, what do you think? I'm sure there's plenty of improvement to be made, I hope that some of you more skilled builders will be able to help me out :) 

=Work In Progress=
I've created a newegg wishlist with the parts that I have currently selected:
https://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp...

Change 1: Upgraded to Fatal1ty PSU
Change 2: Changed from IDE DVD Burner to SATA
April 22, 2009 4:03:18 PM

anything above a 4850 is overkill with the e5200.

oh and I wouldn't trust that PSU with a 4870.
April 22, 2009 4:07:24 PM

Wow, quick reply, thanks

Even if I overclock the e5200, it would be overkill? What processor would you recommend upgrading to, then?

EDIT: I've added a newegg wishlist to my first post including all the parts that I've currently chosen. I just upgraded the PSU.
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April 22, 2009 4:59:10 PM

if you can afford it a 720 BE

and is that psu 550w or 700w?
April 22, 2009 5:34:51 PM

Alright, looks like I'll be switching over to an AMD based system then. But I was wondering, why is it that you suggest the X3 720? Looking on newegg, the price for a quad core is nearly the same, like for example this one thats even cheaper than the 720 that is going for 159:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Thanks, sorry for all the questions
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