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Help with $700 budget gaming PC, already have GPU and PSU

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May 18, 2009 3:24:40 AM

I'm planning on building a new computer system to replace my 5 years old desktop. I'm currently using my laptop for gaming at university, and sadly it only has Intel GMA 950 so I wanted a PC more suited for gaming :( 
I live in Canada so the budget is in Canadian dollar. I have not kept up with the computer hardware news for several years so I'm kind of lost to which system gives the best price/performance.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $700 Canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, and movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, speaker, GPU and PSU

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com, newegg.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: No perference, just which ever parts will give me the most bang for the buck

OVERCLOCKING: Moderate OC, will be OCing but not pushing it to its limit

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050 any one of these 3 resolution is good

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Currently I already have Radeon 4770 and Corsair 750W PSU. I know the PSU sounds like it might be overkill but I plan on re-using it down the road for new builds with multi GPU. I bought those two on the spur since they were on a good deal. I have Vista 64-bit so OS is not a problem, but I'm looking for monitor, keyboard and mouse within that budget as well. I'm looking for a monitor that gives one of the three resolution I listed above. I'm willing to go over budget by a small amount if its reasonable enough. Thanks for your help guys.
May 18, 2009 3:53:39 AM

It ended up being close to $800, sorry about that. It was really difficult to push it as hard as I could without jumping over the price a little. You can always cut back or change things if you want to. Just dont change the Motherboard (because it is crossfire) and processor (unless you know what you're doing)

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
This may be one of the more overpriced parts of the whole thing, so it would be a good place to cut back on, but it's really solid.

Keyboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
It's an amazing keyboard, but you may be able to find one you like for cheaper

CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
I tried to get a decently high-clocked dual core, and this will be more than enough to run games

DVD/CD drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
It's solid and fairly cheap

Monitor: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
This is one of the more expensive parts, but its 1680x1060 and a really good monitor

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Same one I have, really good for the price and runs really well

Mouse: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
While you may think this is expensive, it's probably the best gaming mouse, and especially for $50

Mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
It was really hard trying to find a motherboard that would run crossfire at such a low price, and this was the best I can do

RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
You need 4 gig, here it is
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May 18, 2009 4:02:51 AM

Thanks for the replies :) 
Yes the monitor does look for the price. I mostly play Battlefield 2 and Eve online, and looking to play Assassin's Creed and Fear 2 once I build this pc so I shouldn't need too much of cpu power. Yea I thought about getting DDR3 and a mobo that can run it but decided it wasn't worth the price atm. I could always upgrade it later I guess.
May 18, 2009 4:02:55 AM

The real budget drops to about $550 after adding the monitor, mouse and keyboard.

From here on you have the option of the Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 or the AMD Phenom II X3 720. The best case choice would obviously be the Antec 300 and if you're only doing a slight overclock you won't need a cooler. Ram you should probably stick to 4gb ddr2, and a crossfire enabled mobo in case you want increased fps by adding a second 4770 later on.
May 18, 2009 4:06:05 AM

Mines pretty close to what the Proximon said. $676 without shipping

CPU - Phenom2 X3 720 BE $170
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo - Gigabyte 790X - $135 Keeps crossfire option open
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM 2X2 GB G.skill DDR2 1066 - $69 on the Gigabytes approved list
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Monitor - Asus 19" 1440X900 $120
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HD Western Digital 640GB SE16 blue SATA - $90
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case - Antec 300 $64
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mouse/KB - Microsoft wired optical $29
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Thanks not moose , i was a bit concerned about shipping costs, i have no idea what newegg charges in Ca.
May 18, 2009 4:13:36 AM

dirtmountain hit it straight on the head but switch to this mouse combo and order from Ncix for cheaper shipping. Ncix price match so overall you will get it cheaper than on newegg.

You will also want to pickup a cd drive so that will cost about $20 more.
May 18, 2009 12:57:20 PM

Thanks for the advices guys. The final lists looks like this:

DVD/CD drive: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=38115 [$31.64]

HDD: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34286&promoi... [$85.98]

RAM: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=28306 [$79.99]

Keyboard and Mouse: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=16619 [$32.52]

Mobo: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36856 [$134.27]

CPU: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36295 [$178.28]

Case: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&promoi... [$64.99]

Monitor: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=39135 [$139.99]


Total before pricematch is $747.66 and $687.44 after pricematch. I'm going to see if I can get any good local deal on the case and monitor before end of May to cut down the shipping cost, but other than that it looks set.
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