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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.