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Gaming Desktop ~$1000

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May 21, 2009 7:45:07 AM

Hi, I'm looking to build a new desktop to replace my broken laptop.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About mid-June

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000 Canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Schoolwork

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca is the only one I know of

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd prefer to keep the speakers and keyboard to the one's I've chosen

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Either

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nothing's set in stone atm, I just kind of went through the newegg website and picked out stuff that I thought might be good and within my budget range, lol.


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Anyways, here's what I have so far:

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HIS Hightech H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Logitech UltraX Silver/Black USB Wired Standard Media Keyboard - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Total comes to around $1077.90

So, I'd like to get everyone's opinion on this system build. The main parts that I'm not really sure about is the RAM, PSU, CPU and MOBO. The graphics card could also be changed if there's a better solution. Thanks in advan

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May 21, 2009 10:27:27 PM

Alright, thanks for your input, I'll get the HIS 4890 instead. How's the PSU btw, if I wanted to crossfire in the future would 550W be enough?
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May 21, 2009 10:41:05 PM

^ i think better off with going with a 650 Crosair one. 550 prolly wont be enough
May 21, 2009 10:54:17 PM

sune said:
Alright, thanks for your input, I'll get the HIS 4890 instead. How's the PSU btw, if I wanted to crossfire in the future would 550W be enough?


As sahil said, you might want to up it as-is. If you want to Crossfire, you'll definitely need to up it to a 750W or maybe 850W depending on brand.
May 21, 2009 11:04:25 PM

Get a 750W Corsair.
May 22, 2009 4:22:55 AM

+1 for the Corsair 750TX...
700W is the safe bet for HD 4890 crossfire...And that Corsair 750TX, along with room for crossfire, would give nice headroom for additional upgrades...
May 22, 2009 4:33:42 AM

The build looks pretty good overall. I do have a couple minor suggestions. First, I would ditch the IDE DVD burner for a SATA model.

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $30.99

You can get RAM with tighter timings for just a few dollars more:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $69.49
May 22, 2009 4:36:30 AM

^ Nice options...
Dint notice the IDE...Going with the SATA would make the internals look less cluttered.
And the GSkillz are better rated too...
May 22, 2009 9:11:39 AM

Alright, so I will upgrade the system to a 750W PSU, the RAM and SATA DVD burner. I didn't even notice the IDE tag myself, lol. Thanks for everyone's input. I think I will probably go with this system build. Cant wait to get it, hehe.
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