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First Time Build - $850 Gaming PC

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August 4, 2009 9:12:29 PM

Hi everyone,

Since June, I have been saying that I will buy a new PC. I can't procrastinate any longer, as I am going to university in the fall and won't be able to afford anything then lol. Well, here is my favorite build so far. Any info, recommendations, changes or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Ask me anything you might need to know too.

Thanks a lot.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week/early next week

BUDGET RANGE: $850 CAD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, internet, watching movies, music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, as long as they are quality parts.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, would like to get a 22" later on.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I would like the case to be black with blue lighting.
4gb of RAM
QUALITY brand/support/products please.
Future friendly :) 

My Build:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996601 - Retail

XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache IDE CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support - OEM


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August 4, 2009 9:16:37 PM

The build looks good other than the 500GB drive and IDE DVD burner. For an extra $5 you can get the faster 640GB WD black drive.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $79.99

You should also get a SATA DVD burner. I'm not sure why they refuse to let IDE die.

Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support - OEM $32.49
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August 5, 2009 12:54:48 AM

Personally I think that the RAM is quite expensive but it is fast and has great timings so it all depends on you.

You can save $50 by going with this RAM the only difference is it has 7-7-7-24 vs your 7-7-6-18 timings but I don't think it will make that huge of a difference maybe a difference of 1-3 fps.
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR16004GK - Retail - $79.99

That $50 can go to upgrading your CPU if you wish to an AMD 720BE or you can keep it to help with tuition (your current CPU is already sufficient enough for you unless you do some video editing, etc).
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

Lastly can I interest you in a modular PSU. Modular just means that the power supply unit does not have any wires connected to it and that you can just plug in whatever wires you need to use to power your components.

For about $20 less, you can get:
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

Lastly with every fellow Canadian, I encourage you to check out the electronics section of PriceCanda.com to find the lowest prices on your products. (only if you aren't loyal towards newegg)
CanadaPrice: Desktop Components
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August 5, 2009 4:29:48 AM

Thanks a lot for the info. Already changed some parts : )

I was also wondering if it is worth it to upgrade the motherboard to the 790FX version?


Thanks again. Really appreciate the help.
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August 5, 2009 4:33:19 AM

Meh, they're both quality boards. Unless you need the extra PCI-e slots, it's probably not worth upgrading.
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August 5, 2009 8:03:03 AM

Definitely pick up the 720BE if you can squeeze it into your budget.

Your PSU is top quality, I personally wouldn't change it if you don't have to.

All in all looks like a great build.
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August 5, 2009 6:09:10 PM

Yes, I think you'd prefer the 720BE also.
As you probably know, that case does have blue LEDs in the front fan. I like the subdued glow it gives mine. If you like, you can get additional CoolerMaster blue LED fans (they come in a 2-pack); use one of those in the top of that case, and save the second as a spare.
I just got a 720BE, and it came with a crappy-looking lightweight aluminum HSF. You may want a better one, especially if you think you'd like to try some overclocking. I put a Scythe Ninja-mini on mine, because despite having only an 80mm fan, it is very quiet. This weekend I'm going to see if I can crank it up to at least 3.4GHz. Brief initial tests failed to unlock the 4th core.
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