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September 2, 2009 9:06:05 AM

Hello.

First off I am building a PC within a budget of $1000CAD. I do light gaming such as WoW, BioShock and some Euchre on Yahoo Games! Ha ha...I was also looking to slightly Overclock my CPU. This is the build I have come up with and any suggestions on better parts or changes would be greatly appreciated.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Couple Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1000CAD

SYSTEM USAGE: World of Warcraft, BioShock, Yahoo Euchre, Movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: N/A

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect.ca or NCIX.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Chipset

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 Supported by Monitor.


Parts:

CPU: e8400 3.0Ghz
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3L
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

PSU: Silverstone Strider ST50F ATX 500W
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM: OCZ 4G 1066MHZ
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

VIDEO: 512mb GeForce GTS 250
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...


Thanks again hope to get some opinions on this :pt1cable: 

Andrew~

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September 2, 2009 9:28:17 AM

Next week intel is going to launch their latest i5 CPUs...So you would want to check them out first...
So keep you options for the CPU, Mobo and RAM open...

For rest of the components,
PSU - As you are not going to SLI, there is no use of that 750W PSU...
A high quality 500W PSU from Corsair, Antec EA, PCP&C, Seasonic, Silverstone is more than suffice for that setup...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30165&vpn=PP...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=33040&vpn=OC...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24129&vpn=EA...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=27252&vpn=SS...

Graphics card - The 9800GTX is a older gen card...Get the GTS 250 instead...It would be a little faster too...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

But if you want high level graphics for that resolution of your monitor, then you would require a more powerful card like the GTX 260 Core 216/ GTX 275...
September 2, 2009 9:50:46 AM

Thanks. I was thinking about that 250GTS and I've changed my PSU.

I doubt the new i5 Intel chipset will be within my budget. Anything about the motherboard from an OC perspective?
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September 2, 2009 10:19:36 AM

^ The P45 chipset boards are very good overclockers...
September 2, 2009 11:26:27 AM

^Yeah I had done a little bit of research before hand and from my limited knowledge I came to the conclusion the 45 was better than my originally chosen g31.

I did a little light (2 hour) reading on the i5 chipset. It looks promising, however although not "futureproof" I think its best to go with an older chipset. I can't wait until q1 2010 for i5s to be proven and I can't afford the i7s.

If I wanted to switch to a quad in the future I could pop in something like the q9550 with no other PC changes?

Thanks for the recommendation though, I've learned a lot this morning ;) .

Appreciate the help gkay.
September 3, 2009 4:37:39 AM

^ Why not go with the Q9400 ??? At tigerdirect, that E8400 is very costly...Or am I missing something with their pricing ? It seems all the components are costlier than ncix...

Check at ncix For just little more, you can get Q9550
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30576&vpn=BX...

Or get Q9400
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31414&vpn=BX...

Mobo is cheaper @ ncix
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35763&vpn=GA%2DEP45%2...


But I would still suggest you wait and see what the i5s have to offer...And they have been around with the reviewers for about a month or so...but are waiting to release the reviews after the CPU launch...
I have seen in a forum, a member who was able to get his hands on the i5s are had posted his benchmarks and its performance validations and it was very promising...
Any ways after the launch, the CPU price would go down...
!