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New i5 gaming rig CAN$900-1200 help and suggestions!

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September 13, 2009 8:13:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (next week or two) BUDGET RANGE: ( CAN $900-1200)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the net, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (need everything!)

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (All I know is i want to use a Intel CPU, everything else is up for grabs)

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680x1050)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (This is mine first foray into building a new desktop (my laptop is on the fritz, it's 5 years old) and I want the horsepower to play new FPS as they come out (crysis, COD series, Modern Warfare, etc etc. I need to buy everything including windows vista home premium 64 bit, monitor, keyboard and mouse, etc ) Currently unemployed so any help and suggestions to make my build cheaper are greatly appreciated!


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
• Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 
• ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 Intel Motherboard 
• Original price: $424.98
• Discount: -$30.00
• Combo Price: $394.98

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
• Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM 
• Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 
• Original Price: $212.98
• Discount: -$5.00
• Combo Price: $207.98

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820148262
$72.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150359
$212.49

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824254035
$169.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136098
$59.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Sony Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A - OEM
Item #: N82E16827131061
$20.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371016
$79.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Microsoft CA9-00001 Black PS/2 Standard Basic Keyboard and Mouse - OEM
Item #: N82E16823109132
$18.99

Grand Total: CAN$1,238.39

If possible, I would like to reduce my price a bit but not take too much horsepower away. I'm not too familiar with what makes a good motherboard so is the one I selected overkill? Like I said above, I don't plan on OCing, don't plan on doing crossfire or SLI, but would like this rig to last me a few years before upgrades are needed. Most of my above selections were based on reviews and price on newegg.ca. One last thing...have I selected everything I need to build the desktop??

Thanks in advance guys
September 13, 2009 8:25:54 PM

I have removed my post due to FAIL :pfff: 
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September 13, 2009 8:40:06 PM

If you are not overclocking you really don't need that much motherboard.

This gigabyte UD3R will do quite well for you:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The hard drive you chose is two generations old. Get at least this:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And preferably this:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

This would be better memory:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU
I would go with this OCZ
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I would also wait for the next gen ATI GPU coming soon.

To reduce costs try shopping at NCIX
http://www.ncix.com/
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September 13, 2009 8:40:53 PM

riot, that is not newegg.ca.

Mobo has features that you don't need. I would suggest this combo instead http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item....

Get better RAM, that one looks like Value RAM to me. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

500GB HDD's are better bang for the buck so get this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682.... Larger capacity and higher cache.

Get this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681.... It comes to $64 after rebates. It's bigger and is also modular, which means a tidier case and better airflow.

Proximon beat me to it aha.

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September 13, 2009 8:41:30 PM

RIOTinYOURcity said:
I went ahead and built you a gaming i5 from scratch for $1,227. This should do everything you need. I didn't include a HSF since you don't plan on overclocking but the stock cooler can easily push your i5 to 3.2 safely so you should give that a try.

I also threw in everything outside of the PC itself. Monitor, Speakers, OS, Keyboard, Mouse. All at a reasonable price. Also slapped a CoolerMaster 120mm green LED fan so you can install that in the front bezel of your case for better airflow.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Enjoy



Wrong site Riot. Canadian.
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September 13, 2009 8:52:54 PM

build said:
riot, that is not newegg.ca.

Mobo has features that you don't need. I would suggest this combo instead http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item....

Get better RAM, that one looks like Value RAM to me. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

500GB HDD's are better bang for the buck so get this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682.... Larger capacity and higher cache.

Get this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681.... It comes to $64 after rebates. It's bigger and is also modular, which means a tidier case and better airflow.

Proximon beat me to it aha.



Hey build, is that MOBO you recommended (within the combo deal) a good brand? I've just never heard of Biostar before...

Thanks for all the help so far guys, I've taken most of your suggestions and made the changes
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September 13, 2009 8:54:07 PM

It's not as big as Asus or Gigabyte, but it does the job nevertheless.
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