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

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?ItemList=Combo.259881
• 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?ItemList=Combo.205141.11-129-042
• 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=N82E16820148262
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=N82E16814150359
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=N82E16824254035
Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824254035
$169.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098
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=N82E16827131061
Sony Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A - OEM
Item #: N82E16827131061
$20.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
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=N82E16823109132
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
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  1. I have removed my post due to FAIL :pfff:
  2. 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=N82E16813128401&cm_re=P55-_-13-128-401-_-Product

    The hard drive you chose is two generations old. Get at least this:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

    And preferably this:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

    This would be better memory:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189&cm_re=DDR3_4GB_1333-_-20-231-189-_-Product

    PSU
    I would go with this OCZ
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

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

    To reduce costs try shopping at NCIX
    http://www.ncix.com/
  3. 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?ItemList=Combo.259400.

    Get better RAM, that one looks like Value RAM to me. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

    500GB HDD's are better bang for the buck so get this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=22-152-_-22-152-181-_-Product. Larger capacity and higher cache.

    Get this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017&cm_re=17-341-_-17-341-017-_-Product7. 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.
  4. 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?WishListNumber=11821192

    Enjoy



    Wrong site Riot. Canadian.
  5. 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?ItemList=Combo.259400.

    Get better RAM, that one looks like Value RAM to me. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

    500GB HDD's are better bang for the buck so get this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=22-152-_-22-152-181-_-Product. Larger capacity and higher cache.

    Get this PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017&cm_re=17-341-_-17-341-017-_-Product7. 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
  6. It's not as big as Asus or Gigabyte, but it does the job nevertheless.
  7. Forgot to mention earlier, but I also need a wireless card installed on this desktop, there won't be any issues installing one with the following MOBO ? :

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138161

    Sorry for the noobish question
  8. I FAIL :(
  9. Nope, most wireless cards require a PCI slot and there are two on that mobo.

    Ah and forgot to mention get a SATA DVD drive. IDE is a no no.

    This one seems to be the cheapest http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118032
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