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October 14, 2009 6:21:14 AM

The new computer will be bought somewhere between 22th october and christmas. My budget is about 800-1300$

Usage: Listening movie, playing mmo like S4 league and Aion, doing resaerch for litterature homework, surfing the internet.

I am buying a complete new computer so i need everything except a mouse but i might buy at my local electronics shop the monitor,keyboard and speaker.

I dont really have preference for the make of the part but i am looking for a full size tower with a 22"-24" lcd monitor, 4-6gb ddr3 ram with a decent processor and a good video card to go with the lcd screen.For hard drive, something between 500gb to 1tb should do the job. Media card reader is a must and for optical drive a good old cd/dvd burner will be enough.

I might give a try at overclocking and i dont think i will need sli or crossfire

monitor resolution will be about 1920x1200 or more.

This will be my first custom built computer so i have no idea what part except for the cpu and the video card. For the processor it would be either AMD Phenom II X4 945 or Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 and for the video card, i think the ati radeon hd4870 1gb would be good.

Also, for the part, i will mostly buy them at newegg.ca and i am canadian( well a Quebecois to be more precise)
October 14, 2009 1:03:35 PM

I would skip the Core 2 Quads, a core i5 will shame every C2Q out there and do it at half the cost in some cases. As for Phenom IIs, 945 is a good possibility, 955 might be a better value.

If you want to go with an i5, right now it's pretty hard to beat the value of this combo:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

For a PSU, this Corsair would be more than enough:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

A nice Antec 900 Case with extra fans:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Radeon 4870:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That should leave plenty of budget for your monitor, keyboard, OS, and speakers. You might even be able to upgrade the video card some from that 4870.
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October 14, 2009 2:42:08 PM

since the cdn exchange rate is pretty good at the moment versus usd should i try buy at newegg.com since the price are usually 10$ lower and some also have free shipping ?

nevermind, j just checked on their website and the .com version dosent ship to canada
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October 14, 2009 2:48:22 PM

That I don't know, you might get hit with some kind of import tax if they do it, and newegg.com may not even let you make the transaction since they do have newegg.ca for Canadians. Maybe another Canadian on here will know the answer.
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October 14, 2009 2:53:38 PM

also if i wanted to go the phenom x11 way, what would be a good choice for my mobo that wont necessarily have sli or crossfire
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October 14, 2009 2:56:00 PM

I looked at Newegg's policy page. Says that they only ship within the US, and Puerto Rico. Looks like Newegg.ca. I've heard a lot of Canadians say good things about NCIX for Canadian orders, might be worth comparing if you're looking for options.
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October 14, 2009 3:00:31 PM

Ok here is a list of what the build will surely look like

Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box 218.88$
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD3101&v...

Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GLAN Motherboard 113.89$
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD0610&v...

XFX Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card 299.99$
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=44142&vpn=HD-585A-ZNF...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro REV.2 CPU Heatsink Cooler LGA1366 LGA1156 LGA775 AM2 AM3 W/ 92MM Fan 21.99$
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10450AC0822&v...

RAIDMAX Hurricane ATX-248WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 39.99$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive Oem *3YR Mfr Warranty* 51.88$
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR8025&v...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail 91.94$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner 34.99$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Media card reader
SUPER TALENT INTAIN1MCR All-in-one Card Reader 10.99$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

BenQ - Moniteur ACL G2220HD 149.99$
http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?webid=806...
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October 15, 2009 2:01:19 AM

sorry for the double post but i realy wanna know, does it would really be owrth it for me to buy a hd5850 or i will be all good with a hd5770 cause i want to keep my computer for a long time and i wont play very demanding game but having a video card that accept dx11 would be a good choice i think instead of a hd4890 or a hd4870
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October 15, 2009 3:40:50 AM

Go with a 5850, the reviews on tom's as well as on anandtech really say that the HD 5770 does not offer much more than the 4870, and is not a good value at it's current price point. Spend the extra cash on a 5850 now, and it will keep you from needing an early graphics card upgrade down the road. Also, if you can find an XFX brand 5850, it's a great choice since they have a pretty much unbeatable double lifetime warranty.

Other suggestion I'd make for your build is to not use a Caviar Green for a primary hard drive. They are wonderful as secondary storage, but you don't want your apps and scratch disk space held back by the much slower access times. A Samsung F3 1TB should be similarly priced, and if that one is unavailable, I'd go with a Seagate 7200.12 1TB next.
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October 15, 2009 4:18:56 AM

the only xfx one i can find is at tiger direct and its 357$!!!! which is way too much. the sapphire one from newegg.ca would be the limit for the price http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... and i might think i could be happy with only 500gb so i would go with this seagate 7200.12 one from direct canada http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR8025&v.... and for the mobo, since i will never do crossfire or sli, shouldnt i go for a less pricey one or that would hurt too much the performance ?
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October 15, 2009 12:43:00 PM

if you know for sure that you will never do dual cards, going for a cheaper board is a great idea. I think board manufacturers have to pay about $20 per board to NVIDIA for SLI certification, and ultimately the manufacturers pass this cost on to you. Some of the other pointless features that higher tier boards sometimes have are dual NICs, or 2 host controllers. Most people will never need these features, and it just drives the cost of the boards up. I will say that boards featuring solid capacitors and larger heatsinks are worth the extra money, but I'd say 80% of popular boards include these already. As for the XFX card, they are popular because of the great warranty, hence out of stock in many places, or over priced by some retailers. The sapphire will be fine, though I'd make one last look for the XFX 5850 right before you commit to the purchase in case it comes in stock somewhere.
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October 15, 2009 1:35:00 PM

well for the video, since its the most pricey bit, it ill be the last part i ill buy. so by the time i am to the point of buying it, stock will be better. Also, for the mobo, have any suggestion for a non-crossfire or sli card. Mobo is on the thing i know very little about and i dont wanna buy something that wont fit the rest of my build.

As for the mobo, i might go for this one: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard 119.99$ http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
but that mean i also need to change my memory to be sure i have one that is compatible.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail 90.99$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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October 15, 2009 2:07:48 PM

snorojr said:
Also, for the part, i will mostly buy them at newegg.ca and i am canadian( well a Quebecois to be more precise)


Where abouts are you living? If you're near Ottawa or Montreal there's a place called PC Cyber (www.pccyber.com) which has great prices (generally lower than newegg) and if you pick up from the the store there's no shipping. Might be something worth looking into.
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October 15, 2009 2:55:30 PM

sadly i live near quebec city but it could be worth the 2 and a half hour trip to go check if the saving would be good.
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October 15, 2009 8:52:18 PM

bump edited the list
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