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First Post/Build: $999 Canadian$ - help pls

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November 12, 2009 10:33:30 PM


BUDGET RANGE: $999 After Rebates in Canadian Dollars using (not .com)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, pvr since I dont have tivo in Canada, watching HD movies, surfing the web, writing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor - Using 40 inch Sharp Aquos LCD HDTV

PARTS REQUIRED: Wireless Keyboard and Mouse since using PC in bed



PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: None, I am about value for the dollar.

OVERCLOCKING: I don't know how and don't want to break anything

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe? only if it's the best bang for buck and if someone can send me a link to show me how to do this.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever a 1080p HD 40 inch television can do.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need a PC for my bedroom which is too small for a desk, can work off of my TV, and be used primarily for games, tv and movie viewing. Thanks for your help in advance, especially if you are not used to using I am interested to see if there really is a big price difference between ".ca" and ".com"

This is my first post on a tech forum. I had to register here because everyone here seems so friendly and smart. If there is anywhere to get good advice on building a PC, Tom's seems like the best place. I really appreciate the help! Thanks.
November 12, 2009 10:51:25 PM

1. What games?

2. Exactly how much desk,etc space do you have? Seems like you are asking for a small case correct?

3. You wish to record TV to your PC, correct? Will it be HD recordings or just normal DVD type resolution?
November 13, 2009 4:14:13 PM

The Games that I want to play are Dragon Age Origins, Fallout 3, and Diablo 3 whenever it comes out.

Case size doesn't matter because it will be sitting beside my TV on a cool tile floor.

HD recordings since my TV is 1080p

November 14, 2009 12:54:23 AM

Basic set up for your needs:

Phenom II X4/X3

AM3 or AM2 motherboard (with AM3 CPU support) from ASUS or Gigabyte

4GB DDR2/DDR3 depending on board

ATI 5750/5770/5850/4870 or similar nVidia card like the GTX260

Antec 300/900, HAF 922,HAF 932

Samsung F3 (possibly 2x since you plan to have HD recordings)

Antec EA650, Corsair 650TX or other high quality PSU.

You will also need a TV tuner but I haven't looked at HD TV tuners recently if you plan to record TV.

That should allow you to narrow down the products for your price range. Get back to us with a shopping list using the guide lines above.