FIrst Build ~ 800-900$

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: before or around Christmas time

BUDGET RANGE: 800 to 900$ CAN

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, gaming, some movie editing, daily office/internet usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, mouse/keyboard, OS could also wait...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: not sure, I've been mostly looking on and



OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if it's easy and safe enough



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm total noobie at building my own system. I've been looking a bit at the main parts but I'm not sure if all this fits together and what kind of motherboard, power supply or casing I should get. So far I've only got these:

CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W


Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 700MHZ 1GB 1.92GHZ DDR3 PCI-E CrossFireX Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card
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  1. get a core i5, it is better in gaming
  2. But isn't i5 going to increase the price on motherboard? The computer is mostly going to be doing a lot more Photoshopping and image editing than gaming though. I'm planning to play some, but I'm not an intensive gamer. Plus I read that there seems to be issue with the P55 board for the i5 core?
  3. if you are doing intensive photoshopping/ other designing/editing stuff, then get i7 920 build, but your budget won't make it. so get i5 750 build.

    is it causal photoshopping or is it actually for work?
  4. Not for work, which is why i'm not actually putting a big amount in. But i still want a decent system that can last maybe 3 years, more if possible. And be decent for some 3D gaming too. Does anyone has suggestions for mobo, case and PSU?
  5. How about the Asus’ P7P55D motherboard? Which one is better?
  6. So I've updated the parts list to this:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 220$

    Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D 185$ or Gigabyte P55-UD3R 150$

    RAM: Not sure....

    GPU: XFX Radeon HD 4870 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDCP 130$

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 100$

    Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC 80$

    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB - It's not available on the Canadian version of Newegg or Ncix, does anyone has an idea where else I can find it?

    Does all of this add up together fine or is there better choices out there? Do I need a CPU Cooler if I'm not planning to overclock right away? Also does this build allow me to upgrade the computer too an i7 in the future?
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