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Budgetted e8400 gaming build, what do you think? Help

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November 19, 2009 7:28:00 AM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Hopefully within the next month) BUDGET RANGE: (600-800) Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, watching movies/tv shows, researching/schooling)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
(dont need keyboard, mouse or monitor)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca , www.tigerdirect.ca , www.ncix.com , (probably newegg is the best bet & cheapest, however its canadianness doesnt have much of a selection :(  )

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Was hoping to go with an AMD Phenom ii x4 955 build at first, but now im debating.. may just go with e8400 and hold off for a while.. still not 100% sure though. Possible even a II x3..

OVERCLOCKING: Possible, but not for a while. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not anytime soon.

MONITOR RESOLUTION
: Im running 1280x1024 right now

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I want best performance & best bang for the buck. GAMING.

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Rosewill R5717-P BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,with mesh air filters,adjustable vents & Tool-Free kits
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


SILVERSTONE ST56F 560W ATX 12V 2.01 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400
& ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...


Any tips/Suggestions & advice please let me know! it would be greatly much appreciated! (Still cannot quite make my mind of up about the AMD x4 955BE or what.. can't think without biased remarks >_<)


Games I really play are CS:Source (CS:p romod when released), World of Warcraft, COD:X, Any new MMO/FPS games that look good, and may be worth the purchase.

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November 19, 2009 8:03:08 AM

^ For your usage, the X3 720 would be better...
With the money saved, get the HD 5770...9800GT is an old card...So once when u upgrade your monitor, the HD 5770 still would be able to offer decent performance...
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November 19, 2009 8:06:18 AM

gkay09 said:
^ For your usage, the X3 720 would be better...
With the money saved, get the HD 5770...9800GT is an old card...So once when u upgrade your monitor, the HD 5770 still would be able to offer decent performance...



Hmm, would the x3 720 be able to run source at 100+ FPS constant (no drops), and perform similiar if not better than the e8400? Also what would be a good mobo? I've read that the 775 is a dead end.. so it's pretty much a waste of money i guess considering it wont be easily upgraded in the near future. What would you suggest to add with the 720 to have an insanely great gaming experience


Also whats the difference between 720 Black edition, and 720? Or is it the same thing.. Newegg.ca doesnt have BE edition if there is anything different with it.
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November 19, 2009 8:17:01 AM

^ Yup you are true about the 775...
Even though at stock speeds, the x3 might not offer comparable performance to that of the 8400, but it is easily overclockable and at say 3.4GHz, it would offer very good performance...
And as for the mobo, here is a very good combo -
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

RAM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU -
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

So with the above PSU and mobo, you can go Crossfire too...
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November 19, 2009 8:20:34 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Yup you are true about the 775...
Even though at stock speeds, the x3 might not offer comparable performance to that of the 8400, but it is easily overclockable and at say 3.4GHz, it would offer very good performance...
And as for the mobo, here is a very good combo -
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

RAM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU -
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

So with the above PSU and mobo, you can go Crossfire too...



Sweet man! thanks :)  Would that case still be a viable option? or is there something that would be much better.


Pretty much the above listed that you gave me, will be 100$ more expensive, but eh might as well invest in something that will be usable in the future, rather than something thats going nowhere. :) 
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November 19, 2009 8:38:42 AM

Hm, yeah ill probably get that down the road, but i should be fine for a good while stock.
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November 19, 2009 8:46:32 AM

^ Ya...Even with the stock HSF, you can get it to 3GHz without any change in voltage by just increasing the multiplier...
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November 19, 2009 8:48:00 AM

that's sweet to know
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November 19, 2009 8:55:22 AM

^ Yup...my friend has a unlocked X2 550 (4 active cores), running at 3.2GHz without any issues cooled by the stock HSF...
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November 19, 2009 8:55:58 AM

And whats the difference between Black Edition and non-BE?
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November 19, 2009 8:59:41 AM

^ BEs have unlocked CPU multiplier whereas the non-BEs dont...
The main advantage of having an unlocked multiplier is that it can be easily overclocked compared to a locked multiplier CPU...
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November 19, 2009 9:00:48 AM

Ahh, thats fine i guess that the one im going to get is a nonbe, i dont plan on overclocking that extensively if i do decide to.
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November 19, 2009 9:09:59 AM

^ The one that I had linked is a BE...
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November 19, 2009 9:13:20 AM

oh right, i see it now lol
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