Building my fiorst new system. Budget Gaming


BUDGET RANGE: >800 CND Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (The new MMO's ie. Champions and the upcoming Star Wars MMO also RTS but not online. ) I don't play FPS, video capture and editing, movies, Internet. Power point and school work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All parts required except operating system (will be using Windows 7 though) and I have a monitor.


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Winnipeg, Canda


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (would like the option but I don't want to have to out of the box )


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 right now but I will be updating to a 22” wide screen later. I'm going to buy that locally though.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to keep the noise to a minimum. Also I run the system at night in the bedroom so no LED lights except the essentials please. I have had Great luck with the system I already have and longevity is a big issue with me, this one lasted 6 years. I have no need for the best and the shiniest. But I would like it to last as long as possible, kind of a tough balancing act.

I would also like to stick with Antec Power supplies. The one I have now has lasted me 6 years with out a single problem and I'm hoping for a repeat performance.

On the budget. If I would see a large increase in performance for a small increase in budget I'm willing to go up to 1000$ But only for a significant increase in performance. For example, in the build guide at there are budget and gamer systems. How big a performance increase am I looking at for the 200-300 dollar difference.

Is it worth going with cross fire right now? Or should I wait a bit?

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  1. That is an extremely tight budget ($1000 CDN) for what you want. When you say you want an "Intel MOBO and Chip", did you really mean you want an Intel motherboard and Intel Processor?

    Personally, I would recommend the following system: Intel i5-750 CPU, Gigabyte P55-UD4P motherboard, Hyper 212 HSF, 4GB RAM, Antec EA750 PSU, Caviar Black HD, cheap CD/DVD drive, and ATI 5770 graphics card. If you can find a 5850, grab it, but these are very scarce right now. Your computer case is a personal choice. If you still have money left, add a second graphics card.
  2. I have read here on this site that Intel chips are faster than AMD now. I was kinda surprised actually. What is so expensive that 1000$ CND is tight? The video editing? I thought that a $1000 was lots for a new system.

    Maybe some clarification, I'll be buying a monitor later. It's not part of the $1000 buget.

  3. I would recommend that you put together a parts list with the system components you are currently considering. All those nickels and dimes add up quickly, and only you will be able to decide where you are willing to make some compromises. This list would also give the rest of us a better idea of your thought process, and we may be able to suggest some alternatives that offer better performance at a lower cost.
  4. And I'm back.

    Finances got a little screwed but I'm back now to try and continue.

    This is what I'm looking at right now. This will be my first system build

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next two weeks <- seriously this time

    BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1500 CND Before Rebates <-- my budget has increased WEEEE!

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (The new MMO's ie. Champions and the upcoming Star Wars MMO also RTS but not online. ) I don't play FPS very much, video capture and editing, movies, Internet. Power point and school work.

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    XFX GS250XZDFU GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    I will also need a video capture device but I'm not sure which way to go. I have some old VHS tapes with stuff i want to retrieve but that's about it really. Futureshop/Best buy has a thing called Dazzle i think that just plugs into a USB port that I'm thinking might be sufficient. Any experience out there with Video Capture?

    I'm partial to Antec power supplies because the first one i had perform so well, but that was 6 years ago. If their reliability has dropped let me know.

    I've thought about liquid cooling but have no experience with it, is it worth it if you don't overclock?

    Any help or advice is welcome.

    Thanks as always

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