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$1000 CAN Gaming PC - First Build

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December 19, 2009 4:49:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 CAN before rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, browsing the internet, video editing, school work (reports, PowerPoints).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, and graphics card (using BFG GTX 260 from old computer).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, memoryexpress.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards for sure. The following are other preferences but I can be flexible if needed: Antec cases and power supplies, G-Skill RAM, Western Digital hard drives.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. I play games like Crysis, GTA IV, The Sims 3, COD MW2, FSX as well as classics such as Starcraft. I want this to last for at least four (4) years without any major upgrades (something like memory upgrades are ok. No CPU/Mobo upgrades.) as I'm only 13 and money doesn't fall into my hands quickly. The following is what I have come up with so far:

Processor:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard:

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply:

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Graphics Card:

BFG GTX 260 (old version, not Core 216) transferring from old system.

DVD Burner:

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total price with GST and shipping: $892.51 CAN

Tell me what you think of this build and if it's the best performance/value combo. Even though my budget is $1000, the less, the better. However, I will be willing to spend a little more for a noticeable performance increase. Also, let me know if all the parts are compatible with each other. Thanks in advance to all who respond.

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December 20, 2009 3:07:38 PM

Spend a little more for USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gbps.

ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* Your Price:$174.99

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

What's your next gpu upgrade? HD 5870? You can downgrade the psu to 500-600W if that's the case.

Quote:

500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode


http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...
December 20, 2009 4:33:58 PM

I wouldn't take the WD drive, and certainly not a 750GB model. HDD's with 500GB platters are a lot faster. That means a Seagate 7200.12 or even better a Samsung Spinpoint F3. The Samsung is the best drive of the moment and carries a very modest price tag given its performance. It comes in 500GB and 1TB versions.

The above mobo is indeed good, altough it will take years for USB 3.0 to reach even the most basic adoption, so it's not really worth the premium. Of course, it's nice to have if budget allows for it.

Other than that, great setup. You'll have to replace the GPU down the road though, probably quite soon already.
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December 21, 2009 3:33:07 PM

Decent build, but I have a couple of RAM suggestions. The sticks you choose are CAS Latency 9, which is not very good for 1333 mhz. For $3, here's some good low voltage sticks: G.Skill Eco 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7. For $5, here are some gaming sticks: G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7.

Either of those will be better than the ones you have in there.

Totally agree with Silmarunya on the USB 3.0/SATA 6 GBps, but it's not a whole lot more to get the upgrade now. Only problem for all boards supporting these features is that using them will disable 1 of the PCIe 2.0 slots, so if you plan on Crossfiring/SLI, don't bother with it.

Also agree on the Samsung. The only reason to be buying WDs right now is if you don't like having money OR a good system. Seagate 7200.12 is a decent replacement. If neither of those are avialable, wait for them to be back.
December 21, 2009 3:39:48 PM

Thanks for all the responses, guys. Here are my changes:

I'll switch the mobo to the "E" version as I don't plan on a multi-gpu setup, and it's only a little more. I'll switch the WD to the Samsung 1TB, and get the G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. Currently, the changed parts are not available at the moment except for the RAM, but I don't mind to wait for them to be in stock.

How is my setup now?
December 21, 2009 4:40:18 PM

Assuming you don't mind upgrading the graphics card pretty soon (in about a year I'd say), it's perfect.
December 21, 2009 6:15:07 PM

Agree. It's a good setup.
December 21, 2009 9:19:16 PM

Yeah, I will plan to upgrade the GPU in a year or so. I'll start to order the parts as they become available. Thanks for all your responses guys.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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