I'm thinking about building myself a rig for the first time to replace my aged current PC. I'm on a fairly tight budget and I do some moderate gaming (TF2, Dirt 2, Left 4 Dead 2, etc. No Crysis or anything like that for me). I've put together a list of parts from various online reccomendations and Newegg reviews.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Not sure, maybe in the next month (?) BUDGET RANGE: 500 - 700 CAD Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, working (so not being very loud)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, to get the most out of my money SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
Thanks for the tip on the 250. That seems like a better choice than the 550. I've been reading the Newegg reviews and they say the stock cooler is more than adequate to overclock to 3.5 GHz. Is skipping the aftermarket cooler a good choice?
well i recently built a system for my friend with the 250 and on idle the stock cooler keeps its at anywere from 27c -30c when he plays games it gets to the mid 40's but if plan on overclocking just get a after market cooler like the Freezer 7 pro you mentioned if you plan on overclocking high near 4ghz. I got to 3.6ghz on my Phenom II x4 940 on the stock cooler at around 40c idle on stock cooler and