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January 12, 2010 11:02:27 PM

Hello, I've been playing WoW for the last few months on my laptop which unfortunately isn't great and am in need of a new computer. I play at a high level (arena and raiding) and need a reliable system if I want to progress. I want to play Mass Effect 2, D3 and SC2 when they come out. My budget was initially $1000 CAN but I am willing to pay up to $1400 (taxes included).

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1400 CAN

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming, After Effects and school stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Doesn't matter as long as it ships to Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe some OC in the future, I don't plan on CF or SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I also need to buy a monitor, res should be around 1900 x 1200

Here's what I came up with:

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB

MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM (read that it works on AMD systems, is that true?): G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Keyboard: Saitek PZ30AUR 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core

Case (will everything fit?): COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

OS: Windows 7 HM, 64 bit for about $120


PSU: Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan

HD: Samsung Spinpoint 3, 500gb for about $65

DVD player : around $30


This is what I've come up with so far, the problem is with taxes it comes up to $1700, I need help I guess downgrading some of the components without hampering too much the performance.

Thanks

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January 13, 2010 1:42:01 PM

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Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support

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ASUS VH242H Black 23.6

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BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 AM3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard

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SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

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OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

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Saitek PZ30AUR USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit Keyboard

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OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

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AMD Phenom II X4 810 Deneb 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX810WFGIBOX

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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm

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Yep, I know some parts are different than your list, but you DON'T have the money. You're asking for too much for a $1400 CAD build that's top of the line + overclocking + monitor + OS. I'd say $1800 CAD would do it. You don't really need to overclock anything. The GPU is top dog. The cpu is quad. The parts I picked out leave you room for overclocking. The only missing item is a mid-tower ATX case.

You missed out the $8 flat rate shipping from NCIX last nov/dec. Basically, you could've shipped this whole pc for $8. Their sales are just rebate craps week after week. The only incentive to shop at ncix would be the 5% tax & cheap flat rate shipping. They do price matching, however.
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January 14, 2010 6:46:25 PM

Thanks for the reply, I've decided to increase my budget, so here's what I've came up with:

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

SAPPHIRE PCIE RAD HD5850 1024M HDMI BOX

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC

SATA2 500.0 SAMSUNG 7200 16M HD502HJ

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail

Saitek PZ30AUR 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backli


I'm going to order tonight, any inputs before I do?
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January 14, 2010 6:57:03 PM

You will want a SATA DVD, not an IDE. I recommend just switching to SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM

Also, don't forget about the combo deal for the CPU / MOBO... $25 savings... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

With the $25 savings... pick up better RAM... G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail, which will running better than the CAS9 RAM you picked. ... I saw you already had better RAM selected (looked at your original listing)
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January 14, 2010 6:58:26 PM

For RAM go with either
G SKill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
cm_re=g_skill_ripjaw-_-20-231-303-_-Product

or G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 7-7-7-21
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

both are a few bucks more but have tighter timings. For AMD architecture tighter timings makes a much bigger difference in performance than speed.

The spinpoint F3 (aka the good one) is not sold in newegg.ca Though you may find it somewhere else.

Go with Seagate 7200.2 500GB (must be .12 and 500gb), which is about the same in performance.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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January 14, 2010 7:24:20 PM

Thanks again, yeah I found a local store that sells the Spinpoint F3 for $65 and thanks for the DVD, didn't notice it was IDE.

For an AMD build, is G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 7-7-7-21 or G SKill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 better or are they about the same?
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January 14, 2010 7:31:57 PM

donco said:
For an AMD build, is G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 7-7-7-21 or G SKill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 better or are they about the same?

They will pretty much be the same, since DDR3 1333 has a little tighter timings.
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January 22, 2010 2:41:52 AM

Hello guys, its me again, I've built my computer and I've been running a few tests, I am a bit worried about the performance. In 3Dmark06 I'm getting 17 562 (SM 2.0 = 6902 SM 3.0 = 8700 CPU = 4492). It also seems like my CPU is running hot even with the Hyper 212, 27C Idle and with Prime 95 about 49C on load. Is my score normal, anything I should do? I have the the latest gpu drivers (Catalyst 9.12).
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January 22, 2010 4:09:41 PM

You call that hot. lol. My i5 750 idles at 30C & loads at 59C. lol. That's cuz I use stock cooling.
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January 22, 2010 4:17:23 PM

Offhand, it sounds like your cooler is performing about where it should at idle and load.

Not sure about your performance numbers, someone else will have to comment on those.
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January 22, 2010 7:33:48 PM

Thanks a bunch, yeah finally temp is not as bad as I thought, around 35-36 when playing WoW.
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