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What you think of this $900. can. setup and if it could be improved

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January 17, 2010 11:23:37 AM

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My son will play some games but not to the extreme due to he has a PS3, Internet 30%
Video 40% and work. My Budget was $900. Canadian and was able to meet it :D  .

For now I will install Windows XP Pro since I have the licence and later on will migrate to Win 7 pro.
Its my first built PC and after several days of research I came to this set up. Please tell me if system could be improved or if its a good setup. thanks

No Overclocking will be done. And I have no experience on how to.

Mother Board

ASUS P7P55D Motherboard LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 E1 $115.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=25054...

Processor
Intel Core I7 860 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ Hyperthreading 8MB Cache Retail Box $250.00 a real bargain from an individual.


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD5981&v...
Case and Power supply
Logisys CS-51WBK Black ATX Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5IN W/ 480W Front USB Audio $35.99

I just have to add 2 fans to the case(front and back)

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12650AC7087&v...


Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive Oem *3YR Mfr Warranty* $52.55

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR8025&v...

Video Card

ASUS GeForce GT 240 550MHZ 1024MB 1.58GHZ DDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI HDMI Video Card

* $15.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - $112.32

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD6533&v...

MEMORY

OCZ OCZ3P1333LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 7-7-7-20 Dual Channel Memory Kit

* $20.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - $104.81

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220BD4588&v...


Monitor

LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000:1 $215.00
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor resolution will be 1920x1080




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a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2010 1:44:33 PM

Do you mean watching video when you say "Video 40%"?
If so, change the processor to an i5 750 and definitely buy a power supply from a well known brand. These include Antec, BFG, Coolermaster, Corsair, Enermax (would be better than the one that comes with that case), OCZ, PC Power & Cooling, Silverstone, Thermaltake. 500W should do.
If you have money left over after that, try and get an ATI Radeon HD 5770. As it is a much better video card than that GTS 240
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2010 1:47:32 PM

^+1. The PSU is the most important piece of hardware, next to a clean, continuous power source. The rest looks good.
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January 17, 2010 2:04:18 PM

Eventualy, I will get a better PSU, but the budget does not permit me know. For now the system won't go under too much stress.

Originally I was going with the I5-750 Processor for 230.00 can but I can get the I7-860 new from this guy for 250.00 can
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