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February 16, 2010 3:11:02 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month.

BUDGET RANGE: Around 1000$ CAD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, Gaming, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Windows XP)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Intel for CPU and ATI for video cards.

OVERCLOCKING: Not planned. Maybe later.

CROSSFIRE: Not right now. Maybe later for a quick boost if cooling is not problematic.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 and 1920x1080, depending on location.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

This PC will be used in 2 places in my house.
Most of the time it will sit in the living room hooked to the 1080P HDTV.
I therefore need it to be quiet and to look great. In that case, it will be mainly used as an HTPC.

When in gaming session or with friends, I will bring it downstairs and mainly play on a 1680x1050 monitor.

PS : I know it won't be perfectly quiet and a gamer's dream case.

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Here are the parts I selected :


Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
HIS H575Q1GD Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK

I think the P180 looks better than any other alternative I found. Also looks to me like a good Silent/Gaming Hybrid case based on SilentPCReview.

I don't plan on OC and going crossfire for now. But in the next few months, I will probably upgrade this PC with a SSD. A better CPU fan for OC or going crossfire is a possibility if games like Global Agenda, WoW and upcoming (yeah right...) Guild Wars 2 or Diablo 3 don't run nice on this setup.
I will also consider Windows 7 in the near future.

Right now with this setup with taxes and shipping I'm at 958$ + 35$ shipping + 49$ taxes for 1044$.

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February 16, 2010 3:17:43 PM
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You'd get better gaming performance using AMD. The 5750 is not a strong gaming GPU. It's only really useful for media.

Here's what I suggest:

CPU: X3 425 $80
Mobo: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO $100
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 (500 GB or 1 TB) or Seagate 7200.12 (same sizes)
GPU: HD 5770 at least. I would really try to stick in an HD 5850 for gaming on 1080p.
February 23, 2010 7:15:51 PM

Best answer selected by trembl27.
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