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February 27, 2010 1:45:17 PM

First off not planing to OC this system, maybe down the road but it's not at the top of my have to do list.
Want to spend around 800 to 1000 CDN for this build, old system the GF will be getting so she can stay off my system for once.
Upgrading down the road really isn't my thoughts because in about 2 to 3 years I'll just build a new system most likely. Just want something that will last me that long if even possible now a days. I do a lot of heavy gaming and video editing for home movies. So was planing on going Quad this time around.

Already have the following things.
Kingston 4GB of DDR2 (6400) (Forget the model)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Asus P5k
XFX 9600GT
Kingston 2GB DDR2 (6400) (I was going to keep the 4GB and give her the 2GB)


AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Box $179.99
ASUS M4A77D $89.99
ATI Radeon 4890 1GB 2.0 DDR5 PCI-E $219.00
(Still up in the air if I should get the 4950 or not instead)
Cooler Master Haf 922 Mid Tower Case $119.99
Thermaltake 600W T42 Power Supply $89.00

Limited to what I can get from the area around me. Most shops here have a large selection it's just they are out of stock on many products and takes about 1 to 2 weeks to order them. Was looking at the I5 and I7 but I rather not have to spend almost twice the amount for new MB, CPU and DDR3 to get a few extra FPS in the games I do play.
I have checked newegg.ca and most of the parts I can get from local shops for cheaper. The prices I listed is just one store. Cheaper at some other ones.
http://www.orleanscomputers.com/
and
http://www.pccyber.com/

Are the two stores I shop at the most.

What I could do as another option, get another Intel MB and upgrade to a Quad Core maybe the 9550 but then again the price is up there and the the 955 is about the same prof for a much cheaper price.

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February 27, 2010 1:55:31 PM

1) I would not use that PSU. I would stick to Antec/Seasonic/Corsair/OCZ (OCZ being the last choice)

2) If you are thinking about getting a 4890 then you might want to look into the 5830 which the benchmarks are almost identical to the 4890 and it comes with DX11 support.

3) Might want to check around for this mobo which supports USB3 and Sata 6. Not sure when you will need it yet but IMO might be better to get it now then wish you had it later. Either way it is a nice Mobo. Also Just pasting links from Newegg since you are looking for stuff from local shops. GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3
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February 27, 2010 2:10:19 PM

obsidian86 said:
keep what you have get an 5850 and 4gb ram and good cpu cooler and seriously consider overclocking the e8400 will run at 4ghz with ease

a great guide right here

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/240001-11-howto-ove...



Was considering OC it but the GF is using an AMD 1700+ right now with 1GB and a 9200 SE.. I'm tired of her going on my PC just to do some basic gaming stuff, So if she has a good system she has no reason to ever touch mine anymore. She likes to click Yes to pop ups a bit to often for my taste.

osu43130 said:
1) I would not use that PSU. I would stick to Antec/Seasonic/Corsair/OCZ (OCZ being the last choice)

2) If you are thinking about getting a 4890 then you might want to look into the 5830 which the benchmarks are almost identical to the 4890 and it comes with DX11 support.

3) Might want to check around for this mobo which supports USB3 and Sata 6. Not sure when you will need it yet but IMO might be better to get it now then wish you had it later. Either way it is a nice Mobo. Also Just pasting links from Newegg since you are looking for stuff from local shops. GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3


Rather stay away from having to use DDR3 just yet.
February 27, 2010 2:30:45 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $176.77
Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 AM3 $94.77
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower $115.77
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Power Supply $80.77
OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Platinum 4GB $139.7
ATI Radeon 4890 1GB 2.0 DDR5 PCI-E $219.00

The 5930 won't be here in Canada for most likely another month. I could easily wait to upgrade the video card and the GF keep her old system just for now, But she would most likely cut something off if I did.
February 27, 2010 2:42:15 PM

osu43130 said:
1) I would not use that PSU. I would stick to Antec/Seasonic/Corsair/OCZ (OCZ being the last choice)

2) If you are thinking about getting a 4890 then you might want to look into the 5830 which the benchmarks are almost identical to the 4890 and it comes with DX11 support.

3) Might want to check around for this mobo which supports USB3 and Sata 6. Not sure when you will need it yet but IMO might be better to get it now then wish you had it later. Either way it is a nice Mobo. Also Just pasting links from Newegg since you are looking for stuff from local shops. GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3


Another a bit expensive but really good PSU brand is Be Quiet. In case that in 3 years your gf will use the pc that you are upgrading for yourself knowyou possibly could use a good psu so you don't have to change it when your gf takes over and wants you to make it better ;) 
February 27, 2010 2:43:01 PM

you could build her an amd 555/425/620 system with an amd 785 board 4gb ddr3 and and antec case with antec 430 watt psu combo add a 500gb hdd like and it should top out at round $600 cnd with win 7
March 3, 2010 1:48:57 AM

This is the build that I'm more leaning towards now. It's a bit over my price range but should last me much longer. Was thinking of going to 1366 socket since I'm not sure how long the 1156 will be around for but oh well nothing is certain and in about 4 years sure both will be dead anyways. But might upgrade graphic cards down the road in about 2 years.

MSI SKT 1156 Intel P55 DDR3 PCI-E ATX $159.77
Intel Core i7 860 2.8 LGA1156 L3 8MB $307.77
OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Platinum 4GB Dual Channel Kit $116.77
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower $115.77
OCZ StealthXStream 700W Power Supply $86.77
2x Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 $299.54

Going CF way since for the price getting well above 4890 performance for much lower price range.
Might do some light overclocking but if I do well be getting after market cooler for cpu, sticking with the current intel one until I see how well the cpu is being cooled might get a Scythe Mugen 2 120mm CPU Cooler if they have Rev B in stock. All prices are listed in CDN. I checked new egg and ncix and I'm able to get most parts cheaper from my local place without shipping and tax's all included.
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