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March 24, 2010 12:52:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
By mid-April

BUDGET RANGE:
CAD$1200 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming, Internet, Downloading

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Mouse, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES:
I would like to use an Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING:
No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
Using a 32" HD Sony TV, so would rather use HDMI cable

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Going to use Windows 7, 64bit. Willing to go slightly over-budget if it's worth it.

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March 24, 2010 12:53:58 PM

Here's a great gaming build. I'm going to convert the prices/links to Canadian, so hold on for a bit:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $308
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $123
GPU: HD 5870 $429
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $60
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $140 before 20 USD rebate ($120 in total below)
Case: HAF 922 $110 before 10 USD rebate ($100 in total below)
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24

Total: $1,164. A good Intel gaming CPU (i5-750) is out of budget. It would easily be $50-100 more.
March 24, 2010 1:00:13 PM

Thanks! Do me a favour and add the i5 CPU for me? $100 is not much over at all.....and I read that the i5's are pretty damn good!
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March 24, 2010 1:06:36 PM

The i5's aren't that much better than the X4 955. To be honest, you wouldn't notice any difference in game.

The other problem I have with getting the i5 is that the best board for it (Asus P7P55D-E Pro) is currently unavailable from Newegg.ca, so I don't know if that's a big problem or not. Here it is from DirectCanada for $201. With the ir-750 from Newegg for $209. Total for the build is then $1,266.

EDIT: Forgot to add that if you go with the i5, there is literally no upgrade path available. Intel is moving the LGA1156 socket to the mainstream/low-end market, so the i5-750/i7-860 are the most powerful CPUs that you will see for that socket. So when it comes time to upgrade the CPU, you're building a new computer.
March 24, 2010 1:11:23 PM

Thanks MadAdmiral,

Good spot with the upgrade path!

So if I understand correctly, the i5's are only as good as the X4 955, and the upgrade path is open for the x4 purchase, but not the i5.

Truth be known I have always built AMD computers, but I have been out of the loop for about 3 years and had heard that Intel were now the best, are AMD making a comeback?

Oh, and will this new build play MOHaa ;) 
March 24, 2010 1:24:21 PM

I wouldn't say the i5 is only as good as the X4 955. The i5 is better, but for gaming, the CPU doesn't really impact that much. However, the AM3 socket does have an upgrade path, though no one knows how good that will be.

Intel is the best right now in terms of performance. However, they are basically non-existent in the lower and mid range budgets.

I'm not familiar with that acronym, but I'm 100% sure it will. This build would play Crysis on max details at 1900x resolutions. There isn't any game that's more demanding than that.
March 24, 2010 2:14:19 PM

I take it I can double the RAM listed with no issues on the MOBO?

BTW, MOHaa is Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Old game now, expecting about 6,000 FPS :) 
March 24, 2010 2:15:33 PM

There will be no problem doubling the RAM. However, you won't see much effect if you do.
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