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March 25, 2010 11:36:57 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully within the next 7 days BUDGET RANGE: ~800$ CAD After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Light gaming, video editing as a hobby, surfing, homework, movies, etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Chasis

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use AMD cpu, full 1080 monitor,

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 by 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As for gaming, I dont mind lowering the settings a little on some games. I don't really plan on playing too many games other than Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 which will be coming out soon

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Here is what I have so far. Please let me now if any of this is overkill for my needs, or the opposite. PS: I know there is no video card, that is because I want to wait before I buy the video card until just before the game comes out. That way the price might go down, and it gives me a chance to make sure this build is good first. If you need to know, I think I will be getting a 5770 or something around that.

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Mobo:
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU:
Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Monitor:
Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 (ACM) Built-in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
^^^Now that I realize that this monitor is Acer I will DEFINATELY be changing it, but it will be a similar one (~22 inches, 1920 by 1080, ~190$) i will personally boycott acer from now on...

cheap keyboard and mouse also come out to be about 30 bucks
March 26, 2010 12:01:14 AM

I can't find it on newgg.ca but get a samsung spinpoint f3 hard drive instead. Or even a seagate 7200.12 drive.

Mobo is fine BUT were you planning to get a GPU? if so i'd rather see a sata 6g/s with a usb 3.0...etc mobo and no video vs the one you picked.

I'd rather see you get a ocz, or Corsair psu. They are just more reliable and better trusted.

Just raise the clock multiplier to 8.00x and use this Cas7 memory instead.

CPU is a great choice.

Honestly I saw the acer monitors in the store and it might have been the exact one you linked. I ended up getting a much better dell monitor for not much money above the acer.


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March 26, 2010 12:09:57 AM

Wait dont you need a GPU? Diablo 3 and that other game have requierments that are too high for onboard. So I say dont spend to much money on GPU. GO for 9800gt or 5770
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March 26, 2010 12:20:03 AM

My Recommendations
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - Faster and at the same price...
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail - Better and more trusted PSU and enough power to run a 5770 without issues.
  • MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - Since you don't have plans to run Crossfire, so no need to get a board with mulitple PCI-e slots. You can go with this combo for additional savings.... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

    CPU Cooler?? Do you require a heat sink for your build so you can overclock your X4 955?
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    March 26, 2010 3:33:34 AM

    tecmo34 said:
    My Recommendations
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - Faster and at the same price...
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail - Better and more trusted PSU and enough power to run a 5770 without issues.
  • MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - Since you don't have plans to run Crossfire, so no need to get a board with mulitple PCI-e slots. You can go with this combo for additional savings.... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

    CPU Cooler?? Do you require a heat sink for your build so you can overclock your X4 955?


  • thanks ill get what u suggested... i was trying to avoid a mobo without onboard video just because i didnt feel like buying a video card just yet but i guess i can buy a little 30 dollar one to hold me over till i get the 5770
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    March 26, 2010 10:27:29 PM

    get a 4350 if all you need is just to VIEW the screen
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    March 27, 2010 12:44:52 AM

    Only thing I'd change on that is the HDD. Seagate Barracuda is the way to go.
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    March 27, 2010 2:04:39 AM

    western digital is fine.
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    March 27, 2010 2:06:52 AM

    Yeah, because you have it. The majority of experiences based on NewEgg consumer feedback say differently, but ultimately it's up to the user if he wants to get it or not. Western Digital was great a year ago (in my opinion), but everyone's entitled to one! Good luck to you!
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    March 28, 2010 3:19:40 PM

    I got like 5 WD HDD in the house all workin fine lol. plus one external WD.
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    March 28, 2010 7:12:26 PM

    Best answer selected by skyturnred.
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    March 28, 2010 7:17:53 PM

    Thanks for all the input. I will get the seagate simply because it's faster. If it fails quicker than a WD normally would, then I'll just buy another anyways. Besides, it's not like 500 gb will last me long anyways. And hdds aren't that expensive anymore.
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    March 28, 2010 7:25:18 PM

    Seagate is a reliable manufacturer (well... after their 7200.11 firmware issues). They should last a good while without worries. I would rank them right behind WD than followed by Samsung (I do like my Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB though :D  )
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