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April 13, 2010 11:48:01 PM

I'm currently pricing out a new system using parts from a local store. I'm in Canada, so newegg is no good for me to use.
I was originally thinking of going the i5 750 route, although a recent incident with my car has left me with a slightly tighter budget for the time being.

I play mostly FPS games at a 1680 x 1050 resolution and would like to maintain decent frame rates without having to turn down my settings to low (such as is the case for me with Battlefield Bad Company 2 at the moment). If this is possible with $900 or less that would be great, although if the performance increase is dramatic enough I could go up to $1000.

I already have a case, hdd, dvd drive, and was hoping to re-use my current Corsair TX650 watt psu if it'll be able to handle this. EDIT - I have an OS as well, sorry I forgot to mention that
I want to eventually crossfire the video card and I'll definitely be overclocking. The only place I'll be getting parts from is a local store called memory express. Any thoughts?

I am now thinking of going with this:

CPU: Intel Core™ i3 Processor 530 2.93GHz w/ 4MB Cache, HD Graphics
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX27087(ME).aspx

Motherboard: Asus P7P55D PRO
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25687(ME).aspx

Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22682(ME).aspx

Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26123(ME).aspx

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April 14, 2010 12:11:36 AM
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This is from newegg.ca (still cant use newegg ? )



HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814161330
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$319.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231303
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$123.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
-$11.00 Instant
$119.99
$108.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$29.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


• AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
• ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131631
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$332.98
$312.98
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
Subtotal: $895.44
April 14, 2010 12:36:09 AM

I'm not overly fond of newegg.ca as I've found their prices to be more expensive than shops around town, and that's not including shipping, but I suppose it may be worth looking at again.
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April 14, 2010 12:47:53 AM

well anyways what i posted is around your budget, so if you can find it cheaper grate :) 

April 14, 2010 12:55:51 AM

lol this is true and thank you for the reply (I forgot to say that before).

How well would that processor hold up a year or two down the road?
April 14, 2010 12:59:41 AM

IMO i think it will still be a good CPU in 2 years for games. You could OC it at that time if need be to get some more life out of it.
April 16, 2010 1:18:56 AM

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