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May 9, 2010 1:09:29 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In a month or 2

BUDGET RANGE: Around 800 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, school work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, Tigerdirect or any canadian store

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: would like to include Windows 7 and a monitor within my budget

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i want this computer to last a few years and allow future upgrades.


Here are some parts i came up with:


Sony Optiarc Black Rewritable Drive

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming case

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500gb

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750gb (currently $49 on Tigerdirect)

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...


ASRock 770 EXTREME3

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


OCZ Fatal1ty 550W

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB ddr3 (Cas 8)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Windows 7 - OEM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


ASUS Glossy black 20" Monitor

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


That Totals around - $828 and $788 after $40 rebate
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I have no clue about that motherboard and im not so sure about that case so i would like some suggestions.

Also, i was wondering if i should get this instead

SILVERSTONE 500W
- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

and i would like to know if i should reuse some of the parts from my current computer. They are very old but they are still working and i like to save money ;) 

- i got a 17" 1280 by 1040 monitor
- 200 gb Maxtor 6B200M0 (7200/150-8Mb) SATA Hdd
http://www.loveno.be/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=7123...
- HP DVD Writer 640c
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=e...

and i guess the rest of my computer is garbage
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May 9, 2010 1:41:07 AM

Recommendation: CPU/MOBO Combo: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz & GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 - $171.98

The Rosewill case is an acceptable case and looks good. You are okay with either PSU (OCZ or Silverstone) for your build. I won't use the DVD drive since it is an IDE drive and you want SATA drives. You can keep the Maxtor drive as a back up drive but the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 will be much faster.
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May 9, 2010 2:34:21 AM

Switch to a 435 proc with a hyper 212+ cooler ...

Drop that 750GB drive in lieu of a 1TB F3 (@$75USD) ... Or drop it altogether.

Stretch for a 5770, even if you have to save for 8 more weeks !! THIS IS CRUCIAL !


... Good rig, tho ... Just drop the 2nd HDD and stretch for the 5770 ... really !!


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May 9, 2010 6:14:29 PM

is the 5770 really worth the $50 increase over the 4850? in a year i will probably upgrade to a 5850 or sumthing. Also what can i do with my 17" monitor? i dont want to throw it away because its till working fine.
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May 9, 2010 6:32:30 PM


If you plan to do 5850 in a year, then, yeah ... "whatever", for now.

The 17" monitor configures well as a 2nd "out-rigger" reference screen ... you would need at least a 5670 for Eyefinity support (only select 5670s support) ...

I am almost positive that Win7 will natively allow a 2nd monitor.

ALL nVidia GeForce cards will support a 2nd monitor at almost any rez and with vertical orientation ... a 9800GT or 240GT or 250GT would game fairly well and allow vertical orientation of the outrigger 2nd screen ... That should give ATi enough time to iron out the kinks in the Eyefinity drivers and to match nVidia's native features.

Lot's of ways to go, for lots of reasons ... some tough calls to make ... better you than me.

PS: I've been honing my build for 4 months ... the contents of my cart has completely changed 3 times over 4 months ...

... best of luck.

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May 10, 2010 8:27:27 PM

Right now, i willl just leave my current computer in one piece and maybe give it away to a friend or someone.

Now for my build, i was wondering where to buy the parts because recently i have visited a few sites that has some cool deals. I would also be adding a 5770 instead since it will last longer.

http://directcanada.com/
This site has very close price to newegg and they dont charge PST for where live and newegg charges $77 for that.
They also offer free shipping if i buy $300+ worth of items

The other site that i just found out about is called
http://www.bewawa.com/
This site has some cheap prices and they are near my area so they offer a free shipping "'collect on delivery" deal which allows me to pay when they arrive and i can use cash.
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May 10, 2010 8:48:25 PM

I think that going for the 5770, now, is by far the most prudent of all options.

This decision will be more fun, immediately, and last longer and cost less, over the long haul. ... BINGO !

As far as CAD suppliers go ... I cannot vet them for you but I will pretend that I just moved to "Oh, Canada" and tell you what my process would be ...

... I would physically visit two centrally located PC gaming shops, in my city ... and I would ask the "crew" what are some of the best parts suppliers and OC sites on the Canadian internet ... I'd spend the rest of that weekend cruising those sites and associated forums and ask that same question, everywhere I visit. ... "What is the best parts supplier, for pricing and righteous RMAs ?".

Within 48 hours, you will know where to go. I'd just say go with newegg.ca

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