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May 14, 2010 8:45:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August - September BUDGET RANGE: About $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: microsoft office, games, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca or canadacomputers.ca unless there's somewhere better COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever is reliable and economical.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050


Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
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)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Windows 7 Home OEM

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is what I am looking at so far, it comes to about $1200 total though I'm not set on anything. I am mostly concerned with getting the most out of my money, if I can reduce the cost a bit that would be wonderful but not necessary.
Also will the 6 core AMD outlast a Intel Core i5 750? And could you recommend a motherboard with it?

I greatly appreciate any suggestions.
May 14, 2010 10:37:11 PM


CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ cooler ... add $30

Change out that "blue" drive for a Samsung Spinpoint F3

Go with a Phenom-II 955(BE) ... Few games can exploit more, at this time ...

All else looks "golden".

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May 14, 2010 11:10:29 PM

IMO, you are planning too far ahead in the future. What we suggest now will not be the best deal to get in August or September. Technology changes fast. AMD and Intel rollout revised CPUs constantly (just look at the new AMD 960T just released, after the hexa-cores) in addition to new CPUs ever so often.

HD: Look at the WD Caviar Black series; high performance and 5 year warranty.

GPU: Debatable. Buying now, I just picked up an AMD 5870. A few months from now, who the hell knows what I would get?

CPU: Debatable. Buying now, I just picked up a Core i5 750. Better performance per watt than high end AMD chips. If you do heavy multithreading, then yeah, I would consider the hexacores from AMD. Overclocking, maybe the Core i3 series. A few months from now, who knows what will be good.

MB: Get an 8xx series MB if you're going with AMD, 7xx series is old.

PSU: I hear multi-railed 12V lines aren't as stable as single rail PSUs. Reason being you have to manually figure out your load so you don't overload a rail. Perhaps look at a single rail offering.



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