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$800 SC2 and Multi-Purpose Build

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May 18, 2010 2:26:41 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.

BUDGET RANGE: < $800 CAN after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
- *** Playing Starcraft 2 with highest settings ***
- Heavy multitasking
- Running engineering related software (Minitab, AutoCAD, Simul8, Gurobi)
- Programming
- Recording Music
- Watching Movies

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
- newegg.ca
- canadacomputers.com
- tigerdirect.ca
- ncix.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: NONE

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, HDTV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So I'm new to this, this is going to be my first build. Firstly, looks matter to me so I need a sleek and sexy looking case. I also want it to run with minimal noise, if any. I'm a student so I'm on a strict budget. I haven't experimented with overclocking so I won't be doing it initially but if I want more performance later on I want to have that option available. Ideally, I'd like this computer to last about 4 years so for it to be somewhat future proof would be nice. For the past week I've done a lot of research and I'm friggin excited to get starting with this. Here's what I came up with:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Asus M4A87TD EVO
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 4GB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

NZXT Lexa S
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...

OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 600-Watt
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
May 18, 2010 8:11:36 PM

I'm sorry but please, any feedback at all would be nice.
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May 18, 2010 8:55:39 PM

I'm sure some of the more experienced builders here would recommend that you not go with the Black Edition, and save some money.

Personally, i like the Antec 300 or Cooler master Storm Scout cases better than the NZXT. But it's 101% up to you.

I don't know about the OCZ PSU. Again i can't say for sure, but some of the more experienced guys may say you're fine. (I'm talking brand not wattage)
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May 18, 2010 9:06:25 PM

Ya, I was debating between the 955 Black Edition and the 945. I read some stuff that the 955s easier to overclock so I selected that just in case I wanted to do that in the future.
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