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2010 $700-900 Gaming Rig

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May 27, 2010 6:48:51 PM

Hi guys, I'm looking into building a new system from scratch.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in next month or so

BUDGET RANGE: ~$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, internet browsing, movies, word processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: i prefer to buy local

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Gigabyte mobo, ATI GPU

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: crossfire in the future, probably

MONITOR RESOLUTION: likely 1600x1200

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Parts:

Motherboard: Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H ($167)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE ($125)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 MHz ($142)
Case: Antec 300 ($73)
GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 1 GB ($187)
PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620 W ($114)
HDD: Western Digital WD5001AALS 500 GB ($69)
Optical: LG GH22NS50 ($33)
TOTAL: $910

Prices are from a local retailer, since it makes returns, etc. a hell of a lot easier.

What do you guys think about this as a first build? I chose the mobo with potentially crossfiring with another 5770 later on in mind. Any comments, advice, etc. would be greatly appreciated!
May 27, 2010 6:54:20 PM

Buying locally is really going to hinder your performance : price. Ordering from newegg.ca would let you maybe squeeze in an HD5850, which would be a night and day performance increase. Newegg is great about returns and RMAing defective products.

Though if you still prefer to buy locally, I would try and get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD, or the Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD. The Western Digital drives are old and slower.
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May 27, 2010 6:57:31 PM

Ditch the X2. The X3 440 is better for a lot cheaper.

Ditch the WD HDD. A Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung Spinpoint F3 would be faster, quieter, run cooler and, most importantly, cheaper.

And you are getting SCREWED on the prices. That board is $30 cheaper at Newegg.ca, the CPU is $25 cheaper, and so on. Off the top of my head, you're looking at spending over $100 just to get easier returns, which you're not likely to need.
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May 27, 2010 7:05:05 PM

^ agreed (especially about the x3 440)
i live in canada too and i only buy local cause i know a place with better prices than newegg
if the local place u speak of has a price match guarantee u can always bring printouts
of the newegg page with the item(s) and price(s)

how come u say "likely 1600 x 1200"
at that resolution u really only need a 5770, but if ur on a higher resolution than that u probably want to go with the 5850
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