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$800 budget gaming/work PC.

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June 3, 2010 12:46:49 AM

Hello, my old PC is dying on me, and after about $200 dollars down the hole it is pretty obvious that this old computer is not salvageable anymore. So I figure might as well get a new PC.

LOCATION: Canada

BUDGET: $0 to $800 ($200 dollars reserved for new monitor)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week or two

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming/multimedia, work

SPECIAL PREFERENCE: Trying to build it as silent as possible. (for watching movies and leaving it on during night in my bedroom).

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Canadacomputers.com, NCIX.com, directcanada.com

OVERCLOCKING: Probably limited to graphic card only.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI preferred if possible, but not too important. I have a 9800GT and would like to salvage it if possible, as it will cost me $20 dollars to return it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently looking into 1600x1000 monitor or possibly a 1920 x1080 capable monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Location is Ottawa Canada, so unfortunately can't use American stores.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know the basics but is a complete newbie on determining hardware performance/cost ratios, component bottlenecks, temperature and noise, etc. I have already made couple of hardware buying mistakes when I tried to revive my old dying PC, so want to get this new rig just right.

Thanks.

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June 3, 2010 12:54:59 AM

Some Candian sites:
http://www.newegg.ca/
Direct Canada:http://www.directcanada.com/
Best Direct:http://www.bestdirect.ca/
NCIX:http://ncix.com/
Theres also this store on Bank street called Computer Supplyhouse I have a refurbebished Compaq from there they do custom builds too(http://www.computersupplyhouse.com/) (there website is not fantastic I suggest you go and see them)
Also there's Computer Canada there a standart OEM store they have a couple of shops in Ottawa(http://www.canadacomputers.com/)
OEM express is another one in Ottawa(http://oemexpress.com/)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/value-gaming-pc,257...
Use this as base then change it a little:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
and the HDD with this:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

you could probably get a 5770 or 4890 rather than two 4850.
Nice to see other people from Ottawa are on here.
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June 3, 2010 1:18:07 AM

Also welcome to the forum!
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June 3, 2010 1:35:23 AM

Ok heres a build from Best Direct:

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Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard
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Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
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XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD-
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box
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Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM
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G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

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Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU
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Anonymous
June 3, 2010 3:44:11 PM

Best answer selected by Dimeron.
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Anonymous
June 3, 2010 4:06:24 PM

Thanks for all your help. It has been very helpful in choosing the setup. I think I will probably base my PC on the last one you posted. So trying to finalize couple of things.

Video card. I'm wondering if the Sapphire one might be better. I imagine in terms of performance both are about the same, but is it true that the sapphire one is slightly quieter and much cooler.
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222029/11163-02-20R/S...

Unfortunately the sapphire one is sold out so might have to wait to get more.

For CPU I think I will go with the following due to the fact it is on sale, the sale price is only 6 dollars more expensive then the 3.2 version.
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223078/HDZ965FBGMBOX/...

For the cases and motherboard, what would you recommend for some of the cheaper alternatives? One of my harddrive just died this morning. So looks like I will need a harddrive now afterall, sigh.

Thanks again for all your help, I think I will purchase this setup probably next week.
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June 3, 2010 4:51:50 PM
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