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June 3, 2010 1:40:44 AM

Hi, I am new to the forum, but I have always been on this website reading up on articles. I just need some advice a new build for the Summer.
The main usage of this PC will be for recording/producing/mastering music (incl. guitar/bass/vocals/drums/midi). I will not be including studio equipment in this budget. I will be using CPU intensive programs such as Cubase and Pro Tools! This PC will also be used for daily tasks, and little gaming. Nothing hardcore. Sooo lets get to it!!



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August 2010 BUDGET RANGE: 1000$ Before / After 1200$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Music Recording/Producing/Mastering, Photoshop, Web Browsing, Movies, Games

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS , DVD Drive, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: DirectCanada.com, Tigerdirect.ca, NCIX.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES
I would prefer AMD Phenom II X4 965 because of price (unless someone comes up with a good i7 build), but please note I WANT THIS PC TO BE FUTURE PROOF! I want it to last a long time!That means USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0. I would also want a single 5850. I would get another one later down the road and run Crossfire. As for the rest, it's up to you!



OVERCLOCKING: Eventually (when I get bored) CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not to up to date with my resolutions. I would want 1 monitor for now and run it in 1080p HD (if not then in 720p).

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like the case to be black, that is not too flashy (no Alienware light show plz!)

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June 3, 2010 7:29:05 PM

Heres another Canadian site: Best Direct (owned by the same company as NCIX)(http://www.bestdirect.ca/).


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XFX Radeon HD 5850 HD585XZNFV 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card W/ Avp Game
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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 DDR3 AMD 890GX ATX 2PCI-E16 PCI-E1 PCI-E4 2PCI VGA DVI Motherboard
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Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5EXT 6X3.5INT *No PSU*
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*

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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box

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Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
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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

1 per customer. In Stock
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June 3, 2010 8:56:38 PM

Everything looks good except the mobo, it has a built in graphics card wont get used...will this slow down any performance? What about the 890fx series. Would it be over kill then?
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June 3, 2010 9:05:22 PM

I see no major benefit in going with the 890FX series for the extra $40 dollars. The on-board graphics will not slow down your performance at all, so I would stick with the MOBO listed.
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June 3, 2010 9:08:29 PM

yes the 890FX is not worth it the 890GX suits you more.
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June 3, 2010 9:18:47 PM

Ok thanks guys, I will go with the 890gx.

Any of you guys use BestDirect? Is it the "best" because I have herd the DirectCanada is also good. Does it just come down to personal preference?
I live in Ontario so maybe I can score a better shipping deal with another site, I will try the same options on other sites.
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June 3, 2010 9:21:58 PM

Boot belong to the same company but if you want Direct Canada go ahead by the way they also have free shipping.
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June 4, 2010 1:25:58 AM

Ok well turns out that Best Direct has the better deals so I will be buying from them! Thanks guys!

If anyone else has any additional advice regarding the rig plz let me know!
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June 4, 2010 1:31:03 AM

Well what I know is that you will enjoy your new rig! :D  Just so you knew you can press the Select as best answer on the reply you found most helpful and it will be marked as SOLVED. Good luck with the new rig!
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June 4, 2010 1:31:57 AM

Best answer selected by ozzma9898.
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