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Beginner Builder, Suggestions Please!

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June 16, 2010 6:54:24 PM

Hello!

I am new to this forum and I have been planning to build this computer for awhile now. I just want to know if there are any improvements that can be made to the build before I decide to finalize the build and start purchasing. (The computer is mainly for gaming, cost about ~$900CAD at the moment.)

Here is the build:

CASE : COOLEMASTER CM 690 II ADVANCED
CPU : AMD PHENOM X4 965BE
HS : COOLEMASTER HYPER 212+
TIM : TUNIQ TX-2 THERMAL COMPOUND
MOBO : GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5
RAM :G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM RIPJAWS
GPU : XFX Nvidia 9500+ (Planning to use old GPU for now ...)
PSU : CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
HDD : SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3
OPTICAL : SONY OPTIARC 24x DVD/CD RW

Any suggestions or comments are much appreciated. Thank you in advanced.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 16, 2010 7:08:00 PM

The build looks good, you might want to just go with a 955 and OC it and save a little coin. get a new GPU soon :) 
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June 16, 2010 7:15:14 PM

1) 955 is the same chip as the 965 for $20 cheaper
2) this mobo is $85 cheaper, still crossfires at x16/x16 if you so desire, and i can't imagine you need the additional features on the 890FX one
3) a 750W PSU is overkill for this setup, this 550W seems like a good bet
4) look for combo deals and consider putting the savings from those & above recommendations toward a 5850
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 16, 2010 7:38:29 PM

Looks good but you can get a nice video card as well around that budget:

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Rosewill Smart One ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

$911.92





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a b B Homebuilt system
June 16, 2010 8:11:44 PM