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$1500 CAD Gaming Rig, need review before I take the plunge.

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June 24, 2010 2:25:48 AM

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 give or take.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, more gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ 3DMark Vantage Model PVV34G1600LLKB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Any input you have would be great.

Thanks!
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June 24, 2010 4:27:40 AM

Looking pretty good.
You can do a bit better on the PSU and spend less (when shipping charges are figured in). CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W has +12V 52Amps vs TR2 TRX-650M with 44Amps +12V.

An optional choice is to go with the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and use the price difference (and a bit more $) to slide in an aftermarket CPU cooler like XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V.
OK, its only $12 difference and the Phenom II X4 965 is also a great choice.
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June 24, 2010 4:33:38 AM

There's no point spending money on the 965 if you can easily OC the 955. Put the extra 12 bucks towards something else. Every little bit helps.
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June 24, 2010 5:59:07 AM

I've read the 955 suggestion on other threads, but I just don't think I'd like to tinker around with Overclocking just yet, even though it's slight. Plus the 12 or so dollars isn't much of an issue for me really, considering I'm already dropping 1500 on the whole thing. WR2 should I get an aftermarket cooler? If so which would you suggest? I'll be playing a lot of FPS games like Bad Company 2 and Crysis and such, but as I said I won't be OCing.

Many Thanks!
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June 24, 2010 6:06:41 AM

If you're certain you won't want to try a bit of overclocking later you can leave the aftermarket CPU off your list. It's just easier to install now, instead of later.

FPS games usually are GPU limited before they're CPU limited so OC'ing doesn't make a much difference in your case. It's just an easy way for many to squeeze out a little extra performance that some users want.
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June 24, 2010 6:26:24 AM

Yeah, I doubt that I'll need the extra performance that overclocking would provide. I think my rig would be able to handle those games quite well at stock settings.

Thanks for your help.
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June 24, 2010 5:47:24 PM

Look for a more powerful PSU 750 or 850
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