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Building a budget gaming PC 1000$

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June 26, 2010 6:11:29 PM

Alright, after reviewing what you guys said I changed my setup around and upgraded the graphics card to a radeon 5770, I found all the parts on canadacomputers and here is my setup, I still have a question though.

Processor

Intel Core i5 750 Quad-Core Socket LGA1156, 2.66Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache,
45nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80605I5750)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...
781

Motherboard
Asus P7H55-M PRO Socket 1156 Intel H55 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3
2133(O.C.)/1333/1066/800Mhz Gigabit LAN 8 Channel HD Audio 1x PCI
Express 2.0 x16 Slots & 6x SATA 3.0Gb/s, 6x USB 2.0 Micro ATX
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
27672

Hard Disk Drive
Western Digital Caviar Green (WD5000AADS) 500GB SATAII 32MB Buffer
(OEM)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...
id=026954

Video Card
Sapphire Vapor-X ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5770
Chipset Dual Display Dual DVI/HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0
Graphics Card
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...
tem_id=027423

Memory/RAM
OCZ (OCZ3G1333LV4GK) DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz Gold Edition Low Voltage
4GB (2x2048MB) Dual Channel
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
tem_id=025892

Computer Case
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-922M-KKN1-GP)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...
3780

Moniter

Asus MS236H, 23" Ultra Slim Widescreen LCD Monitor, 1920 x 1080, 2ms,
50000:1(DCR), VGA and HDMI
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
28744

Extra Case Fan
Cooler Master 200mm Red LED Silent MegaFlow Case Fan (R4-LUS-07AR-GP)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8...
8784

Optical Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

Questions

So, after changing these parts around.. is it still all compatible with each other? I won't run into any compatibility problems with these parts right? like as soon as I buy these parts and build it correctly I should be good to go?

Also, what PSU should I get... I'm still a bit confused about that, someone suggested 500 watt but after upgrading the graphics card what should I get?

Last but not least, If I'm not going to be overclocking I don't need a CPU cooler right? or should I spend that extra 40 to get a CPU cooler...
June 26, 2010 6:37:25 PM

Yes, both the processor and the motherboard are the same socket. Gfx car isn´t any problem eigher as long as you have a decent power supply. I would recommend around 500W (Just to stay on the safe side).

All components seem good for your budget pc, though if you can buy a bit better gfx card it would be nice I recommend a hd 5770 or lower if you can buy one (dx11 support).

3 fans are more than good enough.

If you are not doing any overclocking you can stay with the standard one that comes with the cpu, though you may want to change it since its not a super one that comes bundled. I recommend a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (Cheap, and good).

What that means that you will need a 64-bit operating system in order to run more than 4GB RAM, but as you only have 4GB you can run it in 32-bit. You can run it in 64-bit operating system also, I recommend taking 64-bit OS because its the future(same price as 32-bit OS)

You will need a DVD or BLU-ray reader if you want to read discs. Everything else will come bundeled. Get a Wireless Network adapter(USB prefferably) if you are far away from the router.


Hope this helps, Erik Jansson
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June 26, 2010 6:39:31 PM

What do you intend on playing? and at what resolution?
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June 26, 2010 6:51:04 PM

One thing I will reccommend is to change where your buying parts from. If your in canada, Canada Comptuers is waaay cheaper than tigerdirect.ca, and right now they're doing free shipping as well. I've seen some parts at least 50-100$ cheaper. Its even cheaper than newegg.ca.
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June 26, 2010 7:19:16 PM

thanks for all your replies! extremely helpful! and @ cmcghee 358

I plan on playing a wide variety of games like team fortress 2, CS source, crossfire, ijji genesis ad, etc. at around 1280 x 768... or possibly higher
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June 26, 2010 7:22:32 PM

envy666 said:
thanks for all your replies! extremely helpful! and @ cmcghee 358

I plan on playing a wide variety of games like team fortress 2, CS source, crossfire, ijji genesis ad, etc. at around 1280 x 768... or possibly higher

Even on a 9800 you will get really good framerates, you are good to go.
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June 26, 2010 7:25:54 PM

well I cant seem to find the motherboard I wanted to get on canadacomputers.. and intel isn't one of the major motherboard brands like gigabyte or asus so can anyone recommend me another motherboard with a similar price that has audio available with it and will work with my setup?
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June 26, 2010 7:45:02 PM

thanks man you've been a great help! but I have a question.. whats the difference between intel p55 and h55?
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June 26, 2010 11:18:34 PM

Ok, nvm I found out the difference between h55 and p55, im going with the mobo you suggested.. I updated my build can someone look through it and tell me if its all compatible?
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June 27, 2010 11:53:02 AM

Yer setup looks good, have fun
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June 27, 2010 3:34:13 PM

cmcghee358 said:
Better HDD: Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM

Other than that, wow nice build!! Enjoy!


alright cool I will look into the seagate HDD thanks for the suggestion, but what PSU should I get in your opinion? how much wattage will I need to run this
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June 27, 2010 4:54:05 PM

a 500 watt is fine. Corsair or Antec is good, so is Seasonic. OCZ or Coolermaster is like just below those.
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June 27, 2010 7:17:57 PM

cmcghee358 said:
a 500 watt is fine. Corsair or Antec is good, so is Seasonic. OCZ or Coolermaster is like just below those.


Hey how about this one? I know its not one of the brands that you recommended but its 750 watt for the same price of a like 500 watt corsair.. and it has lifetime warranty so I think its a good brand.. ratings are all above 4.5 and its tigerdirects top selling PSU (only problem is canadacomputers doesn't have it) but its cheaper then most of canadacomputers psu's..

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

can you check it out and tell me if its a good brand to go with? because you know.. if I can get 750 watt then why not :) 
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June 27, 2010 7:20:08 PM

Some people have it and like it. I wouldn't trust it. Think of it this way. The Corsair 500W is more expensive than the Ultra 750W. Some of that is the higher cost of a good brand, but some of it is probably because Ultra pays less for its components.

Ever heard the term you get what you pay for?
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June 27, 2010 7:23:13 PM

ahh I see.. well hows this then, its one of the brands you mentioned..

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...

I just sort of don't want to get a 500w PSU.. because I am afraid that it won't be able to run all my components.. that's why I am trying to get a 700w+ one.. so yea.. hows this one?
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June 27, 2010 7:25:17 PM

That should be fine. Do you intend to add another graphics card later on?
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June 27, 2010 7:27:10 PM

cmcghee358 said:
That should be fine. Do you intend to add another graphics card later on?


maybe.. if I get more into gaming and have the money available I will definitely upgrade my graphics card, or are you referring to having another graphics card using SLI? (because I might POSSIBLY do that as well)
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June 27, 2010 7:39:06 PM

If you are thinking you "might" add a 2nd card later on, then the 700W will be able to cover the power needs. I think you're good to go now. Enjoy your build.
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June 27, 2010 8:16:02 PM

thanks so much! everyones been alot of help! can't wait to build this and start gaming ;) 
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June 27, 2010 8:19:59 PM

Check back if you have any problems! Have fun!
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