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June 30, 2010 10:55:20 PM

Hi everyone, thanks for viewing my thread. I've been researching quite a bit through these forums, since I've owned a laptop for the last 4 years as a student, and now leaning towards getting a new desktop. The desktop that will be constructed will be primarily be used for gaming, as well as not too demanding programs to use for my Master's degree in medical science. One of the important things that I'd like to point out is that I want this desktop to last about 4-5 years, without falling too behind. Although hopefully in 2 years, I'd be matured enough to stop gaming once and for all (probably won't happen).


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1200 MAX, including a monitor.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming -> Multitasking/Presentations, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need pretty much everything, but a mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg, NCIX, Memoryexpress.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Core i5 730, or AMD Phenom II 954 or 955?

OVERCLOCKING: I'd like to keep this option for the future, also to crossfire as well.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920X1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: See above.

This is a build that I came up with; however, I exceeded my budget by about 150 dollars. This was all calculated in NCIX, which proved to be cheaper than newegg, since shipping was free with NCIX.

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - $201.00
This was from a special deal, which rendered all shipping costs free. I also would really like to have i5 730, but seems kind of out of my budget. If anyone could help, please do!

MOBO:
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO - $169.01

HSF:
Coolermaster 212 - $30

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB - $70.69

GPU:
XFX Radeon HD 5770 - $179.99


RAM:
G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 16000 - $101

Case:
Antec Six Hundred - $79.99

PSU:
Corsair TX750W - $113

Monitor:
LG W2243T-PF 21.5IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 - $159.99

OS: Windows 7.

The grand total comes out to about 1330 (without shipping insurance, do I really need this?), which is quite excessive for my budget. If anyone could help me "tone down" this system to $1200, I'd HIGHLY appreciate it. I've been trying to plan a computer spec for a long time, but each time I've been getting more than what I can afford.

just FYI, this is my first time designing/building a computer, last time I had someone else do it, I got ripped off by receiving the wrong specs than what he proposed =/ lol. Please please help me out! Thank you.
June 30, 2010 11:48:08 PM

here is something for ya , tho it does come out to around 1302$

G Skill your selection 101
Intel CPU http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... 199

HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 54

Case your's 79

MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 169
mobo can use either sli/xfire ur choice . ur ati vid save another 70 = 1232 tot.

psu your selection 113

vid http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 249

monitor your selection 159 = 1123

os win 7 ulti 64 179= 1302
June 30, 2010 11:51:45 PM

MCchum said:
here is something for ya , tho it does come out to around 1302$

G Skill your selection 101
Intel CPU http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... 199
HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 54
Case your's 79
MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 169
psu your selection 113
vid http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 249
monitor your selection 159 = 1123

os win 7 ulti 64 179= 1302


Thanks for your suggestions! However, with 1302 without any taxes involved, it'll probably end up being the same price as my original build :( 
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June 30, 2010 11:53:09 PM

see amended message

so other words ur 1200 max is max
July 1, 2010 12:22:40 AM

Right, after a hell of a lot of tweaking, i've got one that will just sneak under 1200

CPU - Intel i5-750 - $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5850 - $289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its non modular, but i really needed to cut down the price, and retain +600w, as you said you would like to CF/OC in the future

CASE - NZXT GAMMA Classic - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Again, this had to be cut down, but it is still a surprisingly good case

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
better than that WD drive you had before

OPTICAL - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW - $21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER - Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You could drop this and spend the money elsewar, but its great for keeping the temps down, and will set you up for OC in the future

MONITOR - SAMSUNG P2250 Rose Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor (1920x1080) - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Beautiful monitor, and the res will suit the GPU just fine

OS - Win 7 Home premium 64bit OEM - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total = $1195!!
July 1, 2010 12:48:39 AM

Great recommendation above and i guess it solves your purpose (you might not like the case too much though).. Nothing left to say so I'll give a pointer.. Don't loose your concentration as gaming gets addictive on any platform.. Studies like medical science require lot of effort and dedication.. If you are confident that you can balance your gaming with studies then surely go for it.. Otherwise for presentations and stuff, a laptop will be more suitable.. All the best..
July 1, 2010 12:49:33 AM

MCchum said:
G Skill your selection -101

Intel CPU http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0331303 -199

HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319 - 54

Case your's -79

MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157163 -169
mobo can use either sli/xfi

psu your re ur choice - 113

vid your selection -179.99

monitor your selection -159

os win 7 ulti 64 -94

ok here we go again ..
so that brings the total to 1147


That rig is fine, but my selection will beat it in gaming, simply becasue of the significantly better GPU. When gaming, its the GPU that matters most, and the 5770 paired with an i7 is unbalanced and will not play modern games maxed out on a 1920x1080 monitor.
For best fps in gaming, plow your money into a gpu
July 1, 2010 2:38:58 AM

he's looking for canadian retailers... none of this "newegg.com" and "microcentre.com" stuff, a budget is a budget.

the US retailers don't even offer shipping to canadian places, that's why they have canadian sites - newegg.ca, ncix.com (CANADA BASED), canadacomputers.com, tigerdirect.ca

my advice is to buy from ncix.com and pricematch using the above sites and directcanada.com. the ground shipping is 5.99 for a total over, which is pretty good providing you don't have to wait.

what types of games do you want to play anyways? are they demanding? gpu doesn't need to go above 5770 if you are playing single player or not very demanding games.
July 1, 2010 5:39:28 AM

Hey everyone,
thanks much for your expertise. But like what zignature said, I do live in Canada, thus the above suggestions are a little more expensive :( . I'll further research however in ncix, and try to pricematch. Meanwhile, if anyone has any more suggestions, please shoot them my way!

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July 1, 2010 9:39:01 AM
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Sorry guys, didnt realise it was canada! I've checked NCIX, and its more expensive than Newegg.ca, so i've gone with that for now

CPU - Intel i5-750 - $208.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 - $139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU - XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB - $298.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $96.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power - $99.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CASE - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 - $41.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $56.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OPTICAL - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $27.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MONITOR - ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen - $169.99 ($159.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OS - Win 7 Home premium 64bit OEM - $104.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

I've dropped the cpu cooler, just to save a bit, now the total comes out at $1236

pretty close, could be cut down a little if it still needs to be
July 1, 2010 4:49:57 PM

CPU AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 $102.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $124.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU - VisionTek 900301 Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $158.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $103.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $115.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CASE RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case $89.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" $69.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OPTICAL Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM $27.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Monitor ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers $169.99 ($149.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $104.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

This system will do everything you would like to do and is upgradeable with exsisting parts reused . making the cost of your next build even cheaper.
Is also well under your budget @ a total cost of $ 1069.90

I am not trying to best anyone . Just trying to make a decent system for someone who is on a limited budget.
Is also room for better vid card or cpu or mobo ,, of your choosing and still be under your budget..

also , you may want to look into the builds that are done here @ Tom's Hardware .. they have made many low cost good gaming everyday use systems and just use the same parts but order from newegg.ca

Have fun on your new build
GL/HF
July 1, 2010 5:51:03 PM

Best answer selected by stewartsj.
July 1, 2010 6:31:33 PM

I feel you man about the whole gaming addiction, everyone is telling me I should grow up of it but doesnt seem the case, I am mechanical engineering so still a very tough field, I think when I finish college and start working it will go away but I doubt it :) 

as for the build, Hereisphilly is a great build and you should never skimp on the GPU.the 5770 is barely able on 1920x1080, the 5850 is a great card and will handle it for at least two years on max settings, then you can crossfire easily

note: the mobo on his build doesn't do good with crossfire though as in crossfire it will be x16 and teh other will be x4 not x16 not x8, so it will seriously cripple your second card
July 1, 2010 7:20:27 PM

smile9999 said:
I feel you man about the whole gaming addiction, everyone is telling me I should grow up of it but doesnt seem the case, I am mechanical engineering so still a very tough field, I think when I finish college and start working it will go away but I doubt it :) 

as for the build, Hereisphilly is a great build and you should never skimp on the GPU.the 5770 is barely able on 1920x1080, the 5850 is a great card and will handle it for at least two years on max settings, then you can crossfire easily

note: the mobo on his build doesn't do good with crossfire though as in crossfire it will be x16 and teh other will be x4 not x16 not x8, so it will seriously cripple your second card


Yeah, i knew about the bandwidth issue. The x16 x4 only occurrs when you use the USB3 connection. If you just do standard crossfire, then it stays at x8 x8. The Cheapest board that fully allows all 3 is the Asus P7P55de Pro, but its $180

Enjoy the rig!
!