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$1000 to $1500 CDN gaming rig

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July 19, 2010 12:20:52 AM

So I’ve finally been convinced to get a new computer, since my current one is crashing and having all sorts of issues. Also I’ve officially been titled “Needs a new computer” in my guild... :whistle: 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week possibly next week
BUDGET RANGE: ~$150CDN Before / After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (SC2, Global Agenda, Bad Company 2, Aion, and... school work)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I’ll be buying all of my parts from http://www.memoryexpress.com but I’ll be price matching some/all of my components from other CDN sites like http://www.newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Depends on monitor
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want something that’s stable and is able to play all of the current games out there

What I have so far as of 7/18/10; all of these parts are available at memexpress, so I can just drop buy and pick it up (I’d rather not wait for shipping).

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 w/ DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Dual Gigabit Lan, USB3.0, 1394, PCI-E, CrossFireX ($209.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX28931(ME).aspx, $189.99 at newegg.ca)
CPU: Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3) ($179.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26993(ME).aspx, $169.99 at newegg.ca)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort ($319.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX28266(ME).aspx )
RAM: Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Series DDR3 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-12800 Low Latency Dual Channel Kit ($124.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25527(ME).aspx )
Case: Cooler Master Storm Sniper Case ($179.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX23166(ME).aspx#NA, $159.99 at newegg.ca)
Power: Corsair TX 650W Power Supply w/ 120mm Fan ($79.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX18780(ME).aspx )
Hard Drive: SEAGATE 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 SATA II w/ 32MB Cache ($89.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX21884(ME).aspx )
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223B 22x SpeedPlus™ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, OEM ($19.99 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25096(ME).aspx )
Monitor: Looking to get a 22’’ or maybe a 23’’ really depends on the price, also might want to get two screen for school work.

Current cost after price matches & mail-in rebates: $1154.92 CDN, with one monitor I’m probably sitting around $1400 CDN mark.

Thanks in advance for your help & input :) 
July 19, 2010 12:36:11 AM

If no X-fire, drop your motherboard selection down from 890fx...
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July 19, 2010 2:52:48 AM

r-sky said:
If no X-fire, drop your motherboard selection down from 890fx...


Thanks for your suggestion, kinda new at this so your help is really appreciated!

So dropping down from an 890fx board, would you happen to have any suggestions?

Taking your suggestion I was looking at possibly getting Asus M4A87TD EVO w/ DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, USB3.0, 1394, CrossFireX ($114 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX28714(ME).aspx , $109.99 at newegg.ca)

Any thoughts?

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July 19, 2010 6:32:43 PM

So I was talking to a buddy of mine, and he suggests I stick to the 890fx board incase I ever want to upgrade to a 6 core processor like 1090T. I kinda like the idea, but I'm not sure if it's worth the additional $100 for something I may or may upgrade to, especially considering most game won't even utilize all 6 cores...


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