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July 22, 2010 12:38:31 AM

I am looking to build a computer for less than $1600 after taxes & shipping, but the budget can be flexible.
It is my first build, too.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 5-8 days (waiting on Paypal)

BUDGET RANGE: Estimate $~1300 (Not including MIR, taxes, shipping)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
-Gaming
-Streaming games
-General Internet browsing, Word Processing, Excel Processing.
-Recording & Uploading recorded streams to NoobTube YouTube

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Screwdriver

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:* No (By the time I need to upgrade my graphics, newer cards will be out)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Purchasing Monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
-Need a good wireless card/USB for a DIR-655 router
-Need an aftermarket fan for CPU

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Here's what I'm thinking so far:

{$95}CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

{$292}Combo:
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX


{$249}Now using this combo
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

{$22}ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
{$80}SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
{$237}GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
{$98}G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
{$90}COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
{$105}Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
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{$1019}
{$976}

Additional Equipment:
{$210}ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
{$31}Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 - OEM
{$50}Logitech Comfort Wave 450 Black USB Wired Ergonomic Keyboard
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{$291}

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{$35}Rosewill RNX-N1 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB2.0 Wireless-N 2.0 Dongle (2T2R)
{$65}ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller

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Total:
{$1367}

According to newegg, with shipping & taxes:
{$1570.29}
Anonymous
July 22, 2010 1:05:10 AM

Whoa, that's pretty good for your first build.
I can't see anything there which I would change if I were you, apart from the PSU which you could step down to a 600W.
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July 22, 2010 1:18:13 AM

Dual 460s will run fine in 600W? That's my only worry with the PSU.
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July 22, 2010 1:24:36 AM

We really like our DIR-655 here. It's very "family friendly" ;) 

You are paying for the onboard video and crossfire support, neither of which you need. You could get this combo instead:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

Here's a great PSU, modular, for less. It's more efficient and you don't need the 650TX for this build. It costs less.
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

You still need a CPU cooler to overclock with.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Or this Zalman is one of the very best
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N8...




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July 22, 2010 1:25:31 AM

Vearo, the board does not support SLI. Crossfire only.
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July 22, 2010 1:36:17 AM

Proximon said:
Vearo, the board does not support SLI. Crossfire only.


Come to think of it, I probably won't add a second card unless I need it.

I'll edit the OP.

As for the wireless receiver, I guess this Rosewill RNX-N1 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB2.0 is as good as any.

Thanks for the help so far!
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