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Need advice on $1000 CDN PC gaming build

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July 28, 2010 12:19:16 AM


BUDGET RANGE: max $1000 CDN after tax, shipping and rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (starcraft 2), downloading, school work (maybe AutoCad), internet surfing etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything except speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (note the .ca, I'm canadian)


PARTS PREFERENCES: was thinking an AMD CPU, but I'm open to all suggestions, see my build below

OVERCLOCKING: never have and don't know how to, but I would consider it

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not sure what these are so probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: probably 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will the be the first computer I've built so I'm obviously pretty new to all this but I have done a lot of research and have learned a lot already. Pretty much I'm looking to build a new gaming computer that will be suited to play Starcraft 2 on really good settings, but it doesn't have to be an over the top powerful gaming computer either because I do most of my gaming on my Xbox 360, and is fairly future ready as I would like it to last a long time. It will also be used for some downloading such as torrents, and school work. I'm a civil engineering student so it would be nice if it could run AutoCad, but that's not my main concern as I have access to lots of computers at school for that. I'm canadian so it would be nice if parts could be suggested from, here is a build I've made that comes in at $940.52 CDN after rebates, shipping, and taxes. Any advice about this build or suggestions on how it could be improved would be much appreciated, thanks for the help.

Optical Drive:

Hard Drive:


Power Supply:

Operating System:

Motherboard and Memory Combo:





July 28, 2010 12:25:38 AM

I'm also kinda new to using forums and I think I may have posted those links wrong, when I click on them the main page opens, not the specific product page. If i hold ctrl and click on them they work properly though.
July 28, 2010 2:45:35 AM

advice anyone? I'm hoping to get something ordered real soon.
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July 28, 2010 4:12:03 PM

I've tried to piece stuff together from looking at other builds on here that are similar to mine, but some direct feedback about this would be nice, I'm pretty new at this.
July 28, 2010 7:19:02 PM

I've made some changes to the build which I hope are an improvement:


PSU and RAM:


Motherboard and CPU:

This comes in a bit more expensive at $1050 CDN but I think I made some good upgrades, any advice on this? The thing I'm really not sure about is the video card, these are two other options if you think either of these would be better:

Again thanks for any help, it's much appreciated.
July 29, 2010 12:56:32 AM

:(  no one can help me?