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August 1, 2010 10:17:27 PM

hey guys

I'm currently looking for a new gaming PC. Mainly to start playing SC2 on Ultra Settings but also to play games in the future on higher settings. For the past 3 years I've been running on a MacBook and trying to play games has been a nightmare.

I need your help :D 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: $1000'ish

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming - browsing the interwebs - hd movies/videos

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers (accessories)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: whichever is the cheapest/most reliable

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES:

NZXT Lexa-S Gaming Case Black w/ Blue Light (( or any sexy gaming case :p  ))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Processor i5/i7(whichever fits the build best)

4GB RAM DDR3

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 1GB

1TB HD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I was thinking about a 22" monitor (about 1920x1080)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time building a PC and I was wondering whether I should buy parts and build it or buy a prebuilt one. Depending on prices and you guys advices, I shall make a decision.

Thanks for your help :) 

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August 2, 2010 3:03:27 AM

if you buy a prebuilt from cyberpower or something, you will spend about a $300 premium over building it yourself. Theres a million guides on toms or through google on how to build it... spend 4-5 hours of research and walk-thrus and save $300 bucks.

Basic parts - i7 930 CPU with gigabyte motherboard (about $450) - GTX460 ($230) - 6gb DDR3 (3x2gb) - i7's run tri-channel ram, so you want 3 sticks - 6gb kits are around $130 - 1tb samsun spintpoint ($75) - ocz 550watt PSU (they're heavily discounted on newegg rigght now) $45 -

make sure you use combos on newegg... can save $50 or so total by comboing each item with another
Windows 7 64 bit ($90)

Scoop up a 22" 1080p monitor for around $160 and you're coming in around $1200 it's $200 more than your apporoximate budget, but that extra $200 gets you alot
Check out logicbuy.com for hot monitor deals
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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2010 3:40:02 AM

CPU-AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223993/HDZ955FBGMBOX/...
MOBO-ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/228229/ASUS/M4A88TD_V...
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/227460/Gigabyte/GA_89...
HDDSamsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB -
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225675/HD103SJ/Samsun...
GPU-Find elsewhere these guys don't have them
RAM-G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223289/F3-12800CL7D-4...
Guide to set-up ram on AMD mobo
http://www.techreaction.net/forums/showthread.php?t=136...
CASE-Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced /don't sell NZXT
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225611/RC-692-KKN2/CO...
PSU-Look elsewhere
If you buy $500 worth of product shipping is free.
Buy gpu and case and monitor elsewhere.
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