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August 6, 2010 6:38:08 AM


BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1500 Canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, web browsing, watching movies, word processing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS



PARTS PREFERENCES: intel cpu and that's about it i'm not that picky

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future when I understand this stuff more.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes or at least I hope so

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 OR 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i would like a pc that plays most games on fairly high settings.

for a starting point i was thinking about an i5 760 so any help you guys can give me will be appreciated.

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August 6, 2010 7:00:30 AM

Sorry I missed your first post, I had it open to comment and ran out of time. (but remembered your forum name)

We do not have to use newegg, and in fact that usually isn't a good idea in Canada. NCIX and Direct Canada tend to have better prices than

Before you said $1000-1500 Canadian. You did not specify here but I'll assume that and give a list in a minute.

August 6, 2010 7:06:43 AM

Here is a config -

i5 760 + GTX 460 1GB - If you will play SC2 mainly
Or this if you play other FPS games...
HD 5850

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + Patriot 4GB DDR3

Modular - XFX 650W
Non- Modular -
Corsair 650TX

If you want a more powerful PSU -

CASEs - Any of these...|11-129-042^11-129-042-TS,11-119-197^11-119-197-TS,11-129-066^11-129-066-TS,11-112-239^11-112-239-TS,11-119-216^11-119-216-TS

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB

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August 6, 2010 7:07:56 AM

^^Dint refresh...
Yes like Proximon said, ncix offers price matching too...Some other stores - memoryexpress,
August 6, 2010 7:11:21 AM

I refreshed before I started making the list :)  I thought I might be able to do a pair of GTX 460s up front on the build.... we'll see:

i5 760 with the G.skill RAM in combo - 368
(see the combos underneath for the RAM deal)

Gigabyte UD4P crossfire/SLI MB - 190

Cooler Master 690II Advanced and get the DVD burner in the combo section - 123

Antec TP-750 and get the WD 1TB drive in the combo - 141

Oh ya... we can do this

2x Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB -500

Seems like you have money left over to upgrade the case or something still.
August 6, 2010 7:11:34 AM

sorry for all the edits, but i just remembered that there is a memory express store close to where i live.
August 6, 2010 7:16:34 AM

^^ Well you can easily get 2x GTX 460s in that budget...

@bigred738 you can take the above build as a template and get the parts from the near by store...
August 6, 2010 7:30:27 AM

There ya go, between those two builds I think you get the idea.

Dual GTX 460 is pretty darn powerful, but you could get a single 5870 for around the same price that does about the same in many games.
August 6, 2010 7:42:32 AM

Thanx guys, I think I will go over these sugestions and mix and match untill I find something that i like. Without this help I would still be lost in motherboards because there are just so many different brands.
August 6, 2010 9:07:09 AM

Yes that's a good point, although if USB 3.0 and SATA were really large concerns I would say just ditch the LGA 1156 and go AM3 or LGA X58.
August 6, 2010 9:11:17 AM

^ Well those are good options, but drawbacks are that the X58 platform would be costlier(Also for gaming, IMO they are not worth the price premium) and AMD dont support SLI(The newer better boards)

IMO that ASUS board is fine...
August 6, 2010 5:33:00 PM

Sorry I missed your first post, I had it open to comment and ran out of time.

Don't worry about it I know what you mean stuff like that happens to me all the time.
August 6, 2010 5:53:55 PM

For me personally USB 3.0 and SATA are not the biggest concerns, but i will probably go with the ASUS board to be on the safe side. It will probably be more future friendly then the Gigabyte board.
Dual GTX 460 is pretty darn powerful, but you could get a single 5870 for around the same price that does about the same in many games.

If this was your first system, but you know what you know now, would you go with the 460's or would you go with the single 5870, and save up for a second one in the future.
August 6, 2010 10:38:44 PM

As long as my gaming preference was primarily games that supported SLI, I would go that route. It's the stronger gaming solution in most games. People who buy a single card planning to add a second almost never do so because GPUs evolve so quickly and there is only a 6-month window (about) to add a second before they disappear or become impractically expensive or become obsolete by other newer single cards.