Future Minded Budget Build ***EDITTED/UPDATED***


Quick question about heat sink replacement, if the case has a hole behind the motherboard is this there to make heatsink swapping easy?


Also, really sorry about my change of mind but I am new to this and want to do right. I had a change of heart about trying a foolish future proofing attempt.

Here is my revised plan for critique please:

Budget with monitor, taxes and shipping is $1000. So looking at around $550-$600 for the computer. Here are the monitors I'm deciding between:



Okay here is what I'm thinking (by the way I live in Toronto,Canada):

Video Card ~$100
Processor ~$100
Motherboard ~$100
RAM ~$100
Power Supply, Case, Hard Drive, DVD Writer, Extra fan(s) ~$150-$200

What do you guys think? Should I go cheaper with the motherboard? My plans are to game at 1920x1080, surf the web and do other random techie stuff that I might get into. Future plans are to upgrade CPU and GPU to mid-high end and whatever else needs to be upgraded (ie. more RAM, more cooling). Planning to run Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (is OEM okay?). Am interested in overclocking but would prefer to start with stock cooling (don't want to overcomplicate my first build with aftermarket cooling?)

Processors I'm trying to decide between:
Phenom II X2 555 BE 3.2 GHz
Athlon II X4 635 2.9 GHz
Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz

Motherboards I'm trying to decide between (been looking at Asus mostly):
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
MSI 790X-G45
Asus M4A77TD
Asus M4A77T/USB3
Asus M4A87TD EVO

Should I go cheaper with the mobo? $80? More expensive with it?

For video card I'm thinking Asus EN9800 GT 512 MB.

RAM, something decent and 2x2Gb.

Power supply probably just stick a Corsair TX 650 and call it a day.

Case been looking at Antec 300 + 2 front intake fans but slightly concerned since there is no hole behind the motherboard tray to remove the cooler's retention plate. Gladiator 600??

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  1. Anyone?

    PS. Plan to overclock.
  2. We need to know purpose of this build. is it gaming? Workstation?
    Should fill out form in sticky, link in sig.

    Very rarely is the hole in the mobo tray actually useful, or actually lines up to the HSF. Either way, much easier still to just remove mobo to install a new one.

    get the 23.6", it's identical to the 24".

    For gaming the x3 is fine.

    Mobo choice depends on if you want xfire in the future.

    Don't go nvidia with AMD, as it does not support SLI.

    XFX 650 is a better buy than the corsair right now. Cheaper and better.
  3. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today is Thursday. I plan to purchase this weekend.

    BUDGET RANGE: HMM, $1080 before tax and shipping. I guess I have to up the budget to get something I'm proud of (just hope I don't mess it up :cry: ).

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Starcraft 2, Bad Company 2, Crysis 2, etc.), surfing the internet, watching movies, interesting new stuff I get into (dunno! lol).



    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada (City of Toronto)

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Quality please. Funny thing is, it depends who you ask ;). I've been out of the loop for years so... Kind of favouring a GTX 460 though since it has such sweet SLI. Hey, I might use it in my next build and even if not, isn't the bang for buck good?

    OVERCLOCKING: YES! (But a quick question, suppose I overclock my CPU and it gets messed, does it mess up any other parts? :sweat: ) Need aftermarket cooling stuff right?

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, perhaps on a future build.


    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Good looking case and a very respectable machine. BIG BANG FOR MY BUCKS! Usb 3.0 would be nice? This is my first build.


    Parts I'm kind of favouring (but not definite on):

    AMD CPUs (Bang for buck right? :sol: )
    GTX 460 (But for the love of Pete which one!? ... They factory overclock these things?!)
    Antec 300? (or something equally or better looking or with admirable features)
    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 1080p Widescreen LCD
    Windows 7 Home Premium OEM (around $100?)

    Parts I have less of an idea about:
    Motherboard (gimme tha overclock? :D )
    Hard Drive
    DVD Writer
    Power Supply (I need more power? :) )

    The big day is coming up and I've been going at this so hard for a week. Been through so many ideas and around and back again. :sweat:

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