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August 13, 2010 7:57:02 PM

Hi everyone, and thanks in advance for your help. I am trying to put together a gaming PC, nothing crazy. I'd like to play WoW and SC maxed out, and have the computer be a bit future safe/upgradeable. Here's what I have so far:

AMD Phenom 965 + ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22NS40 - OEM
http://secure.newegg.ca/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Subm...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I'm going to pick up Windows 7 Home Premium at a local retailer.

I am having trouble selecting a case and PSU. There are so many to choose from! I would really appreciate any suggestions. Also, does those build look good? Are the parts compatible? Thanks!

Sorry, here is the requested info :) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September 2010

BUDGET RANGE: 900-1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW, SC2, web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor (Have a 24" Samsung)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, maybe in the more distant future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefer quiet, will have windows 7.

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August 13, 2010 8:02:49 PM

What is your budget? What resolution do you game at?

If you could post the info requested in How to Ask for New Build Advice, that would be helpful.
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August 13, 2010 8:04:53 PM

Might want to follow the guidlines from the link in my signature. We really need a budget before we can give good advice.

The first thing I notice is the X4 965. The 955 is cheaper, and they're the same CPU. The 965 just has a slight factory overclock that isn't necessary.

Second, you didn't pick out a very future proof board. It's an older model (a good one), but doesn't have USB 3/SATA III support, meaning you won't be able to use the new devices coming out to their fullest extent. I'd take a look at some other boards, such as the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 or ASRock 870 Extreme 3 (there are others, but I can't think of them off the top of my head).

For the case, there are a lot of choices. Check out the Antec 300, Antec 300 Illusion, Antec 900 or 902, Coolermaster Centurion 5, Coolermaster 690, and HAF 922. All of those are excellent cases that can be found for decent prices.

The PSU is a lot easier. You'll want a 650W (if you want to Crossfire and do a little overclocking) or 750W (if you want a big overclock on everything and add a bunch of other items). To ensure quality, I'd only look at units from Antec, Corsair, Silverstone, SeaSonic and XFX.
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