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August 22, 2010 10:46:46 PM

Hello all,

I am looking at building a new computer as my current configuration is 6+ years old.
I am looking for a computer that will be "current" for a while, but not break the bank. I have no need for Peripheral's.
My price point is around $800 to $1000CND. Purchases will be made on NCIX or similar Canadian sites.

This is what I have in mind. I would appreciate comments and or suggestions that would help me make my decision. Purchase date is within 1 month.

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower (RC-932-KKN1-GP)
Corsair 750 Watt Power Supply (CMPSU-750TX)

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 (M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3)
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (HDT55TFBGRBOX)

LITEON 24X24 DVDRW SATA BULK, LIGHTSCRIBE (IHAS224-06)
WD 2.0TB 64MB Cache (Not sure if going black blue or green)

G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD (good rating on this site but I can't find them)
<<OR>>
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

Vid card is also up for debate. Probably run with the on-board vid for a while then upgrade, card type dependent on cash flow. I am not a serious gamer, but do enjoy some gaming. I plan to get StarCraft II as I am a fan of the original.

Comments welcome... Thanks

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August 22, 2010 11:22:30 PM

See if the Haf 922 will fit your needs, and for how much less.

Honestly, I would see if they have the G.skill eco series ram before either of those.

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August 23, 2010 6:57:29 PM

After doing some more looking I have noticed on both the GSkill site and the Asus site, that the Asus board I am looking at has some real problems with GSkill 1600 Ram. :cry:  Now looking for alternatives.

Also looking at the XFX 5770 for a vid card.
And thanks for the suggestion sp12, it looks like the 922 will fit just as nice as the 932 and cheaper too!
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August 23, 2010 11:39:42 PM

You could get an Antec 300 case and be fine, size wise. It also has dust filters, which I am now a huge fan of.

You didnt give us an intended usage. Are you sure you running applications that will benefit from the x6?

If you are running a 5770, then a quality 550W psu will be plenty for you.
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August 24, 2010 12:50:20 AM

Not looking for the x6 for any reason other that "sort of" future proofing.
Was originally looking at the X4 965, but for the $15 dollars figured I'd go with the 1055T.
Same reason for going with 750W PSU, figure the price difference is almost pointless.
Corsair 550W for $105
Corsair 650W for $100
Corsair 750W for $110.

Actual use for computer will be minimal gaming (SC2 for sure).
Some Video encoding, and Streaming of Video for playback to TV (to xBox).
"Normal" everyday use.

Thanks for the responses.
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August 24, 2010 4:43:30 PM

Seasonic 520W PSU is only $60.

The pricing I see has a $35 difference between the x4 and x6. The main difference is the 965x4 is 3.4GHz and the x6 is only 2.8GHz. The x4 is going to be noticeably (like 20%) faster for most applications.
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August 28, 2010 5:29:38 PM

Thanks for the responses. I will be looking into the PSU and Case suggestions.

Still not sure about the CPU, still debating between the 1055T (on sale for $210) and the 965 Black. ($197)

And has anyone heard that GSkill ram 1600 not working with this motherboard? (ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3) I have read about it a lot on the GSkill site as well as the Asus site. Just wondering if the problem is blown out of proportion or if I should go with something like
this

OCZ OCZ3P1333LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 7-7-7-20 Dual Channel Memory Kit

or if I can stick with GSkill and be safe. Thoughts?

Thanks (Probably be ordering within a week now)
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