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September 3, 2010 12:27:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September 7th, 2010

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No for now, planned for future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Built a computer and asked for advice here earlier, was happy with the setup but it used some combo deals which ended at the start of September. I never knew they were on a monthly cycle for newegg so I am back to the drawing board. Right now the build I have is kind of a mash up of different grades of parts, I plan to have this be a top notch gaming machine eventually but I don't have enough money right now. I am going to be playing SC2 heavily for the next few months which I made sure this could handle, eventually I want to to add Crossfired 5850's or better, SSD, better processor, more RAM etc.

Case:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CD/DVD:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OS:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

= 1179.96 After Taxes


So yeah, if you could just go over whether or not the RAM/CPU/MoBo are all going to work together or not or if there's combo deals combining these parts (I searched but didn't find much...) or anything else of help that would be great. Thanks in advance.

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September 3, 2010 6:40:25 AM

You could save some money with the XFX 650W or 850W power supplies. They are very well made (especially the 850), highly efficient (Bronze and Silver 80 Plus Certifications respectively), and modular. If you are just going to crossfire a couple of HD 5770s, the 650W power supply would be more than powerful enough. It's $84 after a $20 rebate.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


The 850W power supply would give you enough headroom for a pair of HD 5850s and a processor overclock/upgrade later. It costs $110 after a $20 rebate.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


This combo is a pretty good deal with 4GB of DDR3 1600 CL7 ram and Windows 7 for $166 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...


There is a $15 off promo on the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB making it $76. It should be a little faster because of the increased density.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


There is a deal on the Hitachi Deskstar 1TB drives; $68.50 after a $15 rebate (comes in the form of a card).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


The motherboard you chose is pretty much unrivaled on Newegg.ca. You could go with this ASRock 870 Extreme3 AMD 870 board for $132, but I it's not in the same class (the PCI-E slots can only run at x8 in a crossfire setup).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Here's a Sapphire HD 5770 for $161.50 after a $15 rebate (comes in the form of a card).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...




In general, It's going to be very tough to build a system prepared for that kind of a jump budget.

If you go these parts from what I've listed above:

650W XFX Power Supply
4GB DD3 1600 CL7 & Windows 7 combo
Hitachi 1TB drive
ASRock 870 Extreme3 Motherboard
Sapphire HD 5770

You will save ~$225 dollars before taxes (including shipping and rebates). That will put you under budget at least.
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September 6, 2010 6:29:14 AM

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