Modest Gaming Comp w/ Video and Photo Edit

Hi all. I searched the threads briefly, but couldn't find a suggested rig for gaming as well as video/photo edit. I have a laptop I travel with, and my work gives me another laptop for bus trips. I haven't had a desktop in about 4 yrs now, and don't know what parts to get (my last video card was geforce 5600). Any help would be appreciated.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This weekend (canada labour day weekend)

BUDGET RANGE: $900-1100 (cdn)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, Football Manager, Movie maker, photoshop

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com, newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If budget permits.


I am not factoring in a monitor in my budget, but need windows 7 and keyboard (have mouse).
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  1. for the cpu im thinking i7 930 or x6 1090T or i5 760 or x6 1055T, for the gpu im thinking gtx 4601gb or hd5850
  2. I've been reading it would be best to go with amd for future compatibility... I was looking at:


    Patriot Extreme Performance Gamer Series 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit $134.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio $89.99

    Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $89.33

    Diamond Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card $349.99

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box $193.87

    Seasonic S12II 620W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80+ Bronze 6+8PIN PCI-E W/ 120MM Fan $67.56

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM $99.99

    Logitech K120 Keyboard USB $15.99

    Total : $1,041.71


    But I also need to add in a mobo with possibility of using crossfire in the future. Any suggestions/improvements would be appreciated. Thinking of buying it tomorrow. Thanks,
  3. no it wont have future compatibility people are mistaken, socket am3 does not support the upcoming amd cpus, only socket am3+ will and that hasnt come out yet, i would go for a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hdd, the x6 1055T would be better for photoshop as you will benefit with the extra 2 cores however the 965 is better at gaming, i prefer the antec earthwatt psus or corsair psus over seasonic 1s, the antec 900 is a nice case the coolermaster haf 922 is also
  4. the seasonic psu is top notch and socket am3 cpu's will be compatible with am3+ boards so when that comes out grab a new board drop your 1055 in and maybe get a bulldozer sometime after
  5. true, the am3+ boards will be backwards compatible, and the only reason i dont like seasonic psus is because i have had 2 and they both failed on me, maybe i just had bad luck
  6. funnily enough the antec tpn 550,650 and 750 are seasonic built the neo eco 620 is almost the exact same as the seasonic 620
  7. managed to price match it down to $1,110.93 cdn from NCIX, including:

    ASUS M4A78T-E ATX 790GX Socket AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard $111.28

    LG 16X DVD-ROM Optical Drive SATA Black OEM $14.88

    I am now over my budget, as I still need to tack on 12% tax and a monitor...

    But is the motherboard a good bang for the buck? And suggestions on a monitor would be appreciated as well. Thanks for all the help so far.
  8. are you ever gonna use dual video cards?
  9. obsidian86 said:
    are you ever gonna use dual video cards?


    Not sure yet... to be honest, I don't play a lot of pc games except for starcraft and football manager (maybe diablo 3).
  10. you could scale the board to a 770 or 870 model and a 500-550 psu if not ,keep the 620 if you might upgrade to 5970 or gtx 480 class
  11. My head tells me a GTS 250 could serve one who games little and just SC2 so if AA +Ultra is not a must, that card will do but with your budget one might as well nab a GTX 460 hehe Off Egg USA but perhaps some ideas - went with entry level 800 series mobo (no need BIOS update for Thuban) with no fancy CF/SLI based on needs
  12. ah, but I have to use cdn websites. Prefer ncix as they have a store 10 mins from my house (no shipping required).
  13. Going to place my order within the next hour... Hope everything is compatible! Haven't built a computer since high school :S
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